The day before my wedding, I received a call from Disney Resorts line.
The gentleman said he heard my wedding was the next day & invited my family to stay at the Grand Floridian Theme Park View Room – Club Level.
You see, that room is normally $900/night, but he offered us a complimentary stay.
Last night, I had a dream I was standing on the balcony of that hotel room again- watching the sunrise and watching the lights change from blue to purple at Cinderella’s castle. I dreamt I was alone again, listening to the waves of the lagoon as I anxiously waited for the upcoming wedding festivities.
When I woke up, I realized I will probably never get that view again, but it felt so real in my dream. While it was bittersweet, I knew 5-year-old me would be dancing in circles if my fairy godmother had whispered how my wedding day would begin. This wasn’t just a dream. It was real. How could I possibly be sad?
Thank you kind sir & Disney resorts for an enchanting start of happily ever after. As Cinderella would say, “it was like a dream, better than a dream.”
“Oh, you’re getting married at Disney? Isn’t that…. childish?”
Dear Disney Brides,
Your wedding is not childish.
Your love of Disney is not childish.
YOU, my friend, are awesome. And definitely not alone in this situation.
Unfortunately, you may hear criticisms from family members, friends, and even complete strangers regarding your Disney Wedding. (Side note: they are probably poor unfortunate souls who have never experienced the delight of a Dole Whip or Mickey bar).
What many people fail to realize is that Disney Weddings are beautiful because they are unique.
I remember the first time I dreamed of a Disney wedding.
I had just moved to Orlando to begin performing at Walt Disney World. Wes was visiting me. Since he had never been to Disney World before, I was so excited to show him my new home at Disney – a place that has been special to me since I was a young child.
It was a day off from work, and Wes and I decided to spend the afternoon walking around Disney’s luxury resorts. As we explored the Grand Floridian, we stumbled upon a wedding.
“That’s so weird!” I thought, “Who the heck gets married at Disney??”
8 months later, I was road tripping to Walt Disney World with a wedding gown in the backseat…
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d have a big Disney wedding, or that the people I cherish most would be together at my favorite place celebrating the happiest day of my life.
But I’m so thankful it happened.
Wes and I got engaged on August 23, 2014, and after weeks of searching for “a perfect place” to get married at home (in Nashville), we had a moment of insanity/inspiration and decided to have a destination wedding – at Walt Disney World.
I’ve been a lover of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. Walt Disney World has always been a special place to me, as I grew up vacationing there with my parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and closest friends.
While many children outgrow magic and fairytales, my love for Disney deepened with each passing year. I eventually started performing at Walt Disney World, and it didn’t take long for me to experience the joys of creating magical moments for others, as well as recognize Disney’s constant attention to detail and genuine care for guests.
I could finally put into words what I really wanted on our wedding day:for our family members and closest friends to feel that same joy, magic, care, and love.
AND SO, my very own Disney Bride diary of our wedding day begins…
My husband and I were married at Walt Disney World last April. Ah yes, it was magical.
To celebrate our one year anniversary, we took a spontaneous trip to Disney World. We lucked out with perfect weather and somehow managed to run around 4 Disney parks, including Typhoon Lagoon (just can’t get enough of that lazy river…)
The highlights of our trip were of course the food (I’m looking at you, Mickey ice cream bars) and mini golf – as per usual. Quick side note: I won.
As I reflect on our like, tenth trip to Disney World in the past year (many thanks those handy annual passes we received from Disney Weddings…), I can’t help but go over the plethora of heartfelt memories I have of this particular place: vacationing with my family as a child, performing at the parks, meeting some of my closest friends, marrying my true love, honeymooning, celebrating our anniversary…
How can ONE place hold so much significance? Especially um, a theme park.
Funny how we find love, comfort, and joy in such peculiar places. Yes, I enjoy Disney World (always will), but what I enjoy more are the moments and laughter I share with those I love when we’re all there – together.
And so… we consider ourselves lucky to have had all our family and closest friends celebrate our wedding last year at the place I call “home.” It made our anniversary trip all the more special.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from our 1 “ear” anniversary trip.
10 months ago, I was going through a mental breakdown trying to get everything organized and packed for our destination wedding – gown, decor, welcome bags, schedules, presents, floral plans, budget plans, luggage, etc.
Nowadays, my biggest stress is what I’m going to eat for dinner…
All our hard work/wedding planning paid off because it really was a phenomenal day: an elegant morning ceremony before our wild reception where Mickey and Minnie stopped by, the DJ got everyone on the dance floor, and a confetti cannon went off during the last song. In the evening, our guests were invited to a private party at Disney’s EPCOT park to enjoy a plethora of desserts while watching our favorite firework show.
Every moment was filled with happy faces, breath-taking scenery, good food, and of course… magic.
Still working on finishing the wedding album (better late than never?) but here is our wedding video by the talented Kyle Carbajal.