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This week, Allison Antich shares the story of her June 2021 ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at Animal Kingdom's Yak & Yeti Restaurant. Originally, Allison chose Expedition Everest for her reception based on a photo in Carrie Hayward's Fairytale Weddings Guide. Although rain forced the party to move to Yak & Yeti, it didn't stop guest…
 
Today, Nicole Patterson shares the story of her ceremony at Italy Isola, pre-reception at Germany Promenade, reception at Atlantic Dance Hall and dessert party at Terrace des Fleurs. Although she’d dreamed of a wedding at BoardWalk Inn’s Croquet Court since the age of 9, Nicole ended up loving her Italy ceremony after Disney’s mask restrictions led…
 
This week, Lauren Rotuno shares the story of her February 2020 ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Grand Floridian Convention Center’s St. Augustine Ballroom. Lauren is a lifelong Disney fan who converted Matthew on his first trip, so it was natural for them to hold their wedding at Walt Disney World. On today’s show, you’ll hear …
 
Although the basics of planning a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding at Walt Disney World remain the same, the way Disney handles the planning process has changed significantly in the wake of COVID-related staff cuts. This week I am joined by Sara Fader, who is planning her 21st anniversary vow renewal at Tower of Terror, to discuss all the changes to Dis…
 
This week, Syreeta Garabini shares the story of her UK Gazebo Courtyard ceremony and Terrace des Fleurs celebration at EPCOT. After she and David had their Disney Cruise Line wedding cancelled twice due to COVID-19, they decided to switch to an event at Walt Disney World just six weeks before their date! Today you’ll hear how Syreeta was able to pl…
 
This week, Connor Templeton shares the story of her 2019 wedding aboard the Disney Fantasy, with a ceremony in the Atrium and a celebration in Outlook. Connor knew she wanted to be married aboard the Disney Cruise Line from a young age, and choosing a 7-day cruise allowed her and Michael to spend plenty of time with their guests. Today you’ll hear …
 
Today, Hannah Brian shares the story of her Wedding Pavilion ceremony, Grand Floridian Ballroom reception and Terrace des Fleurs dessert party in EPCOT. Hannah and Chris knew from the start they wanted to be married at the Wedding Pavilion, and they were sold on the Grand Floridian for their reception when they saw another couple's wedding there du…
 
This week, Katy Barnhart shares the story of her Sea Breeze Point ceremony and Marvin Gardens reception at BoardWalk Inn Conference Center. Katy and Devin’s hometowns are 1,800 miles apart, so Walt Disney World seemed like the perfect compromise for a destination wedding in February 2020. Today you’ll hear how they chose their venues, which brunch …
 
Today, Katherine Quirk-Schwartz and Russ Schwartz share the story of their wedding celebration in all four theme parks at Walt Disney World! They kicked off the event with a welcome party at Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Market, bookended by ride mix-ins on Kilimanjaro Safari and Flight of Passage, then held their ceremony in Magic Kingdom’s East Plaza …
 
This week, Joanie Dawley shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and celebration at the Grand Floridian Marina. Joanie and Robert were able to have their dream wedding within a budget by choosing a Tuesday, using outside vendors, and minimizing floral and décor. You’ll hear how she and Robert selected their venues and vendors, whic…
 
Today, Tyler and Anthony Borges-Nizzari share the story of their Aulani wedding ceremony at Lanikuhonua and reception inside ‘AMA ‘AMA restaurant. When planning their wedding in New York City during the peak of COVID became too difficult, their solution was to add a ceremony to their trip to Aulani for Anthony’s 30th birthday! Their dreams of havin…
 
This week, Mariah Leggett shares the story of her Disney Springs wedding at Paddlefish. You’ll hear how she and Robert chose to be married at one of their favorite places at Disney after COVID cancelled their Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding—and five attempts to reschedule! Mariah also shares how she planned her No. 1 priority for the wedding, floral an…
 
