March 23, 2011

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Day 1

The kick-off event for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration began on Thursday evening, with a tour and party at Disney's Wedding Pavilion, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
To be honest, I really didn't know anything about Disney weddings, and where they were held.  The Wedding Pavilion is located on the beach between the Grand Floridian and the Polynesian hotels, and would be a charming place to get married.
Conference attendees were invited to a cocktail party before the family dinner, and when we arrived we picked out our bridal mouse ears to wear.
 There was also a sweet candy bar set up for the picking.
You'd better believe I filled up on that!
Then we headed to the chapel, the main window of which frames a perfect view of Cinderella's castle.

Guest speakers included Carley Roney of The Knot, who spoke about tailoring her site to her online community and the importance of audience.

Also speaking was David Tutera, of My Fair Wedding, which I haven't seen since we don't have cable tv.  However David was an incredibly motivating and engaging speaker, and totally made me want to watch the show.
I love this candid photo of him during another part of the event.
We also got a preview of the new Cinderella gown from the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection wedding dresses from Alfred Angelo.
One couple who had gotten married at the Pavilion was treated to a surprise vow renewal, with us as their guests.  They were a cute couple, and even had fireworks and a carriage ride at the end.
After the activities at the Wedding Pavilion, we met our families at the beach nearby for dinner.  As usual, Disney did not fail to disappoint, with a Dixieland band, carnival games, character greetings, a sand artist, and wonderful food.
I met my newest blog friend, Desi of Wee Share, when we happened to sit at the same table.  Our kids and husbands hit it off instantly, and we kept running into each other all week, even in the crowded parks.  I'm hoping Desi will send me some of her photos, especially the shots she got of the kids playing together on the sand.
We also got a bit of face time with Mickey and Minnie, and surprisingly Soren was actually the one who wanted to meet them. 
Minnie very sweetly took his face in her hands and rubbed noses with him. It was adorable!

We ended the night exhausted, but happily so, eager for another day of fun and magic.
Disclosure: I paid a fee to attend the conference. Hotel accommodations during the conference were included in the fee, as were Park tickets,  selected meals and freebies in our conference totes.  All opinions are my own.

5 comments:

  1. That must have been a BLAST!!! And you are looking oh so cute these days! :)

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  2. Looks like y'all had an awesome time! Thanks for sharing some pics!

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  3. Love the picture of you guys with Mickey and Minnie. Those pics are always treasures!

    My oldest daughter (17) would LOVE to one day get married at Disney World at the wedding pavilion. It's so beautiful there, isn't it?

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  4. Kathleen--

    SO SO sorry for being a bad friend and not getting you those pics :( I'll go email them now! I love all of your pictures, especially the one of you all with Mickey and Minnie!

    And-- I am really glad you sat down at the table that evening :)

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