As Jensey and I dragged ourselves toward the BoardWalk Bakery in the sweltering heat, I noticed chairs set up at Sea Breeze Point and said, “Oooh! Chair covers! We should get a shot of those for my book!”
And then it dawned on me… this was DISer Lori’s wedding setup, and she was getting married in 20 minutes! I’m not sure how this slipped my mind – I had programmed into my iPhone the daily itineraries of all the Disney brides I’d hoped to meet that weekend, so theoretically I knew where each of them was at every hour of every day. But thank goodness we were lured to the bakery by the siren song of peanut butter chocolate cake, because we got to the BoardWalk just in time to stalk our butts off at Lori’s wedding!
I got very excited and asked Jensey to get as many shots as she could. Lori’s videographer’s wife was there shooting B-roll, and she graciously allowed us to step into her shot to take pictures.
When you get married at Sea Breeze Point, everyone assembles in the lobby of BoardWalk Inn and then they send groups down to the gazebo: first the groom, then the guests/vendors, then the bride. We decided to continue on to the bakery and stake out a spot at one of the tables along the BoardWalk so we could photograph the wedding procession on the sly.
Jensey grabbed a table and I went inside to order her cinnamon roll and my peanut butter chocolate cake slice. There I was, standing in line, snapping these pictures…
…when I looked up and saw a runner carrying Lori’s cake! What luck!!!
I chased him out the door hollering “JENSEY!!! He’s got Lori’s CAKE!!!!” and she instantly sprang into Action-Photo Mode (if you push the hidden button on her back, she’ll also yell “That’s right – work it! Work it!” as she shoots!).
After all this excitement, we got a little break to eat our desserts. When I sat down at the table, there was a penny on it. You know how people sometimes say that they start finding pennies after a loved one passes on, and it’s like a message from that person? Well, to me, this penny was like a little message from Patrick, except without the “being dead” part and more because he is always finding money everywhere we go. I took a picture and put it in my pocket. But later that day when I was changing into a skirt in the ladies’ room at the Beach Club, the penny flew out of my pocket and landed in the toilet! Not sure what the symbolism was there…
So about that Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake…. sweet merciful crap, it was amazing! It was WAY more rich and delicious than the cake they used to have at Sunshine Seasons. For one thing, it’s got a frosting/mousse/whatever layer in the middle that the other doesn’t have, plus you get peanut butter and chocolate frosting. I highly recommend it!
Jensey and I passed a few pleasant moments chatting and enjoying our desserts (I apologize for not demanding that she take a picture of our desserts—I blame the heat and my excitement over the wedding). I was pontificating about religion and the meaning of life when I cut myself off with a shriek of “OMG, it’s the groom!!!” (And yes, I actually said “oh-em-gee” – it started as irony… now I can’t stop myself!)
Jensey started snapping away as the guests passed our table.
Meanwhile I tried to go incognito…
And then…. “OMG it’s the bride!!!”
As she passed, I totally blew my cover and started waving wildly and hollering “Lori! Lori! LOOOOOORIIIII!!!!”
And then – “OMG, she recognized me!!!”
Jensey and I took a few more minutes to finish our desserts and then thought we’d maybe sneak just a few photos of the ceremony on the pretext of going to catch a boat at the International Gateway. Many brides are worried about how public Sea Breeze Point is, and with good reason—it’s right on the path to the BoardWalk. However, at that moment there was no one else on the path, which made two dames tiptoeing sloooooowly by the gazebo accompanied by a chorus of frenzied clicking all the more conspicuous.
I can’t pick – how about all three versions?
Our next mission was to catch a Friendship Boat from the International Gateway to the BoardWalk so we could shoot Lori’s wedding from the back. We took up a strategic position on the boat’s, uh, back porch (as it is known in nautical terms) so we could get a clear shot (geez, we sound more like snipers than wedding stalkers!).
(Waiting for the boat to depart was boring!)
As soon as we got underway, I barged up to the front of the boat and demanded the crew toot the horn when we went by Sea Breeze Point. I assured them that we knew the bride and groom (the crew didn’t need to know whether we’d ever actually met them in person…) and that they would find it HIGH-larious!
I was totally DENIED! They used to do it all the time, but then some bride got P.O. ed when it happened to her, so Disney has forbidden the skippers from tooting the horn. Boooo! (Actually, now that I think about it, I’m totally glad it didn’t happen – I really don’t know that Lori and Eoghan would have found it HIGH-larious… I might have ruined their wedding!)
OK, so this is where we went from being mere wedding pho-stalk-raphers to being the Lucy & Ethel (or Laverne & Shirley, take your pick) of Walt Disney World. While we were shooting these….
…Lori’s videographer caught us hanging off the back of the boat and snapping pictures as we whizzed by!
In all the excitement, we’d forgotten another of the items on my To Do List, which was to get some good shots of the mock-ups of the Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding cakes on display at the BoardWalk Bakery, so we got off the boat at the first stop. If you have what’s known as an Escape Collection wedding, you get to choose from one of five designs for your cake:
I also asked Jensey to get some shots of the special occasion cakes on display for my pals on the DIS’ Cake Chatter thread, which is where you go if you have questions about ordering a custom cake at WDW. While we were there, I got the inside scoop on ordering a cake, since BoardWalk Bakery is the only one on property that will let you pick up a fancy cake. I posted all that info HERE if you’re curious.
These aren’t for sale, but you can order one like them with 48 hours’ notice:
While we were there, I broke down and bought a bottle of water at outrageous Disney prices because I’d forgotten to bring one of the ones Jensey picked up for me. I decided I might as well try SmartWater, but, alas, it made me no smarter (and might have made me dumber, seeing as how moments later I forgot to take pictures of Lori’s wedding as we went back by it on another Friendship Boat!). However, it did allow me to bore Jensey half to death with a story about how my brother and I used to pretend we were spokesmodels for water when we were kids!
We stood in a thin sliver of shade and waited for a boat to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. All attempts to not sweat in front of each other were out the window—at that point we were lucky if we didn’t slide into each other when we sat on a bench.
The boat came. We grabbed the first seat inside the door and collapsed in a heap. As we cruised by Sea Breze Point, we could see Lori & Eoghan dancing with Mickey & Minnie (who were even wearing purple to go with the wedding colors). The first mate started spouting inaccuracies about the availability and cost of having Mickey & Minnie at a Disney wedding, but I was too heat-stricken to correct him. (I need to start carrying around copies of my book to dispense to the clueless!)
Up Next: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Dinner at Shula’s Steakhouse, and Crashing Lori’s Dessert Party!