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Old 01-16-2011, 11:54 AM   #31
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:22 PM   #32
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Im reading along and cant wait to hear more and see your pics too! I love the feathers!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:21 AM   #33
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I can't wait to hear more about everything.... and see you pictures!!!
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:31 PM   #34
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Joining in! Congrats on being a newlywed! Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:46 PM   #35
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Love the pics! And the feathers! Can't wait to see more!!
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Old 01-18-2011, 01:14 PM   #36
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:35 PM   #37
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Day 2... part 1

We woke up Thursday morning around 9 and scurried out the door, minus my morning shower, to run to the courthouse to get our marriage license since I totally forgot to do it online. I wanted to be there early because I had images in my head of standing in line for hours on end, pulling my hair out trying to get everything done that day, waiting on angry government employees to tell me I fogot something and we can't get married. In reality, we were in and out of there in 15 minutes. It was awesome. If anyone is nervous about going to Osceola Courthouse, it is great and the people were really friendly!

Kevin dropped me off at the resort so I could finally shower and he picked up his groomsmen and headed off to Men's Wearhouse to pick up the tuxes. After my wonderful shower (I hate the icky feeling you get after flying and then sleeping...) my bridesmaid and saving grace on this trip, Melanie, and I headed off to the Magic Kingdom to enjoy our first day in the parks!

We met up with the family I nannied for in college who came down for the wedding and they had these special fastpasses you could use on any ride. Well, at my shower I had mentioned that Thunder Mountain was my favorite ride, so as soon as they saw me they started screaming that they wanted to ride that with me! But first, they saw Woody and Jessie, so we had to wait in line for that! I adore these little girls and I have never been in Disney with kids, so I was having so much fun seeing how excited they got over everything and teaching them about hidden mickeys. In fact, I rode with 2 of the 4 girls on haunted mansion and showed them the hidden mickey there, well the youngest wasn't in our doombuggy so she didn't hear about it until later. They said for the next 3 hours all she talked about was getting back in there to see it and they looked for them in every ride from there on out! They are so much fun!

We went on a handful of rides, Small World, Haunted Mansion and Philharmagic before it was time for Mel and I to head out and get ready for the rehersal. Perfect timing because they girls were just starting to get cranky and fight over which mickey ears they were each getting! To my surprise, the dad had run ahead and bought me the bridal ears to wear since they said I didn't look "bridal" enough! I have to admit, they were fun to wear around the park! Although I was excited to get to the rehersal I was a little sad we only got to spend a few hours in the park. In hindsight (since it is 20/20 of course!) we should have come down earlier because the day before the wedding was not enough time to relax and enjoy our guests before the big day!!!! We rushed home and I called Kevin about a million times to find out where he was and would he make it on time, only to find out that he was at Chick Fil-A eating and they would be back to the resort in 20 minutes. That was a relief, all I had to do was straighten my hair, change my clothes and put our wedding bins in the car and head on over!

In the meantime I got texts that all of my bridesmaids and my minister had made it to Florida on time and were all checked into their hotels. And this is where my anxiety about the wedding went out the window and I *finally* started to enjoy myself!

Up next.... rehersal, drinks around the world and all of the centerpieces shattering.... But until then I leave you with a few pictures.... Sorry they are huge, I am bad at resizing things!!

me and the girls with Woody and Jessie
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The boys at the airport enjoying some pre-flight drinks


The girls and me at the airport enjoying our pre-flight drinks
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:50 PM   #38
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Congrats on your Wedding Day! Can't wait to hear all about it!
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:32 PM   #39
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So the time finally came to shove everything in bins and head off to the wedding pavillion for the rehersal. Honestly, I was so less than excited for it. I was excited for Epcot after, but not for the rehersal itself. But, we needed it and wanted to do it, so off we went! Thank God for our rental car because we were late about 99% of the trip!

As we pulled up to the WP, I started getting excited when I realized there were so many people here that I hadn't seen yet. I made sure to get about 90 pictures of our names on the board and then went inside to find everyone. The minister and his wife (we have been friends for about 15 years!) were there and were blown away. They had never been to Disney and could not believe how beautiful everything was.

Long rehersal short, we did what we needed to and went on our way. The only thing we were not able to practice was our friend Kristy singing. She was promised there would be a piano the next day and that she could do a run-through half an hour before the ceremony. More about that later....

As soon as we finished we all headed off to Epcot. My matron of honor had a baby 3 weeks before the wedding (yes she is incredible and drove all the way to Florida with the infant and her family to be a part of her day and I am forever grateful) so she wasn't going to go to Epcot. As we were leaving the WP, she changed her mind, called her mom who was with the baby and gave her instructions and headed off with us! I was beyond excited!! She has never been to Disney and it was all I wanted to do was to get her into a park!

Around 6:30 we met up with our families, and I was even nice to Kevin's mom, who is such a debbie downer and is always complaining about something. We started our drink-around-the-world journey in France and by Germany my husband was drunk. I think he had 3 drinks in every country! There were about 20 of us total so it was a ton of fun. We ended the night with Illuminations in Mexico. As we were heading out to the car (I was clearly driving..) I noticed something wet in Kevin's pocket. He told me not to worry about it until we got in the car. When we got there he pulled out two margartia glasses. The whole front of his pants were soaked with margartia. There were 5 of us int he car and I don't think I have ever laughed so hard in my life. It was the perfect end to the day!

We dropped my MOH back at POP where she was staying, kissed the little baby because she's adorable, picked up another bridesmaid who was staying with me and headed off to All Star, where my husband was staying. Thank goodness I didn't have to deal with his drunkenness all night! Once we got back to AKL, my 3 bridesmaids and I went out by the fire when I remembered that my centerpieces should have been delivered by now. We had overnighted them from Pittsburgh and they should be waiting.

