We're back and I'm married!!! Everything was absolutely wonderful and I'm still trying to process everything that happened. There were a few hiccups along the way, but in the end everything worked out better then I could have imagined it! There were so many magical moments along the way, it was really a dream come true!! If anyone is thinking about getting married in WDW but you aren't sure about it or feel silly - do it!! I think everyone ended up having a wonderful time and even the people that thought I was crazy ended up being impressed! So on to the trip report.. We were in WDW from April 20th to May 1st, then I surprised Jim by staying an extra day at universal from may 1st to May 2nd, and then we stopped at home for a day, and headed to San francisco from May 4th to May 6th. I tend to write in detail, so I hope it doesn't bore everyone too much. We ended up taking over 3,500 pictures between the two of us, so I of course have to sort through the pictures to choose which ones to upload, so it might take a while to finish. Hopefully some of you may enjoy the report. If you have any questions let me know : ) Here's the general outline of the wedding: April 20, 2006: arrive in WDW... dinner at 'ohana! april 21st - decide where to have the ceremony (read the story for more details) april 22nd - rehearsal in the morning, FANTASMIC dessert party at night! april 23rd - disneyquest april 24th - wedding day!!! Ceremony at the little island called the "isola" in the Italy pavilion at EPCOT, reception at Ariel's at the Beach club. 4/20 - 5/6th - honeymoon!! Here's a link to a PRE-trip report, with some details about how we met, the proposal, the bridal shower, and some of the planning details http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=12347457#post12347457 ((((Edited to add 6/18/207) - UPDATE - added links to our VIDEOS - including more video of the wedding day - uploaded on youtube, a complete index can be found on page 45 - or click here http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19471837&postcount=668 ))) On to the trip report! *************** April 20th, Thursday The morning we leave for WDW! Me (the bride) and Jim (the groom) would be flying from the los angeles airport to orlando with some of jim's family from california. My family was flying in at the same time, but since they all live in michigan, obviously they would be on a different flight! I hadn't seen most of my family in months, so I was doubly excited! I had fallen asleep at a normal time Wednesday night (the night before we left) around 11 pm or so, but had woken up 2 hours later and was too excited to fall back asleep. I got out of bed and saw that Sue (Jims mother) was awake and packing, I went to say hi to her. As I was talking to her she mentioned that I should pack some umbrellas and a rain coat. I had checked the weather the day before, and it had looked like there was going to be clear skies the whole time. I had checked that once and promised myself I wouldnt check again because I didnt want to get obsessed with it, when I had absolutely no control over what the weather would be. But since Sue mentioned it, I told her what the weather report said. Then she said really? Janiece called and said it looked like it would be non-stop rain for the next four days. I think my heart stopped beating for a few seconds there. I went online and looked up the weather again, and sure enough there were scheduled thunder storms here and there for what looked like the whole week. I was devastated. I tried to reason and be rational and tell myself that this is Florida, and the weather was really unpredictable, and the weather channel has been wrong before, but nothing I could tell myself was making me feel any better about it. I didnt care so much about if it rained on the wedding day, but if it rained and cancelled my fantasmic dessert party I was going to be so angry. I didnt want to pay over $1,500 for some desserts in a room somewhere!! And I wanted all my guests to see the Fantasmic show, I just knew they would love it and werent likely to watch it on their own. Most of my guests barely knew there were more then one theme park in florida, I wanted it to kind of introduce them to Disney and maybe get them excited about it. Anyway, I was a mixture of really excited about the trip and worried about the rain. I only got a half an hour asleep before the alarm woke us up. The night before I had made a music CD with some wedding songs to put in my alarm clock. I thought it would be fun to wake up to going to the chapel or something. At 2:30 am, the alarm went off and it was the game of love by Michelle branch. That wasnt the song I was thinking would play, so I hit snooze thinking it wasnt time to wake up yet. I did that twice more before finally realizing it was playing the wrong CD. Oops. I was so tired but was so excited that it was FINALLY the day we were leaving!!! I cooked some breakfast for me and Jim, cheese omelettes and bacon, but was getting ready while making them, so I ended up burning the omelettes which left a lovely cloud of smoke in the kitchen. We both quickly got ready and packed our last minute stuff and I went over everything in my head to make sure I had the important stuff. We were ready by 3:45 so we still had a while before the towncar got to our house. I had a pair of Winnie-the-pooh- ears that I sometimes wear to Disneyland, I decided to put them on my head that morning to get me in Disney mood. I forgot to take them off until we were in the car on the way to the airport. Our flight was for 7:30 am at the los angeles