Planning Journal Contents: Plans: About Us/Engagement Early Planning Stages (Finding Photographer & Travel Agent) DIY Save the Dates Q & A with the DCL Wedding Coordinator 1, 2 Welcome/Dessert Party Planning: 1, 2, 3, 4--includ. Room Block & Transportation Info Bachelorette/Hen's Party DIY Wedding Newsletter Invitations: 1, 2 (with DIY Tutorial for Envelope Liners) Boudoir Shoot Floral: DFTW Choices & Accessory Floral Inspiration , Accessory Floral BEO/Budgeting Welcome Bags: 1, 2 Wedding Attire: Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses, Welcome Party Dress, Shoes, Updates (First Dress Fitting & Groom's Suit) Wedding Dress Hangers Engagement Shoot: Preview, Photos Planning Guide Selections Wedding Rings Hair, Wedding Party Gifts, & Groomsmen Accessories Bridal Accessories Cake Topper Programs & Times Guide (w/ Tutorial) Trip Report: Day 1 Vendors: Welcome Party: Wishes Dessert Party, Sago Cay Pointe at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Ceremony Venue: Castaway Cay, Bahamas Cake & Champagne Celebration: Outlook Lounge, Disney Dream Travel Agent: Lisa Reece, Pixie and Pirate Destinations Photographer: Jessica Cumbie Photography Officiant: Pastor Hugh Kelly (my Uncle) Bridal Salon: Joan Pillow (Atlanta, GA) Motorcoach Transportation: Escot Buslines Invitations: Something Printable by Victoria Ann Accessory Floral: DK Designs Hawaii Personalized Wedding Dress Hangers: Erica May Made Custom Cake Topper: Sophia's Workshop Welcome Tote Bags: Wedding Chicks Shop Engagement Shoot Stylist: Amber Veatch (Jacksonville, FL) Ginger's Wedding Band: Brilliant Earth Timmy's Wedding Band: Ben Bridge Jewelers Monogrammed Bath Robes: Shop Momento Leather Wrapped Flasks: KillorglinCreations Ties: The Tie Bar Groomsmens' Flip Flops: Havaianas Clutch Bag: ANGEEW Lace Gloves: My Secret Place Drink Koozies: Totally Promotional Mickey Mouse Soaps: Jilly Bunny's Imaginarium Muslin Favor Bags: Clementine Weddings ___________________ Greetings Everyone! My name is Ginger. I'm a long time reader of the Disney Weddings and Honeymoons disboard, and have really enjoyed following different brides' PJ. Now that I am engaged and have the opportunity to plan a wedding, I thought I'd start my own PJ as well About the Bride: I'm 28 years old, and most recently from AL. I'm in my last year of veterinary school in Western Australia, and after graduating in Dec (woot woot!! ), I hope to work in a mixed animal practice back in the US. I love working with animals, traveling, all things Disney (especially Alice in Wonderland), reading romance novels, visiting the family farm, and going to see movies in theaters. About the Groom: Tim is also 28, and from Victoria (Australia). He's an engineer, and also comes from a farming background. Tim is a bit of a gamer, who also enjoys travelling, watching movies, and diving in his spare time. He indulges my love of Disney, and has visited WDW 4 times as well as been on 2 DCL cruises with me. Being silly on New Years Eve 2007 aboard the Magic How We Met: Tim and I met in 2005 when I was studying abroad for a semester in Melbourne, Australia. A mutual friend introduced us, and we started dating about a month before I was set to return to the US. Tim and I decided to try to continue our relationship long distance, and only saw each other twice a year for the next 18 months. After graduating from college in the US, I got accepted to vet school in Australia, and then moved to Western Australia in 2007. Tim and I moved in together in 2008, and have been happily living together ever since. We hope to move to the US in early 2012. The Proposal: Tim and I got engaged on July 30, 2011. Tim surprised me with a weekend away at a cottage in a nearby wine-growing region. Whilst relaxing by the fireplace (July is during Australia's winter), Tim suggested we go to the beach to have a glass of champagne and watch the sunset. The weather had been particularly unpleasant that day (cloudy, rainy and windy), but we hadn't done any sight-seeing yet, so we bundled up and headed out. Once arriving at the overlook, we made our way down way down the rocks toward the beach. When we realized that the path didn't actually lead to the beach (whoopsie), we trekked back until we found a spot on the rocks that was somewhat shaded from the wind. We then sat down with a glass of bubbles, and tried to enjoy the beautiful scenery. At sunset, Tim suggested that we take some photos. After we finished doing that, I noticed that Tim was fidgeting quite a bit. I was about to ask him if he was too cold when he swiftly moved in front of me and got down on one knee. I'm sure I looked absolutely shocked, and my internal monologue was so loud with "Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh" that I missed out on half of what he was saying to me. I managed to re-focus in time to say "Yes, absolutely!!!", and then we were engaged!!!!! The Ring: The ring is absolutely gorgeous! Tim designed it completely by himself, and used the diamond from his grandmother's engagement ring. It was originally purchased in an antique shop in England, and is thought to be over 160 years old. I love the fact it has such a history within Tim's family. The Wedding: Due to the trans-global nature of our relationship, it was impossible to find a place that would be convenient for both sides of our family. We then started looking into destination weddings. I had long liked the idea of a DCL wedding, but Tim was concerned it may be "too-disney" or not personal enough. We spent about a month discussing it, and eventually decided that it would be a really fun option. We could get to spend more time with our loved ones (many who will be traveling from Australia) than you typically can at weddings, and we'd get to travel around the Caribbean in style! We're sailing on the October 28 to November 1, 2012 (Halloween!!) Disney Dream cruise, and will be getting married on October 30 in Castaway Cay. We're anticipating somewhere between 20-30 guests, so it should be a relatively intimate group. I'm early in the planning process, so I have no idea yet about theme, colours, etc., but I think we'll go for a relaxed, but playful feeling to the wedding. I'm really excited about planning though!!