Loves, for as long as we can remember, we have been hardcore Disney fans. We have always been amazed with the ridiculous creativity, love and true magic of Disney movies, characters, and to be honest, any and everything Disney related. It is simply the best, and we hope that you agree.
So you could only imagine how ecstatic we are to be featuring today’s elopement!
If you’re anything like us, then you have had a secret wedding Pinterest board for longer than you’ve had a significant other, and have been saving as much inspiration as possible so that when that big day came, you would know exactly what you wanted. We know. We know it all, because we were there, and saved so many Disney inspired weddings that we couldn’t possibly count! haha! We just LOVE it, and know that you will love it too!
So keep reading for the most darling destination wedding from the Disney Cruise Line…
FROM THE COUPLE:
“Matt and I met during my first year of undergraduate school in Florida. We took a class together and were paired up for a group project that never ended up getting collected! On our first anniversary, we went to Walt Disney World for the weekend and decided to make it a tradition. For our third anniversary, we had gotten reservations to Cinderella’s Royal Table (the restaurant inside the castle) and Matt had actually set up a proposal with Disney Fairy-tale Weddings for our dinner. After we finished our entrees, our waitress brought over a covered plate and when she lifted the cover the plate, it was filled with red rose petals and a glass slipper. That was when Matt got down on one knee and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life loving me. It was so magical and everything I could’ve wanted out of that moment” says Stephanie.
“The original wedding theme was a princess fairy-tale (think Cinderella), but when we decided to elope onboard a cruise ship, we wanted to incorporate that into our day. So, we met in the middle with some fairy-tale romance/ nautical details that turned out perfectly. It was really fun to work on the theme and style for our wedding because we eloped, everything was very personal and unique.”
“Decorating was very easy with our venue. Floor to ceiling windows made for great views! In addition to that, we had some flower petals scattered around the room, and a DIY aisle runner made by my maid of honour.”
“Our wedding was a package-deal, so it included floral. We did decide to upgrade the floral though, opting for a beautiful white bouquet with deep and light blue accent flowers. We had a floral cake topper to match that, and I loved how cohesive it made everything. I also love rose petals, so those were included in our ceremony decorations” mentions Stephanie.
“We didn’t have a traditional ceremony on account of our single guest, but we did try to make our cake and champagne celebration very “us” however we could. One of my favorite moments like that was when one of the last songs came on. I had included the song in the DJ list as a surprise for my maid of honor, as it was a favorite of ours when we lived together. Dancing to that song with my new husband and my maid of honour, being incredibly goofy without worrying about guests watching, was so much fun!”
“My husband’s outfit was incredibly easy. I really wanted sky blue details, so he agreed to wear the colour for his bowtie and pocket square. He actually chose a navy tux on his own, and I was really pleased because of the navy/nautical elements we had chosen for the wedding. I also bought him Mickey Mouse tux studs and cuff links, which were adorable and such a fun detail.
My wedding day look came together so beautifully. When he and I first talked about getting married, I had asked him to describe what he pictured me in at our wedding. I wrote that down and always kept it at the back of my mind when looking at wedding dresses online. When I went to a trunk show at a local boutique (before we were engaged!) I saw my dress first thing in the show room and immediately asked to try it on. I tried it on first and didn’t want to take it off, and then I actually put it back on again after I tried on the other dresses. Matt proposed the next day and I went and bought my dress right after. My dress was the focal point for my wedding look, so once I had that I added details that accentuated it. I actually already owned all the jewelry I wore that day, and it was all perfect with my dress. It proved just how very “me” my dress and details were!”
THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOMENT
“The most exciting part of our wedding day was hearing Matt’s vows. I’m a writer, so I had felt a lot of pressure to deliver on my vows. I never even thought about what Matt’s would be. I actually thought it would be something I had to nag him to do, but when I asked him about one day, he had already written them all. I had no idea what to expect from them, and hearing him read them to me during our wedding was so much better than I could have hoped. I laughed and cried the whole time, and they were so wonderfully personal and unique” says Stephanie.
ANY WEDDING PLANNING ADVICE FOR NEWLY-ENGAGED COUPLES?
“My biggest advice is to do what you need to! People always say to stick to your guns and do what you want with your wedding, but for me that wasn’t realistic. I was trying so hard to force my family into being happy and supportive about an expensive wedding that they just weren’t into that it was crushing me. When I finally decided to scrap that and elope it was the whole world off my shoulders. Eloping allowed Matt and I to eliminate all of the stress and drama of wedding planning, and it gave us the opportunity to really celebrate our own relationship. It was all about us and so representative of us.
I think that, so often, eloping is pictured as city hall affairs or anything missing out on big wedding traditions, and it doesn’t have to be. We got to have an entire wedding week and honeymoon, dance the night away, eat wonderful meals, and a cake that made me make Cookie Monster faces that have been recorded on camera. I would never change a single thing about eloping. So, my biggest advice is to plan a wedding for you and your partner that will not only be about you and your partner, but will be the best representation and celebration of you as a couple.”
Thank you so much to Stephanie, Matt and Sugar Peach Productions for sharing this dreamy elopement with us!
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Photography: Sugar Peach Productions | Venue: Disney Cruise Line | Floral Designer: Disney Floral and Decor | Tuxedo & Menswear: Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaid Dress: Azazie | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Dress Store: CC’s Bridal Boutique | Dress Designer: Allure Couture | Submitted via Two Bright Lights |