Disneymooner Glass Slipper 2013 Categories Announced

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Here are a list of the Categories announced over these past 12 Days of Christmas:

1. Category for Art Direction (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
We are looking for the most visually inspiring Disney wedding photo, be it of the Bride and Groom, a location, a guest… anything that you consider worthy of winning this Category.

2. Category for Costume Design (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
In the past this category has been for the wedding dress but this year we are looking for what members consider the best dressed/themed wedding party.

3. Category for Music (Original Score) (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
We will invite nominations for the original song choices that the Bride and Groom incorporated into any part of their wedding, be it to walk down the aisle or maybe the wedding party entrance, anything really, you decide.

4. Category for Documentary Short (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Without dwelling on the stressful too much… we invite you to nominate the Disneymooner Member you feel overcame the “unknown” during their wedding planning.. be it a guest, a family member, an unexpected event or maybe even DFTW themselves…. some or all can really bring out the Bridezilla in us LOL but let’s hear it for those that really had to deal with the trials and tribulations of planning a Disney Wedding.

5. Category for Cinematography (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Some of our members have really managed to put together a most amazing wedding through design, creativity and sometimes complicated DIY projects resulting in an awe-inspiring look of a wedding that many of us can only dream of having. This category will be awarded to the Disneymooner you think pulled off this amazing feat., anything from invites, floral, hair, whatever … it’s entirely open to interpretation of DIY.

6. Category for Animated Feature Film (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Planning a Destination Disney Wedding is not just about the Wedding and this award will therefore go to the Disneymooner who pulled off the most memorable event outside of the wedding day e.g. Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Tea, Grooms Day Out, Bridal Shower etc. etc… you get the picture.

7. Category for Visual Effects
This award will go to the overall Best Vendor who, on winning, will receive an official endorsement from the Disneymooners. This a chance for Disneymooner Members to nominate a maximum of THREE Vendors who they felt really shone from their wedding.

8. Category for Writing (Original Screenplay)
A $50 Disney Giftcard is on offer to the Winner of this Category with a $25 Disney Giftcard going to the Runner-Up

Disneymooner members can submit an article for the Yourfairytalewedding Blog to the Disneymooner Academy at yourfairytalewedding@disneymooner.com In the Subject Line be sure to mark it Glass Slipper Blog Entry

All articles submitted will be published on this blog at some point over the up and coming months.

Your post can be about anything related to a Disney Wedding, tenuous links allowed! Be sure to include at least one picture that you have permission to publish. You can post about many things:

– Your Favorite Moment
– A Disney Wedding Venue
– Why you chose a Disney Wedding
– Your Favorite Character to attend a Wedding
– Disney Wedding Tips
– How to welcome guests to a Destination Wedding
– A Vendor Review
– Dress shopping…… the list is endless!

Anything about your wedding planning or the wedding day itself that you think could be of interest to others – if you’ve kept a Planning Journal or written Wedding Day Recaps then you probably already have some pieces from those that can be turned into a blog article and a $50 Disney Giftcard without a lot of work!

9. Category for Actress in a Leading Role
This award will go to the member you feel most embodies the “Spirit of a Disneymooner” e.g. they are always actively posting in the wedding planning forums supporting and encouraging those who are in the throws of planning their own Happily Ever Afters. Think of those members who have added real value to your wedding planning. Maybe you have another reason to make a nomination?

10. Category for Direction (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
From the inception of your Planning Journal with your detailed updates, including negotiations, ideas, tips, photos to pulling off what your peers feel was a magical Destination Disney Wedding, you showed and shared with us everything including all the little details. Please nominate those you think worthy of this accolade!

11. Category for Best Picture (weddings 1st March 2008 onwards only)
Sometimes it pays to keep things simple….so this award is for the most entertaining Wedding Day Recaps. Be sure to tell us your reason for your nomination and link to the actual wedding day recaps.

