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Old 09-12-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Talking ** Kat & Pauls Wishes Wedding 3.8.11 WG/AG/DP @ UK Lochside **

Hello all ...I thought it might be about time to make a start on my own PJ before its too late!

I've spent so long reading everyone elses that time has gotten away from me and now we've got less than 6 months until we start our happily ever after!

So, first of all, here's a little background...

I'm Kat, 26, and work in customer service. DF is Paul, 25, and he works in motor insurance.

This is us! (YAY I finally figured out how to post pics! There's no stopping me now!! )



Side note - DF doesn't normally have such short hair but he decided to cut it all off...I'm not a huge fan but don't tell him that! haha!

We met 7 1/2 years ago at a local night club called Jumpin Jaks. I was 19 and DF was 18. It was a busy Saturday night in April (26th to be precise) and I was dancing away with my friends and having a great time DF was heading to the bar and he put his hands on me as he squeezed past, surprised, I stepped back, right onto his foot in my 4 inch heels! (ouch) I felt bad and apologised and he continued on his way to the bar. I told my friends then and there that he was 'the one' and I guess I was right! I kept my eyes on him throughout the night (and he kept his on me or so he says!) We swapped numbers and I saw him almost every weekend after that. 5 months later he finally worked up the courage to ask me to be his girlfriend. I remember him giving me a long speech and telling me that he might not be the best boyfriend but to bear with him (just for the record I think he's the greatest!!) We've been inseperable ever since!

The proposal...

In Sept 2007 DF, myself and my family (mum, dad, sister, brother in law, baby niece, aunt and uncle) went to Florida. We were staying at Disney's Old Key West Resort for a few days before heading to the coast and that morning we went to Typhoon Lagoon. We had a geat day and DF spent the whole time trying to convince me to go to MK that evening to see Wishes. I'm not a huge fan of fireworks (too loud for my liking!!) but DF was adamant he wanted to go. I moaned about it all day to my mum and sister but with a little, ok, A LOT of persuasion from my mum, sister and DF I eventually agreed to go.

We got dropped off at MK in the early afternoon (DF and I were both too young to drive a hire car at the time so we were chauffeured around everywhere by my fabulous parents! ) We did a few of the rides and had some dinner. We did a spot of shopping in the Christmas shop (where I purchased an excellent Mickey Mouse wreath with bells) and then found a place to sit and watch the parade. When that was over we headed to the front of Cinderellas Castle to watch Wishes and it was soooo busy!! First of all we were just standing in the middle of a huge crowd but then I spotted a little hideaway just big enough for two, so, I took DF's hand and led him over. There wasnt a huge amount of room so DF stood behind me with his arms around my waist. The fireworks were amazing (as always but still too loud!) and as it was nearing the end DF whispered 'Can you hear me?' I said 'Yes' and then he said the 4 little words every girl wants to hear...'Will you marry me?' Now, at this moment you'd of thought I'd of burst into tears, threw my arms around him and said yes Yes YES!! But unfortunately for DF I said 'Dont joke!!' (and then went back to watching the fireworks! ) You see, my unfortunate response was because, by this point in our relationship we'd been together 4 years and were in the process of buying our first home together. I knew DF was 'the one' from the moment I first met him and had been desperate to marry him ever since but he was adamant he had to get all his ducks in a row. Which meant moving in together BEFORE we got engaged and that wasnt due to happen for another 6 months so I thought he was just messing around. Of course, when the most beautiful, sparkly ring appeared over my shoulder I soon realised he wasnt joking! Of course then I said yes! Unfortunatley the ring was too small (he severely underestimated the size of my sausage fingers!!) so I couldnt put the ring on but I wouldnt put the box down and my face hurt so much from all the smiling I didnt cry (much to DFs disappointment) but I threw my arms around him and couldn't stop kissing him!! I was the happiest girl in the world right then!

Here's a picture of my ring...I don't seem to have a close up one of me wearing it (I dont think I took one as I insisted on showing it to everyone in person! haha!) so I downloaded this from the website!



DF thought that now he had proposed he'd get a bit of a break before I'd want to start planning and set a date...well, he thought wrong!!

We're planning our Wishes wedding for 8th March 2011...I'm super excited...and with less than 6 months until our magical day I really need to get a move on with the planning!!

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Old 09-13-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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So poor old Paul thought he'd have plenty of time before I'd want to really get down to planning but just a few days after the proposal we were at Francks getting more info about having a DFTW I even took him for a sneek peek around the WP. It's beautiful without a doubt but I knew straight away that it wasn't right for us, and DF agreed.

