*Teresa & Greg-7/1/12*Swan/Fultons/GF Marina-Epcot Character Fun-Updated*2/22*

Discussion in 'Planning our Happily Ever After' started by Icecoldpenguin, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. djsmith

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    :wave2: hi teresa i'm finally finished reading ur pj all the way from start until now, everythins turned out great!

    can not wait to read more more more i'm loving every detail of ur trip so far!
    an now that u have the discs of ur pictures on facebook they r also lookin amazin an i cant wait to see the rest!

    its great that u took ur nephew with u an i'm sure that day at hollywood studios will b remembered forever by him. he is also good with the camera thats a lovely picture of u an greg he took.

    the mini golf looks so much fun i cant wait to try it when we go!

    i'm so glad all the family got on an mixed well, an u shouldnt worry about offending anyone by sitting wi greg an the bridal party, u needed 2 relax an enjoy ur meal an people should understand that an that u cant b a social butterfly all the time sometimes u need to relax instead of worryin about speakin to everyone :)

    do just marry do a rehersal for all weddings at the swan or was this just somethin that u asked for?

    cant wait for the next part popcorn::

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  3. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    Wow I am so impressed that you have read through the whole thing that is quite an undertaking! But I am so glad!

    To answer your question I set up the rehearsal lunch on my own with a little help from my planner. I decided I wanted to do a rehearsal there because they are the same food company as Fulton's. This would also give me the opportunity to show everyone where the reception would be the day before. My planner got it arranged with the lady that runs special events for Fulton's and Portobello's because she was also handling our wedding. So I did not have to make and ADR through disney the restaurant just set it up and they allowed us to use the regular lunch menu instead of making us use a special event menu. It was very awesome!
     
  4. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    After the Rehearsal my Dad and I decided that we wanted to cancel our dinner that we had set up with his side of the family as everyone was full and that meal would be in a couple of hours. We all agreed that this free time was the only space of free time that many people would have so we all agreed to all just do our own things. My mom's side of the family along with Greg and I headed back to Old Key West we all wanted to change clothes and get some rest. The little ones needed naps. So we decide when we got back that we would add a day of tickets to my brother, nephews and mom's tickets and when everyone was rested we would go to the Magic Kingdom! As many of you know I really wanted to take my 2 year old nephew there since this would be his first trip and I did not want him to miss it. My brother also did not want him to miss it so this is what we decided to do!!

    Once everyone was rested and up it was time to go! So we headed off to the bus stop to go get on a bus to the Magic Kingdom!


    Found this on Youtube just to get you amped for what is about to happen! Watch this first and fast forward the video to the :30 second mark

    As we arrive at the Magic Kingdom I handed out tickets and when we got through the ticket turn styles the kids are asking are we there yet??

    We stop for some much needed pictures:

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    It was pretty amazing to take these pictures with my mom, brother, 2 munchkins and my future husband all together. I honestly never thought it would happen.

    When we got in to the Magic Kingdom we had to walk to where everyone could see the castle down main street. This was pretty great because Luke ( the youngest one) was in so much awe since he sees the castle before all his Disney movies start.

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    After this we decided we had to go to Fantasyland first and Luke loves trains so we went and got on the train to ride it around rather than walk through the mess of people.

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    When we got there we got to see the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak station for the first time it really was very very cool. I think the theming was done very well and it looked gorgeous. I would totally have gone and played in it!

    Off we went to go and ride Dumbo we decided this had to be everyone's first ride and naturally I had to ride this one with my mom since she and I had never been to Disney World together.

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    Here are some pictures of the rest of the gang on Dumbo!

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    After we got off Dumbo it was time to find something else to ride but of course there were some key spots we had to stop to get some awesome pictures first!

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    I would just like to point out that at NO POINT does Eric ever hold Ariel like this out of the water in what looks like a forest...Continuity DISNEY Continuity!

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    We were trying to get him to High 5 sebastian but he was clueless!

    Our next stop was The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh! My favorite ride in the Magic Kingdom and I knew that Luke would love it. The line was kinda long but the kids did great and I really think everyone enjoyed the ride. We also managed to fit all of us in one Hunny Pot!

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    Greg's favorite is Rabbit

    After this we either at at Columbia Harbor House first or we watched Philharmagic. I am not sure which happened first. Either way we ate at Columbia Harbor House and it was my first time eating there. It was not bad...your typical quick service and then we had to take everyone to Philharmagic we just knew they would love it...and they did!! Mom and I were singing all the songs!

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    Now it was getting close to the time for fireworks so we needed to get in place! We found a spot in the hub and we waited for the Magic Memories and You and then for Wishes!

