Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Officiating a Wedding at Walt Disney World

Our last day at Walt Disney World, I officiated the wedding for Heather McBride, the daughter of Tammy McBride, a nurse from our office. It was one of those divine coincidences. We had already had our reservations in Orlando before Heather had made her wedding plans. The day we were to leave Orlando was the day the wedding was planned. So, Joanne and I packed the car, got dressed, checked out, and headed to the wedding site.
Heather and Anthony got married at the Wedding Gazebo at the Yacht Club Resort on Walt Disney World. The weather was the best it had been all week. The temperature was about 75 and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
Heather's dad, Tony, escorted her to the Gazebo. Her sister Heather was her Maid of Honor and Anthony's brother, Michael, was the Best Man.
Michael, Anthony's brother is deaf. So, during the service, his mother was outside the gazebo doing the service in sign language so he would know where we were in the service. I lost my place one time because I was trying to watch her sign. I had never had anyone do sign while I spoke and I wanted to see what it looked like.

Anthony and Heather cutting the cake. You may not be able to catch the cake topper, but its Mickey and Minnie.
Michael did the toast in sign language, while his mother stood to the side and interpreted for the rest of us.

Anthony dancing with his Step-Mother
Heather and Tony dancing the Father-Daughter dance.
Anthony and Heather had the first dance together.

The violin player supplied by Disney was excellent. He went from table to table asking for requests and never missed a beat. Joanne and I had him play the theme from Beauty and the Beast for us. Fits doesn't it?
As soon as possible I lost the robe. While the weather was perfect, the robe was tad warm in the sun.
Heather's family.
Anthony's family.
Brooke, Heather, Anthony, and Michael.
If you know me, you know I love WDW. Being able to do this at WDW was something new. I'm trying to think of some way I can put on my resume'; Job Experience - Officiated Wedding at Walt Disney World. Heather and Anthony, thanks for allowing me to a part of your wedding.


Anonymous said...

Are you sure you are a Disney aficionado? Don't you know the song M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E?
Look back at your description of the wedding cake. Those of us who love the mouse are truly offended!

de said...

The choice of Disney is awesome!

My wife and I looked into getting married at Disney but opted for a wild punk-rock concert on Valentines Day in SF instead. I know the two choices seem a little odd.