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Old 05-30-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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Amy & Patrick's DFTW 12/12/2011 *WP/CR*

Hello! I fall into the lurker category and have finally decided it was time to start my planning journal. I hope that someone will find my PJ as helpful and entertaining as I have others on the boards. Please feel free to comment at any time.

Here is a brief background on us:



Patrick and I have been dating for 4 1/2 years. Patrick proposed to me the night before we were to celebrate our 4 year anniversary. (Story below.)

I grew up going to Disney about twice a year. I have family in FL and it was always the perfect stopping point for a family vacation. I am a huge Disney fan! I just finished with graduate school and now have my teaching license in early childhood education.

Patrick had never been to Disney until December 2009 when we went for vacation. It took a lot of convincing on my part, but he finally gave in. Patrick really enjoyed himself (I knew he would)! He has slowly started to become a Disney fan as well. Patrick owns a car lot and is opening another one next week, which I will end up running. (I am going to put my teaching career on hold for now.)

Our Engagement Story (short version):

After church on a Sunday afternoon, Patrick sent me on a scavanger hunt around town. Each clue had significance from our relationship. Starting at our house with stops at Brown's Island, the studio (Patrick is in a band and records music on the side), the River and ending at a Bed & Breakfast in Williamsburg, VA! Patrick had arranged for dinner at Opus 9. Towards the end of a lovely dinner, Patrick stepped away for a moment and ran into the waiter. The waiter told Patrick that the restaurant had heard that he may be proposing that night. At that point Patrick ran to the car and got the ring. I was still eating dinner when Patrick retruned. Patrick wisked two chairs out of the way and dropped to one knee while saying "Amy "last name here", I have one question...WILL YOU MARRY ME?" And with those words, I busted into tears and knodded "YES"! Our waiter appeared out of no where with champage. After an amazing day/night Patrick still had another trick up his sleeve. A tour of the Williamsburg Winery and lunch the next day! I was competely surprised!

Patrick and I will be getting married on Monday, December 12, 2011 at Disney's Wedding Pavillion. Our reception will be held at The Contemporary.

Our planning session is THIS UP COMING FRIDAY!!! I am so excited but feel a bit unprepared! I have done so much research and feel like I am still coming up short. We have a wonderful planner (Lisa Smith) and I know she will help tie up any lose ends we will have on Friday. I will make sure to post pics and let you know how it goes once we get back.

I would like to add that I planned our PS over Star Wars weekend just for Patrick. We have watched eposides IV, V, VI & I so far. We plan on watching II & III before we leave for our PS/Star Wars weekend. I had only watched IV & V with Patrick years ago. I guess now is the perfect time to watch them all.

We are also going to have our engagement pictures taken while we are at Disney. I will let you know how it goes. Really excited to meet our photographer, Amy.

Sorry for the ramble and jumbled mess...I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Day! I will update soon.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:56 PM   #2
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Welcome and congratulations! Can't wait to read more!!!
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Welcome and congrats!! What a cute proposal!
We have went to SWW the last 2 years in a row...it's so much fun!
Can't wait to read more!
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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Welcome and congrats!! What a cute proposal!
We have went to SWW the last 2 years in a row...it's so much fun!
Can't wait to read more!
pinkfairy & KristiLyn thanks for the welcoming!
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:48 PM   #5
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Welcome and congrats... your story is cute! Cant wait to read along!

Lots of Love

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Old 05-31-2011, 10:06 PM   #6
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I'm an Amy too. Congrats!
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:24 PM   #7
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Yay! Another December bride! Congrats!!
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #8
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Planning Session Trip June 2-5

Well, we are back (we have BEEN back) from our wonderful planning session and weekend trip to Disney!

Patrick and I had so much fun! We have the best wedding planner ever, Lisa!!! She is a perfect match for us.

We arrived at Coronado Springs around 8pm Thursday night. We originally wanted to head out to Downtown Disney that night but once we got to the resort and checked-in we decided to stay in for the night. We had to meet Rev. Herring at 8am the next morning and then our planning session was to start right after that. Neither of us wanted to be tired for the big day ahead!

We decided to split a pizza from Pepper Market. It was really good and our server was super nice. (We actually had her again later in the trip and she remembered us.)



Neither of us had ever been to Coronado Springs before. We had picked the moderate resort for our room block. I LOVED the resort! Patrick liked the music that was playing over the speakers as we walked around the resort. The only real draw back was how big the resort actually is! It was about a 7-8 minute walk to the front of the resort from our room (building 6B). We had a bus stop really close to our room. Come to find out, there are FOUR bus stops just around the resort! It was huge! I do however recommend staying there. We have friends and family booking there for the wedding.