Today, Jessica Krasny shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion, pre-reception Terrace des Fleurs and reception at American Adventure Rotunda, complete with an appearance by the Dapper Dans and a ride mix-in on Soarin’! You’ll hear how Jessica was able to customize every aspect of her floral and décor, including details on the custom…
 
On today’s episode, Lyra Vega Bridal owner Lilian Hung joins me for a look at everything you need to know about ordering a custom bridal gown online. Lilian’s frustration with her own wedding gown search made her want to bring transparency and reasonable pricing to the bridal industry while filling a need for Disney princess-worthy ballgown-style d…
 
This week, Emily Roberto shares the story of her Italy Plaza ceremony at EPCOT, which she and Nick planned in just one month after their original wedding plans were cancelled twice due to COVID-19. They chose the Italy Pavilion because they wanted an in-park event and both come from large Italian families! Today you'll hear where they splurged and …
 
Today, Aleshia Valance shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion, cake and Champagne celebration at the Grand Floridian Convention Center, and reception at Paddlefish. She and Cameron originally planned to follow their ceremony with an evening reception at California Grill. But when Disney canceled all fireworks shows due to the pand…
 
This week, Jasmine Navarro shares the story of her UK Courtyard ceremony and Terrace des Fleurs celebration at EPCOT. She and Stephen were originally told their first choice, the UK Pavilion, would be unavailable due to construction, and they chose the Wedding Pavilion instead. But when COVID-19 altered the park's plans, they were able to have thei…
 
Today, Erika Exnicios shares the story of her 2019 ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion, pre-reception at Italy Isola, and reception at American Adventure Rotunda. Erika and Evan fell in love on a trip to Walt Disney World and got engaged at Tower of Terror, so Disney was the perfect setting for their Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding! Today you’ll h…
 
This week, Christy Carey shares the story of her Crescent Terrace ceremony at the Swan & Dolphin and Paddlefish reception. She and Mike wanted to be married at Disney but also needed cost-effective and flexible venues that would allow them to choose all their own vendors. Today you’ll hear how Christy chose those vendors, where she saved and splurg…
 
Today, Mystee Ipong shares the story of her ceremony at EPCOT’s Italy Pavilion, meal at Sea Breeze Point, and dessert party at the Whitehall Room & Patio—plus a welcome party at Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu Courtyard and ride mix-in on Avatar Flight of Passage! When Mike and Mystee had to cancel their 400-person hometown wedding due to COVID-19, they…
 
This week, Alex Gonzales shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion, reception at the Grand Floridian Ballroom Salons VI-IX, and after-party at Pixar Alley in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! She discusses the best decisions they made for their COVID-era wedding, including the menu items they loved the most, how glad they were to have Mick…
 
Today, Taralyn Cyccone shares the story of her February 2020 Canada Terrace ceremony and Living Seas Salon reception in EPCOT. Making budgetary tradeoffs like having a mid-week brunch and doing DIY décor allowed Taralyn and Christopher to afford all their must-have items for the wedding, including a surprise appearance by Mickey and Minnie! Today, …
 
This week, Amber Farrow shares the story of her epic elopement on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats after her Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding at Sea Breeze Point was pushed back a year due to the pandemic. Due to 50 mph winds and rain, she and James ended up doing their ceremony twice: once for the few family and friends who were able to make it to the site…
 
Today, Savannah Sims shares the story of her 2019 ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Grand Floridian Convention Center’s St. Augustine Ballroom. She and Drew were at Disney when they learned their original wedding venue was closing, and they made the decision to switch to a Disney wedding that day! Today she shares her best tips …
 
This week, Jamie Hawk shares the story of her elopement at Italy Plaza in EPCOT. She and Matt originally planned to have a large wedding at that venue in May 2021, but they canceled due to COVID-19. While they were planning their at-home wedding for June, Jamie realized she really just wanted to elope to Disney—and one month later, they did! Today …
 
