INDEX Intro Rings Shoes Newsletter #1 Newsletter#2 Dress Ceremony MOH Dress New Plan! Wedding day timeline Planner and PS Plan Food Tasting Planning Session Invites Estimated Budget from Disney Floral Proposal At- home reception plan Something Old, Something new Etsy Transfers/Shirts At Disney! Wedding Pic Sneak Peeks Video Sneak Peek _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Trip Report Started! Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Mini Update Getting Ready and First Look MK Shoot EPCOT Shoot Pre-Ceremony Pics Ceremony Part 1 Ceremony Part 2 Post-Ceremony Pics Reception Part 1 Reception - Minnie and Mickey arrive! Dinner at HDDR Dessert Party _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Alright, Alright - after over a year on the boards, scouring every post for countless hours every day, and asking question after question from all the experts on here, I've finally decided to commit, and actually start my PJ. I feel like I am starting this very late, as most of my plans are made, but I figure for all those last minute details I may need some followers to help me along the way - so c'mon ladies, opinions are welcome (some of you have likely already flamed me for some of my fairly controversial ideas)...but I'm a big girl - I can take it! If there is one thing I never lose it's my sense of humor! Alright - so where to begin....ah yes: The cast and crew.... Me: Kelly, a 32 year old very stubborn, fun-loving, sometimes crazy, control freak, over-the-top Disney lover. DFi: Adrian, 26 (almost 27 - yes I am a cradle robber and proud of it) year old hilarious, goofy, musically talented, definitely not a control freak, easygoing, good natured, wonderful, also over-the-top Disney lover (lucky for him) Us at WCC being fools as usual... MOH: My neice Jordan, 16 years old next month, the serious and quiet one, also an over-the-top Disney lover. "Bestie" (short for best girl/woman/or a fairly inappropriate term I used once but shall not repeat): My niece Sara, 14 years old (and considers Adrian to be about the most awesome human being around and thus why she is standing with him)...she is the fun loving, silly, goofy, sensitive, and bratty one of the group Jordan is the taller one, Sara is the other one in the photo that is NOT Minnie Mouse... Our Story My passion for Disney has been going on basically my entire life, but really seemed to heighten in 2003. I had just come out of a very long and horrible relationship for which I had moved across the country from my family and friends for 6 years (i know - weird thing to post on my wedding PJ but it's a part of what brought me here today...). After we split I moved back to my hometown of 14000 people (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia for anyone who wants to google it) and a month later went on an epic Disney trip that my sister had organized for 17 family members. That trip changed, and pretty much saved my life...On that trip I made a few promises to myself....as cheesy as this may sound the first time I stood in front of the castle and watched Wishes, tears streaming down my face I thought to myself "Never again will I shortchange myself....I will never allow someone to be a part of my life that cannot appreciate how lucky I am to have this amazing family, and to have this kind of tie to them." My family are the most wonderful people in the world...I am close to my mom, both of my sisters, and their 4 children. Many people are not this lucky and I felt like that trip was the first time I had truly acknowledged and understood it. I knew from that day on that if I could not find someone who fit with all of us, then it would not be worth it for me... Fast forward...Adrian and I met at the call center where we were both working at the time, me as a Trainer and him as a Help Desk Agent and Supervisor sometime in 2004 or 2005....I can't remember because we didn't really talk until 2007 (call centers are weird that way). One night I was at home and he had "game night" on his MSN status (I am a huge board game freak) so I sent him a message asking what game he was playing, it turned out it was NOT the type of game that I expected at all but a geeky online game - (maybe some of you have heard of WoW??) that he played with his friends....anyways we struck up this very strange and random conversation... turns out we had both just gone through some very heavy-duty life changes and were ready for a fresh start. We talked pretty much constantly for the next few weeks, and lo and behold....3 years later here we are planning a Disney wedding (there's more to the story but I don't want to give it all away yet). Well not only did I totally fall for him but so did my family - lucky guy, eh? He really is that guy who just "fits" with us! Our first Disney Trip Together So a bit more background....I'm not the only Disney Nut in my family....there is also my sister, my mom, and Jordan and Sara. All girls you may notice....due to some disastrous circumstances with family vacations prior to Adrian coming into my life we had kind of decided to leave the "boys" out of our Disney trips - forever. (and I DO mean disastrous...like imagine sharing a room with your mother and step father and him deciding not to speak to you for 8 days of the trip....that kind of disastrous...lol)...and for any guys out there reading this - I am NOT saying that men can't have fun at Disney - I am saying the men in OUR family had never been able to do it before! So in 2008 my sister and I talked it over and said - OK here is the true test...we're going to bend our "no boys" rule and take Adrian to Disney with us and just see what happens. Little did he know this was a "make it or break it" situation. Not that I'm saying I would dump him if he did poorly on this trip - he just would never have been able to come on our Disney trips with us again (which are now at least annual if not twice annual trips)...so it was a big deal. That trip was Adrian's first time ever on a plane, and turned out to be one of the most fantastic trips we had ever taken...it was kind of a done deal after that. He was so fun to have around, and on an all-girls trip at that! he was good natured, funny, and if anything entertained us in any lineups that were even moderately long....so yeah, he's a keeper. Luckily he caught the Disney bug too! We even got matching bright green t-shirts (which we are wearing in the above photo) which I will say he wore without even blinking an eye.