When Melanie LaValley and Eric Gocinski met in 2008 as Cast Members while working at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, little did they know that one day they’d be meeting face-to-face again at Walt Disney World…but this time, at the altar for their fairy tale wedding.
The soon-to-be-wed pair, of Orlando, Fla., is among 11 couples from 11 different cities to say “I do” at Disney on 11/11/11—a date that has special meaning to LaValley and Gocinski.
“Eric’s wish was for us to get married on 11/11/11 in honor of my birthday on Dec. 11,” LaValley said. “And since we made our first memories together at Disney, there’s no better place to take this new step in our lives together than the happiest place on earth.”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings hosts more than 1,000 nuptials per year, but the 11 weddings on Nov. 11 will be the first time that the number of nuptials coincides with the number of the month, day and year of the wedding.
“Our couples have always loved sequential number wedding dates and we are already beginning to hold space for 12/12/12,” said Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. “Couples have even moved venues to make sure their wedding stays on one of these very special dates.”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has been making memories come true for couples and their guests for more than two decades. Traditionally recognized as a top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination, Walt Disney World offers a variety of locations, including Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, as well as indoor resort locations. All told, more than 40,000 couples have married at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and aboard the ships of Disney Cruise Line.
For more information on Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, please visit DisneyWeddings.com or call 321/939-4610.
Kate Aspen, the leading designer and manufacturer of uniquely beautiful wedding favors, announced today the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings favor and gift collection in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products.
Inspired by the style, grace and elegance of the Disney Princess characters and their magical stories, the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Kate Aspen favor and gift collection features 10 timeless designs. These imaginative favors and gifts are perfect for brides who want to bring the enchantment of a fairy tale wedding to their special day, while showing their personal style and giving guests a little bit of magic of their own.
Highlights of the collection include a dainty set of white ceramic lovebird salt and pepper shakers inspired by Sleeping Beauty; a wine stopper elegantly engraved with an iconic royal coach, and a bottle opener beautifully disguised as a slipper with a touch of sparkle inspired by Cinderella; a baroque-style frame in white or black, inspired by Snow White, to honor “the Fairest of Them All” in subtle script on the insert; a lovely Ariel-inspired photo frame with rows of tiny faux pearls; and two favors inspired by Belle—a chrome spreader engraved with “Love Blossoms” and an enchanting white frosted tea light featuring the words “Let Your Dreams Light the Way” that glow as a beautiful reminder of when the bride was a princess for a day too.
“It is our goal to make every bride feel like a princess on her wedding day,” said Robert Oberschelp, Director Disney Consumer Products. “Through our collaboration with industry leader, Kate Aspen, we can now extend the fairy tale beyond fashion with a beautifully designed collection of wedding favors and gifts.”
With the perfect marriage of practicality and elegance, each favor and gift is beautifully packaged in a white box featuring soft swirl designs in wisps of silver metallic, tied with a white organza bow and a whimsical fleur-de-lis-style charm with a crystal dangle.
Kate Aspen CEO Jennifer Fallon, notes, “We are pleased to collaborate with Disney on this collection. Disney Fairy Tale Wedding’s mission to make a fairy tale experience within reach for every bride, and our mission to offer the most fabulous favors at an attainable price point is the perfect marriage.”
Prices for the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Kate Aspen favor and gift collection start at $3.49. The collection will be available starting January 1, 2012, and may be found on KateAspen.com and at fine retailers.
Disney plays host to over two-thousand weddings each year, with ceremonies occurring at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And in February of 2007, Disney launched a Fairytale Wedding Collection by master party planner David Tutera, bringing celebrity style and cache to Disney Weddings. Then in April 2007, Disney partnered with Kirstie Kelly to create wedding dresses inspired by the Disney princesses.
However, for many couples, a wedding on Disney property is not a possibility because of high demand and travel or cost constraints. And with the Disney weddings website getting 60,000 visitors every month, it’s clear that many brides would love to bring a little Disney magic to their weddings, even if they can’t say ‘I do’ in Anaheim or Orlando.
