Mary Lou & Rob's Contemporary Fairytale Wedding! Wedding Pavilion~California Grill~Epcot Dessert Party in France On November 7, 2009, I became what I always dreamed: a Disney bride! Table of Contents (I am such a teacher!) Welcome Boxes and Day 1 Highlights Day 1 Dinner at Shutters and Meet Up at Caribbean Beach Pool Day 2 Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table with Flower Girls and Ring Bearer Day 2 Magic Kingdom with my family Day 2 Epcot Food and Wine and Bachelorette Party at Jellyrolls and the Boardwalk Day 3 Rehearsal at Wedding Pavilion Day 3 Rainforest Cafe Welcome Lunch Part 1 Day 3 Rainforest Cafe Welcome Lunch Part 2 Day 3 The Wave Bridesmaids' Dinner The Wedding Day- Up Earlier Than Rope Drop! The Wedding Day- Getting Ready Pictures with Randy/ Wedding Floral The Wedding Day- The Guys! The Wedding Day- Entering the Grand Floridian The Wedding Day- Formal Portraits The Wedding Day- Grand Floridian Beach and Landau Coach Pictures The Wedding Day- At the Wedding Pavilion I am finally starting a TR, so I can share with you some of the things I learned while planning my day, and hopefully help another bride with planning. There just isn't enough information out there for California Grill brides! It has taken me awhile to get started, mainly because I am a novice at picture software and things of that nature, but also because one of my friends passed away 3 months after my wedding. I am thankful he was able to share in the magical memories with me and it makes me realize how lucky we were to have a wedding with so many family and friends coming to our special place- Disney World! Our reviews I am not rating them, just giving my opinions, because truly all of them are consummate professionals and are at the top of their game. Wedding Planner Michelle Wenzler Dorr She is the best planner! I enjoyed conversations with her; she is organized and made everything easy. She didn't hesitate to make recommendations and in hindsight, everything she recommended turned out to be true. There were some "bumps" on my day and she handled them all in a way that I didn't even notice them! She gets extra points for coming to the Poly to visit us on our MK shoot day so I could get a pic with her in my wedding dress. (The day goes so fast!) She is the epitome of a Disney Cast Member and I will request her for my future vow renewals! Floral Disney Floral- Laura Kidd She is a great floral designer and she really listens to what you say. She flourishes when she is allowed some creative license. I gave her total freedom with the altar piece and it became one of my favorite things! Although the centerpiece vases were bigger than I imagined, I did love the final product and she totally got our Contemporary Fairytale theme. Another "friendly professional" which I expect from Disney. She worked with my husband to create some amazing surprises for me! Officiant Rev. Jack Day Perfect. He performed a beautiful ceremony, which included everything I asked for. I did a very customized ceremony and he complimented it and just did a perfect job delivering it. It seemed as if I knew him longer than just a few days and all my guests loved it, which is a big deal since I was breaking tradition by not having a Catholic ceremony. He balanced formality with a bit of humor and Southern charm. I loved him. Hair and Makeup Ana, Rosie and Laine from Beaute Speciale Talkative girls who run a great business. I wish I could have Ana follow me around every day. I love the way she made me look and she scores extra points for really acting as if she appreciated my business. She even emailed me with the products she used on me so I could buy the shadows for my own use. They really set my mind at ease and kept me calm and able to enjoy the day. I am truly thrilled that I chose them and can't wait to have Ana do my makeup again someday! Videography Disney/Bruno White Kyle was a pleasure to work with and he risked life and limb to get my veil when it blew away on a very windy wedding day. The final product is exactly what I wanted and I am overall very thankful I got the videography. They even took all the recorded footage of my friend who passed away and put it on a separate dvd for me. They respond quickly and were a pleasure to work with. Photography Randy Chapman Randy was great to work with on my wedding day and I enjoyed having him around to help with anything and everything. I will let you be the judge of the actual pictures; I believe photographs are a really personal thing and tastes vary, but I like Randy's romantic and creative approach. I have not yet received my photoshopped pictures or my album, so I will update when I do receive all those things. Invitations Smashing Cards Ashley made some gorgeous invitations for me and it was exactly what I wanted. She never made me feel like it was a problem to go back and forth on 24 ribbon colors and I loved how it turned out. I only wish I had spent the money to have her do all my paper products instead of DIY-ing! Napkins Shelley from Impressions Shelley used my dad's calligraphy on the stamped napkins to make them match and it turned out great. Although a little pricey, I loved how they looked with the castle and balloons, tying in the balloons at our Dessert Party. She was very easy to work with. Music DJ Scooter/Mike Did everything I asked of him, played the style of music we loved and interjected just the right amount of humor without being tacky. He even practiced all our Polish last names. We had a lot of people dancing at an afternoon wedding in a very warm and sunny California Grill! No props, either I was nervous about having a DJ but couldn't afford a band. I was happy with DJ Scooter and glad Michelle recommended him as our "match". Please stay tuned for more, including our Caribbean Resort pool party, Rainforest Cafe Rehearsal and a Bridesmaids dinner at the Wave, leading up to the wedding!