12. Category for Actress in a Supporting Role
The final award will be a Special Award for a Special Member….and will be awarded by the Pixies to one of our most supportive members! It’s a surprise

Nominations are now open until Sunday 10th February 2013. You can either nominate publicly, should you so wish, in the Glass Slipper Forums here by placing a nomination under each Day of Christmas Category Announcement, remembering to put a link in or place images in the post and give your reasons for nomination OR you can nominate privately by sending an email to :

slippers@disneymooner.comDON’T FORGET to type “Nominations” in the subject line

The Nominees (top 5) for each award will be announced on Monday 11th February – each nominee will also receive a notification of when their category will be presented but a full timetable will also be published on the Disneymooners on that date.

The Awards will be announced beginning 25th February 2013 we hope you can join us for all the fun as there are more surprises to come!

So, if you are a member of our Disneymooner Forums be sure to get posting all your future wedding day plans, past wedding day recaps and any other Disney Wedding snippets because who knows you’re contribution may be one that others really recognize and will wish to nominate you for!

Thank you again to all of you who contribute to our Community!

**small print

All active members of the Disneymooner UserGroup are eligible to nominate and BE nominated including Pixies (unless otherwise indicated), except for myself, you can even nominate yourself if you so wish. All emailed nominations will be treated as Private and Confidential.

Each Category may have certain restrictions please check the Category Announcement to be sure, please note that The Disneymooner Academy reserve the right to change the rules where and when necessary.

3rd Annual Disneymooner Glass Slipper Awards Ceremony Announced

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After a 5 year hiatus, I am delighted to announce that The Disneymooner Academy has decided to once again host this exciting on-line and interactive award ceremony.

This ceremony will take place on the Disneymooner Forums from Monday 25th February (Red Carpet Party) to Friday 1st March, 2013. Yes that’s right a whole week of glamor, awards and speeches!

There will be 12 Categories, each of which will be announced over the 12 Days of Christmas. Members will then be invited to make nominations for each Category. Now. what I can tell you is that Best Actress and Best Film will once again feature so get posting those Wedding Day recaps if you wish to be considered.

As it has been a long time in returning you may be wondering what are the Disneymooner Slippers? For more details on the glitz, glamor and Categories of award ceremonies gone by I suggest you check out details on our previous ceremonies on the Disneymooner Forums.

This is a chance for all our forum members to have a little fun and for us to give back to those that we wish to praise for their contribution to this amazing Community.  Those that REALLY do contribute will be rewarded, as every winner will each receive a little prize….. and for the first time, ONE very lucky Disneymooner will walk away with a $50 Disney Gift Card!!!

So, if you are a member of our Disneymooner Forums be sure to get posting all your future wedding day plans, past wedding day recaps and any other Disney Wedding snippets because who knows you’re contribution may be one that others really recognize and will wish to nominate you for!

Thank you again to all of you who contribute to our Community!

LeJeune Artistry Review

This review was written by one of our forum members.

How a girl looks on her wedding day is easily as important to any bride as the food or even the groom! For me, looking my best was about hiring a team of professionals.  There was no other choice in my mind than to hire LeJeune Artistry.  In fact, they were the first vendor I booked for my wedding.  I contact her about eight months out.  Her husband, Randy got back to me within 24 hours with my contract, I sent in my 100.00 deposit and I was thrilled.  But honestly, this was the last time I gave any thought to my hair or make up until it came time for my trial.  If you are able to, I encourage every bride to do a hair and make-up trial.  It was so helpful in getting Patricia and I on the same page for my vision.

Speaking of that vision, brides today have the greatest tool ever for finding hair and make-up inspiration.   Pinterest!! I could not believe how easy it was to find the exact look.  I created a style board of hair styles I liked, the make-up looks I liked and it was so helpful.  I did not find a photo of exactly what I wanted.  But I found a front hairstyle I liked and a back that I liked.

Armed with my style board, I went to my trial. Patricia commended me for selecting styles that would work with my hair type.  Ladies-this is key, be realistic in your vision of your wedding and play to your natural features.  If you have fine pin straight hair, know that no amount of hairspray or styling is going to give you a headful of romantic ringlets.  Same goes for make-up, you may love a smoky charcoal eye.  But for some girls, you may have to look to other colors to achieve a look that is flattering to your coloring.  Understand that your vision is a “rough draft”.

