Emily&Stephen's-BW Cocktail/AAR Reception-7/11/09 -UPDATE 10/17- Sight Visit Pics!

Discussion in 'Planning our Happily Ever After' started by Emilita44, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    I have spent the past month or two researching and reading through everyone's trip reports, planning journals, etc... I decided that I wouldn't join in until I was officially engaged. WELL....

    It's been two days now!!!!!!

    First let me get into a little bit of our background before I start hounding ya'll with my questions!

    Me: Born and raised in South Carolina, moved to LA to work in television. This is where I met my fiance.

    Stephen: Born and raised in LA- always wanted to move to the south!

    How we met: I was working on a pilot TV show for ABC and needed to do a tape pick up. Stephen works in film and I happened to walk into his store that day. I didn't deal with him because he works in a separate area, but he saw me that day. (He said we shared a moment- I remember him because he was wearing a bright lime green shirt!)

    So anyways, he didn't get up the courage enough to speak to me so instead he asked one of his co-workers who I was. They told him and he took this info to the internet. He found me on Myspace, of course, but he decided he had to email me after he found out I was not only from SC but my hero was Walt Disney.

    Fast Forward 16 months later (2 days ago): IN DISNEY WORLD
    Stephen and I finally got to take our first trip to DW together. 9/4 is our 16 month anniversary so we planned to have a romantic dinner at California Grill at the Contemporary. After Hollywood Studios that day we decided to take a walk on the Boardwalk. As we are walking from the Beach Club to the Boardwalk we walk past Sea Breeze Point. There were 4 people standing there and one of them was holding a guitar. Stephen suggested we go listen to them play something. I didn't understand why we would go up there but finally he pulled me up to the gazebo because he wanted to look at the view.

    All of a sudden, the four people behind us break out into song. Not just any song. Our Song!

    The started singing "Everything" by Michael Buble

    At that point I realized what was happening and Stephen asked me to dance with him. At the end of the song, he proposed.

    To top it all off, I called my mom to tell her the news only to find out that she had been watching from the lighthouse at the YC.

    NEXT SURPRISE:
    Stephen had already made an appt. with Disney Weddings for the next morning!


    So, yesterday I went to my first Disney Weddings meeting

    Now my questions start


    Wedding Info

    Wedding will be in a church

    Reception at Disney- AAR or YC- Not decided yet

    150 to 200 people will be attending



    My first question for you!!!

    We love the AAR but the only thing that is holding us back is having to get the photographer and videographer from Disney. After reading yalls planning journals I know who you like and dislike. Do I have to get assigned these people or is it not possible to get people like Randy Chapman, Roots or Misty to do my pictures??? The same question also goes for the videographers. At the meeting at DW they told me it had to be Disney people if its at AAR, but I swear I've seen pictures from yall using different people!!!


    I need your help! AND I am sooooo excited to finally get to officially join yall!!!
     
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  3. padisneyfour

    padisneyfour DIS Veteran

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    Just wanted to say congrats and welcome. looking forward to hearing your plans:goodvibes
     
  4. kayleighnik

    kayleighnik Mouseketeer

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    welcome and congratulations! gorgeous proposal!

    unless you sign your contract with DFTW before Oct 08, you will only be able to use disney photographers for in-park locations. So, you wouldn't be able to use Randy, or Misty etc, if you held your reception at AAR, but you could at somewhere such as Atlantic Dance Hall - hope this helps :thumbsup2
     
  5. bridetobe789

    bridetobe789 2009 Disney Bride!!!

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    Congrats and welcome ! What date are you looking at doing?
     
  6. figmentfan814

    figmentfan814 DIS Veteran

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    This is correct. I was married at the AAR in March and we were still able to use Randy and Stan, but the new rules are going into effect this fall. I still wouldn't let that keep you from the AAR. It's a beautiful location and your guests will love being inside the park. You can always request a specific photographer through Disney.

    What a great engagement story! That is so special how he had everything all planned out. Do you have any pictures to share?
     
  7. camara381

    camara381 DIS Veteran

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    WELCOME!!!!! and CONGRATS!!!!! What a sweet proposal story!!!!

    Unless you can get contracted in before October 1 then you will have to use Disney for photography.

    Good luck, can't wait to hear all your plans!!!!
     
  8. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    Thank you so much for this info!!!

    I love these message boards. We called Pam today just to confirm and she told us that ya'll were right and if we did sign the contract before Oct 1st we could choose our own. The photographer and videographer are both very important to us so we wanted to make sure we had as many possibilites as possible to choose from.

