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‘I do’ Love

Today was a rough day, however, today I found a few things that I LOVE!

I LOVE this video by Colbie Caillat.

The video describes so much about the meaning of “I Do”. Besides, all those cute smiley faces are awesome! What a unique artist.

I L~O~V~E Wedding Bee! Wedding Bee is a site where lots of brides blog about their wedding process. It has a very personal feel and these bees have GREAT ideas. Lots of amazing ideas and unique DIY ideas for your wedding. Perfect for those brides who are on a budget.

I LoVe that I had some extra time today to practice juggling. It’s a passion of mine that helps me relax and keep cool. It loosens me up and brings out the silly side in me. It’s something unique that I am good at.

My definition of Clubbin'

Better yet, I LOVE all of you guys! Thanks for reading and checking in! You guys are amazing!

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Thick and Thin

When I first introduced you guys to Dave and I, I mentioned that we had been through some rough times together. Well today is your lucky day. I’m about to go a little deeper into what I mean by tougher times. Please feel free to smile and share tears with us. We have become better people because of the ones we have lost and because we have gone through times with each other.

Since the beginning of our relationship, David has been very open with me about his father who passed away about 5 years ago. We have spoken in little doses about him and his circumstance, but also about what he has taught Dave. We keep his memory with us, yes, even I keep a memory or two of Mr. Petterson. He has been a huge influence on Dave and there a little reminders that he is watching us from heaven. Even though he is not here with Dave, Mr. Petterson is helping Dave become a responsible adult, even if Dave doesn’t realize it. I get to see it every day.

This past fall I lost someone very close to my heart. My Poppop passed away of cancer. My Poppop was an amazing man and he battled cancer for a few years before it became too much for him. He was strong right up until the very last moments. I was lucky that Dave was able to meet him during our last family vacation to Sea Isle City, NJ with him this past summer. During this vacation we were able to play beach games with Pop, go into the ocean with him (not as far as we used to), and just have fun. I think that Pop knew it was going to be his last vacation but I feel blessed that these are my last memories of him. When I saw my Pop at the hospice, literally a few hrs before he passed, he couldn’t even open his eyes or speak to me. It was heart breaking. This was the one man I wanted to be at my wedding besides my groom, my father, and my brother. My Pop has always been my inspiration in life and my mom says that each of us grandkids have a little bit of him in us. My brother, being the only boy of the bunch, is pretty much the spitting image of my Poppop, personality and all. Even though Dave could not get the time off of work to come home with me for my Pop’s passing, I knew that he was there for me every step of the way. From the day in March, when my mom pulled him aside at EPCOT and told Dave before she told me that this might be my Pop’s last few months with us, Dave has been there for me. I feel so blessed and extremely lucky to have found someone that is going to stand by me through these times. I also feel consoled that Pop really liked Dave, especially the food he cooked for him. I am truly a lucky girl.

Now, a mere 6 months later, I am sitting in another hospice. This time I am in Phoenix, AZ and it’s for Dave’s Grandfather. As my Twitter followers know, I was supposed to go to St. Augustine this week with Dave and some of our friends. However, a few days ago Dave received a call that his grandfather was going into a hospice and if he could visit, he should. Praise the Lord that we already had this week off. This way we are both able to come together and I can support Dave and his family through this tough time. Today I was able to meet Dave’s grandfather for the first time and he shook my hand and we spoke like old friends of the places Dave and I would visit and see while we were here. While I still feel like being in a hospice is a little too close to home for me, I will do it because I need to. Even though Dave hasn’t really had time to see his grandfather, it’s still family. It’s close family and it’s never fun to be in this situation. I have never been to Phoenix before and I am looking forward to our planned trips, and our unplanned ones. I don’t know if I’m ready for what lies ahead of us, but I’ll find out when that time comes. I guess you are never really ready when these things happen.

So even though we have hit our rough spots, we are doing just fine. I think its great that we have had these things to get through with each other. It has bonded us in many ways and made us both stronger people. We understand what each other is going through and respect that sometimes silence is enough. I am very lucky to have been able to meet Dave’s grandfather and will have a sweet memory of him to hold in my heart.

