I AM SO EXCITED TO FINALLY BLOG THIS WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN WEDDING!!
What’s wild is that I’m sitting here in May 2021 blogging a wedding from October 2019 and this was the last time I traveled. I travel a fair amount and had a bunch of trips and a destination wedding planned for 2020 but little did we know that in a few short months our worlds would flip upside down.
I met Kristen in 2001 or so on a Joey McIntyre message board like I have many of my other friends that have been featured on here including Kim, Kristen (a different one!) and Gianina! Unlike the others though I had never met Kristen in person before. We were going to try on my last trip to Walt Disney World but I believe she ended up being out of town. So while I was ecstatic to be chosen as their photographer I was mostly excited to finally meet Kristen in person.
Kristen reached out after her and Michael got engaged and originally they really wanted to get married at Walt Disney World proper but Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings is pretty expensive and their preset packages (which you can’t adjust easily) didn’t really fit their needs for their guest list. I suggested the Swan & Dolphin hotel for their wedding and it was a hit! So if you are looking for an alternative to get married at Walt Disney World without doing one through Disney I highly recommend doing one at the Swan & Dolphin. They have a lot of options and their packages may be a better fit for you vs. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.
Kristen and Michael said I Do at the Swan Courtyard on a steamy Saturday morning and had a lovely luncheon reception afterwards. Once the formalities were over with we headed over to the boardwalk along Crescent Lake and did photos in front of the BoardWalk Inn Resort before grabbing an Uber and finishing up photos at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in mid-afternoon. We all took a break and they changed clothes and we met back up in the evening after the rain had passed and did some final casual portraits around Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. At the end of the evening they ate their wedding dinner at Be Our Guest and I FINALLY got to see proper fireworks at Disney World! It really was a magical day!
I cannot thank you both enough for trusting me to have me document your day!! It was such a joy!
Ceremony & Reception: Swan Courtyard at Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin