All photos by the wondrous Ashley Jane Photography
Not only did Mr. Llama and I do a “first look,” but we also set aside about two hours of time for us to hop around to a couple other resorts to take additional pictures.
Our first stop was Wilderness Lodge. We had actually gotten the “OK” from Disney to go wherever we wanted—normally, they try and keep brides from seeing each other, so you are typically restricted to the hotel where your wedding is taking place. However, on this Monday in July, it sounded like we may have been the only ones getting married at Disney (at least at that time of day—there may have been some early-morning Epcot ones) that day, because my planner told us we could go wherever we wanted! Depending on the source, Disney supposedly throws around 1,500-3,000 weddings a year, so that’s pretty surprising.
We chose the Wilderness Lodge for its natural beauty (surprise surprise) and for its unexpectedness—these photos don’t necessarily ’scream’ Disney, you know?
One thing I’m really proud of is how NOT sweaty and hot we look!! I mean, it’s not like it was the hottest day on record in Orlando in July, but it was still very hot—in the 90s, and very sunny. By the time we were finishing up at Wilderness, I was VERY hot. My legs were starting to feel pretty sticky. I lifted my dress up and cooled off whenever the camera wasn’t on me!
By this time, we had been taking pictures in the heat for about an hour, and we started to get a little goofy…
So we were totally game for getting back in the car, drinking some water and getting some AC, and then heading to Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel for some more classic Disney photo opportunities. However, we didn’t get the goofy bug out of our system 🙂
Can you tell we like to laugh?
We were determined to get some monorail shots! Although the original idea had been to actually ride the monorail and get some photos while riding it, we ran out of time. But these will do just fine, I think!
Then we went back inside to the hotel for a few more…
Where we found a couple of sleepy tourists, who didn’t seem to mind our photobombing them (though I guess it’s more like a reverse photobomb…)
And that was about all we had time for! We had such a great time together, and with our photographer and her two assistants. I’m so glad we set aside this time on the day of our wedding—it was one of my absolute favorite parts of the day!
After we finished up here, we headed back to the Boardwalk to meet our family and wedding party at about 2:45pm, who had been getting ready this whole time. The plan was to get all of our major photos with all of them for about two more hours before the ceremony. I probably could have spent all day just playing with Mr. Llama at the different hotels, all dressed up!
Miss a recap?
- The Rehearsal Dinner
- The Ladies (But Mostly I) Get Ready
- The Guys Get Ready…Or Something
- A First Look
Image via RojotheLlama.com