We knew we wouldnt be having a big wedding, not like we would if we'd got married back here in the UK (there's just no way ALL our friends and family would be able to fly to Florida) so we decided to go for somewhere a bit smaller and that's why we chose the wedding gazebo at the YC! It's beautiful and takes advantage of the fabulous Florida weather too and coming from the UK, we need some of that gloriously warm, sunny weather!!

Unlucky for me though DF had a few stipulations and he would not agree to have a Disney wedding until we had spoken to everyone at home to make sure the really important people could make it. And worse still he said we'd have a lot of saving to do so we couldn't get married until 2011!!! And that seemed like forever away!!

Fast forward 3 years and a few days and here we are...with just under 6 months to go to our special day! I still get all giddy with excitement when I realise that in just 176 days and 55 minutes I will be Mrs Greenaway!!

Earlier this year DF and I flew to Florida with my parents to buy my wedding dress and to meet with Michelle from DFTW at Francks to decide what venues we wanted to use!

This is a picture of me, DF, my mum and dad whilst in Florida



We almost didn't make it to Florida though. We were just a few weeks from flying when the airports closed down due to volcanic ash in the air space. We started off thinking 'we've got loads of time for it to clear, it'll be fine!' But as it got closer to our flight date we started to worry. On the Sunday before we were due to fly I went shopping with my mum and dad as DF was away on a boys boat trip and we had pretty much resigned ourselves to the fact that we weren't going. We were so sad! On the Tuesday at work I told my boss I'd probably be in on the Thursday (flight day) but I had booked the Wednesday off as were we doing twilight check in and staying at the Hilton and decided to still have that day off, just incase! On Tuesday night DF and I were sitting at home, he was on the internet and I was watching tv and without looking at me he said 'they're opening uk airspace tomorrow' It was all over the news so I called my dad. No one wanted to get their hopes up so he just said 'we'll just see what they say tomorrow'. Soooo...just incase I wrote a list of what I needed to pack as I'd be doing it very last minute! DF was working the next day so off he went in the morning and I waited for 'the call' from my dad. We got so lucky as we had one of the first flights out of the UK! I think it made us enjoy the trip even more because we were so close to not going!!

Here's a picture of us celebrating at the Hilton on the Wednesday night!! All checked in and ready to go!



Meeting with Michelle was great...she was so nice and had loads of ideas!
We'd already decided we wanted to get married at the wedding gazebo at the YC and until late 2009 we wanted to have our reception at AG, but imagine my surprise (and disappointment) when I read on the DFTW website that it was only avaliable as a reception location until Sept 2010! I was totally thrown...I'd set my heart on it and now I had to pick somewhere else! I spent hours going through all the wedding blogs and reading up on possible locations but I still couldnt narrow it down. Nowhere else felt right. But when we met with Michelle she made my day when she suggested it as a reception location!! I seriously thought, 'OMG, can I be this lucky?!' She explained that they were still going to be using it as a reception location and it was literally like music to my ears! We'd never even actually seen inside AG before so Michelle took us over and from the minute we walked inside we were sold! For those of you that haven't seen AG before, here are some (not so great) pictures!!

This is the dance floor



This is where we will have our pre reception



And this is where our roman table will go (but it's going across the picture not top to bottom if that makes sense?!)



I dont think the pictures really do it justice but it's a beautiful room and we are so excited we get to use it!!

Here's a copy of the floor plan. It gives you a much clearer view of the room and you can see how we will be using it!



It did, however, cause us to completely change the theme of our wedding! I'd wanted a real fairytale theme for the wedding, candalarbras with flowing pink and purple flowers, crystals and candles but after seeing those amazing fish lights hanging from the ceiling (and some under the sea themed centre pieces at Francks!) we decided to change the theme to Under the Sea. That meant changing colours (now blue and green) and everything else too! Nothing like shaking things up a bit though eh?!

Next time...dress shopping!!

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welcome!! we're a wedding gazebo couple too!! we love the yacht club sooo much!! can't wait to hear more details
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Thank you!!

I don't often see other wedding gazebo couples...everyone always picks the WP!

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Old 09-14-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome! I started my PJ late as well but I think it's great to get the less used locations out there no matter where you are in the planning process.

Do you have your dress yet? Sorry if I am jumping ahead!
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:00 PM   #6
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Congrats and welcome! I started my PJ late as well but I think it's great to get the less used locations out there no matter where you are in the planning process.

Do you have your dress yet? Sorry if I am jumping ahead!

Thank you!! I totally agree with you!! I just actually posted about my dress...I wanted to post some pics but for some reason I cant so hopefully when I get the problem fixed (whatever the problem may be) I'll get some pics posted for everyone!!
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Talking Wedding Dress Shopping!!

So, while we were in Florida in April this year I made a trip to Davids Bridal with my mum to find THE dress!!