If you pray, we would like to ask if you would just say a prayer for Dave’s grandfather and his family. Prayers for peace and comfort are always welcome. Prayers for good health and strength are welcome as well. We would also like to ask for your prayers for safe travels for us and for family and friends that may visit.

If you are not a religious person, if you would please ask just keep us in your thoughts.

On a personal note, thank you all for your love and support. I have made some great friends through the birth of this blog. Your love and support for all things PDP and Lauren life related are breathtaking. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

~This one goes out to all of us who have lost someone close to us. We know that they will always be in out hearts.~

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A Day of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!!!

I hope this day has found you immersing in all the love that is in your life. By love I mean all the family love, friendship love, and of course, the Love Love. This day brings so many joys, but it also tends to be a day of disappointment and loneliness for many. I would like to take a couple of minutes to share my thoughts on that.

Thought #1: Love is not just in relationships. Love is all around.

I am a HUGE fan of the movie Love Actually. It houses some of my favorite movie quotes and also shows that love doesn’t always appear to be what we may think it is. In the very beginning of the movie we get this lovely paragraph spoken by the character of The Prime Minister. It goes a little something like this….

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.

Now I must clear something up. He says: “If you look for it” and I must tell you that this phrase does not mean what you think it means. It does not mean to search for love. It does mean to look desperately. It simply means to “open your eyes to”. It means to open you mind and heart to what love is. You do this my friends and you will find it all around you.

Thought #2: Love Fully and Completely

Pull out all the stops for love. Would you take a bullet for your family? Would you go to great lengths to help a good friend? This is what loving fully means. When you find something you love, give it your all. When you find the one you love, pull out all the stops.

Perhaps one of my most favorite quotes from Love Actually is this one:

“Lets go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”

Why do I like this quote? Because the character is saying, “Let’s do this. Let’s pull out all the stops.” Nothing is going to stand in their way. They are in love and nothing is going to stop them from showing that. This is how we should approach all things we love.

Thought #3: We can confuse love with other things

In today’s world, love has taken on new meanings. We tend to mistake lust for love. We are told what we should love and what we shouldn’t. Our minds are confused and sometimes we aren’t quite sure what is love and what isn’t. That’s ok. WE are not perfect. Our stories are NOT perfect. Today’s world is so corrupt and so misleading. There is a song by Switchfoot called Easier Than Love in which is the chorus states: Everyone is scared to death of leaving here alone. She is easier than love, is easier than life, is easier to fake and smile and lie. It’s easier to leave, it’s easier to lie, it’s harder to face ourselves at night.

This is what our world has become. A confusion of love. But we are much more than that. We are Worth more than that. We deserve more than that. And I think as humans, we know the difference between pure/true love and love we are just settling for. So DON’T SETTLE! If it’s not real, it’s not worth it.


So this Valentine’s Day, I went to work and spent some time spreading pixie dust and love. I also made sure I made time to catch up with some friends at work and get their opinions on some next steps I am getting ready to take. But I also made myself fully aware of the love that is around me. This Valentine’s Day was not at all what I had planned. I wanted a nice dinner with David, maybe some flowers and chocolate. Maybe a ring?

About halfway through my day, something was weighing on my heart. So I took a moment to peacefully relax in silence and a verse popped into my head. It is a verse from the Bible.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future.”

So maybe this Valentine’s Day wasn’t what I had planned. However, it really doesn’t matter what I have planned for my life. My plans for my life aren’t perfect, but the Lord’s plans for my life are perfect. So when things don’t go my way, I just have to remember that it’s not my plan. I am a big believer in “everything happens for a reason.” This goes hand in hand with God’s perfect plan.

When I look back on today: It was perfect. I had work. I had friend bonding time. I had me time. Now, I get to finish it up with David time. Well, the 5 minutes I see him before I sink into my pillow and fall asleep anyway.

Happy Valentine’s Day friends. I hope that you have found love. That you are living a life of Love. And that you realize that you are Loved. Even if it’s not in the way that you want or think.

