Hello! I’m Heather and my fiancé is Adam. We’ve been engaged since June 2011 and from that moment, I’ve been dreaming of having a Disneyland wedding. I've decided to create a PJ so I can share the information and ideas I've gathered with others because looking at other PJs has been extremely helpful for me, and also to have a record of everything in one place. I’m the Disney fan in this couple. Adam’s not so bothered and in his words, I’m lucky we go once for my birthday every year (even though he has a great time once we’re there). I guess my love of Disney stems from taking trips to Disneyland every summer growing up. And somehow I convinced him to get married there! We’ve known each other since kindergarten and have been together for almost 12 years now. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs, but have never wavered from one another. He’s my best friend and I am so excited to marry him and start a family. So we’ve done the site tour (more on that below), signed our contract and received our planning packet. Our official date is: August 8, 2013 at the Disneyland Resort in CA! Rose Court Garden and Sleeping Beauty Pavilion • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • OUR ENGAGEMENT Last year for Adam’s birthday I organized a huge surprise party for him with the help of his dad. I took him go karting with his friends and when we got home, he was shocked again to find a house full of even more friends and family. Everything was going smoothly until his best friend wanted to talk to me outside. I humored him and went onto the patio. Strangely, everyone else followed us outside. Weird. I was looking out at the view when I felt a tap on my leg. I turned around and saw Adam, dressed in a suit, down on one knee. He said a lot of sweet words, which I couldn’t remember for the life of me, and as soon as he was done I shrieked, “Yes!”. Turns out, his dad pushed the surprise party idea on me because he was in cahoots with Adam to make it an engagement party. Adam knew about the surprise party the entire time and played along, then surprised me with the engagement. Stinkers! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • OUR SITE TOUR We were considering three venues for our wedding, with Disney being my number one choice. At this point, we’d toured the other two venues and would make a final decision after the Disney tour. So we arrived at Disneyland on a Thursday for our site tour with Cynthia. Walking up to the hotel, Adam let me know that he was just going along with me and he wasn’t totally convinced. Fine. I’d warned Cynthia we’d have to sell him on this. We were taken to a room immediately and asked if we’d like some refreshments. Water? Yes, please. We were brought two bottled waters and Milano cookies on, dare I say, a silver platter. Adam looked stunned. Cynthia came in a short while later and covered everything we could think of. She then took us to view the ceremony and reception locations. The Rose Court Garden was absolutely gorgeous. The Adventure Lawn was gorgeous (yes, it’s just a lawn, but it was so peaceful and removed from everything). And then came the Sleeping Beauty Pavilion. Wow. Just wow. This was it, hands down. We thanked Cynthia for spending an hour and a half with us, and proceeded to Downtown Disney for a walk around and dinner. Adam looked a little concerned. The problem? He was blown away by the venue, the service, and Cynthia herself. We had found our venue We only spent about 30 minutes at the other two venues. Great places, friendly people, but no match for the awesomeness that is Disney. I never feel like I’m at a hotel or an amusement park at Disneyland – I feel like I’m walking around in a story, immersed in the setting, and that’s what I love. It must be that darn pixie dust!