January 14, 2016 04:00 PM

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For her wedding, Annie Coggeshall dreamed of feeling like royalty—and new husband Colton Dixon delivered.

Beginning with Dixon’s proposal at Disney World—where the American Idol alum popped the question by hiding the ring in Cinderella’s shoe—through to the newlywed’s getaway at the end of the night, the event was simply storybook.

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“I think it’s every girl’s dream to feel like a princess and marry her prince,” Coggeshall tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Colton has been such a gentleman and he’s pursued me in that way. I just wanted our wedding to have that feel: whimsical and beautiful and a real-life fairy tale.”

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One ingredient? A reappearance of Cinderella’s glass slipper. Too heavy to top the couple’s wedding cake (made by Nashville’s Dulce Desserts), the shoe adorned a table filled with cupcakes and cake pops. The cake itself (Funfetti flavor—Dixon’s favorite—and gilded with gold icing to match the decor) was only a single layer for cutting so guests could indulge in the other sweets as well.

“I like people to have options,” Coggeshall says of the array of cupcakes in flavors like dulce de leche, red velvet and vanilla. “I really wanted the guests to enjoy themselves, so I wanted to do anything I could to make it extra special for them.”

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The couple also added a bit of whimsy to the cake-cutting by donning bride and groom mouse ears. “We just wanted to pay tribute to the proposal moment,” Coggeshall says.

True to their fairy tale inspiration, the couple slipped out from the reception just before the clock struck midnight in a Cinderella-style horse-drawn carriage.

Says Coggeshall, “I feel like we got to live out our own fairy tale!”

—Eileen Finan

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