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15th Wedding Anniversary
This article appeared in the September 26, 2000 Issue #51 of ALL EARS® (ISSN: 1533-0753)
Editor's Note: This story/information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all current rates, information and other details before planning your trip.
Walt Disney World is one of the best places to celebrate special occasions. Let the pixies create an event for your proposal, birthday, anniversary or no occasion at all during, your trip to Central Florida.
Gifts of a Lifetime strikes for our 15th Wedding anniversary!!
Months prior to our vacation, I had compiled a package of "memories" from our personal possessions. You see the wife & I are childhood sweethearts & have been together since she was 14 & I was 17, so there was a lot to choose from. I included pictures from our 1st date through our proms, wedding, receipts from our honeymoon & anniversaries, children being born, pets, anything that was appropriate to tell the brief story of 15 years of marriage.
the package to Jane, who in turn assembled it in an absolutely beautiful
album. The gift I had chosen was a custom created Irish Claddagh necklace,
consisting of a 20" 14kt Omega chain & the Claddagh pendant contained
nearly 12grms of Gold, close to a 1CT heart cut Emerald surrounded by
26 diamonds. This was also shipped to Jane, which would be
the main part of the "event".
Now no anniversary is complete without dinner, so after reading about the Grand Floridian arranging private dining I contacted them to arrange the ultimate dinner for us. However after getting caught by the wife on the phone on more than one occasion with the Cast Members, Jane was kind enough to step in & mediate from Florida for me so as to avoid any further chances of spoiling the event.
The morning of the 14th we exchanged anniversary cards to each other. When mine contained a poem indicating that I had "plans" (dinner) for us, she started to suspect that something was up. I simply played this off (and lied!!!!!).
At 5pm we dropped the kids off at the Neverland Club (at the Polynesian), upon exiting the club, the wife was "met" by Jane who wished her a happy anniv...and "handed" her the memory album wrapped beautifully! When the wife went to take the album...Jane took it back & told her she had to "earn" the gift...TEE HEE!! (LET THE GAMES BEGIN!)
My wife was then handed a card with instructions which she had to follow to the letter. Upon completion of each instruction there would be another.
Jane & the Pixies had us chasing ourselves from the Polynesian to the Magic Kingdom, (where my wife was instructed to give me a really BIG kiss), then to the Lobby of the Grand Floridian. (I had no idea at this point what was happening. Jane would not tell me so our instructions were as much a surprise to me as the wife).
The final instruction led her out onto the beach at the Grand Floridian where the most awesome, authentic, huge pirate treasure box was buried...inside was hidden the box containing her Claddagh necklace.
After receiving the necklace, my wife & I, accompanied by Jane & the Pixie crew went back into the lobby of the Grand Floridian where she had "earned" her present (the memory album) & was allowed to open it & sift back through the years. Needless to say that we both shed a few tears at this time.
When this had completed (now approx. 7:15pm) Jane led us to a small alcove along the marina at the Grand Floridian with a direct view of Cinderella's Castle...set up there was a single table with roses, wine, music, candles, a butler & the Manager of the Grand Floridian Food Services welcoming us to our Private Dining experience.
We dined on seafood appetizer, warm spinach salad with a bacon vinaigrette dressing, rack of lamb & then for dessert, raspberry coulis. Kenny G softly played in the background while we were served this most awesome meal...just the two of us. Other than there not being any fireworks, (but that was because there were none at the Magic Kingdom on our anniversary), the entire evening was absolutely magical. I did not want it to end.
It was such enjoyment in planning this event, and much like Cinderella, all came to a close at midnight too quickly. A little plug here for Jane & the crew...I would not have been able to do any of this without her & her assistants. I cannot begin to thank her enough. Her attention to detail is phenomenal, and seems as though she has solutions for everything. Even when things were not going as planned over the 5 months of planning (and there were plenty of them), Jane was reassuring and made me feel at ease. At no time did I have any reservations or hesitations on the completion of this event. Her organization is truly a remarkable operation.
Should anyone have thoughts of a special gift for that certain someone...please give Jane a call, I promise you will not be disappointed!
Written by Dan and shared with the world!
For more information or to begin planning your own special event, visit the Gifts of a Lifetime website or call (407)445-2457.