Our Planning Journal January 11, 2010 UK Courtyard ceremony Living Seas Salon Brunch Reception Our Story: My DF and I have a cute story according to most. We first met in 6th grade and became friends throughout middle school. Later in 9th grade we decided to try the "going out" thing. It happened to be one of the rare times when my father who lived 3 states away was in town to visit. Dad didn't like the way he would put his arm around me and told my mom that I shouldn't be allowed to date until I was 25. Mom defended me, always there to rescue me. Turns out "going out" was a lot different than being friends had been, so after a short week together he broke my heart when he told me he wanted to go back to just being friends. Being 14 I took it hard, but being the mature 14 I was I just told myself it was okay, he was one of the good ones you save for later in life when it counts. At the end of 9th grade, my Mom and sisters and I all moved to a town about 30 minutes away. At 15 it seemed like forever away, so I just started over at my new school and put all the rest behind me. 10 years after our first week "going out" I was over at a friends house that I had met through work (I am a hairstylist) and they had recently moved to the same area I had lived in during middle school. I was wondering what happened to all the people I had left behind when I moved and way and through the ease of myspace found a good handful of them still living in the Dallas area. I decided to send all of them friend requests and a cute "long time no see" comment. I heard back from most of them, but most of them was just a short "hi" back, but with Josh it was different. We quickly became message buddies and wrote back and forth almost constantly. It was amazing how easy it was to talk to someone who I hadn't seen in so many years, and we couldn't believe how much we had in common. So after a while, we decided we should see each other. That first date had its awkward moments, but we both knew we would have to see each other again. The next time we saw each other it was a beginning for our relationship, we became almost inseparable. This all happened in July 2007, by Christmas we were already making trips to see all the families (we both have divorced parents and remarried fathers...I joke that it makes for Multiple Family Disorder during the holidays ) MLK weekend I went for my first trip to WDW with my youngest sister and her drill team. Being there with 30 some odd teenagers was not my idea of a great time, but who turns down a Disney trip. Teenagers or not I fell in love with it, I had been to Disneyland 15 times and had even made a trip to Disneyland Paris, but the world was different and I was hooked. I came home yammering on about how magical it was and how I thought it would be so cool to get married there. My DF hadn't been since his trip with the band in high school, so we decided we should go sometime. So we started talking about going just the 2 of us. The trip was planned for Sept. and I couldn't wait. I had always been told by my dad that if the right man wanted to marry me and asked his permission first that he would pay for my wedding, so I passed it on to Josh. Funny as it may seem, the boy my dad didn't like putting his arm around me when we were 14 is the one he gave permission to marry me and tells me how much he really likes him LOL Off to WDW we went and it was a blast from the moment we got there. On our second night there we had reservations for the fantasmic dinner show at The Hollywood Brown Derby, I was super excited about it, this had been my favorite meal when I went in January and my mouth watered just thinking about it. He knew i was psyched about it and we loved our meal. Later off to the show, here is a pic of us there...doesn't he look like he has a juicy secret. After the show we were heading toward the exit like everyone else when Josh asked if we could go do something. I said sure thinking there was something he had seen in a store he wanted to go get, but then I knew something was up because his palms were sweaty. He walked back over to the entrance to the Brown Derby and we sat on the bench outside. He went on to propose on his knee after we talked for a while. The whole time we were being watched by a couple of castmembers that were in the lobby of the restaurant, and after he stood back up they came running out congratulating us and gave us a certificate and Just Married buttons with the direction to come back when we get married and wear them. Here is a pic we took on our way out of the park that night when we bought pins that have Mickey proposing to Minnie on them. So after an amazing week at WDW we came home to share our exciting new and that we were going back there to get married. Ever since I have been dreaming about it and am more than ready to jump on the planning process. Daddy has agreed to pay and now a deposit and a letter of agreement are all I need to get to it. Any hints I could get from you guys would be great and I look forward to sharing all of our DFTW excitement.