    And to answer your other questions. I do have pictures of the whole proposal! and a videotape too!! (His mom was hiding in the bushes...)

    I will post as soon as I get them from her, but in the meantime, this is us!


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  9. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    The dates we have it narrowed down to at the moment are:

    July 11th
    July 18th
    August 1st

    We're still trying to figure out the Church and if its possible to be married in a Catholic Church that we don't belong too. If not, it might be a Disney Wedding and Reception! We'll see...
     
  10. bridetobe789

    bridetobe789 2009 Disney Bride!!!

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    Darn the luck if it just HAD to be a disney wedding and reception ! haha .

    Cute pic btw!
     
  11. DisneyLover1234

    DisneyLover1234 Mouseketeer

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    If you really want the AAR I wouldnt let the photography rules sway your decision. What I would do is have the photographers that you do want to take your pictures of your ceremony and your family and bridal party and then have a Disney photographer take the pictures of the reception. For me, the ceremony and family pictures are the most important and the ones I really want to be amazing. I want the reception ones to be wonderful as well, but as long as I have my ceremony ones, Ill be happy. HTH
     
  12. Princesskeyblade

    Princesskeyblade DIS Veteran

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    Congratulations!!!!!

    What a beautiful proposal!!! I can not wait to follow along with you while you plan!
     
  13. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    We found a church that is willing to do the ceremony and its really beautiful!!!!


    Next problem,

    The latest time a Church ceremony can start on a Saturday is 1pm. You can not start a reception at AAR until 7pm.

    What in the world is everyone suppose to do in between all that time?!??!

    I figure:

    1- 2ish: Ceremony
    2- 3ish: Pictures
    The location is about 20 minutes away from Disney
    Arrive at Disney around 3:45
    Now what?

    We can have a cocktail hour at the Italy Isola but we're afraid it will be too hot.

    The other option is to have it at the Yacht Club but this starts to be a lot of transporting our guests around from place to place.

    BUT if the reception can't start till 7pm what do we do with everyone?
    Is it inappropriate to let people go back to their hotel rooms and freshen up and relax before the reception???
     
  14. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    P.S.

    How do you change your main title so that everyone knows it's been updated?
     
  15. figmentfan814

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    We had a morning ceremony and a brunch reception, but then our guests had a 5 hour break until our dessert party that evening. Most people used it as a chance to rest or a lot of them went to Epcot for the afternoon. Your guests would have the option to be inside the park and then meet at a designated location to head to the reception plus you could have a bus that picks everyone else up at their respective hotels. Our guests didn't mind the break especially since they were going to have a late night.
     
  16. camara381

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    What church is it? I still have not been able to find one.
     
  17. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    It's called Blessed Sacrament. They were really helpful. We're having my DF's priest come and do the ceremony there.
     
  18. keenercam

    keenercam Loves Mickey!

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    Congratulations on your very romantic proposal! Welcome to the forum. There is so much awesome information to be gathered here. I hope you'll share the details of your planning as you make decisions. Looking forward to hearing more!
     
  19. Emilita44

    Emilita44 Earning My Ears

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    Room Blocks!

    I never understood why everyone complained about room blocks. It seemed easy to me! I guess I was wrong...

    This weekend my fiancee and I get to do it! I can't believe how specific we have to be when we haven't even got a decent guest list put together! We've only been engaged for 2 weeks!

    The good news is that we've got Misty!! That's a big relief.

    So far the plan is

    Ceremony- 1pm- at the Church
    Boardwalk Cocktail- 5:30pm
    AAR Reception- 7pm to probably midnight

    I'm just ready to get the contracts signed and deposits placed so I can concentrate on more important things...

    LIKE MY DRESS!!!

    ... Next week I'll post some pictures of the proposal. If my house wasn't broken into and my laptop stolen it would have been sooner!!!
     
  20. lpizzuro123

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    Everything sounds great so far. We have Misty also. Looking forward to reading more.

    Just to let you know also, our ceremony is at 9:00am in Epcot, our pre and reception is from 10:00 to 3:00 in Atlantic Dance Hall and then there is a break until 8:00 when everone is getting together for the dessert party. I am sure people will be heading back to their resort to rest, maybe use the pool and change.

    Linda
     
  21. ClemsonGirl

    ClemsonGirl Mouseketeer

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    Congrats!! What a romantic proposal!! :lovestruc DF and I are in SC and he is in the television industry like you! :rotfl: Looking forward to reading more! :)
     

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