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Old 01-28-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Renee & Trae's 4/4/13 WP & GF Wedding


Well Like most brides on here I have spent some time checking out everyones PJs so I thought since I am 65 days out... it's time to post my a PJ myself.
Our Story:
I am a Spanish teacher and field hockey coach in NJ. I met Trae one night when I brought my field hockey team to his training facility. He trains athletes of all ages, 10 year olds, high school kids, college athletes and some professionals. Clearly I went looking my worst with a side pony tail and sweat pants (JK about the side pony). Here was this guy who I thought was a typical "Gym Rat". Well the facility he works at offers adult classes so I started taking them and after 2 months of being "tortured" and flirted with by Trae, I finally agreed to go out with him. Once I got to know him, he was not the "gym rat" I thought he was. LOL
The Proposal:
As a high school teacher, one of the perks is being asked to chaperone the Senior Trip to Disney World. So in 2011, I was on the Senior Trip and came up with a brilliant plan. I wanted to take Trae to WDW because he had never been and I know he would love it. He decided that he wanted to bring his parents since they had never been either. So I said, ok I will bring mine as well. This was our Christmas present to our parents that year. The trip was booked for the 1st weekend in December 2012.
Since I'm a major planner, I started making an itinerary and wanted to make reservations. I totally got made fun of by the way, but I knew that we would have a difficult time finding somewhere good to eat. So my mom called me a week before our trip and said "I always wanted to eat in the Castle, do you think we can make a reservation?" My first reaction was laughter, I said, "There's no way we can get in with a week's notice, I'm sure it's booked." So she said that she was going to call and wouldn't you know, 20 minutes later she called and told me we have a reservation for Thursday (12/1/12) night. I was shocked but thought nothing of it. (Here's the real deal: Trae and decided he was going to propose and wanted it to be somewhere special. He called Disney and spoke to an event planner who totally hooked us up.)
So it's Thursday morning and I am ready to go, we decided to go to the MK because that's the best place to take 1st timers. I was of course like a little kid and Trae was a little cranky (I now understand why). At one point I thought, if he is going to act like this at WDW, we are breaking up when we get home. (LOL) Towards the afternoon, I did not feel like going back to the room to get changed and finally my dad put his foot down and said he wanted to rest for a little bit. I hated the outfit I was wearing because it was a little bit colder than I planned for at night and of course was a little cranky.
Now that we are seated, next to the window no less, we order our dinner and I could tell there was something wrong with Trae, he ate 2 bites and was like "I'm full." I loved getting my picture with all the princesses and was having a blast so I really wasn't paying much attention to him and then dessert came. Everyone got their dessert except for us and I thought that was strange. All of a sudden a covered dish was put in front of me and I thought, "what is this, I only ordered the chocolate mousse." Well as soon at the waiter lifted the cover I think I screamed and Trae was beside me on one knee. I was completely taken by surprise when I saw a diamond ring in a glass slipper on top of a bed of roses, while the fireworks were happening behind us.
Of course I said yes and then found out there was a Disney photographer there. I literally had no clue it was going to happened because we had talked about engagements and even went ring shopping but 2 weeks before the trip, Trae told me he wanted to put the engagement talks on hold because he is extremely busy with work in the winter. So thus begins my Fairy Tale... engaged in the castle.
I will post pics of the ring ASAP
More to come soon...
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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Proposal Video

So after we got home and my brain was running in circles about the wedding and planning and dress shopping and you all know what I am talking about.
Trae surprises me with a little video he put together of the engagement and our trip. Here's the link: http://youtu.be/1jtgcdmSQmU.

So trying to start thinking about the wedding and where it will be... I was looking all over New Jersey and Philadelphia. One of the perks of being a high school teacher is chaperoning the prom. So I had a good idea of what a lot of the places around here looked like. I silently had my heart set on the Please Touch Museum in Philly but DF stepped in one night and sent me a text while he was at work and told me to look into Disney Weddings. I sent "LOL" back to him and thought they don't do weddings there. So curiosity got the best of me and I googled "Disney Weddings" and that was it, I was sold. I replied to him with a "OMG, Yes let's do it!" His response was "Let's complete our Fairytale!"

So the next day I contacted DFTW and go the ins and outs and they sent us some information. The first person I spoke with told me that we had to wait until 1 year from the day to put our name on a list... I was a little upset so called back another day and Stacey put our name on the "Waiting List". She sent us all kinds of information and the planning began...
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:07 AM   #3
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How cute! I love the video
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:52 PM   #4
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Pictures from our Castle Engagement

Ok so here are some pics from the big night:

This is a close up of the ring. I only gave him a general idea of what I liked, he did this all on his own!

This was my expression after he popped the question.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:29 PM   #5
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What a cute story. I love the engagement pics and OMG that ring.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Total Slacker

Ok, so I've been a total slacker with posting but with 27 DAYS until THE big day... We've been busy.

