Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mouse of Zen - My Disney Fairytale

Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom's Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to take part in this special Magical Blogorail loop with Mouse of Zen! While scrolling through the Mouse of Zen book, I came across a haiku that stopped me in my tracks. 

promise of today
melts into our tomorrow
illuminate life
- mouse of zen

March 26, 2011. The day that I felt like every princess in every Disney movie that I watched as a kid. On that cold, sunny New York City day, I had the pleasure of marrying my best friend. 

When we got engaged a little over two years before our wedding day, the first question that came out of the mouths of my family and friends was, "When is the Disney wedding?"

A Walt Disney World wedding is something that I dreamed about since I was a little girl, gazing at the Wedding Pavilion from our balcony at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. However, when Tom and I were engaged I knew I had to give up on that dream for a more important dream - to have our grandparents be fully involved in our big day. Our grandparents and extended families are extremely important to us and it would've been very difficult to have them travel across the country to attend our wedding. So instead we had a big traditional Italian wedding. 

Just because we opted for a big wedding in New York didn't mean, however, that we couldn't incorporate Disney! I had a "subtle Disney" rule. I wanted to include Disney, without being blatantly Disney. I wanted to know the origin of each little detail, but I didn't want anybody else to know unless I told them. With the exception of a huge Mickey and Minnie bride and groom big figs during our cocktail hour, I succeeded. 

My only "unhidden" Mickey!

For example, my gown was Kirstie Kelly for Disney Bridal. Our monogrammed napkins had a small silver castle. And most importantly, our PERFECT wedding song, well our wedding song was Promise from Epcot's Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. 

On our wedding day, we made a promise to each other and two truly became one. Our lives were illuminated by our love for each other. And we most certainly will grow closer through the years, through the good times and the tears. 

On March 26, 2011, as the first few notes of Promise echoed through our venue, few knew the origin of the song. (The big exception was the table of my college program roommates and coworkers who sang right along with the band) We were thrilled with the performance of our wedding band, who so graciously offered to learn the song for the big day.

Promise is a song I will never forget. It is a moment that I will live with me for the rest of my life. And every time I hear the beautiful melody, I will think about the day Tom and I became husband and wife, and I will smile from ear to ear.

Promise - Our first dance
Nanina's in the Park; March 26, 2011
(Video Courtesy of Michelle Pinto)

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Disney Chick.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard: 

1st Stop ~ Disney Living
4th Stop ~ (You are here!) The Disney Point
5th Stop ~ The Disney Chick


Amy@DisneyLiving said...

Wonderful! I love Disney weddings. I had one too. ;)

adisneymomsthoughts said...

What a sweet story!! Maybe you can get to Disney for a vow renewal some day! :)

Mary at Capturing Magical Memories said...

Love the story. We also had hidden disney touches in our special day.

Donna Kay said...

It says a lot about your character that having your family involved meant so much to you. I love the Disney touches!!

Rosanne said...

@Amy - Thanks!
@Beth - That is the plan! I'm hoping for 10 years? I think that's a fabulous idea!
@Mary - The hidden touches meant so much to us!
@Donna - Thank you :) We couldn't imagine our big day without the people we love around us!

Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

What a wonderful interpretation! I love that you were able to include your love of Disney in your wedding.

Blt0926 said...

Love this post roe. So glad we were able to make the trip to celebrate your special day! And to be a touch of disney :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

What a sweet day for you and your husband! I love that you could add in such "subtle" touches of Disney. Beautiful!

Kimberly said...

I love it!!!! We did the same thing! I wanted a Disney Wedding, but I had the same reality of wanting my grandparents and multiple cousins there. Our first dance was "So this is love" from Cinderella :) You looked STUNNING on your wedding day!

Rosanne said...

Aw I love "So this is love!" It's such a simple and beautiful song! Thank you :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful story! I loved how you weaved the subtle Disney touches into your wedding. Your dress was beautiful!

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