airport, which was usually 30-60 minutes away depending on traffic. I hired a towncar to come pick us up at 4:30 am. I was so ready to be on our way that I went outside and was kind of pacing around waiting for the guy to come. It was 4:45 am and still no driver. Finally I call the company and they tell me hes just a few minutes away. In the meantime, Jim and Sue are watching a Tivod episode of the Daily show while I am pacing around outside waiting for the driver. My dog was looking really depressed, I think he knows what having a bunch of suitcases in the hallway means (we had a house/pet sitter for while we were gone). I gave him a new shiny bone to chew on, and after that he pretty much forgot about us. At 4:50 the driver comes, apologizes for being late, we pack up our plethora of bags, and we are on our way to LAX! My dog looking depressed: Our luggage (actually this isn't even all that we took - there were 2 more carryons, and Sue was carrying something on for us as well) It was too early in the morning Packing our bags into the towncar Traffic wasn't bad that early in the morning so we got to the airport fairly quickly. The driver turned the radio on to the news and they were talking about finding dead bodies from 9-11, me and jim looked at each other like "great thing to listen to when going to the airport..." The driver got the hint and turned it to an easy lisstening music channel instead. Much better. They played a strange selection of music though, and there was one song, I forget how it goes but it has a "cha cha cha cha" in there somewhere, and that was in our head for the next few hours. A few people from Jims family were actually going to be on the same flight as us, but we were all driving separately, and since Jim and I had upgraded our tickets to first class, we barely saw them the whole time. I was still a little worried about the weather but was trying not to think about it. We get to the airport, check our bags, and go to security. I had set aside our disposable cameras so I could ask them to handcheck them. We watched the security guy checking them over doing some really technical looking stuff. Me and Jim were impressed and were making jokes about CSI and stuff, and the security guy seemed to be pretty amused by it. He smiled and told us to have a great day. We went to our gate and played tetris on Jims gameboy to pass the time. I called my mother's cell phone and she was with my family driving to the airport over in michigan. My mom said "I don't remember the last time i've been this excited!" I thought that was so cute. Five minutes till boarding and Jims family still wasnt at the gate. Jim was worried, but I know his family well enough to know that theyd be there one minute before they needed to be, no earlier and no later, and it would be fine. And sure enough I was right. Thats one of the reasons I wanted to go to the airport by ourselves, I like being there with time to spare so Im not rushed or worried. Jim was watching over his moms bag while she was going to use the bathroom, and right then they started to board first class. I wanted to get on, so Jim asked Josh (one of the groomsmen that was there) if he could watch the bag. He said something like you said youd watch it, its your responsibility. I kind of rolled my eyes a little, but Jim told me he was kidding and he took the bag and Jim and I got on board. I was sooo grateful that Jims mother had upgraded our tickets to first class, we had soooo much leg space and it was the most comfortable 5 hour trip Ive had! Their food was actually really good and the service was great. The brunch they gave us also included a bagel which was the first time in a year I had anything with bread in it. It took a while to get used to and to not feel guilty about it. It was weird. I didnt have any such problems with the warm chocolate chip cookies they gave us though. In between the meal services, I managed to fall asleep on and off for 2 hours, which I desperately needed. Jim watched X-men on our laptop while I slept. Pretty sunrise over LA Brunch: Jim eating a bagel Jim trying to make me laugh: Fluffy clouds, we must be over florida! We landed a short while later and I turn my cell phone on. I call my mom, who was on a flight from Michigan with my dad, sister, and brother-in-law, they landed the exact same time we did and they said they were still on the tarmac. I was on such an adrenaline buzz to finally be in Orlando, I was so excited!! After I hung up, my phone beeped that I had a voice mail message. I assumed it was my mother saying they landed, so I play back the message and it was my coordinator. She had a serious voice and said something like mary, this is your coordinator, when you get this message please call me as soon as you can, thank you. I was like, well that doesnt sound too good! Immediately I lose that excitement buzz and enter the oh great I just touched down in Orlando and already something is wrong mode. I tried calling her back but she wasnt there, her assistant said she would call me back as soon as she got back. Which gave me just enough time to imagine all sorts of things that might be wrong. The most likely scenario I thought was that she was going to say Fantasmic was cancelled, thats the only thing I could really think of. We get off the plan and are waiting at the gate for Jims family to de-board (they were in the back). Finally the coordinator calls me back, it was hard to hear her as they kept making boarding announcements at the gate, but from what I could hear she was telling me that one of the bridges at the Italy Isola where my ceremony