PLANNING SESSION:
So we went down on November 30th for our planning session and I will tell you this... YOU HAVE TO DO IT! If you are not sure you want to have a PS - do it! It was the greatest thing for me to get DF on board with the wedding planning. He's very visual so I would ask him questions about things and he couldn't help me bc he wanted to see it. Anyhow... DF turned Groomzilla and was totally involved and excited about planning.
We met with Rev. Tim Herring first and ironed out the ceremony details. DF thought he was funny and we both knew our families would get a kick out of him.
Then we met with Diane Bowen and the fun began! DF was all about it and at one point, he was picking flowers and centerpieces. It was actually comical. We accomplished so much and it totally got us both more excited about the wedding. The cake tasting was awesome too. DF ate most of it, but I did get to try enough.

We did get a few minutes to check out the WP b/c they were setting up for a wedding. Words just can't describe it. Of course, the first thing I looked at was the carpet b/c so many brides complained about it. Luckily, they replaced that one!

This is one of my favorite pictures from the weekend!
After the PS, we had sometime and went back to our room to relax before we went back to GF for the taste-testing. Diane showed us where the cocktail hour and reception would be and then we headed to the kitchen. Everything was set up for us and we felt so special. The food was great and we decided to go with a buffet-style but we didn't want people sitting and waiting so there will be stations set up around the room so people can eat whenever they want and not waste time sitting.

When we left, we were on cloud nine.
The next day we met Regina Hyman at the Boardwalk for our engagement pics and we just loved her. We took so many shots, I could not believe only an hour had gone by. She totally captures the style we are looking for and we were so excited to see our pictures. Here's a link to the video she put together: http://animoto.com/play/u4aMNIVa04UdbTPGWHf4Dw
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #7
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Congratulations!! You are such a beautiful couple!! I love the engagement story! That is so special that your families were there with you for that moment!

The video of your engagement pictures is really good, Regina got some great shots of the two of you!!

Looking forward to reading more about your wedding!

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:43 AM   #8
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Your day is so close! I love your engagement photos!
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:33 PM   #9
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I thought I commented before, but I guess I didn't. Your proposal was so beautiful! I lived the video he made you. And the video invite is awesome!!! I may have to steal that. Your day is so close!!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #10
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Happy wedding day!
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Oh my goodness, Happy (belated) Wedding Day! Congratulations to you two!

Hope to see lots of photos when you get back!
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:21 PM   #12
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Hope you had a great day!
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #13
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Absolutely Amazing

Well, we are back from Disney and I cannot begin to tell you how happy we are with everything. I know my PJ is awful, but I promise to tell you all about our wedding weekend.
We got to FL on Tuesday, 4/2 and were staying at the Contemporary Resort. I don't know if this is the normal protocol but they upgraded our room, we were on the 9th floor of the main building with an amazing view of the MK.
The first thing we did on Tuesday was organize the Welcome Bags. DH's boss' mother-in-law who lives in Orlando made these for us. They were filled with awesome yummy goodies and our Welcome Brochure.


After we got the Welcome Bags to each hotel. I put a tag with the person's name and their reservation number and according to our guests, they were either in their room (Coronado did this) or handed to them upon checking in.
The rest of the day we actually relaxed at the hotel, worked out in the gym and then went to the Wave for dinner and a few drinks.
WEDNESDAY, 4/3
Most of the guests were coming today, so we put on our Mouse Ears and hung out in the lobby waiting for them to arrive. We then had our rehearsal that night with a DP to follow.
The rehearsal was great and Rev Tim did a great job to get everyone to understand his humor. We then went to one of the Convention Center in the Contemporary for our rehearsal dinner. The menu was a fajita bar: salad, beef, chicken, tortillas,rice, black beans, sides and the best part was tres leches cake. The dinner was amazing, I just wish we all ate more, but everyone was trying to be good knowing that they had to fit into a dress/tux the next day. It was so good, everyone raved about it. I don't know if anyone took a picture of the buffet, if they did, I will post it.
After the RD, we were supposed to have a DP in the Porte-Cochere. The weather reports were not looking good, hurricane like winds and hail so it was move inside. I think it turned out even better. It was in the lobby and the set up allowed for more guest interaction. Our families don't know each other since I'm from NJ and he's from VA. THe DP was the best thing that could have happened! Everyone got along and were mingling and chatting it up. We almost missed the fireworks, it stopped raining long enough to have them that night. About 10 minutes after they were done, the skies opened up again.
Here's a pic of us at the DP:
Ok, wedding day is coming soon!!!
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I saw a few pictures on Facebook. You looked amazing! Can't wait to hear about your day
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Old 04-10-2013, 09:30 AM   #15
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Pictures look awesome, can't wait to hear about it!
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