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An Elegant Affair

If you are in love with a foodie you may want to consider putting some money away to propose during an amazing culinary adventure.

If you enjoy great food, even better desert, a classy atmosphere, and a quiet dining experience then you might want to save up as well.

Today’s engagement location at Walt Disney World is Victoria and Albert’s inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Victoria and Albert’s Restaurant is one of Disney’s most prestigious dining experiences. They have a very strict dress code:

Men:  Must wear a dinner jacket, dress pants, and dress shoes.

Women: Must wear a dress with stockings or a pant suit.

However, they provide the most elegant dinner experience you will ever have as a diner. I felt like a princess the first, and only time, I ate there.

The dining room

The Menu

Victoria and Albert’s is a Prix Fixe menu with lots of options. You will not be disappointed in what you get. If you are vegetarian, NO PROBLEM! They have a separate menu just for you! They also have separate menus for the Chef’s Table and Queen Victoria’s Room.  The menus change on a seasonal basis and are based off of whatever Executive Chef Scott Hunnel finds fresh from the market.

The Experience

Aside from the culinary delights that Chef Hunnel cooks up for you, this experience pans out to be extremely sweet. The lighting is perfect to set a quiet mood and the soft sounds of a live harp float around you. You will be entertained by two servers who take turns bringing out and explaining your course selections. If you even look like you have to get up, someone will come out and pull your chair out for you. The service is top notch. It provides the perfect location and atmosphere to ask the love of your life to marry you.

The Price

The menus are Prix Fixe and are around $200 (prices subject to change). If you want a wine pairing then it costs about $70 more. Everything is per person. On top of great food, you receive personalized menus that you can take home with you, and each lady takes home a red rose.

So what do you think? Is your engagement worth an Elegant Affair?

The Centerpiece

One of the dessert options

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Freeze Frame: Casie Photographics

Our very first Freeze Frame is all about Orlando-based Casie Photographics!

I have been a fan of Casie Shimansky’s photography since I stumbled across her Up Engagement Photo post. Once I got my blog up and running, I got in contact with Casie and decided that it was time to showcase her work on the blog. Casie and I met up for a little bit of coffee and to chat about life and photography. So for all of you recently engaged folks out there, listen up. This is Casie Photographics

Name: Casie Photographics

Owner: Casie Shimansky

The beautiful Casie

Years in the Biz: About 3 solid years.

PDP: What is your favorite part about shooting weddings?

RBP: Weddings are always different, and as much planning as any one person can do for this incredible moment — whether it be the bride or any of her amazing vendors — I love that it really all just unfolds as it was meant to.  You always get this incredible sense of unity at a wedding — the families that I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know are always SO connected and just absolutely adore that these two people have, amongst all odds, found one another.  The interactions I have with everyone and usually feeling as if I am somehow adopted into these families is always very exciting to me as well.

PDP: How do you draw inspiration for a shoot?

RBP: What am I not inspired by is really how I feel about photography and life.  I am literally the girl who will take pictures of red pears at Publix because they caught my eye (true story! I have the picture on my iPhone!)  So, really…everything from Starbucks cups and kids laughing to floral arrangements and a groom seeing his bride for the first time — everything is inspiring to me.  I especially love when colors, lighting, or a particular moment really just grabs me and won’t allow me to put the camera down until I know I have it captured.

PDP: During a shoot do you let the couples take control?

RBP: I do make suggestions; maybe where or how a person sits or where their hands might look best.  That’s usually a big “worry” for people being photographed for some reason, “What do I do with my hands?”  During engagement sessions I allow (and prefer) the couple to choose a location that’s really special to them.  Of course, there are the “Orland Hot Spots” for photo sessions — but at that point it really is about the couple and their personalities and the love shared between them.  Those moments, from engagement shoot to wedding day, have nothing to do with me — so I really prefer the couples to interact as they do naturally.  Often times their favorite photo will be the one where they had no idea I was even taking their picture — they were just enjoying each other.  I always tell them before the shoot that if they want to laugh – then laugh, if they want to kiss – then kiss, and if he wants to pick her up and twirl her around in the middle of the park?  Well, hey — that’s quite allright too!  🙂

PDP: How far are you willing to travel for a shoot?

