Monday, December 13, 2010

When You Wish Upon A Star...

You don't get married at Walt Disney World unless you are a sucker for Disney magic and want to add a little of that pixie dust to your big day.  Well, I think you know by now that I'm into Disney magic hook, line, and sinker.  It didn't surprise too many people when Andy and I wanted to get married at WDW.  I'd fallen in love with the Wedding Pavilion when we toured it shortly after it opened and I was in high school at the time.  Fast forward about 10 years and I had my Prince Charming and needed a magical place to say, "I do." 

During our wedding planning session at Franck's, my mom decided to "rent herself a man."  Before you get the wrong idea, our wedding planner had suggested having either a majordomo (think the man carrying Cinderella's glass slipper, Prince Charming's right hand man) or an English butler.  Of course, I wanted the majordomo.  He would carry our rings to the altar and act as master of ceremonies, helping our guests get from the ceremony to the pre-reception and then to the reception.  At the reception, he'd help us make a "grand" entrance.  Mom loved the idea of someone else being in charge of the day, allowing her to relax and enjoy it all.

The wedding planner also suggested playing a little prank on our brothers.  Chris, AKA Ridge, was my "Man of Honor" and was holding Andy's ring for me.  Andy's brother, Gary, was one of his Best Men and had my ring.  Before the ceremony, the wedding planner asked the guys for the ring, telling them the minister (my father AKA DisneyDad) was going to bless them.  They forgot all about the rings, playing right into the joke.  During the ceremony, when it came time for the exchange of rings, my father asked the guys for them.  Both got looks of panic across their faces and said something about blessings.  Just then, there was fanfare and the back doors of the chapel opened.  An instrumental version of "When You Wish Upon A Star" played and majordomo walked down the aisle carrying our rings in a glass slipper on a pillow.  We had kept this a secret, so this was a huge surprise to the guests.  I knew it was going to happen and I still cried!  My mom still says my friend Heather's face during this part was worth the cost.  The majordomo bowed to me and then presented the rings to my father. 

To me, this was one of the best Disney touches of the day and I love watching this part on the wedding video.  I'll share more in future posts.  This started out as a quick "Photo Flashback" but this moment definitely deserved a full post. 

Entering the wedding ceremony

The other angle of this shot shows me crying but
I get to edit this so...

My dad loves Disney magic too.

Entering the wedding reception at the Grand Floridian

He announced us and declared us honorary
prince and princess for the day.

Telling us he was needed back at the castle and
advising us to enjoy our party!


  1. I know I'm full of cold and hormones but I am like totally crying my eyes out looking at these beautiful photos! What a magical day :-)

  2. fantastic article!! thank you for sharing! if I ever get married, I would want it in disney. I can't imagine a more magical wedding!

  3. Amy's mom thought having a wedding at Disney was wonderful. She had said many times the hardest thing she did all day was to zip up her dress. The people at Disney Wedding were wonderful and helped to make an absolutely Magical Day even for Dad.

  4. Our friends played the same "prank" on us at their wedding. It is such an amazing place to get married and I am hoping both my daughters will choose to get married there! :-) Of course, that is at least 20 years away, but I can still dream!

  5. I love this post! Every time I rode the monorail on this last trip into the MK I looked over at Francks and thought of you!!! As expected I can imagine everything was perfectly organized in the WDW way.

    Thanks for the pics.

  6. It still gives me a little thrill. I didn't realize until I read the article that the boys weren't in on it! I thought it was a joke on your guests! Even better! I so so so loved Majordomo. As your guest it was a hoot to follow him in grand style from the "pre" reception to the Reception. Seriously, after all the real stuff like you pledging your life in front of God and family to the man you love, one of my favorite parts that I will NEVER forget!

  7. What a wedding! Boy, I hope to get an invite to a wedding at the Wedding Chapel one day... Love your memories- thank always for sharing.


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