Stephanie-Matthew Wedding-Disney Cruise Line in Bahamas
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Event Date: April 9, 2018 – Stephanie-Matthew Wedding-Disney Cruise Line
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Stephanie and Matt Hardy were married aboard the Disney Dream. Cinderella is Stephanie’s princess inspiration!
Q and A: Stephanie-Matthew Wedding-Disney Cruise Line
Where and when did you first meet? Tell me your story!
Matt and I met during undergrad, in my freshman year. I was a creative writing major, so I was taking a short fiction course that he enrolled in for an art credit. His mom actually played a role in us meeting, as she’s the reason he took that class. Our professor grouped him and I together for a group project (that was never collected) and Matt and I instantly bonded over our love of cats (we now have two sweet kitties together). We have been together ever since.
When did you know that your fiancé was the one? Details please!
I don’t know that I knew it yet, but I do think I could always tell Matt was the one. He just always looked at me with that unbelievable look in his eyes. Even on Day 1, I felt so loved when he looked at me.
When did you get engaged? Tell me about the proposal (from your point of view)!
Matt proposed to me the night before our third anniversary. For our first anniversary, he and I took a weekend trip to Walt Disney World, and that year we decided to make it a tradition. So, for our third anniversary, we managed to get reservations to Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the Cinderella Castle (I’m obsessed with Cinderella!).
Right after getting the reservation, Matt contacted Disney and set up the engagement package. We had an amazing dinner right after watching the fireworks, and then, before dessert, our waitress brought out a covered plate. Under the cover was a bed of red rose petals and a glass slipper, and while she took the cover off, Matt got down on his knee and proposed. It was amazing, and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to start our engagement and celebrate our relationship.
What do you admire most about your fiancé?
More than anything, I admire Matt’s positivity. He is always looking for a solution to any problem, and he’s always sure that there is one. He has never met a challenge he couldn’t face, and he’s a great balance to me. I’m often a pessimist, and stubborn too, but he is just so sure that everything will work out all the time. No matter what comes our way, he knows that there will be a way out and a happy outcome.
And finally, what are you most looking forward to about your wedding day?
I’m most looking forward to Matt finally seeing my wedding dress. I love my dress so much, and a few years ago, when Matt and I were talking about marriage, I asked him to describe the perfect wedding dress for me. I took a screenshot of that message, and my dress is pretty much exactly what he described, so I know he’s going to love it.
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
The original wedding theme was a princess fairytale (think Cinderella), but when we decided to elope onboard a cruise ship, we wanted to incorporate that into our day. So, we met in the middle with some fairytale romance/nautical details that turned out perfect. It was really fun to work on the theme and style for our wedding because we eloped, everything was very personal and unique.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Decorating was very easy with our venue. Floor to ceiling windows made for great views! In addition to that, we had some flower petals scattered around the room, and a DIY aisle runner made by my maid of honor.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Our wedding was a package-deal, so it included floral. We did decide to upgrade the floral though, opting for a beautiful white bouquet with deep and light blue accent flowers. We had a floral cake topper to match that, and I loved how cohesive it made everything. I also love rose petals, so those were included in our ceremony decorations.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We didn’t have a traditional ceremony on account of our single guest, but we did try to make our cake and champagne celebration very “us” however we could. One of my favorite moments like that was when one of the last songs came on. I had included the song in the DJ list as a surprise for my maid of honor, as it was a favorite of ours when we lived together. Dancing to that song with my new husband and my maid of honor, being incredibly goofy without worrying about guests watching, was so much fun!
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
My husband’s outfit was incredibly easy. I really wanted sky blue details, so he agreed to wear the color for his bowtie and pocket square. He actually chose a navy tux on his own, and I was really pleased because of the navy/nautical elements we had chosen for the wedding. I also bought him Mickey Mouse tux studs and cuff links, which were adorable and such a fun detail.
My wedding day look came together so beautifully. When he and I first talked about getting married, I had asked him to describe what he pictured me in at our wedding. I wrote that down and always kept it at the back of my mind when looking at wedding dresses online. When I went to a trunk show at a local boutique (before we were engaged!) I saw my dress first thing in the show room and immediately asked to try it on. I tried it on first and didn’t want to take it off, and then I actually put it back on again after I tried on the other dresses.
Matt proposed the next day and I went and bought my dress right after. My dress was the focal point for my wedding look, so once I had that I added details that accentuated it. I actually already owned all the jewelry I wore that day, and it was all perfect with my dress. It proved just how very “me” my dress and details were!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most exciting part of our wedding day was hearing Matt’s vows. I’m a writer, so I had felt a lot of pressure to deliver on my vows. I never even thought about what Matt’s would be. I actually thought it would be something I had to nag him to do, but when I asked him about one day, he had already written them all. I had no idea what to expect from them, and hearing him read them to me during our wedding was so much better than I could have hoped. I laughed and cried the whole time, and they were so wonderfully personal and unique.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
My biggest advice is to do what you need to! People always say to stick to your guns and do what you want with your wedding, but for me that wasn’t realistic. I was trying so hard to force my family into being happy and supportive about an expensive wedding that they just weren’t into that it was crushing me. When I finally decided to scrap that and elope it was the whole world off my shoulders.
Eloping allowed Matt and I to eliminate all of the stress and drama of wedding planning, and it gave us the opportunity to really celebrate our own relationship. It was all about us and so representative of us. I think that, so often, eloping is pictured as city hall affairs or anything missing out on big wedding traditions, and it doesn’t have to be. We got to have an entire wedding week and honeymoon, dance the night away, eat wonderful meals, and a cake that made me make Cookie Monster faces that have been recorded on camera. I would never change a single thing about eloping.
So, my biggest advice is to plan a wedding for you and your partner that will not only be about you and your partner, but will be the best representation and celebration of you as a couple.
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Floral Designer: Disney Floral and Decor
Location: Disney Cruise Line
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress Store: CC’s Bridal Boutique
Dress Designer: Allure Couture
Photographer: Sugar Peach Productions – other examples of their work featured on AisleMemories – Sarah and Bradley Engagement at Boeckh Park, North Augusta, SC, US
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