    Everyone really loved the fireworks Luke even has a new phrase now "Fireworks go Boom!" This was probably one of the best parts of the excursion. Greg and I got to share our favorite Fireworks show in the world with our Family.

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    Once it was all over we headed out of the Magic Kingdom and it was off to catch a bus back to Old Key West. Everyone was exhausted and mom and I had to get things together to get up and get in a cab by 5:15am. Why are we getting in a cab at 5:15am you may ask? Well because tomorrow would be WEDDING DAY! We would get the room at the Swan from 5:30am to 1pm and Beaute Speciale would be arriving at 6am so we needed to get in the room and get situated!

    Coming Up: WEDDING DAY!
     
  5. NoOrdinaryPrincess

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    yay! You updated. Everything looks so awesome-getting to meet other disbrides, but especially getting to take your adorable little nephew to MK!
     
  6. MrsDrewsky

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    I wanted to say congratulations!

    My jaw literally dropped when I saw your bridal portraits at AoA. You two are a stunning couple. I thought Randy did a great job. We have a photo session booked with him this October, so I am anxious to read your review of him.

    I can't wait to read more. popcorn::
     
  7. elleinad16

    elleinad16 Have you ever looked beyond today into the future?

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    •The DISbride rehearsal picture is so cute.
    •Mmm, I really wanna try Portobellos. The menu sounds so yummy.
    •Poor Faith! I love that her mommy is trying to make her feel better.
    •Love the family MK pics. That's so special!
    •YAY FOR WEDDING DAY! Can't wait to read it!
     
  8. djsmith

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    Ye i like to read right from the beginning get the whole story i'v loved readin all the little details an i get ideas for wee things i'l mayb do lol also i'v only ever been to 2 weddings so its interestin 2 see all the different ways people do weddings. I like reading bout all the places specific to disney like the restaurants an venues as the next chance we get to go there will b for the wedding in 2014. An its good to see what others have done tht works an wht doesnt work. Currently reading faith an max's pj bout half way thro theirs :)

    Aw i meant the rehearsal ceremony where ur planner walked u through everythin that will happen for the actual wedding eg where u'd walk in from, what order things will happen in etc. u can probably tell i'm a bit of a worrier bout things i dont know an i like to b super organised an know whats happenin when etc

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  9. tiggerfan77

    tiggerfan77 I clearly do not make it to WDW enough

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    Hi Teresa! I've been a lurker for a while and have read yours and Faith's PJ's from the beginning. Great stuff you both are too cute! Also great to meet another fan girl as well. (I've been a longtime Star Wars, superheros and fantasy fan:wizard:) Can't wait to see more pics and updates from your wedding :3dglasses
     
  10. Bewitch324

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    Yay! You updated! Love reading about your adventures so far and can't wait to read about your magical day!!!

    I'm so glad you were able to spend some time with the kids in MK...I bet that was SO special!!!

    Have a great day!
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  11. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    It was a great day because I got to spend the day with all the amazing people in my life that were able to be there

    Oh I can't wait for your photoshoot!!! Thank you for the compliments and I will get a review of him up as soon as I can.

    I loved the time we spent in the MK what a great day!

    Oh Debra I can tell you all about the rehearsal if you want. How about I put a post up on the main thread. Would that be helpful?

    Hello fellow Fangirl! There is a lot more coming!

    It was very special thanks for commenting!

    Teresa
     
  12. Janice2013

    Janice2013 Earning My Ears

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    Hi and Congratulations,

    I ran into the same thing with changing my reception venue because I also am going to be using Randy Chapman. How large was your reception? We wanted to use the Atlantic Dance Hall but have less tham 40 people - will this work for us do you think or will it be too large? Let me know what you think please. Thanks
     
  13. Chilly

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    Really cute photos of your DN.
     
  14. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    We were going to do the ADH when we were still with DFTW. That was really the only venue that would have fit the vibe of our wedding. I think with 40 people you would be fine just do everything down on the bottom level and don't have a MASSIVE dance floor.

    They are so cute right?!!!


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  15. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    IT IS OFFICIALLY WEDDING DAY
    JULY 1, 2012
    The day in which Greg and I would encircle ourselves in the bonds of love and friendship
    Forever!

    INTRODUCTION TO WEDDING DAY POSTS:
    I will be splitting the wedding day up so as to not make the posts too long. If you are looking for a certain part of our day it will be easier to find this way. Here is my plan.
    Part 1: Getting Ready
    Part 2: First Look
    Part 3: Ceremony
    Part 4: Post Ceremony at the Swan
    Part 5: Downtown Disney Pictures
    Part 6: Reception
    Part 7: Dessert Party
    Part 8: The Aftermath
    Part 9: Wedding Thoughts Glad I Did/Didn't, Wish I Did, Wish I hadn't
    Part 10: Vendor Reviews

    Now on the DIS I will be limited on the number of pictures I can post so if need be I may add some additional posts so that I can include more pictures.