We did not take that many pics the night of our arrival. We did take a TON of pics during the planning session and for Star Wars Weekend, of course! Up next, our meeting with Rev. Herring and our PLANNING SESSION with Lisa!
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:05 PM   #9
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hiya and welcome,

I'd love to go to a SWW, that would be fab. I'm looking forward to your pics.

Can't wait to hear about your planning session and other ideas/plans
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:12 PM   #10
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I can't wait to hear more!
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:49 PM   #11
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So I last left off the night before our planning session. After dinner, we went back to the room and I sat in the middle of my planning binder, magazine cut-outs that I brought and any loose items that I thought might be needed for the PS. I sat there and finally decided it would be better if I just went to sleep and had a fresh start. I had a feeling Lisa (our planner) would get us to where we needed to be. I just felt like I was going to be a "hot mess" for her and I really wanted to have it all together.

Friday morning we woke up and were ready to get the day started. Since our tasting session was scheduled for 9:30am we decided not to eat breakfast before we left the resort. We got ready and with the wedding bag in tow out the door we went. I am usually running a bit behind schedule and did not want to be late to meet Rev. Herring so we walked the LONG hike to the front of the resort and got a taxi.

Our meeting with Rev. Herring was wonderful! It was so sweet and really made me feel "at home". Lisa called me on my cell phone to let us know we were right on schedule and we told her we were with Rev. Herring at Franks. She said that she would meet us there. While waiting on Lisa, Rev. Herring showed us the WP, which neither one of us had ever actually gone in. Here are some of the pics I took while we were there.




*I know the clear windows have since been replaced. I would like to say that I LOVED how you could see out of the open windows. I am excited to see what the staind glass now looks in person.


*looking back towards the entrance. DF & Rev. Herring were talking.


Out of the front window. It is amazing that the castle looks larger from the entrance than from the alter. *Sorry the pic is sideways.


There was a wedding at 10am that morning.


GF side of the WP.


The ceiling of the WP. GORGEOUS!!!


Pink aisle runner for the wedding @ 10am.


Standing in the entrance/doorway looking to the right.



Up next...our meeting with the BEST WEDDING PLANNER EVER...LISA SMITH!
How the food really tasted...
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How many people are you inviting to your wedding? We're just having my DF family come. We didn't need tons of people coming cause we're going to do a vow renewal in Nagshead in the summer of 2013. We didn't have much spending money for our real wedding so we're going to do a huge beach house wedding/reception. It would give us some time to save up and what not. Our wedding is going to be at the Sunset Pointe location since we're having maybe 8 people total.
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Old 08-05-2011, 01:20 PM   #13
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How many people are you inviting to your wedding? We're just having my DF family come. We didn't need tons of people coming cause we're going to do a vow renewal in Nagshead in the summer of 2013. We didn't have much spending money for our real wedding so we're going to do a huge beach house wedding/reception. It would give us some time to save up and what not. Our wedding is going to be at the Sunset Pointe location since we're having maybe 8 people total.
We originally thought we would have about 50 people...trying to keep it small. Just close family and friends. I sent out save the dates to a little over 60, thinking that it was a destination wedding and not that many people would make it. Opps what I wrong! We are now hoping for 40. I will have a better idea once we send the formal invitations out. I think your wedding @ Disney will be perfect! I sometimes wish we had decided to do that from the beginning.

I have a friend from high school that got married last year on the beach. Her wedding pictures were beautiful! It was in Nags Head, too

I plan on posting our BEO, etc soon.
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40 people isn't really that bad..imagine people with over a 100 count!!? Well it was a last minute change in May for having this November be our wedding. His family typically goes to Disney every November and we just thought it was a neat idea, and his mom was so psyched! So I really don't have that much time to plan so we're trying to keep it simple but with only 8 guests, it can be expensive still, for us anyway...I'm not sure how old you are, but my DF is almost 24, didn't know if yall might've gone to school near the same time?
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40 people isn't really that bad..imagine people with over a 100 count!!? Well it was a last minute change in May for having this November be our wedding. His family typically goes to Disney every November and we just thought it was a neat idea, and his mom was so psyched! So I really don't have that much time to plan so we're trying to keep it simple but with only 8 guests, it can be expensive still, for us anyway...I'm not sure how old you are, but my DF is almost 24, didn't know if yall might've gone to school near the same time?
I am a older than your DF but have friends with younger siblings that he would have gone to school with.

I could not imagine a head count there with over 100 people. I actually had friends ask if they were going to be invited since they had not received a Save the Date yet. I felt (and still do) horrible telling them no. It is really just close family & friends.

I bet him mom was psyched! Would wouldn't want to have or go to a Disney wedding!
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