Hi Everyone! My name is Chelsea and I'm marrying my absolute best friend, Max, after nearly six years of dating (it'll have been almost eight by the time the wedding rolls around! We don't like to rush into things! ha!) So here's me: And here's me with future hubby: Anyway, I am a former CP, Fall 2005. I worked at DTD's Pin Traders, Summer Sands (may it rest in peace), and Team Mickey, and was one of Santa's Helpers at the Photo Chalet during Christmas time. My fiance, Max, stayed with me during the five months of long-distance while I was on my program, and we actually grew stronger from the experience. He and I met while working in an antique store here in Ohio. We wanted a wedding that would reflect our love of history (a vintage look) and our love of Disney. Voila--get married on a regal, majestic boat from the Disney Cruise Line. Problem solved! So, on to the details: Wedding date: Either fall 2011 or spring 2012. I gotta save some dough, and so do my guests. Ha! Guests: 40ish Location: Castaway Cay beach Length of cruise: either 4 or 5 day Bahamian colors/Theme: Vintage Disney French (Future Husband has French heritage). I'd like an elegant theme with subtle Disney details using peach, pale green, and pale yellow coloring. Inspiration board coming soon! MUSIC Processional--Vitamin String Quartet's version of Crash Into Me Recessional--Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel Whatshisface's version First Dance--You and Me, DMB ATTIRE I don't know that I ever posted this because my dress seems to be one of the biggest conundrums of the whole planning process. I originally fell in love with the Maggie Sottero Alannah dress, but it seems no bridal shop in the entire state of Ohio has it for me to try on, and I refuse to buy my wedding gown sight unseen. Meanwhile, I found a used gown at a thrift store for $50 and grabbed it, thinking I could alter it (it's too big) and then I'd like it. Well, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like work, and expensive work, for a dress I'm only going to *like* and not LOVE. So. I went to Perfect Weddings in Lancaster, Ohio, and tried on some gowns by myself one day. The first gown I tried on I fell absolutely in love with. Like to the point where I had tears in my eyes LOVED it. I'm posting the picture, but bare in mind that mine will be in a light gold, champagne color, and you can't tell by the photo but it's sparkly! It gives me the figure of a Goddess and it is right in the budget. I didn't want to spend more than 1k on a gown, and this one is $900. Perfect. Behold, the Casablanca 1891 gown. (note, that's not me) I also know that I have a vintage necklace which I LOVE that I'll be wearing with the dress, and I want to find a vintage birdcage veil to wear in pictures. I don't actually want a veil on the wedding day, because I want my long curly auburn hair to be wavy and have flowers through it. (I'm such a typical beach bride!) So, moving on to wedding party attire, then my gorgeous grooms' lastly (save the best for last...) I originally had told my 'maids that they can just wear whatever dress they have in their closet since they're already putting out the cash for the cruise. Well, the more I think about it the more I'm afraid of clashing colors so I think I'm going to buy their outfits for them. I am thinking of doing non-traditional matching tops and skirts from a department store, which I think will not break the budget but still look fresh and coordinated. Girls, whatchoo think? We've already agreed that our bridal parties need to be taken care of, which means...matching sunglasses to fight the Bahamian rays! Lastly, I'm not quite sure what Max will be wearing. We haven't really discussed fashion--probably something a little more dressy than the boys, but not a suit. FLOWERS Calla Lilies, green hydrangeas, peach roses, and yellow peonies for at-home reception decor. Tropical bouquets from DCL. DECOR At the reception, we'll be displaying the photos from the wedding in seaside frames, along with white taper candles and very minimal florals. The bulk of decor will be the frames and candles, but small accents of beach pebbles, starfish, sanddollars, seashells, and driftwood. At the wedding, the only decor will be what Disney provides. PHOTOGRAPHY On the cruise: Ariel (a friend of mine, not to be confused with Ariel the mermaid!) My Ariel is pronouces ARR-ee-ell, and he's a dude. At Home: Ariel and my friend Melissa (it pays to have friends who are photographers!) At WDW: I may or may not opt to do the Magic Kingdom photo shoot add-on after the cruise. Who doesn't want pictures with their new husband in front of Cinderella's Castle! DETAILS BRIDAL PARTY Bridesmaids: Courtney, Kelly, Autumn, Kirsten (and sisters?) Groomsmen: Chris & Ryan, Travis? (Max hasn't asked his dudes yet) Ring Bearer: If we have one....probably Luke, my best friend's 4-year old. I am undecided. Flower Girl: If we have one, it will either be Addy or Bella. Or both. I love when weddings have multiple flower girls. On the other hand I don't know if I want to drive up the expense of the overall wedding for something I don't deem "necessary" (they're gonna be there anyway!). Things I think are important: 1.) I'm weird, and I love stationery. The paper stuff is going to be one of the most fun things to make in the wedding. I'm DIY-ing like, 80% of this wedding. I'm an avid scrapbooker so I'm going to make (well, I say I'm going to make) Save the Dates, Invites, reception cards, RSVP cards, website info cards, menus, programs, at-home reception invites, announcements, engagement party cards, be my bridesmaid cards, and bach party invites. yeah, i'm insane. 2.) The pictures, to me, are the most important thing (besides getting married--minor detail, really, right?). I know I want to do several photo shoots after the wedding. Ariel has told me he'll shoot us at a few Disney resorts after our cruise for fun, and I'd like to do a shoot of us in the water at the beach after our reception on Castaway. I'd prefer to do one of the cruises that hits Castaway twice--do they let you choose which Castaway day you have your wedding on? Anyone know? My planning blog is also located at http://chelseaandmax.livejournal.com and if you friend me there, you'll see all sorts of protected entries that have lots of wedding eye candy. I'm not putting this here to pawn off my blog, but if you wanna follow our wedding it will be there as well. Just laying it out there. Ha!