Sending Love

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David and Lauren: Little Moments

It’s been a while since I posted something in the David and Lauren section so here we go! I’m excited to write more about our love story here with the hope of inspiring others and giving others hope that there is someone out there made for them. Today I am going to write about little moments. Those moments when the smallest thing can just steal your heart.

Now, not all relationships are perfect and we have our fights. Dave and I don’t always see eye to eye. Dave is also a guy, so I tend to sometimes get annoyed with little things that he does here and there. However, all those moments when we do fight or get annoyed with each other are erased when a little moment creeps it’s way into our day.

Little moments are great! I love them! For example, when Dave cooks dinner and he gets excited over the way something tastes or smells. Or when he’s chopping herbs and plays the guessing game with me. When Dave comes home from work and he walks over and gives he a kiss on the forehead or a prolonged hug right before he leaves for work.

Little moments like freshly shaved kisses and making a small joke. I’ve learned to appreciate every moment that makes me smile or makes my heart melt. Especially because they outweigh the moments where I am angry or upset or frustrated and annoyed. They make my heart grow with love every time they happen (and they happen a lot). They make me smile or laugh. They make me feel like we are perfect.

Brad Paisley has a song called Little Moments. It describes perfectly how I feel about little moments between Dave and I. Before I leave you with the lyrics, I want to leave you with this advice: Don’t ignore the little moments in life. They are some of the most beautiful things life is made of. Take them as they come. Enjoy!

Brad Paisley

Little Moments

Well I’ll never forget the first time that I heard
That pretty mouth say that dirty word
And I can’t even remember now what she backed my truck into
But she covered her mouth and her face got red
And she just looked so darn cute
That I couldn’t even act like I was mad
Yeah I live for little moments like that

Well that’s just like last year on my birthday
She lost all track of time and burnt the cake
And every smoke detector in the house was goin’ off
And she was just about to cry until I took her in my arms
And I tried not to let her see me laugh
Yeah I live for little moments like that

I know she’s not perfect but she tries so hard for me
And I thank god that she isn’t ’cause how boring would that be
It’s the little imperfections it’s the sudden change in plans
When she misreads the directions and we’re lost but holdin’ hands
Yeah I live for little moments like that

When she’s layin’ on my shoulder on the sofa in the dark
And about the time she falls asleep so does my right arm
And I want so bad to move it ’cause it’s tinglin’ and it’s numb
But she looks so much like and angel that I don’t wanna wake her up
Yeah I live for little moments
When she steals my heart again and doesn’t even know it
Yeah I live for little moments like that

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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


David and I Last year at Christmas with Mickey!

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Your Engagement, Your Story

When getting engaged it is important to remember that might sound like a good idea, may not be the best idea when it comes to your story.

It is important to create the perfect engagement around Your Story. Your Story, the story of your relationship, is something that should be told from engagement through you wedding day. You wouldn’t get engaged at a rodeo if you both hate horses. You wouldn’t have a wedding at Disney World if you didn’t like fairy-tale endings and a Disney vacation. It is important to pick a time and a place that is important to BOTH of you when planning an engagement. Maybe it’s at a favorite restaurant with your closest friends. Maybe it’s during a beach vacation with your families.

The reason why I have dedicated my posts to mainly Disney-themed engagement is because Disney caters to just about everything you could ever think of. Maybe you both are animal lovers, then perhaps Animal Kingdom or Animal Kingdom Lodge is a place for you to propose. Maybe you both enjoy camping and the outdoors, then a nice stroll through Fort Wilderness Campgrounds would be a great idea. If you love traveling, but don’t have any money to explore the world, then a trip to EPCOT’s World Showcase is for you.

Remember, it’s YOUR story. Only YOU know how to tell it. The best part about stories, they go on and on and get passed down from generation to generation.

So when planning your perfect engagement, make sure you consider YOUR story. Where did you begin? Where do you see your lives heading?

My hope for this page is that I can provide the spark that ignites a fire when planning that perfect moment. I hope that I can help you discover options you may have never thought of before. And if I do, let me know!

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