Talk about a happy ever after! Christine Utley and Drew Sanza are Disney fans who have been together since 2013. The California couple met on OkCupid “before Tinder was cool,” as Utley puts it. The couple knew they wanted Disney to be their wedding theme.
“We both love Disney,” Utley told Insider. “We have annual passes, and we go all the time. Whether it’s just to circle the park on a walk, have a corn dog, or indulge in all the sweets we walk by, it’s always a fun time. We wanted our guests to have the best night of their lives, leave the everyday stresses behind, and be a kid again,” she said of their decision to make their wedding Disney-themed.
Utley and Sanza got married in the Rose Court Garden at the Disneyland Hotel. “Our ceremony was at the beautiful Disneyland Rose Court Garden and the reception was at the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Pavilion,” Utley told Insider.
“Keeping with the tradition of hidden Mickeys throughout Disneyland, our flower spread on the rose court garden gazebo included a beautiful floral Mickey head arrangement of white hydrangeas,” Utley said.
Even all of Utley’s wedding jewelry was Disney themed as well!
“I wore Mickey-shaped diamond earrings, a Mickey and Minnie diamond bracelet that Drew gifted me before the wedding, and a carriage necklace that my mom gifted me right before I walked down the aisle,” she said.
“When I was approaching the ceremony, I saw a horse and carriage on the pathway,” she said. Utley’s grandma arranged the surprise. “The carriage was lit up and was just beautiful,” she said. The most elaborate touch to the wedding was the footman who carried the couple’s rings in a glass slipper.
“He held a satin pillow with a glass slipper on it, which held both of our rings,” Utley said. The “Cinderella”-themed addition turned out to be one of the best parts of the wedding.