Believe it or not it actually works out better/cheaper for us to have a 2 week holiday and buy my dress in Florida than it does to buy it at home! Lets not beat around the bush, I'm not exactly what you'd call a 'skinny' girl and dresses at home come in one standard size, tiny, I'd just never of been able to try anything on properly, buying a dress at Davids means I can try on my actual size and really see how the dress will look.

My mum & dad bought my sisters wedding dress at Davids Bridal when we were in America a few years earlier (when DF and I actually got engaged) and ever since we had planned on going back there to get mine. Originally we were going to go to Minnesota as my mum travels there for work but in the end we decided to go to Florida as then we could meet with Disney at the same time!! And get a holiday too of course!!

So early that morning off we went to our appointment with Alix. She was so nice and helpful. I showed her the dress I wanted (or at least thought I wanted) it was a beautiful strapless dress with a dropped waist. Not too much sparkle but beautiful none the less. Alix humoured me and let me try it on and...omg...it looked so awful on me!! Luckily for me though Alix was amazing and straight away had me trying on strapless dresses with a pick up skirt. The first couple were lovely, but mum hadn't cried so I knew they werent quite right!! When I tried on the next dress (which ended up being the one, I just didnt realise it at the time!) my mum got all teary and started taking pictures...before I knew what had happened I had a veil on (which I wasn't planning on!) and I had jewellery and shoes too! I looked down and thought 'this is way too sparkly!' but everyone disagreed, even just random shoppers! I insisted on trying on some others just incase. But with each dress I tried on the dress I thought was way too sparkly just kept coming back to me. After trying on 3 other dresses I went back and tried it on again but this time I looked in the mirror, properly...it wasnt half as sparkly as I thought it was (when I looked down sparkle was all I could see but when you look in the mirror there's not that much at all) We all agreed that this was 'my princess dress' and totally perfect for a DFTW and dad was called in to see it (dad paid so he had to get the final say!) He got teary too so I knew it was a winner!

Davids Bridal is so amazing and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Not only are the assistants super friendly and helpful but you can get everything there! Just a few hours after we first went in, out we came having bought the dress, jewellery, veil, tiara and underwear. We had to leave the dress there for some alterations (it was slightly too small so I had a corset back put in and had it taken up too) and we collected it just a few days before we had to fly home. They did a great job and packed it all away into the smallest box! I've no idea how they did it and I'm quite worried about how on earth we are going to get it back in the box when we fly back over for the wedding!!

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Yeah, I'm in that boat too... My sister was telling me the other day that it's such a headache that she only has 3 months to organise everything. I didn't bother pointing out to her that she's known for 2 years. I do have other people who have booked flights but nothing else, and they just seem to think that rooms are just always going to be available. I've given up caring, I've tried helping them and making suggestions the whole way through this, but they're clearly the wait and see what happens type of planners. Eeep! I could not do that!!
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Yeah, I'm in that boat too... My sister was telling me the other day that it's such a headache that she only has 3 months to organise everything. I didn't bother pointing out to her that she's known for 2 years. I do have other people who have booked flights but nothing else, and they just seem to think that rooms are just always going to be available. I've given up caring, I've tried helping them and making suggestions the whole way through this, but they're clearly the wait and see what happens type of planners. Eeep! I could not do that!!
Ooo I would of had to point that out...infact I have, several times! Most of the people coming to our wedding are all booked so that's great! I've tried helping the others too but it's not helped at all! I so couldn't leave it to the last minute either!! Each to their own I suppose though eh?!
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The hunt is on...

So I was browsing the boards at the weekend and stumbled across one I hadnt read before (nickandlarisa -I loved looking through all the pictures, it really was a beautiful wedding!) As I was scanning the pictures I saw we have the same guestbook (great minds think alike eh?!) and I absolutely fell in love with the stand she had her's on...and I want one!! I've sent a pic to DF and my mum who are now on the hunt to find one! I hadn't really thought about what I'd do wth it to be honest...I just kind of thought I'd leave it on the table and let people take a page each to do their thing on but having it on a stand makes so much difference!! My mum being the total superstar that she is has found some and there's one I really like..but not sure I'm totally in love with it so we'll keep looking I guess! Of course if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated!!
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Good News...

Finally some good news...BM and photographer are booked! They are flying out on 3rd March and are staying on the I Drive with some other friends and they are due to fly home on 10th March so they really are just coming for the stag do and the wedding but that's just fine with us!! We are just super excited that they will be there!! Just waiting on MOH now and I don't think we'll really know what's going to happen until end of January. Maybe if I'm lucky I'll find out something before then but I'm not counting on it!
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Oh, that is good! I bet it's a weight off your shoulders!
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