RBP: My bags are always packed!  I really enjoy traveling and getting to experience and explore new places & I love that I have brides, grooms and families all over this country who just couldn’t see their wedding day or special events without me.  There is something so insanely incredible about that.  This year alone, my friends will tell you, that I’ve literally been everywhere from New York to California and just about every inch of The Sunshine State.  They say that “home is where the heart is”…and my heart is always behind that camera of mine.

PDP: What is your favorite part of a session?

RBP: My favorite part about any session is when I just KNOW, right after the click of the camera, that I absolutely just took my favorite image of the day.  It’s that one image that you just KNOW a couple will hang on their wall and cherish for the rest of their lives…and that you almost don’t even have to look at it on the LCD screen because your heart just KNOWS — This is THE ONE.  All the other images are equally as spectacular, but there is always one that just grabs me almost immediately as a favorite even before it gets into editing.

My favorite wedding day moment is easily the second that the new Mr. & Mrs. get announced, for the first time, to their friends and family.  There’s just this unique excitement in the air — it’s this entirely brand new beginning for this couple and their families.  It is, to me, always one of those moments where you can’t help but smile because THAT is what life is all about.

Because I love Casie and her photography skills so much, I have decided to add some photos. Casie graciously allowed me to display a few photos of her’s below. Enjoy!

Like what you see? Want more info? Then what are you waiting for! Contact Casie Photographics right away!

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David and Lauren

Hi! I’m Lauren! I’m the writer of this blog. I am a busy girl who works at a very magical place. I have bigger plans for myself, but this will do for now.

I was inspired to write this blog after my boyfriend David and I started spending a lot of our days off in the parks. Hey, a girl’s mind does tend to wonder when she really likes someone. So thanks David for the inspiration. Since then, I have been doing my best to travel on my days off and find some pretty sweet places. It doesn’t always work out that way. I do have bills to pay and David and I hardly get to see each other unless we have days off together. So I apologize if the blog slips sometimes. I am looking to get a few more partners for the blog…so if you are interested, contact me.

Anyways, a little bit about David and I. I wanted to donate a few posts to our relationship to help inspire other girls to keep looking. Their perfect guy is out there. It just takes some time. Trust me, I don’t know how many guys would put up with my Disney/Wedding obsession.

David and I met during a perfect time of year here. We met during EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival. This was perfect because David, being a cook, loves both food and wine. Me, being a well rounded lover of almost all things, loves both food and wine as well. We had so much to talk about when we first met. Trying different foods and beverages. Turns out we are both adventurous beer lovers. Who knew!? This has lead to many great conversations and quests in our relationship. “What beer should we try tonight?” is a constant question asked when we are able to have dinner together.

When I met David, I was expecting someone a lot different than I got. When I met David I was only living in Orlando for about two months. I was still getting acquainted with the surroundings and people. I had no interest in finding a guy, getting into a relationship, or anything other than friendship and furthering my career at this point. David was quite a surprise to me.

Before David I had two bad experiences with men. I was in a rather long and abusive relationship in high school and in college I was in a rather short and stupid relationship with a guy who was denying himself what he wanted the whole time (which was an amazing girl to whom he is now happily married and though we don’t talk I am super happy for both of them. They are perfect for each other). I had pretty much given up on guys and I was happy where I was in my life. When I met David, I was expecting a 30 something year old guy with a girlfriend or wife. That was not at all what I got.

David was a young, recently graduated cook who had been working for Disney for about 2 years when I met him. He is very very talented. I tell him this just about every day. I know there are bigger and better things waiting for him outside Disney. However, we are both content for right now. We are gaining experience and trying to save money one penny at a time. We hit it off right away and have been together ever since.

Last month David and I celebrated our one year anniversary. It was very exciting and a bunch of fun. I have fallen in love with my best friend. I think the best part of this is that David has helped me open myself up and become who I am today. I used to tell people all the time how much I loved to do outdoorsy things but I never had time or anyone to do them with. David and I go indoor rock climbing whenever we have a day off together and we love it. He pushes me to be the best that I can be. He supports me when I enter into some dangerous baking quests (which have turned out amazing!) and he is there through all of my frustrations and pain. I’ll focus more on that in another post.

Lesson to be learned: Don’t lose hope. When the timing is right, you will find Mr. Right. I know how cheesy and cliche that sound but it is very true. Believe in love and love will come to you. Just be yourself and let your world fall into place around you. There is no reason to lose hope. If you do, come talk to me.

Much Love

~Lauren~

David and I Last year at Christmas with Mickey!

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