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings will be just the tool for brides who want to feel like a Disney princess on their wedding day. With party planning tips from David Tutera, and a special wedding gown section written by Kirstie Kelly, any bride can turn her wedding into a fairytale come true.
Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, published by Disney Editions, is 192 pages and is available now from Amazon.com.
NEW YORK – October 18, 2009—Disney Consumer Products (DCP) and renowned couture designer Kirstie Kelly are launching an exquisite gown inspired by Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess in more than ten years and the first African American Disney Princess character from the highly anticipated animated musical film, The Princess and the Frog. The Tiana gown will take its place in the phenomenally successful Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings line as the signature piece of an all new collection of bridal gowns. The new collection also includes the Snow White Diamond Edition gown, all new “Maidens” for bridesmaids, “Blossoms” for flower girls and a new line of fine jewelry with renowned jeweler Mouawad, each inspired by a Disney Princess character.
Adding to her established collection of Disney princess-inspired wedding dresses for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, designer Kirstie Kelly will soon be adding new dresses inspired by Tiana from The Princess and the Frog and an all-new Snow White dress inspired by the Disney Diamond Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The new Snow White dress will be unveiled on the runway later this year, but Brides.com has an exclusive first look at the new dress which you can see here.
If you’ve visited the Disney Weddings website before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Although it still maintains an element of simplicity along with elegance, the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings site has been re-launched and is better than ever.
The new site seamlessly integrates tons of information, planning tools and shopping for both weddings and honeymoons at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts as well as the Disney Cruise Line. There’s even a unique honeymoon registry system available. Instead of a Contact section, there’s Connect which provides all sorts of options for keeping tabs with the DFTW team of experts, including a blog in the near future.
Navigation is pretty straightforward throughout the site although it does seem to get lost when visiting the honeymoon registration page. Instead of the Disney Weddings navigation bar, you have the more generic Disney website toolbar on the top. Fortunately the browser’s back functionality still works though until they address it.
The following is a list of confirmed seminars that will be taking place at Stage 23 during the D23 Expo. More information will be provided as it becomes available:
Early Bird Books Seminars
Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers Book Series with Ridley Pearson (in person) and Dave Barry (via Satellite)
September 11, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age with author Don Hahn
September 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
South of the Border with author JB Kaufman
September 13, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
The Haunted Mansion: Sounds of Spooks and Music of the Macabre
In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion, Randy Thornton of Walt Disney Records will present a fascinating retrospective of Disney’s most mysterious music and spooky soundtracks, including a behind-the-scene glimpse of what it takes to turn your favorite music tracks from parks and film into the official albums that “follow you home!”
September 10, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jason Surrell Discusses the Haunted Mansion
Jason Surrell, author of The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, discusses the evolution of our Mansion from beloved attraction to major motion picture.
September 11, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Showcase
Guests will go “behind the fairy tale” at the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings showcase; they will hear from celebrity wedding designer David Tutera and couture wedding gown designer Kirstie Kelly who will unveil the first public viewing sketch of the Princess Tiana-inspired wedding gown releasing this October.
September 12, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
As a reminder, Stage 23 will be cleared between presentations
The DisneyStore.com site now features the Disney Fairy Tale Wedding Collection from celebrity wedding planner David Tutera. You can visit the online boutique here.
ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 29 — Princes and princesses have a new way to get friends and family to help capture spontaneous shots of their wedding: the new, exclusive single-use Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Camera by Kodak! That’s right; couples tying the knot have an exciting new option. This elegant new camera gives wedding guests a unique way to capture high-quality images of the big day. Couples who want to be among the first to purchase the new cameras for their weddings or rehearsal dinners can visit http://www.disneyweddings.com starting today.
The Walt Disney Resort and Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings have announced the Disney’s Couture Wedding Collection by celebrity wedding designer David Tutera.
“I look forward to sharing my new David Tutera for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings product collection with you. My wish is that that my collection will provide meaningful heirloom keepsakes for you to enjoy on the most special day of your life and for years to come,” says David Tutera.
See the items in the collection after the jump. Read more…