The Planner’s Plans: Getting Engaged In Disney

After planning dozens of weddings and orchestrating countless events, it’s finally time for me to celebrate! I’m so excited to finally be planning my own wedding with the love of my life, Phil!

It seems like I’ve done this “wedding planning thing” countless times, but doing it for yourself is a little different. So I want to give everyone some insight on “The Planner’s Plans”, because yes, as many have asked, I am planning my wedding!

Even though we’ve been engaged for over a year, I’ve been dying to put together this blog series about our wedding planning experience.  Here I will share everything from dress shopping to cake tastings.

So let’s wait not longer and kick things off with the engagement!

Tomorrowland Disney World

Entrance To Tomorrowland, Where Phil & I Got Engaged

For Phil and I, Disney World is one of the best places on earth. So it made total sense that Phil would propose to me on our Holiday 2016 trip.

We had always been open about our future together, so I had a hunch that something was coming soon. But when a proposal didn’t come on Christmas day or doing the magical firework viewing on Christmas night, I was a little skeptical that a Disney proposal would happen.

On our second day, we went into Magic Kingdom and headed over to Space Mountain for our first ride of the day. We got off the ride and met up with my dad. We were a little hungry, so what else do you do at 7AM in Disney World?  Get Mickey ice cream bars, of course!

Midway through eating our ice cream, Phil grabbed mine and his, and handed them off to my dad. He took my hand and brought me around to a secluded corner.

Mind you, I had always made it very clear that I wanted something intimate and not a public proposal.  Intimate and Disney, especially at Christmas, are almost impossible.  Luckily at 7AM, not many people were in Tomorrowland.  It honestly felt like we had the park to ourselves.

So we’re in our secluded corner, and Phil got on one knee.  He reminisced about our almost 4 amazing years together and officially popped the question. I ecstatically said yes!

After we walked out into the general park area, it was something out of a movie. My mom and Aunt where cheering from a nearby ride, other family members were running over after getting off a coaster, and my dad was all smiles, despite the ice cream bars melting all over his hands!

Disney World Engagement

Celebrating The Engagement In Epcot

Following celebrations, taking way too many pictures, and showing off my beautiful ring, we made our way to the Tomorrowland People Mover. Phil and I took the moment to let it all sink in.

Later that night, we made our way to Epcot and had dinner at the German Pavilion’s Biergarten. We celebrated over an amazing dinner, with live German music and German beer and wine. Our waitress even gave us a celebratory keepsake certificate with our engagement date on it.

The rest of our trip was just spectacular, filled with Disney magic for in honor of our engagement.

Getting engaged in Disney to Phil was a dream come true.  We love vacationing there, which is why I’m so happy we have our beautiful engagement memory at the most magical place on earth.  We can’t wait to make even more memories in Disney, as we plan to go back for our Honeymoon. More on that later!

 

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Meet Maddison

We’re so excited to introduce you to the creative Event Intern Maddison!  She has been with us since last summer and is continuing her internship this January!  Let’s learn a little more about Maddison:
Educational Background
Bachelors of Fine arts at Alfred University.

Prior Experience
I have been a waitress for 7 years at 4 different restaurants. I also work for a year with Art Force 5 which is an organization that teaches creativity over conflict  through non-violence workshops and community based art.

Hopes For The Internship
What I want to get most from working at PAD is work experience within a creative field. I am also excited to learn to work with clients and bringing their visions to life.

Favorite Thing About The Industry
My favorite thing about event planning is being able to make a clients dream into a reality and creating a day that they will hopefully never forget. 

Favorite Quote
“Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” — Hillary Clinton

Free Time Fun
In my free time I like to indulge in all things creative; Music, movies, podcasts, looking at other artists, what ever I can find. I am very blessed to be surrounded by amazing faculty and peers constantly making work and sharing their creativity and what inspires them with me.

Future Plans
My number one goal is to be able to travel in my life but other than that I am not sure what my future holds. I am interested in exploring with in the creative field and seeing what it has to offer me but it is important to find a way to give back and also to create a sustainable art practice.

Interesting Fact
I am obsessed with all things true crime, my guilty pleasure is the podcast My Favorite Murder

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30 Stunning Cascading Centerpieces

Make a bold statement with cascading centerpieces! Centerpieces such as these are sure to catch your guest’s eyes and leave them wowed!

