Texas Couple Surprised with Dream Wedding at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 10, 2018) — Inspired by this month’s royal wedding and very much in the moment of their own prince and princess dreams, a lucky Houston couple spoke their “I Do’s” Thursday in front of a national television audience and their dream backdrop: Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort.

Late last summer, Alexis Preston and Jay Patel’s wedding plans were washed away by Hurricane Harvey which left their Houston home flooded, ruined their car and put their dreams on hold.

In honor of the upcoming royal nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and ABC’s Good Morning America teamed up on a national search for a couple worthy of a wedding with all the royal accoutrements. Alexis and Jay, exuberant Disney fans who got engaged at Cinderella’s Royal Table and dreamed of getting married in the Magic Kingdom, were selected from more than 3,000 couples for a regal wedding fit for royalty.

Regal it was. Resplendent in an elaborately beaded Kleinfeld wedding gown, the bride arrived princess-style in Cinderella’s Glass Coach, pulled by six white ponies. Royal trumpeters, joined by Major Domo (from Cinderella), flower girls and page boys, heralded her arrival. Some women accessorized with fascinators — fancy headwear commonly worn by the English on festive occasions.

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After a dream-come-true wedding night stay in the opulent Cinderella Castle Suite in the Magic Kingdom, the newlyweds will be whisked off to an unforgettable honeymoon in England and France, courtesy of Adventures by Disney.

“It’s been a hard year,” Alexis told GMA. “So it’s such a blessing to get married at my favorite place in the world.”

For information about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, visit www.disneyweddings.com or call 321-939-4623.



Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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