Hey Disney Brides & Grooms!
My name is Michelle Harris. I am 23 years old & live in New Orleans, born & raised here. Our food is YUMMY! Our culture is FUN!
I have been a die-hard Disney fan ever since I was born. My first words spoken/sung were the lyrics to the "Mickey Mouse March" song..even before my own name or mama or daddy. I have been going to Disney World since I was 6 months old - every year, sometimes several times a year. I was bottle-fed on rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean & grew up in the parks. Disney World is my 2nd home. I've been to Disneyland twice but it's been years. I plan to go back very soon!
In June 2009 I got engaged in front of Cinderella's Castle during the "Wishes!" fireworks show. On June 3, 2011 I got married at the Swan & Dolphin! I am ecstatic to have found my soulmate, Russell, & as a bonus he is a Disney lover as well. I've always dreamed of a Disney wedding, but never thought I'd have such an incredible Disney proposal too. Our Disney wedding definitely exceeded anything we've ever imagined.
I am a full-time student at the University of New Orleans studying Biology & Event Planning. I love working with animals studying Conversation Biology. I have completed 2 internships at Audubon Nature Institute through Audubon Zoo & Audubon Aquarium - Louisiana Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Stranding Rescue Program. I've had the opportunity to work with white tigers, lions, African elephants, sharks, white alligators, & dolphins. I even had the chance to rescue a stranded dolphin on the beach & rehabilitate it, as well as oiled sea turtles. Helping animals is so rewarding to me & I love learning something new everyday.
I work for Radio Disney in New Orleans. It's such a fun "job" & I am able to plan events from start to finish. Being able to bring just a little bit of the Disney magic to children in New Orleans is awesome. Especially knowing that a lot of these kids may never make it to Disney World.
I am also a Wedding Planner in New Orleans. I absolutely love attention to detail & being able to see the finished product - the bride & groom's 1st kiss, their 1st dance, or little happy emotional moments between family members & friends - makes me so very happy!
I had the time of my life planning my own Disney wedding & did TONS of research to make it exactly the way we wanted it! Our ceremony was on the beach at the Swan Resort. Our reception was at Bluezoo in the Dolphin Resort. After our reception we took the ferry into the back entrance of Epcot where we celebrated around the world & made our way into Future World. And to top off the day long celebration we went to Magic Kingdom till 2am with more family & friends! We chose GoNorth Films as our videographer & Jennifer Werneth Photography. Ron Rosenzweig was our officiant. Karen at JustMarry! was our amazing wedding planner. We chose to have a Swan & Dolphin wedding because it was so affordable & allowed the flexibility we wanted. We had no issues in choosing our outside vendors or meeting any minimum requirements.
Russell & I are moving to Orlando, Florida in about 2 years after we graduate college. Russell plans on moving forward with his career in Biology & Film. I plan on moving forward with my career in Event Planning, Biology, & Radio Disney Orlando! We cannot wait to be living in Florida & plan on having a few Disney babies in the near future!
I am so looking forward to helping any of you as your Swan & Dolphin Disney Weddings Mentor! I love hearing your stories, seeing your pictures & videos, & getting to know each of you!
If you would like to see more information, pictures, or video about our Disney wedding click the link below!