was to take place had been under refurbishment, and was scheduled to be completed that day, but it didnt pass inspection. Me, with my jaw dropping, asked You mean we cant have the ceremony at the Isola?? Hopefully it didnt sound rude, I was just a little shocked and confused. Jim, who could only hear my side of the conversation, was looking worried too. The coordinator tried to sound optimistic and said there was still a chance we could have it there, but there was an ugly construction wall blocking off one of the bridges, so Jim and I would have to come by the Isola to take a look at it. If we didnt want to use the Isola then we could use the Italy courtyard, she said. Well that left me with a bit of a shock. Honestly though, I was just glad she didnt say fantasmic was cancelled. I had a feeling wed figure something out for the ceremony. But there I was, having just landed in Orlando, not sure about our dessert party and all of a sudden, after one year of planning the ceremony at the Isola, I had no idea where our ceremony would be. From the time we landed till the time we got to the baggage claim things got a little stressful. Jims family were going to a different hotel then us and they were taking Magic Express, so we kind of said hi and bye to them as my phone kept ringing and some of our guests and family kept calling me to ask me questions, and my mom kept calling me and asking where we were, finally I snapped at my mom to just hang on and I would call her when we got to baggage claim!! We finally got to the train that takes you to the center of the airport where baggage claim is, and I decided to put my Winnie-the-pooh ears back on to help me de-stress. People were looking at me like I was crazy and I didnt care! I love those ears! My family was at carousal 23 and we were at 5. I called and told them and it took them a while to make it down. Meanwhile we waited for our luggage which wasnt coming. I turn around and see my mom walk by in a different direction. I almost didnt recognize her, I was stunned! I hadnt seen her in a few months and I knew she was dieting, but shed always tell me she wasnt losing anything, but man did she look a lot thinner!! I dont know where she was headed though, then Jenny and Kevin (jenny = sister, maid of honor.. Kevin = her husband) sneak up behind us. I knew Jenny was pregnant, but I hadnt seen her since in so long, so I was like oh my god youre pregnant!! Like I didnt know, I couldnt believe it!! And was surprised to see Kevin too, even he had lost a weight. Everyone looked so different!! Jenny and Kevin looked pretty stressed out from traveling with my parents. She said dad was having a hard time walking/breathing when they got off the plane so had to wait for a wheelchair and said he was embarrassed and they were both being stressful about everything. I could sympathize. It was so nice to see everyone. Its jenny & Kevin, omg! My mom was by the exit talking to a luggage porter and I could tell by the look on her face that she was in a crucial moment stage. (Ever since we were little, me and my sisters called it a crucial moment that time when theres no time for silliness or jokes, because shes trying to figure something out and gets really stressed out). So I go over and say hi, she says something like hi! Hang on a few minutes and goes back to talking with the porter, I go back to the carousal and we wait for our luggage. It is taking forever to come out. Meanwhile, to the side of us we see a guy sitting by his luggage which obviously has a lot of musical instruments in it, and his bags say matthew nelson we all think it sounds familiar but we cant figure it out. Jim jokingly says maybe hes one of the nelson brothers, but we kind of laugh it off and forget about it. It literally took an hour for all of our bags to come out, it really set my schedule behind darnit!! We get our bags and go outside. My mom had hired a limo from happylimo and they came with a huge Limo navigator, it was really cool looking!!! My dad elects to sit upfront with the driver, and everyone else piles into the back. Inside the limo they had free cold drinks for us and started playing spongebob square pants on their LCD screens. It took me a little while to figure out how to turn off the TVs. We all try to catch up while in the limo and I was in a complete daze. It was so weird finally being there, seeing my family for the first time in a long time and seeing how different everyone looked, it was just so much to take in and process!! My dad sitting up front in the limo My mother being attacked by the luggage: me with my crazy eyes that I had in all the pictures that day from lack of sleep & excitement We start to see the Disney buses and the purple signs, and Im frantically trying to get everything on video and am just so excited! What feels like two minutes after getting into the limo, we pull into the yacht club, jenny says wow it looks really small, and I had to tell her that that was the convention center. Then we pull up in front of the lobby and everyone gets out of the limo. Im still half recording, half just being excited, I step out of the limo but my feet slide off of the little step and I trip and jar my ankles and wrists as I tried to brace for impact. Ouch. My moms like careful mary, youre the bride you cant break your ankles! I laugh it off and say Im okay but it actually hurt quite a bit!! I figure it will go away in a few minutes. Were at the Yacht club, I am just too excited, I dont know what to take pictures of first or what to look at first! We give our bags to the bellhop and go in the lobby.