I’m goin’ rogue here folks. Today’s Wedding Wednesday Post contains not a single wedding photo. What it does contain, however, are plenty of fun photographs from the place where my next wedding will be taking place. A place that makes millions of people happy every year. A place that, from the moment that I learned hosted weddings, has had me dreaming of photographing a bride and her groom there. A place that is truly one of MY Happiest Places on Earth. In three weeks I will be taking my 3rd trip to The World (as we Fanatics call it) to photograph and unbelievably sweet couple on their special day. I am beyond the moon excited and I just had to share a little bit about the couple, as well as few of my favorite photos from my last trip there in 2012.
So a bit about the couple. Ashleigh and Alistair are traveling all the way from the UK to have there wedding at the Disney Boardwalk Area’s Sea Breeze Point. Reminiscent of a turn of the century coastal boardwalk, it is full of color and charm and I’m just a tad excited to be photographing the couple there. They have chosen to use the Disney Movie UP as their theme and I can’t wait to see all of the details they have planned. I mention frequently that I love color and utilizing it in my photos. I think with the Boardwalk, the elements they’ve chosen, and their sweet personalities, we are sure to capture some beautifully colorful and happy images.
You may be wondering how I got connected with Ashleigh and Ally since they live all the way across the pond. Well, I’ll tell you in a bit here. But first a fun photo.
My Daughter Abra gives Disney World and the UK “two thumbs up.” Funny Fact. During this particular trip to The World, Abra was OBSESSED with the UK (mainly due to a certain love affair with a certain boy band called 1D.)
I was happy to introduce my mom to Disney World this trip. She is hooked and will be coming with me again in a few weeks.
So, how did I meet the lovely couple? Well, I frequent a Disney Message Board (nerd alert.) The board is just a great resource for planning trips, finding out about discounts and promotions (like free dining) and learning about new features in the park (like new ride openings etc…) Right after we had returned from our trip in 2012, I went on the board to try to drown my Post-Disney sorrows (you know cause the real world sucks comparatively) when I came across a post. It was a post from Ashleigh about getting engaged at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant. The Be Our Guest Restaurant was a brand new restaurant opened in the Magic Kingdom that is basically like dining in Belle and the Beasts Castle. We had actually just eaten there as well and It was one of the highlights of trip. So of course, I had to read her post. Her post contained their story and photos of the proposal. In it, she also mentioned that they were going to have the wedding at Disney and that she was considering using an outside photographer (non Disney Staff) for the photos. I don’t know why, but I was just instantly drawn to their story and I contacted her about them using my services. It was actually something out of character for me to do, but I honestly just felt prompted to do it. I’m so glad that I did. It has been really fun getting to know Ashleigh better over the past year, and I feel so honored to their photographer. In honor of Ashleigh and Ally’s Engagement story, I thought I’d share a few photos of the awesome spot that Ally chose to pop the big question.
Here are a few of us waiting outside for our turn to be escorted into the castle. I have to note here that in order to even get reservations for this restaurant I had to stalk the message board for weeks in order to find out the day that reservations would start to be taken. Then, I had to wake up at 6 in the A.M. and stay on hold ( with two phones actually) for almost 2 hrs. before I got through to reservations. So, you can see how utterly impressive it was that Ally was able to pull this off for Ashleigh!
The inside has 3 dinning rooms-The West Wing, Belle’s Library, and The Ballroom. All the elements are so impressive, from the fading rose, to the snow falling outside of the ballroom.
We got to eat in The Ballroom.
Half way through dinner, the Beast makes a grand entrance.
Abra claimed that the napkins actually smelled like roses. lol.
We had noted on the reservations that we were celebrating my mom’s birthday while there. As a treat, she got some of the famous “Grey Stuff.” It was delicious.
All of our food was really good (somewhat of a french inspired menu.) But, these cupcakes were some of the best I’ve had. My mouth is watering right now. Only 3 more weeks before I can have another!
After dinner you get to take a photo with the Beast. So much fun.
Just a few more photos from our trip. One of our favorite parks is Epcot’s World Showcase. We love visiting all the countries and Abra loves these phone booths. Here is why. They are working phone booths, so people call them all the time and you can just chat with them (I know, in what other place would this be o.k? But, somehow it’s not AS creepy at The World.) I had given my husband (who was at home) the #s to call and then texted him to call when Abra was at the booth. So, she got a surprise call from her daddy. Then, she stayed and talked to stranger after stranger (mostly other kids on their cells nearby watching) for a long time. When I finally pulled her away she said, “I love talking to strangers.” I’m a terrible mom.
If you wanna creep on someone at Disney right now in fact, you can call:
Left phone booth- (407)827-9862
Center phone booth- (407)827-9863
Right phone booth- (407)827-9861
Tempted aren’t you?
Have to take a photo with this guy each time.
Marry Poppins giving my mom a lesson in etiquette.
This is not a very attractive photo of me (man, I have a big mouth!) But, I love it because it showcases how great the characters are. I don’t remember why I thought this was so funny, but kudos to my mom for capturing it so perfectly! Maybe she should be my assistant.
Just a few from my favorite time in the parks. Nightime. Shows, lasers, fireworks. You can’t go wrong.
Thanks for sticking with me internet. Next time I post some Disney Photos, they will include the bride and groom!!