Today, Hayley Widing shares the story of her Paddlefish wedding at Disney Springs. Originally she and Joe considered a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding, but she wasn’t happy with the restrictions on floral, décor and entertainment at many Disney venues. When she found Paddlefish in Chapter 10 of Carrie Hayward’s Fairytale Weddings Guide, Hayley knew it …
 
This week, Michelle Hurtado shares the story of her wedding at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa just one week after it reopened following the COVID-19 shutdown. She and Michael were scheduled to be married at ‘Ama ‘Ama Patio on the fifth anniversary of their first Aulani vacation, but they didn’t find out whether their wedding could happen until three …
 
Today, Rachel Johnson shares the story of her Wedding Pavilion ceremony and EPCOT reception. Due to Disney’s COVID-19-related venue capacity limits, they had dinner first at Italy Isola, then a ride mix-in on Soarin’, followed by speeches, dancing and the cake-cutting at American Adventure Rotunda. In this episode, Rachel discusses how Disney handl…
 
This week, Keesha Davenport shares the story of her EPCOT wedding, with a ceremony in the Germany Pavilion and a reception at Terrace des Fleurs! Keesha and Adam chose Germany for their ceremony because Adam was born in Germany and was stationed there in the Air Force. Their reception was originally planned for Ariel‘s, but due to Disney’s COVID-19…
 
Today, Ashleigh & Dan Harrison share the story of their 2019 wedding ceremony at Sea Breeze Point, with a reception at Atlantic Dance Hall. Ashleigh and Dan originally planned to hold their reception at Italy Isola, but the backstage transportation requirement and tricky timing with the fireworks led them to reconsider. The moment they walked into …
 
This week, Crystal Jacobs Berry shares the story of her Wedding Pavilion ceremony with first look and portrait session at Magic Kingdom, followed by brunch and cake at the Grand Floridian Cafe. Crystal and Mark chose Sago Cay Pointe when they booked their wedding, prior to the pandemic. But they ended up switching to the Wedding Pavilion in order t…
 
Today, Dana and Charlie Chapman share the story of their wedding at Paradise Cove in Orlando. Although they met as Disney cast members and originally planned a Sea Breeze Point wedding, Dana and Charlie ended up cancelling and rebooking at Paradise Cove due to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings’ COVID-19 restrictions and reduced staffing. Today they shar…
 
This week, Castianne Mills shares the story of her ceremony and celebration at Canada Terrace in EPCOT. She and Dustin originally chose Luau Beach for a Cinco de Mayo 2020 ceremony. But when Disney reopened with COVID policies that mandate masks at all outdoor resort wedding venues, they switched their rescheduled wedding to EPCOT at Christmastime!…
 
Today, Sara Landesberg shares the story of her Wedding Pavilion ceremony and Whitehall Room & Patio reception. She and Sam originally wanted to be married at Fort Wilderness’ Clementine Lawn, but by the time they were able to start working with Disney, it was no longer available. Instead they chose Oak Manor Lawn, but when rain threatened to make t…
 
This week I welcome Celia Kucera back to the show! Last year, she told the story of her impromptu elopement after the COVID-19 pandemic postponed her Shades of Green Disney wedding. Today, Celia shares how her ceremony on Mangino’s patio and reception in the Magnolia Ballroom turned out, including which plans changed and what safety measures have b…
 
Today, Courtney Bronson shares the story of her ceremony at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, pre-reception at the Whitehall Room and reception (with Happily Ever After fireworks!) at California Grill’s Napa Room. You’ll hear how she and Andy chose Disney for a small Tangled-themed event instead of a huge family wedding back home, where she splurged and s…
 
This week, Kristy Houston shares the story of her ceremony at Sea Breeze Point, dinner at Shula's and dessert party at UK Lochside (with desserts moved to Living Seas Salon due to the cold)! You'll hear how Kristy started her day at 2:30 am to be ready for her first look with Stephen inside Magic Kingdom as part of their pre-park-opening bridal por…
 
