Happily Ever After- The Wedding

This is a day I’ve been dreaming of since I was a little girl. My barbies got married countless times. I’d pretend to get married to my stuffed animals when I was a kid. I’d wrap big white blankets around me pretending I was wearing a wedding dress. To call this day the most important day of my life is an understatement.

My husband and I had been together seven years before we started planning our wedding and people constantly would ask why we weren’t getting married and my response is, I’m not getting married until I could afford the wedding I had always wanted. Since our family wasn’t helping us financially it was all up to us to make my dreams come true. We even had our daughter before we tied the knot because we didn’t want to wait any longer for children but a wedding would always be there. On to the wedding!!

The night before the wedding we had a rehearsal dinner at CPK at the Garden Walk across from Disneyland. My family and my husbands family do not get a long so for me it was so stressful. I had to make sure everyone’s dietary restrictions were met and make sure husband & my family were far enough apart from one another.

I did happen to surprise my husband with a cake, we really wanted to get a grooms cake but it cost a small fortune having Disney make it, so I found a bakery that was able to make the cake in less then a week. They were a life saver. (Sorry for the super blurry picture).

 

Tetris grooms cake

The night before the wedding my husband and I went traditional. My mother in law watched our daughter and my husband spent the night at his brothers. I stayed the night in the hotel with my friend Jess and Pasami, slumber party!!. We were pretty exhausted from the day so we didn’t stay up all night having a pillow fight but it was very comforting to have them there.

The morning of the wedding we woke up early around 5:30 am because the ceremony started at 11:00 am. It was not hard at all to get up, I was so excited. 6:00 am was call time for the brides maids so we can start hair and make up.

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Brides Maids gifts

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Tiffany bracelet

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Then at around 9:30 am/10:00 am my husband and I had our first look. My only regret is not scouting a place prior and picking a more private location. I felt there was so many people around us that it was slightly uncomfortable and took some emotion away because I could see people staring at us.

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First Look

Right after our first look, we had time to take photos before the ceremony started.

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Promptly at 11:00 am the ceremony started. The men’s song they walked in was “the final countdown”w_339_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16

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I surprised mostly everyone at my wedding with the Cinderella Carriage. It was a very hard secret to keep, I could hear the gasps and whispers as I pulled up. When I exited the carriage and right before I walked down the aisle the first 20 seconds of the “Darth Vader theme” played and then it quickly faded to “Beauty and the Beast”

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Once the ceremony ended we rode away in the carriage and while the cocktail hour was happening we took more photos.w_471_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_485_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_546_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_565_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_595_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_615_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_637_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16w_656_Simply_Perfect_Images_Schwarz_5-16-16

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Our sweet heart table. The flowers on the table were from the ceremony gazebo

Once my husband and I entered the Pavilion we had our first dance. Which was a instrumental version of the song “Make love in the club” by Usher.

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To help with costs we had a candy bar and photo booth that were the favors for our guests.

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Our last surprise for our guests were Mickey and Minnie meet and greet. No one knew they would make an appearance.

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My child’s reaction to seeing Mickey and Minnie

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The word excited is an understatement 

Once the reception ended we all started to trickle out. We went back to our room to unwind and a little later we joined our friends in Disney’s California Adventure to take a few photos.13320853_10153755585311298_6313052960303563944_o

The next day we had to be in the Disneyland Hotel lobby by 5:40 am because we booked a “castle photo shoot” which means we got to go into the park before it opens and before guests go inside the park to take photo’s in front of the castle. We got some extra pixie dust that day and we were able to take photos in front of the castle and the Haunted Mansion. Not only do you feel super VIP because you are the only people in the park but when they pick you up at the lobby they whisk you away behind the scenes. We saw where the fireworks go off, where they store the floats and firetrucks, a very cool experience.

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People say marriage is hard but this first year has been amazing. We have been together 9 years this July 2017 and the only struggle we’ve experienced has been from outside trying to penetrate in. We have continued to stay strong, when I’m mad/sad he’s there to pick me up. When he’s sad/ mad I’m there to pick him up. We are never mad at the same time. We never go to bed angry and we are never to proud to say sorry. This relationship with each other has been pretty easy and It’s not luck or good fortune, it’s finding joy in making one another happy. I don’t think we get a better high then when we hear each other laugh.

I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as I did!! ❤ These amazing photos were taken by our photographer Allen at Simply Perfect Images 

Happily Ever After Pt 2 – Planning

Other then the Disney planning my other favorite part of my wedding planning process was the dress shopping and make up!!

Wedding Dress Shopping:

I went to David’s Bridal twice before I decided on a dress. Below are a few I tried on. I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted which was a big ol’ ball gown but I was open to suggestions and I wasn’t afraid to fall in love with something else. In the end I did choose a ball gown and the bigger it was the better! I told the sales lady that I want the skirt so big I want to barely fit through the door.