Well, first the girl told me they didn't have anything but they should get a shipment tomorrow by 4... welll, uhhhh the wedding is at 5!!!! Then as soon as I got back to the room to panic, I had a vm stating they were at the front desk. The same CM miraculously found them this time and sent them up. Excited, I opened the package to find a box of shattered glass. Yep, shattered.... 3 out of 6 of them, totally unsavable even with the massive amount of different glues I packed in case of a decor emergency!

Luckily I am pretty calm and just figured I was going to run to Michael's first thing in the morning at the Loop and grab 3 more. Soooo thankful that I lived in this part of Orlando for a year so I knew my way around! After giving my girls their gifts (they each got Disney mints, their wedding day jewlery and a Coach wristlet) we all crashed. Hard. I was E.X.H.A.U.S.T.E.D.

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Marton of Honor and I in Epcot


Preparing for our Mexican honeymoon


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Old 01-25-2011, 06:22 PM   #40
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Fun pics! You guys look like you were having such a great time! Can't wait to see wedding pics and reviews!!!!
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:07 AM   #41
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So fun!

Your photos are great! I can't wait to see and read more! Our wedding is in May and I feel like I am waaaay behind with everything...
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:33 PM   #42
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Your photos are great! I can't wait to see and read more! Our wedding is in May and I feel like I am waaaay behind with everything...
Don't feel behind. Honestly I feel like I did almost everything the three weeks leading up to the wedding! It will all come together!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:02 PM   #43
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Well Im caught up and waiting for more! The story about DH putting the margaritas in his pocket sounds eerily similar to something my DF would do..too funny! So sorry to hear about your centerpieces!! Im eager to see what happens next!! (chanting)....Update, Update, Update!!
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:10 PM   #44
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That really sucks about the centerpieces. It was a good thing you could get replacements really fast (and that you were calm. I'd have flipped out). Thank heavens for small miracles and Michael's!

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Old 02-03-2011, 06:43 PM   #45
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I am the worst updater ever! Maybe I just don't want it all to end because this is the very last of the wedding things, besides getting my pictures back!

But whatever it is, it's time for.... Wedding Day!!!!!!!

We woke up early, about 8:00 (our ceremony wasn't until 5 so this was early!) We were all excited and chatting about the day. I thought I would be super nervous, but interestingly enough, I wasn't nervous at all. I was under strict orders that I was not allowed to call Kevin at all that day. After a mini panic attack and reassurances that he would in fact be at the Grand later and he would show up at the wedding, I agreed it was fun to not talk to him. In retrospect I have no idea why the idea of him not showing up was ever a concern. That is so not Kevin at all... I really think he was more excited than I was!

Not 5 seconds after we finished that discussion I get a text from Kevin stating that there is something for me in the top drawer of the dresser by the door. We had decided not to get each other wedding gifts, but instead spend that money together doing something special on our honeymoon or while we were in Disney! We are more "experience" people rather than material people anyway so it works for us! Well in the drawer was a beautiul wedding day card and Kev had written a little poem inside. It was perfect!

After finally rolling out of bed, we all put on acceptable "comfy" clothes and headed down to breakfast at Boma. This was probably the best decision I made was taking my girls out to breakfast. MY MOH met us there and I gave the girls their gifts. They each got disney mints, jewelery for the day and a Coach wristlet. As we were eating, a bunch of wedding guests staying at the hotel came down and it was the first time I saw most of them there! It was a great way to start the day.

When we were finished eating we headed out to the Savannah to see if we could find any giraffes but sadly none were out. We walked around, enjoying the beautiful morning a little and ended up in front of the flamingos. Now, flamingos were my mom's absolute favorite animal so that was the only point in the morning that I did get a little sad that she wasn't there.

But I knew I couldn't dwell on it and I also knew that Rosie would be there to do my hair and makeup soon so I better scurry off to get a shower and get ready!

All the other girls headed off to their resorts to shower and would be back to get ready. Melanie headed off to Michaels to get the new vases since she showered before breakfast and I jumped in the shower and got ready for Rosie.

Seriously, Rosie from Beaute Special was AMAZING! She was so much fun and since it was just the two of us, I was worried about the time being that awkward silence/small talk. Well, it was totally the opposite... I felt like I knew her forever, which was a great feeling! She did exactly what I asked and my hair looked just the way I wanted it to! I was sooooo happy and recommend her to EVERYONE!

Before I knew it, the girls were back, everyone was getting ready and Misty had arrived. Since I was the first one done, I ran down to meet her in the lobby as everyone else finished up!

Once everyone was all ready, Misty got pictures of me getting into my dress and then us around AKL. She rocks. She made a guy move a table full of really old skulls just to get a good picture. Seriously, amazing! I cannot wait to see the pictures! I told Kevin I want to do a maternity session when we decide to have kids and any other life event just to work with them again! While we had Misty, Nelio was over at the Contemporary with the boys!

When we were done getting pictures, it was time to head over to the Grand! All the girls went out to the limo first while Misty and I got a few more shots and then we headed over. There were some congrats on the way out and some little girls who were ohhhhing and awwwing but the best was as we walked out the front door, a DME bus had just unloaded. I guess since they saw all the bridesmaids they assumed a bride would be soon following and all stood and clapped as I walked out the door! I felt like such a princess!!!! It made the beginning of the day so special!!!!

Up next.... Wedding Day Part 2.

For now, I leave you with some pictures....


Waking Up on Wedding Day!


Famingo eating his breakfast


Bridesmaids after breakfast!


Me and the FG getting ready. She woke up like 10 minutes before this!


My AWESOME bouquet!!!! I love love love it!

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