Happily Ever After Disney Wedding in Quincy, Illinois

Brittany and Dylan’s Disney themed wedding was fit for a princess with a blush, navy and gold color scheme and Beauty and the Beast inspired accents.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to have a Disney wedding,” the bride explained. “Disney and everything it stands for has always made me happy, and I knew it would bring even more happiness to our special day.” The couple rented golden candelabras and topped off the tables with blush roses and antique books. “I also had Belle’s dress in mind when I searched for my own,” Brittany shared. “I found the perfect strapless ballgown at David’s Bridal and had Belle’s sleeves added with the extra material that came from alterations.”

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The couple met on a blind date, and soon were having serious conversations about Dylan’s military affiliation. “One of our first conversations centered around his enlistment in the Army National Guard and his impending hiatus due to Basic Combat Training and Officer Candidate School. Despite all of that looming on the horizon, I knew he was the man for me and we fell head-over-heels in love. We began talking about marriage soon after becoming a couple and continued to talk about it through letters as he went through Basic Combat Training.”

When the time came to propose, Dylan channeled his inner Walt Disney by creating a book chronicling the couple’s relationship, titled Our Love Story. Inside the front cover was a compilation of the couple’s favorite classic Disney quotes, recited out loud by the groom before presenting Brittany with the ring.

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What was your favorite moment of your wedding?
My husband surprised me with a prank at the altar after we were pronounced man and wife. Our wedding party had taken a trip to Taco Bell before it was time to go to the church. My husband is quite the jokester, and somehow managed to slip away in the pre-ceremony madness to hide a taco behind the altar flowers. After our pastor announced us man and wife, he dropped my hand and pulled the taco out to present me in front of 130 wedding guests. I couldn’t even be mad – it was nothing short of something my husband would do. It was a unique and memorable moment that I will never forget!

What advice would you give to other military brides?
This goes for any bride – do what YOU want on your wedding day. You’re only going to get to do that day one time, so do what makes YOU happy. Other people can give their input and offer you advice, but ultimately it comes down to what is going to make you look back on that day and cherish the memories the most. Hold on to each moment; the day flies by so fast and before you know it, you’ll be stepping out of your dream dress and already wishing you could relive it.

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Vendors:
Dress: David’s Bridal
Venue: Holiday Inn and Suites
Caterer: Tony’s Too
Photographer: Addie Elizabeth Photography
DJ: Family friend
Cake/cupcakes: Baked by mother-in-law and sister-in-law
Decorations: Something Borrowed, Celebrations

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