DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011 ~ Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 4 The Speakers}

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DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 4 The Speakers}

So, after filling our colorful take-out boxes with some amazing goodies and touring Franck’s beautiful studio, Franck himself announced that we should start making our way over to the Wedding Pavillion for some more surprises!

Let me tell you, it is beautiful in there! We were all seated and just looking around in awe at how gorgeous everything was. I’d never been inside there before, however; a friend of mine had her wedding there two years ago so I’d seen pictures, which don’t do it justice. It was so amazing that you could actually see Cinderella Castle right through the stained glass windows! Breathtaking!

We were treated to a great introduction from Korri McFann Spolar, who began her career with Disney in 1995. Korri has been working with Disney’s Fairytale Weddings and Honeymoons for the last 13 years.

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She gave us a sneak peak of the wedding and honeymoon options that would be offered in the fall of this year in Hawaii at the new Disney Vacation Club property, Aulani.

Next up was Michael Shettel, the Vice President of Alfred Angelo Designs.

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He gave us an inside look into the Disney Fairytale Wedding Collection as well as introduced the Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown! It was magnificent!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Before we saw this dress, the Sleeping Beauty inspired dress was my favorite. Now I have two favorites because this one is right up there!

I just love the way the Cinderella Platinum gown looks as though it has cascading waterfalls of ruffles while the Sleeping Beauty gown has whispy, feathery ruffles with that gorgeous rose on the hip and another one up by the left shoulder! Aaah! Just beautiful!

Ok, now on to our next speaker! Carley Roney of TheKnot.com came and talked to us about social media and how making your audience your obsession in giving them what they want will ignite their passion and they will keep coming back! Don’t forget to check out her two sister sites TheNest.com and TheBump.com.

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For our next surprise, David Tutera from My Fair Wedding was introduced! My friend Kristen was so excited to see him that she got up and hugged him on his way up! It was adorable!

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Now, mind you, I’ve been married for nearly 18 years so even though I’d heard of his show, I’d never seen it before (shh…don’t tell). He talked to us about how he works hard to keep things trendy and is always looking ahead to see what color/style weddings are up and coming.

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Next we were introduced to a lovely couple who had gotten married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion just two years ago. Their story was shared with us and we were shown beautiful pictures of their wedding. Much to our surprise, they were about to renew their vows right before our eyes! They were whisked away by Franck and Edna to go get ready. All of a sudden, you would have thought that a dance party broke out right there! The bridesmaids came through the doors and danced down the aisle and they were shortly joined by the groomsmen while they danced together as couples down the aisle. Next, the bride came and she danced her way down the aisle! It was really cool! If you want to see the video of all this fun, click here!

We got to watch their beautiful vow renewal ceremony and then we went outside to watch the Cinderella Coach pull up to whisk them away to their happily ever after! But, not before there were fireworks! Ah-mazing!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Next up was our dinner party along the beautiful sandy shores of the Grand Floridian! I’ll tell you all about that in my next post!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Rocking Disney’s Wedding Pavillion!

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011
Rocking Disney’s Wedding Pavillion!

I’ve told some of you how the vow renewal we witnessed during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was my VERY FAVORITE and here, my friends, is a video of the entire thing! It’s incredible and FUN!

I would seriously consider having this “dance party” for my own wedding if I were to do it all over again…our 18-year wedding anniversary is next week! So much fun! What a fabulous memory to create of your wedding day! I just love the non-traditional feel of this.

Leave it to the fine folks at Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons to think of such a clever experience!

What are your thoughts on this? Would you ever step out of the box and have a non-traditional wedding like this?

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

Wordless Wednesday…From the Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree(sort of)

Wordless Wednesday
From the Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree!

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event – Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 3 The Gowns}

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 3 The Gowns}

 

After the completely amazing candy buffet and tour of Franck’s Wedding Studio, we made our way over to the Wedding Pavilion. We were able to see the Disney Princess inspired wedding gowns by Alfred Angelo placed strategically (on mannequins) around the pavilion. They were gorgeous!

The Cinderella Platinum Anniversary Gown was revealed to us live for the 20th anniversary! It was breathtaking!

I bet you’re wondering about that handy little flash drive I talked about a couple posts ago? Well, below are some of the pictures we were given to share with you that showcase each of the gowns. My own pics of the REAL ones hardly do them justice, so, while I wait for the professional ones to come from Disney, I figured I’d share these with you instead of holding you in suspense! Remember, click on the pics to enlarge them.

Ariel

Aurora

Belle

Cinderella

Jasmine

Snow White

Tiana

Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 2 The Candy Buffet}

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DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event
Disney’s Fairytale
Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 2 The Candy Buffet}

 

Yes! A candy buffet! I never imagined anything like this before and walking up to it was so fun! I felt like a 5-year old suddenly! The table-scapes were absolutely gorgeous from the HUGE lollipops to the beautiful flowers and colorful paper lanterns hanging from the ceilings!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

I am always so impressed with all of the detail work that goes into everything that Disney does. This soiree was no different. You know that when they throw a party, it’s going to be good great! Just look at how every glass bowl has a beautiful ribbon tied in a bow around it and even the tags describing what each candy is has ribbon. The colors were vibrant, it was great fun!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

We got to pick from all different colors of take-out boxes (that can be labeled however you’d like) and fill them up with all sorts of retro sweets like rock candy, whirly pops, candy ribbon, salt-water taffy, candy buttons, and jelly beans while champagne and sparkling cider was being passed around! Cheers!

My Take-Home Box ~ Bridal Ears and All!

For people like me who have been married for many years, it will be 18 next month, I’m thinking this would be a really fun way of kicking off a vow renewal or even just having a candy reception for 20 or so of my closest friends! I never would have known that this was even an option if I wasn’t a part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! Just remember, almost anything is possible when you’re dealing with the Magic Makers at Disney!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event – Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons Platinum Soiree {Part 1}

DisneySMMoms Celebration 2011: Our First Event
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings & Honeymoons
Platinum Soiree {Part 1}

After getting settled into our room, my husband and the kids decided to go for a swim while I headed over toward Disney’s Wedding Pavilion for our Platinum Soiree!

We were greeted with Bridal Ears for the “brides” and Mickey Ear Top Hats for the “grooms”! There were also some cute buttons available!

We were treated to an unbelievable candy buffet. Yes, you read that right! I’ll show you pictures of it in my next post because it was so amazing that it deserves its own post. Next, we had the privilege of touring Franck’s Bridal Studio. What a treat that was!

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company

There were a few cake options there for us to drool over…

This is just barely the beginning of what was in store for us at the Wedding Pavilion that afternoon! If you know anyone looking to plan a wedding, I can’t think of a more wonderful place to do it!

Disclosure: I paid to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for my registration fee, I received deeply discounted rates on hotel, park tickets, events, meals, and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney or any other party affiliated with the event. Thoughts are 100% my own.