Well, I've been a "lurker" for a while now, but just had the most amazing experience with an Escape wedding, so I thought I'd share! I'll start out with a little background. My husband and I are both in the Army. We were dating for a year before I found out I was deploying and he would be deploying a year later. So, we were trying to be so "practical" and broke up, since we would spend over two years apart. It didn't work. We missed each other, so we got back together and started planning a January 2009 Disney Wishes Wedding on his R&R. But we wanted to be legally married before he deployed. We were going to overlap in Iraq for two months, so we were going to get married by proxy in Texas! I'm from Texas, so he was going to visit my folks, get the license (with all the paperwork required from me) and have my best friend stand in as me for the "ceremony." We were going to make it as fun and silly as possible, since it was just to do the legal thing. Our families were going to be there, but it wasn't super important to us. Then I found out I was coming home a few months early. We would be able to take leave together!!!! I NEEDED to get to WDW anyway to plan, so I thought we could both go (he's never been) and get married while we were there. I've wanted a Sunset Point wedding, but would have more than the 20 folks you're allowed. This is where I get to compliment all the wonderful people at Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. We'd already been working with Kristi Davis for our Wishes wedding, so Tom contacted her as soon as he knew I'd be coming home. She put us in touch with Amy Riendeau for the Escape Wedding. They are both wonderful! Tom told them I wanted to do it at Sunset Point, but they said they didn't allow weddings there from April through October because of the heat and bugs. I love my husband. He wouldn't take no for an answer. He told them I was in Kuwait and it was 120 degrees. He didn't think Florida got that bad. Kristi really played that card, too, and they agreed to do it for a 8:00am ceremony. Fine by me! The Escape Weddings are so relaxed. I know everyone can't have both. I know I'm spoiled (but when you are in Iraq for a year, you don't have much opportunity to spend money, so you can blow it on Disney Weddings), but having the Escape Wedding was so much fun. We didn't tell our parents. Didn't even tell them I was home from Iraq. They knew we were getting legally married, but if I had said "hey, I'm home!" I would have heard no end to "Why don't you come do the legal ceremony in Texas." I didn't want to say my vows in front of friends and family, only to invite them to a January wedding where I say my vows in front of friends and family. Just seemed weird to us. So, we invited my best friend and her husband (and baby). So, Tom worked with Kristi and Amy and I just had to pick the type of flowers (Island Bouquet), the cake (chocolate with amaretto mousse), the music (all Disney songs), find a dress, schedule a dress steaming, schedule hair and makeup...okay, so there was still a lot to do...especially in two weeks! The date was basically chosen for us. Escape Weddings are M-F, and the earliest we could get there was late on the 11th (Wed). We had to get the marriage license on Thursday, so Friday the 13th it was! I thought it was neat. The coolest part is June 13th was my Best Friend's 9th wedding anniversary, and they were able to celebrate with us. As my MIL says: it was Bashert (she's Jewish). Next Up: our stay at the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge and our pre-wedding activities.