Back in 1991, the Walt Disney World Company launched Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. It brought to life the posh French provincial bridal studio owned by Franck Eggelhoffer, the foreign, eccentric, fun-loving wedding planner from the remake of the Spencer Tracy classic, Father of the Bride. Now, almost twenty years later with over 30,000 magical weddings performed, the Disney Imagineers have transformed Franck's studio from beautiful to breath-taking! The sun-filled, redesigned studio oozes with happy vibes and gives couples a first-class, multi-sensory experience unlike any other. Ornate furnishings, luxurious draperies, state-of-the-art technology...and more! Everything a couple needs to plan the wedding of their dreams has been incorporated into the design and functionality of the space.
For years, I have tried to convince client's that Walt Disney World is a perfect venue for a wedding. However, many people have a misperception of a "Disney" wedding. Their image is limited to a ceremony at Cinderella's castle and a reception attended by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. While driving one morning, a billboard for Disney caught my eye and it occurred to me how to debunk the myth my clients had, while at the same time showcase the "true" Disney wedding experience.
Weeks later, with camera and questions in hand, I ventured to Orlando to meet with Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing and Business Director and Meredith Filip, Marketing Manager for the Walt Disney World Company. I spent two memorable days at Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. During that time, I had the pleasure of meeting remarkable people and touring a few of the amazing venues couples can choose for their reception. Before traveling back to Tampa, I witnessed Disney magic come to life as Ashley and Richard said, "I do" at a candle lit ceremony in front of family and friends at Disney's Wedding Pavilion. It was the perfect ending to a magnificent adventure!
Over the next week, I'll be taking you behind-the-scenes for a unique look into the captivating world of Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings. It's a chance to let go of preconceived notions and discover the reasons why couples from all over the world have chosen Walt Disney World for their destination wedding!