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Greer’s Take Disney Part 2 | Day 1 at Magic Kingdom

If you haven't gotten a chance to read how this trip came about and how we managed to
fly with our 18month old, click here to read part 1.

We made it!   


Once we landed, we took the Magic Express shuttle to our hotel, ate lunch in the dining hall, then headed to Magic Kingdom! Anna Kate and I may or may not have went to the room for a quick nap before joining everyone at the park ;).  One of the great things about staying in the resort is that we didn’t have to carry our luggage around. Disney deliver’s it straight to your hotel room, so you can head straight to the park without having to take stuff to your room.We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside in one of their Royal Princess Rooms and LOVED it! It’s a Princess Tiana themed room with little touches from all the Disney Princess movies. The best part was the headboards displayed a firework show when you press a button; AK’s favorite part.:)

Day 1) MAGIC KINGDOM

What more magical way to start your Disney vacation than to start with MAGIC Kingdom? This is and will always be my favorite park. Anna Kate wasn’t quite sure what to think when we arrived. There were people everywhere, characters and all kinds of things to look at. I was a little nervous she’d be scared of all the people and noises, but once she saw her big cousins she was right at home.

We had to take a photo in front of the castle. If we look exhausted, it’s because we were! Excited, happy, but exhausted!

AK and cousins Emily and Elyse.

All cousins in one picture! Avery, Ella, Emily, Elyse, Anna Kate, Cooper, and Raylee

We had fast passes for the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train first. Most of the kids could ride this with the exception of Ella and Anna Kate. This is when we first used the Rider Swap, and let me tell you, whoever created that was a genius (or some kind soul who had parents of young children in mind?)!

For those wondering, here’s how it works: We got in line (since we had Fast Passes, we got in the fast pass line), and once at the front we told them we needed 2 rider swap passes since we had 2 that couldn’t ride. They handed us 2 tickets, which went to the 2 people staying with the little kids. Everyone else rode the ride, then as soon as we were off, the people with rider swap passes can go ride anytime that want to that day (immediately or later on) and each can bring 2 people with them to ride! That meant they didn’t have to ride by themselves, they could take 2 additional people even if those people have already ridden. This essentially gave us 2 extra fast passes for each rider swap we did. We found ourselves doing this a lot just so some of the older kids could ride their favorite rides twice, once with mom, then dad. I’m telling you, rider swap was awesome!
 

Riding the 7D Mine Train (not sure what’s up with my hands?)

 

After riding the 7D Mine Train, we walked around and caught a little of the “Dream Along with Mickey” show at Cinderella’s Castle, then headed on a boat ride to the Polynesian Resort for dinner.

Anna Kate seeing Mickey for the first time from afar.

could. not. get. close. enough.

Ohana’s = Amazing and a MUST DO! They even had a wonderful gluten free menu for me (as did most places at Disney). Everything was delicious!

Famous bread pudding that I did not eat.. only admired from afar.:)

After dinner we went back to Magic Kingdom, rode the teacups, did a few more things, then went to our next Fast Passes, the Main Street Electrical parade and Wishes Nighttime Spectacular firework show. Fast Passing these two was a GREAT choice, because we got preferred seating for both and were able to “get it out of the way” the first night. We were right up front for the parade and could see the fireworks (those that were awake 😉 ) perfectly! The kids LOVED them! It was the perfect way to end the first night at Disney World!!

Blurry, but pretty much all we got! AK and Ella were having fun at the parade!

By the end of the firework show, several of the kids were asleep (including AK). It was the longest she’d ever stayed up! We took the shuttle back to our hotel, got ready for bed and were asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow. It was an exhausting and fun-filled day, and we knew we had another coming up the next morning!

Huntsville Wedding | Jodi + Austin

 We’re in the middle of wedding season and it seems like every weekend we’re in a different city, which is exciting!  Last weekend we were in Huntsville for Jodi and Austin’s wedding and I always forget how much I love that city. The downtown area is so charming!

Jodi and Austin were married at the same church where Jodi’s parents were married, St Mary of the Visitation. Their reception was at the Roundhouse Depot. Jodi and Austin are such a sweet couple and it was so much fun to capture their most special day!

You will see in pictures how adorable these two are!:)

First looks are my favorite!

Sweet Tucker made an appearance!

Jodi’s smile is contagious! So beautiful! 

Jordan captured this shot right as they left the church. So sweet! 

This baby was too cute not to capture! 

Loved the balloons behind Jodi’s cake! 

Primrose Cottage Roswell, GA Wedding | Lauren + Brian

I just have to say that there couldn’t have been a more perfect day for a wedding than on May 30, 2015! The weather was wonderful, the venue was gorgeous and the couple couldn’t have been more beautiful and in love!  Lauren and Brian’s big day was so beautiful and Primrose Cottage, once again, did not disappoint.. I think it’s safe to say this is one of my favorite wedding venues, if not my top favorite.:)

After getting to know Lauren and Brian a little during their engagement session, I just knew this was going to be a great day!

I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites!:)

First look preciousness (is that even word?) !!

These toasts were probably the best we’ve ever heard.. hilarious and heart felt — from all; maid of honor, best man and father of the bride!

