Hi Everyone! Im sort of a newbie, but I have been reading everyones awesome planning journals and TR on their weddings since January and have found them so fun and helpful. I am really excited to finally be able to share the details of planning my own DFTW! DF and I are having a Simply Chic Couture Collection Wedding (designed by David Tutera) on January 3, 2009. I know that the Couture Collection Weddings have not been well received on this board, but I hope that everyone would still like to hear the thoughts behind and process of having one of these weddings (maybe there's someone out there who is also interested in having a Couture wedding!?) About us: DF and I met through a mutual friend during my freshman year of college at Santa Clara University (DF was a senior at the time- an older man!) and we have been together now for a little over 4 and ½ years, living together for just about 1 and ½ years (although I took a job on the East Coast for a year, so we are doing the whole long distance thing right now), and got engaged 10 months ago in Disneyland!!!! I knew I wanted a DFTW ever since I was a little girl. On one trip, while we were staying at the Grand Floridian, I was walking around outside the hotel with my family and saw a bride riding in Cinderellas glass coach. Right then and there I told my daddy that when I grew up I was going to ride in Cinderellas coach on my wedding day, and he just looked at me, said Save your money! and laughed. Needless to say I was determined to prove him wrong!! Once we were engaged, having a DFTW just fell into place. Both of our families are from different sides of the country, and instead of making one family travel, we decided to make both. We're equal opportunity inconveniencers! DF never had a set place in mind for where he wanted to get married. While we talked about having a wedding at the SCU Mission or somewhere in my home state of Connecticut, as soon as I suggested having our wedding in Disney World, he said he couldnt imagine us getting married any place else! Either could I! More to come tonight (I need to get back to work so we can pay for this wedding!)- including details and pics of our DL engagement and the start of our wedding planning (we've been talking with our coordinator since August, so I have a lot to write!) Preview pic of the entrance to our engagement dinner: I hope you all will stick around and read more over the next 20 months!!