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A True “Guest” Post – Scenes From a Real Disneyland Wedding

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Last Thursday, I had the great honor and privilege of attending my friends Courtney and Calvin’s wedding at the Disneyland Resort.  Not only was this my first wedding I’ve attended at the Disneyland Resort, but it was an In-Park reception (OMG).  Their reception was held at the Animation building inside Disney’s California Adventure!

(All these photos are from my personal collection.)

I arrived at the venue location (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel) just in time to see the bride make her arrival.  The bride and groom did their first look in the lobby of the hotel.  She looked amazing in her dress.

We made our way up to the ceremony location, the Parkview Terrace on the 5th floor of the hotel.  We were greeted by adorable Vinylmation guest books and pretty programs.

The Parkview Terrace was beautifully decorated with candles and rose petals.

The bridesmaids were so pretty in lavender and yellow.

The ceremony was very nice – short and sweet, just the way I like them!  It wasn’t long before my friends were announced husband and wife …

… and we gave them a proper confetti send off!  This looked amazing!

We made our way downstairs to the Brisa Courtyard for Pre-Reception hour.  I love the Brisa at night.

They had a cheese and fruit display, fried wontons, potstickers and edamame.  Everything was delicious!

Soon the announcement came that it was time to be escorted over to DCA.  Exciting!  As a major Disneyland geek, I was super excited to walk through the park after closing.

But before we got to the Animation building, the couple had a fun surprise for us …. our own private ride on The Little Mermaid!

Once all the guests had their fun on the ride, our journey to the reception spot continued.

They had their names on the marquee … so cool!

The room transforms into a reception space so nicely.

I loved their place settings – lavender tablecloths and yellow satin napkins.  And check out my finely made Cosmo.

Pretty white chocolate castle favors with custom ribbon

Table names by Impressions

Tables were named after lands in Disneyland, using pictures taken by their photographers, D Park Photography

Gorgeous tall centerpieces

The newlyweds came out (with the bride in a second dress!) and did a choreographed first dance.  It was adorbs.

Then we all got some yummy Magicale – Disney’s special sparkling wine.  Soooooo good, thanks Courtney & Calvin!!

Then, it was time for my favorite part about weddings – the FOOD.

They had a yummy buffet with so many options!  I chose Cesar salad, penne pasta with mushroom sauce, potatoes with some kind of yummy sauce, roasted vegetables, and Lemon Meyer chicken.

They also had a dessert buffet which was pretty picked over by the time we got to it!

They also had a really fun photo booth with props.  We spent a lot of time in here!

My pal Nerissa, who might not be my friend anymore when she finds out I posted this, haha

Soon it was time for cake and some special guests!  Check out this awesome Mickey and Minnie cake!

The couple made their custom Vinylmations, and the cake also included some of their favorite Disney characters.

Then the special guests arrived!

The cake was cut and we all got a chance to dance with Mickey and Minnie for a bit.  But I couldn’t really enjoy the dancing because I had to head home.  It was late and it was a work night!

Before I left, I took a picture of the rarest Disney sight of all – an empty restroom.

I loved how peaceful it was around DCA as I was leaving.  What a treat to walk around one of my favorite places almost exclusively by myself.

And when I got home and took my boots off, this fell out:

I took home a little bit of Disney wedding magic.

What do you think of this amazing wedding???  Many, many thanks to Courtney and Calvin for inviting me to be a part of their special day.  Best wishes to a long and happy life together!
About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.