Greer’s Take Disney Part 1 | our trip + toddler tips for traveling to Disney World

Let me start this post by saying that we Jordan is a Disney fanatic. Jordan went several times throughout childhood and when we started dating and he found out that I had never been, he decided that I HAD to go. We went with 4 of our friends the spring break before we got married. Then I became a Disney fanatic.

When we discussed marriage, kids, etc. we always dreamt of the day we’ll take our 2-3 children to Disney, once they were all old enough to enjoy/remember it. We never thought we’d go when first child is 18 months old. We weren’t sure on how it would work with nap time , lugging around a stroller, and how we’d still enjoy the “big” rides.

We take a beach trip every year with Jordan’s family. We’ve always said it’d be fun to change it up and go somewhere different, like Disney World for instance. Let me add that in Jordan’s immediate family there are 15 people (8 adults & 7 children), so getting everyone to agree to Disney and actually getting reservations and fast passes for  15 people would be a challenge. But it happened! Everyone was on board.. and Jordan and Rachel (Jordan’s sister) were willing to take on the task of booking, making reservations and securing fast passes for everyone. Another thing I should add, there will be no hiring of a travel agent for Disney trips in this family. Nothing against travel agents (in fact, I think that’d be the perfect job for Jordan), it’s just that Jordan and Rachel enjoy researching and planning when it comes to Disney World.

Another thing that helped Jordan and I make our decision was that Anna Kate being under 2 made her FREE! No park admissions, dining plan, or plane ticket required for her.. so that sealed the deal!

So we booked a trip for March 2015 and we let the planning begin (for Jordan and Rachel, that is 😉 )!

Here’s our trip, in a longer than expected nutshell. I’m going to share our itinerary on a day-by-day basis and review some of the things we did. As well as share what made disney such a toddler friendly place and why we want to go back! Sorry my pictures aren’t that great. I decided to focus on experiencing everything more than taking quality photos (or maybe I just didn’t feel like carrying a 3lbs+ camera around?) but I took some iPhone photos and Jordan captured some video clips to make an awesome video (I’ll post it at the bottom).

1) Getting there – Orlando is 8 hours from where we live. Close enough to be drivable, yet far enough away to fly. We decided to fly to Orlando. Partly because Jordan and I had just driven to Orlando on an impromptu Anniversary road trip to Universal Studios 4 months prior and we weren’t ready for another road trip just yet. Another reason is Anna Kate isn’t the best car rider. Unless it’s nap time, she hates being stuck in the car seat for an extended period of time (who can blame her?). She’s still rear facing, and although she doesn’t know any different, it seems too uncomfortable for that long of a drive.

 We looked up tips for flying with a toddler and we prepared ourselves with plenty of things to occupy Anna Kate on the plane.

Here are some of the things we carried along with us:

Snacks, snacks and more snacks. And then maybe some more snacks. And not just the regular ones she gets at home. I’m talking things she’d never had before but we knew she’d love. Gummies, suckers (which also helped her ears during take off & landing), and, should I dare say it, GASP!, CANDY. Anything to keep the peace.

Toys – Anna Kate is on a big drawing (or scribbling) kick, so we brought along a a Minnie Mouse notebook we found at Target that had colorful pens and Disney stickers. This kept her occupied for a while. Of course her Mickey Mouse was by her side the entire time.

iPad – Anna Kate doesn’t have much experience with this because we try to avoid screen time (anyone who has accomplished ZERO screentime before 2, way to go you!), but we felt it was necessary to bring along as a reinforcement.

The ultimate reinforcement – GRANDPARENTS. Enough said. Oh, and cousins that AK adores.

I’m not going to lie, this whole process was a little more stressful than expected. Anna Kate did a great job the entire time, no melt downs or anything, I guess I was just stressed because airports are stressful places. Flying is a little nerve wrecking (unless you’re Jordan) in general and I was just so worried about getting through it tear-free that I couldn’t relax. Nonetheless, we made it and we were ready for a week at Disney!

Riding the shuttle from hotel in Atlanta to the airport. Not sure why they allow babies in the car without a carseat. Scariest 5 minutes of my life!!

Finally on the plane! Fingers crossed for a smooth flight!

To read about the next part of our trip click the link:

Day 1 — Magic Kingdom

Sweet Home Alabama Wedding | Sydney + Casey

A southern girl from Alabama and a boy from Long Island meeting in New York City and falling in love sounds just like a movie, but it’s not. It’s Sydney and Casey’s story. Sydney grew up attending South Highland Presbyterian Church and knew it was the perfect place for their wedding. Let me tell you, it was gorgeous! You’ll see in the photos. After the ceremony, their guests enjoyed the reception at The Club, giving their out-of-town guests a glimpse of downtown Birmingham. It was such a fun night! All day long there were tears of joy and laughter; we were honored to capture it all for these two! Here’s some of my favorites!:)

Exchanging gifts and notes on your wedding day is always so emotional, in a good way!

Sydney was such a gorgeous bride!! 

Sydney and Casey had a very large wedding party and they were all SO awesome! 

Here are some more of those tears of joy I was telling you about. So sweet!

Now the fun begins!

This might be my favorite dancing shot.. EVER!

 

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