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The winner

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Vera Wang- White Collection

Hair and make up trial:

My hair and make up trial was interesting because the day after my wedding we had a photo shoot inside Disneyland before it opened. So I had to be in the Disneyland Hotel lobby at 5:40 am. I couldn’t ask/afford my hair and make up to be redone again that morning so I decided to sleep in my make up and hair! So with the trial I was able to see how my hair and make up would hold up and what I needed to do if anything. 

Hair and makeup trial

Next day air and make up

Floral:

My mother was recommend a florist through her hair dresser and he was located in the flower disctrict of Downtown Los Angeles. His store was stunning, immediately I knew that this was the perfect person to do my flowers. It was very modern and glam. Below are some original mock ups of our flowers for the wedding. He was incredibly reasonable in price and never once hesitated when I wanted to tweak something. 

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Winner

Finishing touches:

I’m very fortunate that my mother in law and maid of honor have a Silhouette and Circuit and helped me a lot with DIY project! Pictured below are what they did.

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This was out Guest Book. Inside the frame one heart map represented where we met and the other heart map is where we are getting married. The little red hearts are where people wrote well wishes

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Instead of advice cards I opted to print (free) mad lib adive cards and the mail box was inspired by the movie Up and guests put their mad libs inside there, At the end of the day when we were sitting in our hotel room alone the mad libs were so fun to read

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Happily Ever After Pt 1- Planning

One year ago, I said I do to the man of my dreams at the Happiest Place on Earth! It was truly a dream come true and something I’ve thought about since I was a little girl. We started to plan our wedding two and a half years prior to the date and about one year into the planning process our daughter was diagnosed with Autism. At that moment, our world stopped turning. When you hear that you think the worst possible things so we devoted all out time and money into getting her therapy and put the wedding on hold. Disney was beyond accommodating and understanding. They let me know that when we are ready they will be there.

Once we were ready about 6 months prior is when all the fun started to happen. We had a planning session that lasted about two hours. We went over everything from colors, the feel and so much more. Disney makes things very easy and prior to the planning session they gave me a booklet to fill out that had a ton of options like menu choice, extras like if we wanted characters or an open bar, so many choices!! I was told to bring:

  • Swatches that represent your desired wedding colors (this is really helpful for the floral and décor team as well as the bakery if you chose to use those colors on your cake)
  • Pictures (wedding attire, bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony décor, reception décor, favors, cake design, etc.)
  • Questions (make a list as ideas and questions pop in your head!)
  • Excitement!!

Those couple of hours went by so fast. We saw a ton of pictures of example wedding cakes, for me the design of the cake was so hard. I had a lot of wedding cakes pinned to my Pinterest board (which you can still see) Eventually we found a cake design that we tweaked to make our own. Next on the agenda was floral. Disney allows you to use an outside florist but for certain things you must use Disney. Example, we chose to get married at the Rose Court Garden which has a beautiful outdoor gazebo and Disney floral are the only ones that can add décor to the gazebo also there is a clean- up fee at the Rose Court Garden for things like flower pedals or confetti. I really wanted to have rose pedals tossed as we walked down the aisle so we decided to go through Disney to decorate the gazebo and create toss rose pedals. Those were the only two things that we used Disney Floral for.

Next, we chose the menu, in the planning pages Disney gave us a lot of options and we asked the typical questions like gluten free options and vegetarian options. We dreamed big and as we originally wanted steak and lobster but to cut costs and add other important things like an open bar and reception décor we went with chicken (the chicken was the best) We did have one hick up at the time, the bakery did not have my cake flavors so they only had two slices for us to try, normally they give you 4. I was obviously super disappointed because the planning session was during the week and my husband and I had to take the day off from work so it wasn’t easy make it but as Disney does they used their pixie dust and made us 4 full size cakes for us to try. So in a week or so we came back to pick up the cakes (shown in pictures). I had a great time at the planning session it really sets the tone for the rest of the planning. My planner was amazing, she always returned my emails promptly and made time for our phone calls. On the day of the wedding when I saw our planner I cried, seeing her made it seem real, like that was it.

The photo’s I attached were from our planning sessions and food tasting.

 

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Flowers on the gazebo by Disney Floral

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Added the drapery (provided by Disney floral) and the cluster from the gazebo was added to my sweetheart table.

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Rose cone by Disney floral

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The pixie dust cakes

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Dole whip cake

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Dulce De Leche Cake with fresh strawberries

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Vanilla pound cake with fresh strawberries and cream cheese frosting

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Pound cake with fresh bananas and cream cheese filling

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Deconstructed lemon bar

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Flowerless chocolate cake with mini macaroons (SOOOO GOOD)

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Lemon chicken with garlic mashed potatoes

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Romaine Lettuce with Garlic dressing salad with Parmesan crisp

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different napkin folds they offered