Ally + Justin: Our Disney Wedding

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Justin and I were married November 27, at Disney’s Fairytale Wedding Pavilion at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It was a long time coming, and an absolutely perfect day.

The one thing I found the most helpful when planning my wedding was pictures! I loved seeing all the little details—it made choosing a photographer easier because I knew the type of style I was looking for. All photos were taken by our absolutely amazing photographer, Nikki Rosa, who also took our Main Street U.S.A. engagement photos.

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Justin’s Arrival: We had separate photos with our family taken in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. When Justin arrived, he had just watched the wedding video I made for him, and I am so in love with Nikki’s first photo of that classic Pippin Grin. We were so lucky to have family there to help Justin and his groomsmen get their custom bowties and boutonnieres pinned and perfect!

My Arrival: After cramming what seemed like 1000 of us into the limo, my entourage (family, baby, bridesmaids) arrived at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for our photos. I loved having my girls around me–I was an absolute nervous wreck! My favorite photos in the bunch were the ones with Peanut. I will warn anyone who decides to take photos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to avoid the main staircase as a photo spot. People were always walking down and disrupting the process.

Some of the details: We did a Disney wedding but I did not wear a Disney gown. This is a Eden gown purchased well before I lost the baby weight from Shelley’s Bridal Couture in West Dundee, Illinois. It needed significant alterations because I did not lose nearly the amount of weight I thought I would so I reached out to the amazing Seamstress of Winter Park to make me look flawless.

My veil was my mothers, also altered by my amazing seamstress, and it was pinned into my Something Old: a barrette I wore to my first high school dance. My shoes were custom designed by Milk & Honey Shoes. I would recommend them to anyone—so helpful and truly beautiful shoes! Justin and his groomsmen wore Vera Wang suits and all our flowers were made by me.

Bridal Party: Justin and I chose wedding colors based on what we used to wear as Cast Members on Main Street U.S.A.: candy-apple red and navy blue. My girls wore red satin dresses and each dress was different depending on title (my Maid of Honor wore a one-shoulder, bridesmaids wore two strap dresses, and our usherettes wore strapless). My maids included my maid of honor and big sister, Jenny, my two oldest friends, Kate and Lisa, and my best friend from college, Kristina. Our two usherettes, Aly and Brittney, were mine and Justin’s best friends from our Main Street days.

Justin’s guys were his friends Vinny and Jay, our Main Street friend, Steve, and my cousin Bill. Justin’s best man and cousin, Chris, was unable to attend our wedding because he was preparing for deployment in the US Army.

Our Ceremony: With many destination weddings, we felt the service can be a bit cut and dry. We were insistent that our wedding still reflected us. Our officiate, Rev. Deems Timothy Herring, was witty and genuine. I walked down the aisle to my favorite song in the entire world, Life in Technicolor by Coldplay. We had two readings—my cousin Liz read an excerpt from The Alchemist and Justin’s cousin Jennifer read a poem she wrote.

We said the traditional marriage pledge and also wrote our own vows. There was so much crying when Justin said his vows. We opted for the unity candle ceremony and provided our own beautiful candle from Holland House Candles.

The Details: I wanted the opportunity to do as much with my wedding as possible. Our thumb-print guest book came from Bleu de Toi on Etsy. We purchased and painted the mailbox for cards at Lowes. I designed the printable tags for the favors (popcorn) and designed the Table Numbers with the help of Shutterfly. Our beautiful centerpieces came in just on budget from Kelly’s Wedding Flowers.

The Reception: Justin and I met dancing so we were insistent about having a great DJ. Steve Weinstein of Power DJ was seriously amazing. Our beautiful cake was put together by the bakery team at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and we topped it with salt and pepper shakers of kissing Mickey and Minnie.

Toasts were given by my sister, my father and Justin’s Best Man—via his groomsmen Jay. We so wish Chris would have been able to make it to our wedding and his speech was so moving, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

My father and I did our first dance. We started out dancing to “Beauty and the Beast” a classic song dad would choose to dance with Jen and I when we were young. Halfway through, however, the music shifted to “Shout!” by the Isley Brothers—a favorite of Dad and I. I recreated the scene from Animal House and rolled around on my back in my wedding dress. No regrets.

Mickey and Minnie: We opted for the one thing we loved more than anything at our wedding: a visit from our favorite mice: Mickey and Minnie. We danced, posed for photos, and they helped us cut the cake. The best thing that came out of that was me being able to say I shook it like a Polaroid picture with Mickey Mouse. They were a HUGE hit.

We chatted with friends and family, kissed, smiled, drank some champagne and in an instant it was all over. It was the most amazing day of my entire life. A few days later we hopped aboard the Disney Dream for a four night honeymoon to the Bahamas.

I hope you enjoyed our wedding story!