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Laura and Dan’s Appleton Summer Wedding

August 5, 2019

Ninty-mile an hour straight-line winds were not what Laura and Dan ordered for their wedding day. With trees toppled over, power lines down, and branches lining the streets, family and friends still gathered to support Laura and Dan say I do. Their ceremony didn’t have any power, but it was a magical moment, as Laura walked down the aisle, her beautiful strapless, full-length Cinderella gown sparkling in the post-storm lull. 

Fortunately, the Red Lion, Paper Valley Hotel had power for Laura and Dan’s Disney themed reception. Cocktail hour was held in the reception hall, with décor to match Laura’s love for Disney. Every guest was assigned a Disney character, which matched with a dinner table. Everything was soft, purple, silver, and fairy-tale like. 

Laura and Dan met each other on Christian Mingle in 2016. The two officially met on their first date at Dan’s house. They chatted the whole evening, with “Scooby-Do” playing in the background. Dan proposed to Laura during their trip to Disney World in May 2018, at the Magical Kingdom, with the glorious castle as their backdrop. 

After group photographs with their photographer, Jocelyn from Paper Raven Photography,the grand march ensued with style and energy, as family and friends welcomed Laura and Dan’s close friends and family of the wedding party into the reception to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. All the bridesmaids and groomsmen were incredibly supportive and ready throughout the special day to help Laura and Dan in any way. Dinner was delicious, interspersed with guests picking Hershey kisses from a tote, which were wrapped in three different colors. After picking a gold kiss, several people had to smooch another, and others (including Laura’s dad!) told a story about Laura or Dan when they picked a silver kiss. Finally, Laura and Dan got to kiss if guests picked a purple-wrapped Hershey kiss! Toasts followed, with funny stories shared by the Maid of Honor and Best Man, showing their love for Laura and Dan. Dr. Keith conducted a funny, well-researched speech praising his daughter’s accomplishments and welcoming Dan to the family. 

Cue the Disney music! Mickey and Minnie Mouse made a surprise visit all the way from Disney World! Laura and Dan took V.I.P. photos, and then cut their beautiful three-tiered cake topped with Prince Charming and Cinderella, and decorated with a purple sash of elegant frosted-flowers. Laura and Dan’s photos of their cake cutting were displayed on the live-stream EverSnap.  
The parent dances were touching, and Dan’s mother, Barb, shed tears of joy for her son. Laura and Dan shared their first married dance to “Everything” by Lifehouse. During the “Shoe”ly-wed game, Laura and Dan were asked, “Because you must sacrifice that which you love most, who would you sacrifice to the soul stone?” (In reference to “Avengers: Endgame.”) Both Laura and Dan lifted their own shoe to signify they would sacrifice themselves for their spouse. Then family and friends joined Laura and Dan on the dance floor to kick off a night of dancing and fun to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. 
During the party, Laura threw her beautiful bouquet (equipped with purple Minnie Mouse ears!) from Twigs and Vines Floral, to the women of the house, and Dan threw his Halo themed garter to the gentlemen. Dan also put on a show to the song, “Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold with all his friends standing around him in a circle. The night closed to Michael Bublé’s “Save the Last Dance for Me” and a group picture. 
Laura and Dan’s special day was a joy to be a part of. Full of personal touches and close family and friends, the entire wedding was full of love and magic! It’s clear Laura and Dan have created a bright and charming foundation for themselves in the wake of their enchanted wedding. 
Laura and Dan, we wish all your dreams come true! Thank you for including SoundFire DJ in your special day. 
Here’s to new beginnings, 
SoundFire DJ Creed #teamtj&alyssa 

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