    Okay Moving on to Part 1:

    Waking up after our long night at the Magic Kingdom was way hard but I am so glad that we did it. My Mom, Grandmother and I got up and were out the door to a cab by 5:15am. We needed to get over to the Swan so that we could get situated in the room. We were expecting Beaute Speciale at 6am and I wanted to make sure we had allotted enough time. Man am I glad that I did this! The Swan was not prepared for us AT ALL! When we showed up with suitcases a wedding dress and all our gear and told them we were there to use the Sandpiper room as set up by Just Marry they looked at me like I was crazy. I think we stood at the front desk for about 20 minutes while they scurried around and made phone calls. The lady told me there were two sets of keys for the room, one with my name on it and Lindsay Cullen and another set with some other girl's name on it. I calmly suggested that perhaps the other set was for another bride that would be getting married that very same day which is why I only had the room until 1pm. She again looked at me like I might be nuts and that my logic did not make sense. I also explained to her that Lindsay Cullen is their catering director and at one point I had worked with her but that we opted not to do a ballroom reception. She said she would have to TRY to get a hold of Lindsay to find out what the issue was. In my head I said "REALLY it is 5:30 in the morning do you really think she is going to answer your call?" Now I knew this was not my planner's fault this was entirely the swan being stupid but I called Diana anyway and of course she did not answer are you kidding me it is way too early I knew she wouldn't. So eventually with no answer from Lindsay and me saying "look hair and makeup will be here shortly I need to be situated in the room for MY WEDDING, you can give me the keys or I will find the email from my wedding planner that states when I have this room and if you do not let me in the room to get ready and my wedding gets screwed up Starwood Hotels can reimburse me for all the money I paid for this wedding!" She finally gave me the keys and let me go up to the room. Dear GOD talk about a way to start a morning.

    Once we were in the room I made sure to take some shots of the room for fellow Swan brides because that was one thing I had been looking for prior to the wedding.

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    As you can see from this picture Laine, Alexi and Jackie are already in the room and they were setting up on a table I found in the closet

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    Here is the closet to the right and the toilet and another sink to the left

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    The bathroom

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    the room from over by the closet

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    taken from near the front door looking through the bar area

    The space was really rather big with two balconies and a bathroom with the bar/ kitchenette thing. It had plenty of space in it and I actually really liked it. It was not really decorated or anything but it was very clean so no complaints there. For Beaute we actually were able to cover their table they were working on with a sheet because mom and I had stolen a sheet from Old Key West to wrap around my dress in the garment bag to help prevent it from wrinkling.

    So now it was time to get ready! We had several people that were getting hair and makeup done but in reality compared to some weddings it was not that many. Greg's mom went first so she could leave and go back to the Boardwalk to get dressed. While she was getting worked on for hair my mom was talking with the girls about make up. It was at this point that I realized that Laine was there for me and for me only the other girls would take care of everyone else. Laine and I held back from working on me right away. I had to orchestrate getting food up into the room for everyone. We ended up ordering room service a la carte my mom called and told them what we wanted and about 45 minutes later it arrived. We had fruit, yogurt, breakfast pastries, coffee and juice.

    While all of this is going on my Grandma is furiously trying to put together my charm bracelet. We had gotten everything last minute so we needed to assemble it ourselves. Eventually I was in such a trance I did not see what they were doing but the bracelet did turn out great.

    My mom started getting her hair and makeup done and man it seemed like time was just flying by but in reality it wasn't at all. Beaute just works so very fast! Laine eventually started working on me but while she was working on me my Grandma was starting her hair and it was at this point everything came to a grinding halt! My grandma when she gets VERY VERY stressed has a history of some sort of medical condition that we still don't know what it is. She gets shaky all over and sometimes gets semi paralyzed. It is almost as if she is having a tiny tiny seizure but still to this day we have no idea what causes it. The last time it had happened was at her mother's funeral back in 2002. Well luck would have it that this would happen on wedding day. I asked Laine if we could stop so that my mom and I could take care of my grandma. We asked people to leave that we felt were making the situation worse my grandma does not like people seeing her in that state. We moved her to the bathroom and I started making phone calls to grandpa and greg. We did our best to calm her and Alexi from Beaute called the hotel for pillows and blankets. We even alerted we may need EMS. This of course probably made it worse because Grandma did not want to ruin the wedding. Greg and the boys including my grandpa were getting ready at Old Key West Greg told me to take care of Grandma and the wedding would just have to wait. Mom decided to give Grandma a wintergreen life saver to suck on to stop the chattering of her jaw and low and behold that little life saving mint saved the day. It completely calmed everything. Faith arrived shortly after that and I asked her if she would go to the swan shop and see if she could find some mints. She was able to find some and bought them and brought them up. By this time Grandma was MUCH MUCH better and was back getting her hair done....a sigh of relief came from me and Grandpa came to the room to check everything out and make sure things were good he must have relayed the message to everyone else because Greg never called to check on things so he must have just known they were ok.

