The Most Magical Engagement Session

Better late than never! That is the moral of today’s story. Josh and I are less than 2 months away until our big day in Walt Disney World. We may have procrastinated getting engagement photos done a little bit, but boy were they worth the wait! Since our wedding day photographer lives in New Orleans, we had to hire more locally for our engagement photos. I was pleased as punch because I have been oogling Dyanna Joy’s Photography Facebook page since she went full time. I had the pleasure of meeting her back when I attended Penn State Dickinson School of Law, so I knew she was sweet as well as professional. We got two hours with her on a Sunday evening.  She made us feel like rock stars and even Josh who is not the most into getting his photo taken, felt at ease.

Now take a walk with us on our magical engagement session.
Dogs in Engagement Photos

We started out the sitting with two of our favorite girls. Before we met, Josh and I both had our own golden retriever. I had adopted my red head Casey just shy of 6 month. Josh had raised blondie Nala since she was a pup. They are a big part of our lives. So Dyanna had us start off with a walk in the woods. Pets in engagement photos

Such good girls. True to the breed, they enjoyed relaxing and getting petted in photos. Prior to having Casey, my other pets were named after Disney movies. I took it as a good sign that Josh came into our relationship with a dog named after a character in the Lion King. I am happy to have a few great photos with Josh and his other love of his life.
Engagement Session in the woodsAfter we let the girls relax for a while, Dyana had us pose by ourselves in the woods. I felt almost like a fairy playing in the forest. I am happy nature coordinated it’s flowers to go with our outfits.

Happy Couple Engagement Photos

Adventurous, we all trucked over to a nearby lake. Josh resisted tossing me in, but couldn’t resist making me smile.Engagement Photos by Lake

Next Dyanna had us go for what I like to call the “ultra in love” shots. Josh channeled his inner Flynn Ryder and gave me a great smolder. How can you not love the light that wraps us in these photos.

blue sapphire engagement rings

The obligatory engagement ring shots. Like my sapphire engagement ring bling? I specifically asked for the sapphire for multiple reasons. Blue is both Josh and my favorite color. My mom has a similar version as her engagement ring to my awesome step-dad. It’s my favorite sister Cissy’s birthstone. And I love being different. Over a year later and I don’t regret my decision. I also love it being compared to Princess Kate’s ring, which means I am in style with royalty. The photo on the right is my ring in a origami rose that Josh made me. Awesome right?

Reading Pagoda Engagement PhotosNow let’s transition. We moved from the park to the real reason we traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania. On our first official date, Josh took me to the Pagoda on top of Mount Penn. Built almost a hundred years, this building over looks the city. We sat up here for hours talking that day in March. Not even easy conversations. But it was at that time we really clicked and allowed us to weather a year and a half long distance relationship. Now, looking back, it almost seems we were destined for an Epcot Wedding with this building in our past. Bonus to the reader who picks up a certain Disney movie reference in these photos.

Blue Engagement Photos

Now Dyanna had us get a little steamy again. I officially think Josh looks dashing as any prince in these photos.
Disney Engagement Photos earsWe are having a Disney Wedding, so we had to have a few Disney touches at our shoot. Thanks to Pinterest, I made sure to buy a Mickey Mouse Ear hat with our wedding date on it last May. I also snatched up these fun glitter shoes since they reminded me of Cinderella.
Epcot Engagement PhotosSpeaking of Cinderella, I recently realized that our meeting story echos the princess we have used to inspire our big day. Josh and I met in a bar at Penn State. I went to hang out with my law school friend and his brother. It didn’t take long the brother Josh to grab my attention. 5 hours of talking later (after testing what he thought about Walt Disney World wedding), Josh and I parted ways. Before he left, I mentioned I hoped to see him again. Like I mentioned, we lived almost 4 hours apart at this time, so he realistically said, “We probably will never see each other again.” And then bolted into his brother’s apartment. Let me tell you, I totally related to Prince Charming. Why did you run away? Luckily Josh thought it out more and purposefully reactivated his Facebook account to go find me. I can’t wait to start our happily ever after in October!

Engagement Photos for newspaperNow before you go, I need your help. Comment below with which photo we should put in the paper of Josh and myself? I plan to submit by the end of this week, so help fast! Thank you.

Want to see other posts on our Big Fat Mouse Wedding:
The one where Josh proposed using cupcakes.
The one where we called the mouse to set up our wedding date!
The one where I went dress shopping, Princess style.
The one where I found the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a Cinderella inspired wedding.
The one where we traveled to Disney to plan our Epcot Wedding.The one where my mother and sister threw me a beautiful princess inspired shower.
Don’t forget to help me get Josh to wear the Disney Groom Ears on our wedding trip. I need your help!

5 Steps to Plan Your Disney World Vacation

I’m such a Disney fan it’s hard to remember what planning the first family vacation was like. Talking to others planning their first Walt Disney World trip, I realize FastPass, advanced dining reservations and other Disney-related tips are not not standard operating procedure. So here’s a little WDW (Walt Disney World) 101:

Disney Planning 101 (2)

 

Read more Disney tips from Double Duty Divas:

Disney Princess Themed Bridal Shower: My Magical Recap

Josh and I with my sister and mom. We are grateful to them for throwing us this shower!