Patricia set my hair, then went to work on my make up.  She did a dramatic side and a soft side.  For my 7:00pm wedding, I was all about the drama.  It was great to see both and know which look fit best.  Another reason I was glad I did the trial.  I wanted a “high” front, just like the picture.  Patricia did exactly like the picture and I looked like I was ready to walk on to the set of Jersey Shore. NOT the look I was going for. So Patricia tweaked my look, took her own photos of me, and within 90 minutes. I knew my wedding look.  This trial made for a seamless wedding day.  We both knew exactly how I wanted to look.

photo taken by Egomediaphotography.com

photo taken by Egomediaphotography.com

I hope all brides will have the chance to work with Patricia and her team at LeJeune Artistry.  But if not, follow my tips and you too will be the bride you dreamed you’d be on your wedding day.

photo taken by Egomediaphotography.com

On behalf of Disneymooners I want to say what a beautiful job LeJeune Artistry did for you….. you looked stunning! For more details on cosmetology for your Disney wedding day don’t forget to check out our forums

Vendor Reveal: Jess Cumbie Photography

Continuing our series of “Vendor Reveals”.  Through our Disneymooner forums we’ve found our members have used a number and variety of Vendors for their Disney Wedding and we’ve been asking those Vendors to reveal just a little more about their business……. and themselves!

What is the name of your business/service and what is your offering?
Jess Cumbie Photography/Photography

What is your name, seems obvious I know but maybe it’s different from your business name?
Jess Cumbie

What do you believe makes your business/service unique? Me

How did you get started and how long have you been doing this?
Officially started in January of 2007

When not working a wedding at Walt Disney World (or another venue for that matter) what are you doing?
Tending to one of my many doggies, spending time with my hubby when he’s here (he’s Navy)… I spend a lot of time with my family, I have a large family… Movies, catching up on favorite TV show, friends… the usual stuff… Ironically my clients tend to take me to the best places for weddings and other shoots so sometimes some of the most fun I have is with them!!

What is your favorite part about your job?
The fact that it’s rewarding.

What types of wedding packages do you offer Disney brides?
All my wedding packages start with 4hrs of coverage then the bride can choose from there. I like for my sessions to be as customizable as possible for the client.

What is your favorite wedding trend right now in relation to your business/service?
The First Look

What’s your favorite thing about doing Disney weddings?
It’s Disney… Does there need any more explanation?

Happily Ever After

What was your strangest request when working a Disney Wedding?
Nothing too out of the ordinary… I JUST got off the phone with one of my brides who asked me if I would want to come to their desert party inside the park after the wedding, even though they know I can’t shoot… just to come and enjoy… I told her that it was her call but I’m FOR SURE not going to say no to fireworks and sweets!!!

Magical

What’s your most memorable moment that you have taken away from a Disney wedding?
Each one is so different and so special. I had a couple actually surprise their guests with Mickey and Minnie at their reception… I was MORE thrilled than the kids were to see them… I think I got a little misty eyed like some people do over Justin Bieber… I know I’m a dork, and I’m ok with it 😉

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

JUST FOR FUN
If you were getting married at WDW where would you have your ceremony and reception and why?
oh my… I think if I were to be getting married… I’d do it… ummm…. well….. uhhhhhhhh….. sigh… I have no idea… I don’t know how people choose!!!!

Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
I have to answer this very question for one of my Disney brides and I simply can’t… can I get more direction, like which movie, which era etc etc…. Ariel, Baloo, Maleficent, Genie, Flora, Fauna & Maryweather… Gus…

Which is your favorite Disney attraction and why?
Epcot… cause I’m a foodie! 🙂

FINALLY
Why should a Disneymooner choose your service?
To quote myself, from my Disney Wedding info packet……..
“Why Choose Jess Cumbie?
Why Choose Jess Cumbie as your Disney Wedding photographer? I’m sure it’s a question you’ve asked. As a Disney bride you’re spending quite a bit of time planning your wedding online……you’re relying on others who’ve had Disney weddings before and the Disney wedding planners. It’s hard to plan a complete wedding long distance. Many express that they want to have a non-Disney photographer at their wedding, which is fully understandable. It’s your wedding and the photographer is one of the most important aspects of the wedding. So, why choose me? I grew up Disney, my parents bought my sister and I annual passes, we also had the vacation club growing up. We’d go down on weekends 4-5 times a year. I use the term “Disney brat” same as people call themselves an “Army brat”. I love Disney, being there in the parks or just Downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk. I spent my own honeymoon at Disney, and most all my vacations not because it’s close, easy or convenient but because I love it. I believe that’s what makes me a great Disney Wedding photographer.”

