While many people marked Nov. 11 as a special date – with 11/11/11 having a beautiful, sequential symmetry – 11 couples had the opportunity to make it a memorable wedding day at Walt Disney World Resort.
These 11 couples, from 11 different cities, from Orlando, Fla. to Makawao, Hawaii, exchanged vow on that special day. In addition to the love between the couples, each event took on extra fairy-tale elements with both the date and location. After all, Walt Disney World is one of the most popular, and top-rated, wedding and honeymoon destinations.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, which helps organize Disney weddings, holds more than 1,000 nuptials ever year. More than 40,000 couples have married at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and on Disney Cruise Line ships.
But the 11 weddings on Nov. 11 marks the first time Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings have held a ceremony with quite this convergence of numbers. The numbers of weddings yesterday matches the sequential number of the ceremonies’ day, month and year: 11 couples on 11/11/11.
See photos from one of the Nov. 11, 2011 Disney Weddings or watch the Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings video.
Certainly it will be easy for the couples to remember for anniversaries, but the date also has that magical quality to it. The number of couples getting married on 11/11/11 was a coincidence, according to Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoon’s Worldwide Marketing and Business Developement Director Korri McFann. But she noted many couples were attracted to the date’s symbolic quality.
Among the couples married Friday are Melanie LaValley and Eric Gocinski of Orlando. The two met at Walt Disney World Resort back in 2008, when they were Cast Members at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The two planned a ceremony at the Croquet Lawn at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, near the Epcot theme park. And as much as Walt Disney World has a special meaning for the couple, so does the date.
“Eric’s wish was for us to get married on 11/11/11 in honor of my birthday on Dec. 11,” said LaValley. “And since we made our first memories together at Disney, there’s no better place to take this new step in our lives together than the happiest place on earth.”
Among the other couples who married on Nov. 11 for whom the date had extra-special meaning in addition to its sequential symbolism:
Cheryl Stanilonis and Matthew Greaves, of Jacksonville, Fla., Stanilonis makes a special wish every day at 11:11.
Danielle Seymour and Chris Thibodeau, of Gibsonia, Pa. and Amherst, N.H., The couple got engaged in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, choosing Nov. 11 in honor of Thibodeau’s grandparents’ 56th wedding anniversary.
Robin Walker and LeeAnn Prihoda, of Suwanee, Ga., who became engaged at the Magic Kingdom during “Wishes” nighttime spectacular.
Christopher Douros and Holly Bray, of Salt Lake City, Utah, who chose to get married Nov. 11 because it falls just days in between both of their birthdays, adding another celebration during the month.
Disney’s planning for the next sequential number wedding date: Dec. 12, 2012.
“Our couples have always loved sequential number wedding dates and we are already beginning to hold space for 12/12/12,” said McFann, who noted Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings have hosted such weddings since 01/01/01. “Couples have even moved venues to make sure their wedding stays on one of these very special dates.”
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, having worked with couples since 1991. They host weddings at different venues at Walt Disney World, including Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, as well as indoor resort locations. They also host ceremonies at other Disney locations, including Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii. For more information, visit the website or call 321-939-4610.
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