September 26, 2006


Is Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom the happiest place on earth? Matte and I sure think so!

Those of you who read Four Feet More, my friend Jenni’s blog, may know that she and her family are also here at Disney World. I was so happy to learn they’d be here at the same time as we are because I told Jenni long ago that I wanted to witness Vika and Eamon’s first trip to Disneyland. But Disney World is even better! We had plans to meet up with them near Cinderella’s castle around 5 p.m. Since both Matte and Jenni’s husband Jeff are photogs, the plan was to have a little photo shoot at the Rose Garden, with the famous princess’ humble abode as our backdrop. Jeff would take shots of Matte and me, and Matte would take shots of Jenni, Jeff, Vika, and Eamon.

Matte and I went first. Jeff took some test shots to see if what he was getting enough of the castle in and such. Once the framing was right, Matte and I took our places. But Matte wasn’t facing the camera. He was facing me. He took both my hands in his and started saying something. Although I don’t remember the actual words, I recall they were very romantic and sweet and I started to cry as soon as he began speaking. He then got down on one knee, pulled out a box, opened it, and asked me to marry him.


I of course said “YES!”

People all around us and across the water, near the castle witnessed the whole thing and immediately began to applaud when they knew my reply. Jeff captured the entire proposal on Matte’s camera, and Jenni shot video.

(We never did take pictures of Jeff, Jenni, and the kids. Oops. We’ll get you next time! I am so happy you were there to share such a special moment with us.)

After all the hugging and congratulations, Matte said we needed to go to City Hall. There, we were given a set of Mickey and Minnie ears. His, a top hat, and mine, covered in white sequins with a veil attached. Each of us also received a “Congratulations!” button and one with Minnie and Mickey as bride and groom. We put them all on, to wear proudly through the park. Jeff kept shooting, and the cast member behind the counter captured it on Jenni’s video camera.

Matte’s family was unaware that all this was happening as they roamed around the park. Just as we were settling in to dinner at Tony’s Town Square on Main Street, the manager presented Matte’s mom with a box. When she opened it, she found a Lady & The Tramp dog bowl with something written inside. It said, “Matte & Cathy” surrounded by a heart, and “She said Yes.” There were more tears and hugs as I was welcomed into their family.

It was the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!

30 people have roominated about “YES!”

  • Alison says:

    That is so cool. Congratulations, again. (My comment on Flickr was a little, um, enthusiastic, but I was excited!)

    Now, can we see your ring? 😀

  • music_mama says:

    Congratulations, Cathy & Matte! I’m crying tears of joy right now.

  • Suzanne says:

    Excellent sister!!! More pics please!!!!! Congratulations on your engagement! Just don’t make me wear seafoam green in the wedding!!!! hehe

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  • meredith says:

    Wow! How exciting! Congrats!

  • Kristin says:

    Zip a dee doo-dah, zip a dee ay
    My, oh my, what a wonderful day.
    Plenty of sunshine headed my way.
    Zip a dee doo-dah, zip a dee ay

    CONGRATULATIONS, you two love birds!
    I am so happy for you!

  • Junia says:

    Were you wearing the “Happily Ever After” top that Beth gave you?? How PERFECT is that?!!! Congrats you two!!

  • Sandi says:

    Jenni had told me about this before she left for Florida and I was SO excited! Matte is great and, knowing what a special friend you have been to my daughter over the past several years, you are so deserving of a great guy – happy that you found one! Best of everything to both of you!

  • Jenni says:

    I’m so glad we could be there to capture the moment for you two! I love the way they told Matte’s mom at Tony’s! Too cool. You truly do deserve your Happily Ever After, and I think Matte is just the person to share it with.

    I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your vacation at WDW. Give my best to Matte and his family!

  • Melissa says:

    Congrats, I got to your blog via jenni’s. That is so romantic and such a great place to be in when you are getting engaged.

  • I LOVE this post!! Congratulations, Catheroo! What a Romantic proposal!

    And, Lady and the Tramp is My Favorite Movie! And I just adore Disney World!


  • Kari says:

    CONGRATS! Wow, you found a keeper for sure!!
    I am so happy for you Cathy you deserve that Happily Ever After!!

  • Sanny says:

    OMG!!! awesome Cathy! the fact that this boy proposed at Disney World tells me he is THE one for you, without a doubt! total keeper!!! congrats! i’m so happy for you two!! =)

  • aletha says:

    That is so awesome – it’s a zippity do dah day at the happiest place on earth! CONGRATULATIONS – you deserve it!

  • susan says:

    So very cool! Congrats to both of you! Are they kitties excited?

  • Anita says:

    Wow! I am so very happy for you! Congratulations and wishes for a wonderful life together.

  • Andy Koch says:

    I am SO HAPPY for you both! You are such a cute couple and, Cathy, I know this is something you’ve always wanted and I think Matte’s definitely the man for you. See…it was worth the wait! Someday your prince will come.

  • Christi Mansel says:

    Wow! How very cool! I agree that Matte choosing WDW as his proposal spot definitely strengthens his “the one” status! I miss you! I hope to see you soon.


  • Lina says:

    Congratulations, Cathy! You deserve this special man in your life. Matte you are a great match for Cathy. You two will have a magical for sure.

  • […] I could tell you those things and even about how we told my family, but I think my fiancée (I LOVE saying that. heh) said it better than I could. So head on over to her blog post and read all about it. And when you’re done doing that, head on over to my Flickr set to see the other photos. […]

  • Michael says:

    That’s just great! CL – I’m so happy for you! You deserve the best and more. I look forward to meeting Matte.

  • Lynette says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Cathy and Matte! Cathy, I couldn’t be any happier for you. What a romantic story.

  • Irene says:

    Congratulations, Cathy and Matte. How romantic and magical can this be? May you two live happily ever after.

  • Carmi says:

    OMG, that is SO COOL! I’m so happy for you both…definitely a story that will continue to inspire your entire family for years to come.

    I’ll never think of Disney World in quite the same way again. What a thrill for us all!

  • Barbara says:

    SURE HAPPY FOR YOU! Does this mean we get to go (or come) to California! GLAD SCOTT FORWARDED THIS – WE ARE NOT O YOUR LIST! Looks forward to Christmas and seeing you! LOVE, The Jefferson Reiatives!

  • Tracey says:

    ohmygosh. You guys win the “too cute” award!! Can’t wait to hear more…..Congratulations!!

  • RachelV says:

    Since I STILL haven’t talked to you personally, I have to do this through the blog…JEEZ!

    CONGRATULATIONS! Both Shawn and I are so happy for you. It’s like someone was watching over us and found us both the “THE ONE”. he he

  • […] Finally, I’m back in the SPF groove. I think I’ve been on low brain power for the last couple of months and just couldn’t get the creative juices flowing. And then I was in lala land and giddy after our engagement. But this week’s was easy, a perfect segue into my favorite photo assignment. Speaking of segue (segway), did I tell y’all I got to ride one? At Epcot. Matte and I got a 10-minute “lesson” and then had about 30 seconds each on a Segway. It was super fun, but too short a ride. […]

  • […] Matte, my fiance (still trying to remember to call him that) is making us a wedding web site. Who says grooms don’t get involved in wedding planning? This is one of the photos Jeff and Jenni took of us at Disney World and I think it’s my favorite one of us ever. I love it because it perfectly captures how happy we are at that moment. I think the only time I will possibly be happier is on May 25, 2007, the day I marry my Prince Charming. […]

  • […] weekend, Matte and I celebrated a milestone of sorts. Sunday marked one year since we got engaged in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney World. We are sort of “anniversary […]

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