    A couple of other little things happened I had forgotten the iPod that the ceremony music was on luckily I had realized it early and Greg made sure to bring it over. Also I forgot the marriage license. It was a good thing Rev. Teresa Knox was there when I realized that because she calmed me down and said we had time for like 10 days after the wedding to get it to her.

    Many of you at this point are probably like HOLY CRAP! WHAT AN INSANE MORNING. I can honestly say it was insane but I did not feel that stressed I just somehow knew that it would all work out.

    Hair and makeup continued on while my pandora was playing in the background. The bridesmaids finally were all there and everyone had gotten hair and makeup done except me. We were still working on me. It was about that time that Randy and Stan showed up this means it was around 9am now. They started shooting and I really was not aware of them that much because honestly I was in a daze. Faith was controlling my phone, pandora, my iPad and any social media that needed tending too so I really had no idea what was going on. All I knew was that we were running late. I needed to be in my dress for first look pictures by 9:30am and we were still working on makeup. It was because of this that I finally started getting stressed out. Randy kept telling me to breathe and relax and for me to take my time because I had to look perfect. So I tried doing that and Laine was great with helping me. Randy told me that we would make it all work and they he would take care of everything so I knew that I had to let go of the control I had on the wedding and just leave it up to everyone else. This was very hard to do.

    Once I let go of the fact that my timeline was getting screwed up I felt a lot better. I think a lot of people came in and out of the room but I did not notice it. Again the bridal trance had me all screwed up. The only 2 people I truly remember were Laine who helped me smile, laugh and breathe and my mom who also was my rock that day.

    The flowers also arrived and I remember finally seeing my bouquet and my jaw just dropped when I saw the girl's flowers I just could not believe how simply amazing everything had turned out. I was stunned. After the flowers got situated and I was in my dress and jewelry was on it was time for pictures!!!

    And now it is time for pictures of the getting ready process!

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    See all the people in the room that I never noticed

    I have to cut here because of picture limits another post coming right up to finish.

    Teresa
     
  16. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    continued...

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    I finally saw myself!

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    My lovely mother putting my jewelry on

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    Okay the next pictures are the detailed shots of the dress and shoes and all that stuff I hope you enjoy!
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    The charm bracelet completed and on!

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    RINGS!

    one more post....to be continued...dang picture limits
     
  17. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    continued....

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    Star Wars Touches!

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    Shimmer time!

    Okay that about does it for Part 1! I hope you enjoyed it there is so much more to come from this day and so many pictures!

    Teresa

    Coming Up: The part of the wedding day where we took some pictures and had our First Look!
     
  18. NoOrdinaryPrincess

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    AAHHHHH Everything looks great! Your bouquets are PHENOMENAL can't wait for more!
     
  19. djsmith

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    That'd b great Teresa no big rush obviously jus do it whenever u get the chance an send me a link/let me know an i'l go read :)

    i know u'v put loads of pics up on facebook an i'v read the wedding day things u'v put on ur other blog(or mayb ur wedding website i cant remember right now) but even tho i'v seen an read bout it already its great seein it again jus now :)

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  20. elleinad16

    elleinad16 Have you ever looked beyond today into the future?

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    Yayyy, wedding day!!!

    Wow! I can't believe the start to your morning! I'm so, so happy everything worked out! And that your grandmother was ok!!

    Aww, I love Laine--she's the best!

    Awww, I also love Faith! Taking great care of you!!!

    I adore your eye makeup!

    The bouquets are soooo pretty!
     
  21. Icecoldpenguin

    Icecoldpenguin May the Force Be With You

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    Thank you so much for the compliments!

    I am so glad you are reading everywhere that is so nice. I will get something up on the DIS can you let me know exactly what you would like to know?

    I was so relieved about my grandmother as well. Laine totally rocks she is such a sweet girl. Thanks on the compliments I feel like it was gutsy to go with such a dramatic eye but I am so glad that I did. It is definitely more me than doing a natural eye.

    There is an update coming soon!
     

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