christmas in florida – part one

December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last weekend Eric and I had the happy opportunity to go to sunny Orlando for our friends’ wedding. Though Amanda and Josh had already tied the knot a year or so ago, they wanted to have an “official” celebration with their friends and family. We took the chance to have a “mini-honeymoon” since we never took one after our celebration in October.

First of all, can I say how awesome it was to be warm in December. It was glorious.

After a treacherous hour+ ride to the airport in “snow emergency level one” conditions (we left 3 hours before the flight and at one point seriously thought we weren’t going to make it) e and I found our seats, sat in de-icing for awhile, and were off. We splurged for this trip and decided to stay in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It was so adorable and was probably the only thing that felt “Christmas-y” among the palm trees. We even had bunk beds in our room!

Thursday night was the combined bachelor/bachelorette party. At Epcot. It involved drinking. And going around the world. You get the picture. Which is good, because I have no decent pictures since my camera has recently decided it never wants to take focused pictures. The night ended at a dueling piano bar with renditions of “Don’t Stop Believing” and Eric’s request, “Come Together.” Good times.

Since we were staying on Disney property, we decided that Friday would be spent exploring the other resorts to see all the holiday decorations. Here’s the highlight:

Yes friends, that’s a lifesize gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. Well to be fair, the top right photo is of some random human-sized birdcage I thought was cool. Everything is food-based. The Mickey on the sugar window is chocolate. The poinsettias are icing. Pretty cool. It takes them over two months to bake and decorate everything.

See! Lifesize!

The next day was the wedding, which sadly, I have few pictures of. It was a rainy, rainy morning. Seriously pouring. Which for a bride planning an outdoor wedding was stressful, I’m sure. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we were off to Epcot for the reception at a banquet room in The Living Seas, the aquarium attraction complete with Nemo and Dory.

Have I mentioned yet that this wedding was “pirate themed?”

I haven’t?

Well, it was. We wore costumes. The reception had pirate-y things like a treasure chest and food with names like “Elisabeth Swann’s Raspberry Coulis.” Fancy.

Fave part? The scuba divers in the aquarium dancing with us.

Again, sorry for the blur. Blame the camera.

Does anyone know where I can find an Ariel tree topper?

kt

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