Today, Jeni Mullen and Jen Januzelli share the story of their wedding at Luau Pointe and dessert party at Sago Cay in the Grand Floridian Marina. When the hassle of finding vendors and tracking everything on spreadsheets became too much, Jen suggested they scrap their New Jersey wedding plans and get married at Jeni’s favorite place instead! Today …
 
This week, Sam Macchione shares the story of her 2019 ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Grand Floridian Convention Center's St. Augustine Ballrooms A & B. Sam and John used outside vendors for multiple aspects of their "Light"-themed Disney wedding, including photography, uplighting and a light-up dance floor, plus a day-of coor…
 
Today, Kylie and Ryan Dontje share the story of their EPCOT UK Courtyard ceremony and Terrace des Fleurs cake and Champagne celebration, which was moved to World Showplace Pavilion due to rain. Originally, Kylie and Ryan planned to marry at Bovey Castle in England during a family trip to Europe. But when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented them from tr…
 
This week, Anne Lipcsey shares the story of her after-hours ceremony in the Hub at Magic Kingdom and reception at East Plaza Garden. When Anne and Robert’s May 2020 Sea Breeze Pointe wedding was postponed due to COVID-19, they rescheduled for November 2020. About a month before the event, their planner suggested they switch to an after-hours theme …
 
Today, Sarah Beckner shares the story of her Disney Cruise Collection wedding aboard the Dream, with a ceremony in the Atrium and a reception in Evolution. She and AJ chose a cruise wedding to escape the cold and bring both their families together for a multi-day celebration. Today, Sarah discusses the upgrades she chose to personalize the wedding,…
 
This week, Nicole Neumann shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion, cocktail hour at the Whitehall Room & Patio, reception at American Adventure Rotunda and dessert party at Italy Isola. Nicole and Chuck chose American Adventure Rotunda for their reception because they wanted their guests to have a VIP, in-park experience unlike any…
 
Today, Lauren De La Cruz shares the story of her Wedding Pavilion ceremony, Whitehall Room & Patio reception, and Grand Floridian Ballroom cake-cutting and character appearance. Lauren and Timothy originally chose Sea Breeze Point for their ceremony but had to plan an entire backup wedding at the Swan & Dolphin when Disney began canceling weddings …
 
This week, Jen and Travis Stitt share the story of their 10-year vow renewal in January 2020, including a ceremony at Luau Pointe, Dole Whip at the Pineapple Lanai, a portrait session at Saratoga Springs, and dinner and fireworks at California Grill’s Napa Room. As wedding photographers, Jen and Travis have had plenty of opportunity to envision wha…
 
Today, Audrey Blais shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception at the Yacht Club Convention Center’s Saybrook Room, with a dessert party at Italy Isola West in EPCOT. Canadians Audrey and Sylvain chose Walt Disney World for their 2019 wedding to keep their guest list small—and because they are huge Disney fans! You’ll he…
 
Today, Lauren Knotts shares the story of her Aulani wedding ceremony at ‘AMA ‘AMA Patio and reception at Rainbow Reef. Although they live in the Midwest, Lauren and Jake chose Aulani for their January 2020 wedding as a laid-back alternative to Walt Disney World where Lauren could live out her dream of a beach wedding. You’ll hear how they chose the…
 
Today, Aviana Collins shares the story of her ceremony at the Wedding Pavilion and reception in the Grand Floridian Ballroom, plus a welcome party at the Fantasia Ballroom at the Contemporary Resort. Aviana and Josh were the second couple to be married at Walt Disney World after weddings resumed following the pandemic closure, and in this episode s…
 
This week, Samantha Hojnacki shares the story of her vow renewal at Luau Beach. Samantha and Paul got engaged at Walt Disney World but wanted to be married at home so that their friends and family wouldn't have to travel. In November 2019, they got to have their dream 10-year vow renewal at Luau Beach! Because they originally had a formal church we…
 
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