When we see cascading centerpieces we think luxury!  Garland-type cascading centerpieces give the effect that they go on forever, as they have less of a sense of finality.  Abundant, yet traditional centerpieces have a grand feel for formal affairs.

Wether you can have each and every table with a stunning cascade or one wow factor feature, here are 30 luxurious cascading centerpieces to draw inspiration from!
 
{1} This bright green and white floral centerpiece garlands makes this table more vibrant! The garland is also draped across the table corner to give room for another guest at the end; an interesting placement that is definitely working!

{2} This centerpiece is purely greenery and we feel adds to the natural look of the room. The wooden walls and ceiling and the off-white curtains are what gives this room a casual elegance, that are only enhanced by this perfect centerpiece addition.
 
{3} Love that this table is all white and that bright colors were chosen for the centerpiece to really make the table stand out!

{4} We cannot stop talking about this one! Wow! All flowers is such a daring way to go and this table is rocking it! It’s very fitting in the forest with the natural wood.
 
{5} This centerpiece is eye catching not only because the pink flowers contrast nicely with the black tapers and napkins, but the way the garland curls off at the end adds an interesting element.
 
{6} If you want a cascading centerpiece, but aren’t into the garland form, try bouquets that have extra greenery hanging down. This is a very unique style.

{7} This romantic and luxurious cascade is truly a wow factor.  The candelabra accents add a regal element, making it a centerpiece fit for a royal wedding.

{8} The colors of this one, along with the flowers and greenery chosen make for a striking look. Love it!

{9} Fancy vibes! All white is so clean and chic, but by adding the candles gives a certain warmth to this table.

{10} This centerpiece looks more like flowers and greenery woven together, rather than a garland. We love the laid back elegance of the scape.

{11} This is stunning. Again, if garland is not your style, try a centerpiece with greenery hanging down. We love how timeless and romantic the ivy looks.

{12} This one is very bohemian. You cannot go wrong with all greenery with a white tapers to pop!

{13} This boxwood cascading garland centerpiece is so classy and simple, a perfect addition to any table.

{14} Loving the combination of the natural-looking wood, the green garland centerpiece with light pink floral accents, and the glass elements on the table.  This looks perfect all together.

{15} A waterfall of flowers we are calling this one! If you love bright colors this gorgeous piece is for you.

{16} Do you love hydrangeas? This one is definitely a must! A garland of big beautiful hydrangeas can make a perfect centerpiece!

{17} This one is so unique! Love how the green garland centerpiece perfectly matches the hanging centerpiece. Everything fits together perfectly!

{18} Another way to add dimension to a table is to add a simple garland centerpiece, but incorporate candles, little bouquets and succulents to either side of the garland. Love how all the pieces are sort of mismatched in a way that also ties everything together.

{19} This one is makes us think of a swan! Classy, regal, and elegant is what you get with a cascading white orchid centerpiece.

{20} This one puts the emphasis on the hanging centerpiece. What an interesting look! We love that they paired a more loud hanging element with a more subtle table piece.

{21} Here’s another option for a central cascading centerpiece. The hanging moss pieces give off enchanted forest vibes!

{22} If you want a different floral arrangement for your head table, we have you covered. This cascading piece draws your eye right to the middle of the table, the newlyweds!

{23} You cannot go wrong with an all white floral garland. This centerpiece is the epitome of a classy, chic wedding.

{24} Dress her up or dress her down! This table is definitely more casual, but that centerpiece isn’t! This cascading floral garland works on this table, but it would also work on a fancier tablescape as well.

{25} Using small white flowers laced with big greenery creates sort of a delicate, feminine affect to your centerpiece.

{26} A wonderful way to incorporate Fall into your centerpiece! Use oranges and reds to really capture the season.

{27} Boom! Just an explosion of color.  We love how the red and pink flowers stand out and cascade beyond a traditional shape!

{28} We love the grey, neutral table cloth paired with the green garland and white flower accents. The white napkins really make those white flowers pop! Everything ties in very nicely.

{29} A more modern, glamour design with this hanging crystal. Consider hanging beading down from your centerpiece to give it that cascade look.

{30} The cascade element on this table is the runner, not the floral element. This is another way you can give the continuity effect, without paying more for flowers!

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