Not all fairy tales are found in films and books. Lauren Vandiver Green, a twenty-something “Disney devotee” from Sunnyvale, Texas, and author of the fashion blog, Vandi Fair, proves that dreams really do come true. When we heard about the newlywed’s Cinderella-themed dream wedding, we reached out immediately to learn more.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is defined by things that are bright, cheerful, and have that little spark that catches the eye—and you’ll find that in everything from my clothing and accessory choices to my home décor. I am drawn to things that are colorful, chic, and feminine, yet still practical and approachable. You’ll often find little touches of Disney in my outfits and my home.
How would you describe your blog, Vandi Fair?
Vandi Fair is a dream years in the making—it began as a combination of my childhood-long love for “playing dress up” and my lifelong passion for writing. My blog has since become a place to chronicle my personal style through fashion, interiors, beauty, and travel. While fashion is at the heart of Vandi Fair, my primary focus is to share positive imagery and messaging that uplifts, brings joy, and ultimately inspires to be bold, fearless, and fun in fashion and in everyday life, which, for me, is where Disney comes in. Whether it’s sharing photos and videos from my trips to Disney Parks (while I’m not a Florida or California resident, I’ve been five times in the last two years and am planning two more trips this year!), or incorporating Disney into my outfit posts, being a Disney fan is a part of who I am and what makes me happy, so it is only natural that it has become a part of my blog.
You just got married! Tell us about your Disney wedding.
Yes! (insert a jillion heart and smiley emoticons). We are still on cloud nine from what was, to put in Rapunzel’s words, the BEST DAY EVER! We got married on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2015 in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The ceremony was performed at a gorgeous cathedral, complete with towering steeples and gorgeous windows reminiscent of Cinderella’s Castle, and the reception was held on the 39th floor of a high-rise hotel, surrounded by windows so you could see the twinkle of the city lights (and the best view of NYE fireworks, which reminded me of the magic of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Walt Disney World). If you couldn’t tell, the theme for our wedding was inspired by one of my all-time favorite Disney movies, Cinderella.
Why did you choose to incorporate Cinderella into your wedding?
Cinderella is not just a classic Disney animated feature, it’s iconic and it seamlessly merged into our wedding plans in many ways. The first element we were inspired by was the beautiful clock tower and focusing on the clock striking twelve, since it was a New Year’s Eve wedding. We even used the wording “before the clock strikes twelve” on our save the date cards (in which I also wore a Cinderella-inspired gown), and clocks became part of the centerpieces at every table. Next, we were inspired by the colors and art of Cinderella, especially the concept art for the movie done by Mary Blair. We chose gold accents with Cinderella blue and pale pink for our colors, and even incorporated framed prints from the movie in the centerpieces at every table. I was also inspired by the fashion of Cinderella. I had a custom gown inspired by Cinderella’s wedding dress from the movie and wore Cinderella blue Sophia Webster pumps, complete with crystal details on the heel.
Cole also had a few Cinderella-inspired surprises up his sleeve for me on our wedding day. I was in the middle of the dance floor, and Cole surprised me by bringing out a pair of glass slipper-inspired Christian Louboutin pumps (my first pair ever!) and placed them on my feet. Hello, real-life Prince Charming! As if that weren’t enough, we left the church for the reception venue in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage resembling Cinderella’s iconic pumpkin carriage, which awaited us at the bottom of the stairs.
Cinderella wasn’t the only Disney movie that we drew inspiration from to complete our fairytale wedding. Our wedding actually began and ended with a Disney love song. “Someday My Prince Will Come” was played on the piano as the prelude in our ceremony, while our bridal party walked down the aisle to “Paperman.” I remember getting teary eyed as I heard the soft flutter of the keys during “Paperman” just before I walked through the doors of the cathedral. At our reception, we celebrated with an incredible 8-piece band, who incorporated a few Disney songs into their set throughout the night, ending with a last dance song in which they performed “Beauty and the Beast.”
In an effort to leave our guests with Disney’s magic message, the favors we gave out at the end of the night were glasses that featured a small clock with the words “If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.”
Let’s take a step back, tell us a little bit about your engagement.
The Disney theme started with our engagement, which my husband, Cole, planned himself (with the help of my little sister). I was told we were going to one of my best friend’s work banquets at the Gaylord Texan, where she would be receiving an award (I even signed a card for her and got her flowers!) The Gaylord happened to be the place that Cole took me on our first date, but I thought nothing of it. Walking into the hotel as I turned a corner, however, I was shocked to find a giant banner that read “Lauren, Will You Be my Happily Ever After?” along with a Beauty and the Beast-themed set up and a violinist playing “Beauty and the Beast.” It was an absolute fairy tale of a proposal and the perfect start to our happily ever after.
Soon after we got engaged, I started thinking of the girls who would stand beside me as I said “I do.” I decided a fun way to ask each girlfriend to be a bridesmaid would be to assign a Disney Princess to each of them, complete with a note of why that princess was chosen for them. I revealed this all at a bridesmaids brunch I hosted at my home and it was so much fun! Each of the girls read their card about their princess aloud, so it was a great icebreaker for all of my best friends to get to know each other better.
How do you think the magic of Disney affects your overall style?
I believe that what we wear should represent our personality and also make us happy, and Disney does both of those for me, so I love incorporating it into my outfits in a subtle and stylish way. Whether that’s a Minnie Mouse-inspired polka dot blouse and bow-topped skirt or a Mickey tee dressed up with boyfriend jeans and pumps, there are so many ways to allow Disney to inspire personal style.
To find out more about Lauren’s style and magical wedding, visit her blog at Vandifair.com!
Photos courtesy of Matt and Julie Weddings.