Jess Cumbie Photography
www.jesscumbie.com
facebook.com/jesscumbiephotography
jesscumbie.blogspot.com
904-219-7784

Thanks to Jess Cumbie for answering our questions as part of our Vendor Reveal series, if you would like your work revealed to our readers please contact yourfairytalewedding@disneymooner.com

Bridal Shower at the Attic

I’d like to say that I chose The Attic for my bridal shower because it “was my vision” but this wouldn’t be true as my shower venue was chosen for me by some very good friends, who decided to spoil me rotten!

For those that don’t know me, I’m from the UK but a large majority of my wedding guests were American and they were keen to throw me a traditional (well sort of) American shower and who was I to stand in their way. However, unlike most bridal showers mine was to be a few days before our actual destination wedding, close to our wedding venues, so that all our wedding guests could attend.

My two close friends wanted to plan and organize and all they wanted from me was the best time to do it, the rest was up to them.  I gave them full access to my Wedding Planner and he was happy to talk and assist them with their plans. This way our wedding surprises weren’t imaging their shower surprises although it killed me that my Wedding Planner knew more than I did about my own wedding week.

Once the date was picked I really didn’t know anything more. Cinderfella (my husband to be) and I wanted to arrange something for the men whilst us ladies were “showering” so he invited them all to what we referred to as a Groom’s Bath – they went and did a manly thing… had ribs at Tony Romas LOL

I did make one stipulation for my shower and that was that alcohol was served, I refuse to drink tea (remember I have little knowledge of American showers) at a party that was being thrown in my honor.

Just before Noon I got the call from those planning this fab shower that it was to be at The Attic at The Boardwalk…..oooo I was very excited, I had always wanted to see what was in that room above Jellyrolls.

To get to The Attic you have to go through the Lobby at The Boardwalk and then walk through the corridors all the way to The Attic. It’s a long way but you know when you get there because this sign greets you.

You can’t miss the sign!

Once we arrived at The Attic I walked in to see that we had our own hosted bar where the bartender was able to mix any cocktail we wanted I decided to hit the Margaritas for the afternoon but lots of the girls were drinking Daiquiris and Pina Coladas.

The fun part about having a shower this close to our wedding and in Disney was that I got really interact with the girls and hang with them all something I knew I wouldn’t really get the chance to do on our wedding day!

The Attic furnishings are what I would call very “cottage like” wicker chairs, flowery garden patterns in pastels on the furnishings with knickknacks all over the place. The Attic easily fits 50 guests in when using the indoor and outdoor spaces, however you can only use the existing seating.

Inside seating

Tables and chairs are also set up outside so guests can choose to eat inside or outside.

The outdoor space is perfect for Group Photos

We had a buffet laid on for lunch and it was really good, items included an array of salads, cheese plate, crudités and dips as well as hot pasta, chicken and salmon. Topped off with a few desserts. It was over 8 years ago and I don’t recall all the desserts we had but I do know we had plenty of food and it was good quality and tasted good.

I decided that American showers are fun… I enjoyed the games… until that day I didn’t really realize that shower gifts were different to wedding gifts so I was totally overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity, I just felt it was too much given that all our guests had paid lots of $$ to travel to our wedding destination.

The men were allowed to join us for the last half hour of my shower so that the Food and Beverage minimum had been met so we were all tasked by my lovely shower planners to drink more alcohol… well it would have been rude not to!

Our 3 hours were finally up, the bar tender made us all take drinks to go…. LOL it felt like Vegas and we headed back to one of our guest’s 2-bed villas at the Boardwalk to finish the party.

I personally would hold another event at The Attic it’s the sort of space that you can use for an Escape Wedding Party or perhaps a more intimate Wedding Rehearsal brunch or dinner?

To get more ideas on using Disney’s Attic for any part of your Disney Fairytale Wedding be sure to check out the Disneymooner Forums.