BW Groom and I have been to a number of weddings together, and it was always a given that for our own wedding, we would have someone officiate who had a personal connection with us. The ceremonies that we love best are personalized to the couple - nothing scripted. Not only is it more special for the couple, but I think these one-of-a-kind ceremonies are much more interesting for your audience-- I mean guests (sorry - that's the Theatre major coming out of me...) You're much less likely to see your guests do this:
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So...picking up where I left off in the last blog!
After we left Disney, my in-laws, my parents, BW Groom and I headed to Innisbrook, where my parents live for the winter. They had made an appointment with their wedding planner for the next day, and I was excited to see what kinds of amenities my other childhood vacation "home" had to offer.
For most ceremonies, Innisbrook uses a picture-esque spot featuring a tree with Spanish Moss:
Photo by Corey Conroy Photography
When Mr. Llama and I started discussing the possibility of a Disney Wedding, I took it upon myself to do as much investigating as possible, in case this was not a truly feasible option. (He even allowed me to send away for a brochure before we were engaged. He's accepts my lunacy, so he must be a keeper, right?)
The Disney Wedding website has just recently been privy to a very welcome revamping. While there isn't a ton more information than there used to be, the site is a heck-of-a-lot more user-friendly and prettier than the old one. After doing a little digging, from what we could tell, it appeared that this Disney Wedding idea was in the realm of possibility.
You may have noticed that I'm "Planning with Pixie Dust."
If you know me, you already know this, but...we're getting married at Disney World.
You guys, I can't even explain how excited we are that this is actually happening. However, while we're both Disney fanatics, you won't be seeing a princess-y, tiara-wearing, horse-drawn carriage-riding, Mickey-and-Minnie-attended wedding. Nope nope nope.
If you've ever seen pictures of a Disney wedding, you've likely seen The Wedding Pavilion, While stunning, this chapel-like setting just didn't feel much like us.
For as long as I can remember, I've been really into weddings. I think there are a lot of reasons for that, but I think it boils down to a combination of two things: I love when people are happy, and I love things that are pretty.
I'm sure there are plenty of life scenarios where both of those things coincide, but a wedding really seems like the ultimate combination of happiness and beauty. I don't mean just personal physical beauty (although that contributes!) but the beauty of the setting and environment. For better or for worse, the wedding business empire--as well as websites like Pinterest and the zillion wedding websites that are out there--have raised the bar for what we want these important, emotional days to look and feel like.
And the two affect each other -- the happier you are, the more beautiful you will inevitably look; and the prettier you feel and the more beautiful your surroundings are, the happier you will be!
I've thought about doing a wedding blog for a while now (I've been engaged for about 6 months), but thought, "Oh--it's just one more thing, and for what purpose?" Upon further reflection, though, I realized that a wedding blog is like a microcosm of the day itself: I get to write about something that makes me insanely happy, in an aesthetically pleasing way! Why wouldn't I do it?
So really, I was just in denial for a long time...it's time guys. It's time to start the wedding blog.
Ready. . . and . . .