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Florida 2012 Journal – Our 10th Wedding Anniversary
February 27th, 2012 by Jessica

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Our 10th Wedding Anniversary

Once again we woke up with Mickey and Stitch at 6:00am.  We showered and got ready for my cosmetology appointment in the room at 7:00am.  Our in-room dining breakfast arrived just as the makeup artist did.  She couldn’t believe the sheer size of the Yellowstone Suite.  She had never been in there before either, but said that she thought it was nicer than the Presidential Suite at the Grand Floridian.

Portrait on Sunrise Terrace

Portrait on Sunrise Terrace

I was able to eat a little bit of breakfast after the cosmetologist was done.  We got dressed in our formal attire and went down to the lobby at 7:50am to meet up with our photographer, Mike Strickland.  Mike told us how he had seen my email address and decided to go snooping to my website because he thought the names sounded familiar.  Ironically I had scheduled a post before we left, detailing our wedding day and showcasing a bunch of photos he had taken.  He mentioned specifically the photo of us at the Popcorn cart in front of the Hall of Presidents, and said he had never tried that location with any other couple in his career at Disney.  He remembered us in front of that Popcorn cart.

Portrait at Silver Creek

Portrait at Silver Creek

Mike and his two assistants took us up to the 4th floor Sunrise Terrace balcony first to capture the place where we got married ten years prior.  We then went outdoors to the resort pool area where we literally went traipsing through the pine trees to sit on a rock for some portraits.  Then he had us climb down into the riverbed for another scene, stating we were “breaking 40 rules” along the way but he seemed excited at our willingness to climb around and get dirty for the right backdrop.  Minutes after we finished the riverbed scene, the river water came on and we narrowly escaped being waterlogged.

Mike asked if we had any ideas on our next location, and I suggested coming up to the Yellowstone Suite.  It had beautiful natural window light and a rich wood brown backdrop.  He, nor his assistants, had ever been inside the Yellowstone Suite either.  In fact, Mike didn’t even know it existed!  He had worked for Disney for well over a decade.  I’m telling you, this Suite is like a myth.

Andrew inside the Yellowstone Suite

Andrew inside the Yellowstone Suite

We took portraits around several areas of the Suite together and separately.  I offered up the idea to use the Xoom tablet to display a wedding portrait with us in the background, which Mike liked.  It was creative and very timely in terms of technology, and I think it will be fun to look at for years to come.  At the end of the session, we thanked Mike and his assistants for the wonderful portraits and for spending so much time with us.

Jessica inside the Yellowstone Suite

Jessica inside the Yellowstone Suite

We had left the entire day open to do whatever we felt like doing.  We went down to the boat dock to try to go visit the Polynesian but I was still feeling very sick.  I decided after waiting for a few minutes that what I really needed was to lay down in bed for a while.  We went back up to the room and I napped while Andrew surfed the web and went through his RSS feeds on the Xoom.  Andrew had the forethought of loading our wedding video onto the Xoom so we could watch it.  He went downstairs and got us lunch from Roaring Forks, and we laid in bed watching our wedding video.

After lunch, we took the water taxi to the Contemporary and switched to the Monorail over to the Polynesian Resort.  We shopped around a little bit and I purchased a pink 2012 Disney t-shirt for myself.  We treated ourselves to Dole Whip and Dole Whip mixed with Vanilla ice cream as snacks.   We checked out the Polynesian’s arcade, and Andrew played Tron Legacy Pinball using our free 100-point cards included in our Platinum Plan.  For those keeping score, 100 points equals a whopping $2.00.  Yipee!  The Monorail then took us back to the Contemporary where we played in their arcade for a bit  At least we were able to play some air hockey (I beat Andrew 7 to 5) and a few other random games.

Portrait of us holding our Wedding Portrait

Portrait of us holding our Wedding Portrait

The water taxi took us back to the Wilderness Lodge where we changed back into formal clothes before checking in for dinner at Artist Point, the same restaurant we had our reception at after our wedding ten years prior.  We had the cheese plate and mussels for appetizers, buffalo & beef tenderloin entrees and followed up with desserts of berry cobbler and apple upside down cake.  The restaurant presented us with Mickey Ear loopy straws and light-up Tinkerbell and Buzz Lightyear figures as Anniversary gifts.

We went back up to the room and changed into more comfortable clothes and shoes before boarding a bus to Downtown Disney.  We had fantastic seats for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba at the 9:00pm show.  Just as last time, it was an amazing show.  The guy on the bouncy bike ended up scaring me by coming within half an inch of my chair at high speed as part of the show.  We really enjoyed the performance!

The bus took us back to the Wilderness Lodge where we crashed from sheer exhaustion.  It didn’t seem like we were able to take a break during the trip, and with me being sick the entire time I just didn’t have the stamina I expected.

Andrew’s Favorite Thing of the Day:  La Nouba

Jessica’s Favorite Things of the Day:  La Nouba and Portraits with Mike

Did you know? There’s a lot more to this story!

Flight to Florida & Universal’s Royal Pacific Hotel
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios & Arriving at Walt Disney World
Visiting the Magic Kingdom & The Richard Petty Experience
Water Sports & The California Grille
Hollywood Studios, Star Tours & Toy Story Midway Mania
Epcot & Around the World Segway Tour at the World Showcase
Our 10th Wedding Anniversary
Animal Kingdom, Mini Golf & The Yachtsman Steakhouse
Our Final Day at Disney & our Private Illuminations Cruise
The Missing Towncar & Our Flight to Phoenix

Flickr Photo Collection of Our 10th Anniversary Trip to Florida
See the Wilderness Lodge Yellowstone Suite Video Walk Through
See my Richard Petty Ride Along Experience Video

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