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Disney Wedding Dreams Come True – Despite Hurricane Sandy

Published November 9, 2012 by Disneyways.com

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Photo credits ballerwives.com, blackloveandmarriage.com and blog.theknot.com

Once upon a time, there was a New York couple who did NOT let Hurricane Sandy ruin their dream wedding.

Latisha and Baron Lattimore’s house in Brooklyn was flooded with water up to their waist –  just one week before their wedding.  However – Latisha had dreamed of a Disney wedding since she was a little girl – and even a hurricane wouldn’t stand in the way of her plans.

Waist high in water in their home, but wedding dress protected and dry – they contacted the airlines.  Sadly, all flights  to Orlando were canceled.

In a genius and improvised “plan B” they chartered a bus to Orlando with all 80 of their wedding guests.

Despite arriving in Orlando at 3AM – you can see in the video that the two of them look happy and refreshed! Latisha’s dream wedding went perfectly it seems, and was complete with a fireworks display as the minister said “You may kiss the bride.”

“We are just so very thankful to be here and to be together,” Latisha Lattimore said. She gives all the glory to God.

The couple planned to honeymoon in Orlando, but they cut it short to go back to New York and help with cleanup efforts! I hope they get to come back soon and make up for lost time.

Disney wedding despite the storm – click here to watch video from WESH 2 News

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Pulling some strings at Disney World… with Harpist Christine MacPhail

Published May 19, 2012 by Disneyways.com

You know how sometimes in life you are lucky enough to meet some REALLY great and interesting people? Well, that’s what happened to me the day I met Christine MacPhail. Christine is not only a wonderful person, she has (in my opinion) one of the coolest jobs EVER.  No office grind for this lady! Christine owns her own business and has made her living  as a harpist for the past 25 years. One of her favorite places to play is Disney World.  Specifically she has played the harp for Victoria and Albert‘s in the Grand Floridian Resort, and for dozens of Disney weddings all over the property (not to mention the state of Florida).  I asked Christine what she loves most about Disney weddings. She was happy to answer, and even threw in some advice for Disney brides.

“I really love what I do,” said Christine. “It is an honor to be part of the special moments in people’s lives. At Disney the weddings always have that extra magical touch. It seems the excitement and anticipation that children have about visiting Disney World comes alive again in the bride and groom!  The Wedding Pavillion is lovely, and I really like the small intimate weddings at locations such as the Boardwalk or the Yacht Club.  I really enjoy seeing the little Disney touches, such as glass slipper place card holders or Mickey and Minnie cake toppers! Most of the couples request Disney music which is always fun for me. “When You Wish Upon a Star” is a perfect recessional song!  My only advice would be that after all the preparations have been made, just relax and enjoy your special day!”

To listen to some of Christine’s Disney music, click here, scroll down mid-page, and choose a song.

Here is a great shot of Christine at Disney’s Boardwalk (click to enlarge).

You can see the bride and groom through the strings.

Photo credit: Misty Miotto

How does one get into the business of harping? When Christine MacPhail was 6 years old she was in a museum with her family and saw a harp there. Her father ran his fingers along the strings and she was hooked! She started taking lessons and has not stopped since. When she was in college a few friends asked her to play her harp for their wedding ceremonies, and that grew into a business. Fast forward 25 years and Christine is still doing what she loves…and talk about talent?!  She can play all sorts of music genres that you might never have imagined coming from a harp. She will amaze you with some of her facebook posts on what she calls “Music Monday” You can like her fanpage on facebook here so you don’t miss a note!

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