Celeste and Michael (10.24.09)

I have to preface this post by saying I did not coordinate this wedding.  I was instructed to be a guest, and I tried my hardest!  Celeste is my oldest cousin, and couldn't have been happier that she chose our hometown of Orlando for her wedding.  But when she announced it would be at Walt Disney World, it was even better! Mike and Celeste both have a long history with the mouse, and since they were engaged at Disneyland it was only fitting that they say "I Do" at Disney's Wedding Pavilion.  After a perfect ceremony with the Florida sun gleaming off Cinderella's Castle, we boarded buses to the reception at EPCOT.

Cocktail hour was hosted at Italy's Isola, a small island overlooking the World Showcase Lagoon.  The view at sunset was beautiful!  And what entertainment - pop sensation Taylor Dane was performing next door.

We were escorted in to the American Adventure Rotunda for a scrumptious Southern-inspired dinner of pork medallions, mashed sweet potatoes, and green beans.  Celeste and Michael had chosen an orange theme (the fruit, not the color) - each table was named with an orange-crate label, and the centerpieces were stunning glass vases filled with sliced oranges.  Each lady received an orange pashmina on the back of her chair - which would come in handy shortly.  Mickey, the "Mouse of Honor," even made an appearance and posed for photos with the guests.

After dinner, we went back outside to Isola for dessert - and to watch the Illuminations fireworks/laser show!  What an amazing ending to the evening.

But the highlight for me was the incredible "first dance."  You see, Michael has a broken foot.  So since he wasn't able to "dance," the newlyweds came up with a great alternative:

(I'll probably get in trouble for posting this, but hey, that's what family is for)