Josh and I with my sister and mom. We are grateful to them for throwing us this shower!

Let me tell you who as the BEST sister and mother  in the entire world? This girl. Cissy really out did herself as my Matron of Honor yesterday. She threw me a Disney Princess inspired shower. She managed to make this event elegant and fun. I don’t know how to express my gratitude to say how thankful I am to have her in my life. I love you Cissily!!

Disney Princess Dress Inspired Cakes Combining my love of cakes (notice the icon next to my category tab is a cupcake) and Disney, she had her friend Sara design 5 cake centerpieces inspired by the dress of each Disney Princess. Belle, Jasmine, Aurora, Cinderella and Ariel sat in the center of each table. Then she had chocolate pops that coordinated with each princess as the favor from Bella Faccia Personalized Chocolates and Gifts in Scranton.

This was your favor if you sat at the Cinderella table. The Bellini was a happy extra classy touch.

This was your favor if you sat at the Cinderella table. The Bellini was a happy extra classy touch.

We had a wonderful selection of guests who attended the event. True photo blogger, I couldn’t resist running around taking photos with my favorite people. There are no limit on the amount of selfies on can be in if the bride asks you too!

Here come's the bride.. with her cell phone.

Here come’s the bride… with her cell phone.

And let me tell you about my beautiful flower girl, Bella. She knew how to move this party along. The only game we played was when every guest had to put down either a fact about myself or Josh into containers and my sister randomly picked them out to read. The author then would win a prize. Not too shy to push her mom to keep drawing from the raffle tickets. Her entry was that “She is beautiful”, meaning me. It took the sting off when she devoured the rose flower on my Belle cake. Love her! Other fun winning facts include Josh loving Grey’s Anatomy, in 2013 I ran 13 races (including a Marathon), and Josh is his Gram’s favorite grandson. Best game because no one feels terribly awkward and you learn fun facts about the happy couple.

Isn't my niece sweet, adorable, and mischievous?  Perfect traits in a little princess. (Even if she stole my Belle rose off my cake!)

Isn’t my niece sweet, adorable, and mischievous? Perfect traits in a little princess.

Speaking of reducing awkward moments, Cissy and my mom elected to have a display shower. When I first heard, I was a little hesitant. I mean, shouldn’t people want to spend HOURS watching me unwrap presents? Kidding. Honestly, one of my registry locations made it very easy. Live With It by Lora Hobbs not only delivered all my presents that were purchased from their store but also took the remaining gifts and presented them in a gorgeous arrangement. They also listed who the gifts were from.  I was thrilled that they posted a few of the pictures on their Facebook page today, and pleased they let me share a few of the photos they took.

Josh and I have the most generous friends and family! Thank you Live With It for a great job with the display

Josh and I have the most generous friends and family!

Owl cookie jars and Kitchen Aid mixers aside, the best part of yesterday was having all my favorite people in the same room. I am so thankful to Josh’s family for driving over 2 hours to attend, to my co workers and friends who supported me even though they are not traveling to see us with the Mouse, to my family who will be, to my bridesmaids for packing up the display shower, to my stepdad and Josh who loaded everything, and to my mother and sister for showing me how much they love me. It was a beautiful day. This princess could not ask for more.

Our Happily Every After Has An Excellent Start. Love you all!

Our Happily Every After Has An Excellent Start. Love you all!

Want to see other posts on our Big Fat Mouse Wedding:
The one where Josh proposed using cupcakes.
The one where we called the mouse to set up our wedding date!
The one where I went dress shopping, Princess style.
The one where I found the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a Cinderella inspired wedding.
The one where we traveled to Disney to plan our Epcot Wedding.
Don’t forget to help me get Josh to wear the Disney Groom Ears on our wedding trip. I need your help!

Once Upon 4th Of July: 100 Day Countdown

Happy Fourth of July from both Cissy and I from Underwear In Our Kitchen!

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For the last few months I have noticed the #100daysofhappiness craze on Facebook and Instagram. I have been hesitant to start since I like to post A LOT already. However, when I realized we were approaching our 100 mark til our October wedding, I thought this would be a great way to document the remaining way to the alter.

100 days until Disney WeddingI am not going to lie, wedding planning has been stressful as much as it has been fun. But instead of focusing on the negative, my daily photo update on this blog will hopefully keep me in a happily ever after state of mind.

100 Day Until Our Disney WeddingEnjoy your holiday! Josh and I will be!

Want to see other posts on our DisneyWedding:
The one where Josh proposed using cupcakes.
The one where we called the mouse to set up our wedding date!
The one where I went dress shopping, Princess style.
The one where I found the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a Cinderella inspired wedding.
The one where we traveled to Disney to plan our Epcot Wedding
The one where we went to NYC to buy our wedding rings fit for royalty!
Don’t forget to help me get Josh to wear the Disney Groom Ears on our wedding trip. I need your help!