Hi friends! Long time no see… more on that later. But I’ve had some spare time and wanted to finally, finally get down the last bit of the wedding posts. Hope all is well with everyone! Enjoy! :)
Making our grand entrance!
The song started Usher’s “Without You” and we all individually entered. We actually ended up doing our pairings differently so people could be announced as a couple. We had the best man (Adam’s brother) and fiancé, then my brother and his wife, and finally my sister and the flower girls. I loved it.
My sister and the girls!
After our entrance we made our way to our seats, and I finally had the chance to look around. I looked and looked and almost laughed/cried. It was SO beautiful! It lookedSOOOO classy. I was in shock. Not that my expectations were low, but I certainly was okay with having a less than regal celebration. But with all the hundreds of candles and decorations, it just looked perfect. Just goes to show you that tons of candles and a few flowers can really make it look like something special! It was such a beautiful moment to look around with Adam at what we had created. Seeing all of our friends and family smiling and chatting. Pure magic.
Our lovely buffet tables and extra flowers my florist threw in!
The delicious cupcakes.
My stinking sticks that were such a pain turned out beautifully!
Pinecone instructions for the guest book. My Grandpa found this monster pinecone!
My biggest project – finding tons of pinecones and turning them into name cards.
The Dads opened up the reception with a couple quick welcome speeches. We wanted both of our Dads to say a few words, as for us this was the joining of two families. Adam and I were also contributing a good portion of the costs, so we wanted it to feel like a joint endeavor (not hosted by one person per say). They said some wonderful short words of welcome, followed by a sung prayer. About 40 of our guests were friends from a singing group we were in during college. They sang a beautiful blessing and salads were served!
My Dad starting off the welcome.
Sitting with Adam at our modified Sweetheart table – you can see my grandparents to the left of Adam.
Adam’s Dad giving a welcome.
Our friends singing the blessing.
The food and wine was delicious and we soon went up to the buffet to get our food. We went with plated salads and rolls, but a hot buffet for the entrée. I loved it. Adam and I have performed at many banquets, and honestly our favorite was buffets – hot food and you get what you want. It made for an easy choice.
We managed to eat a full dinner and chatted with our family. For our seating we did sort of a modified sweetheart table. Adam and I sat at a sweetheart table, flanked by two large tables. One held all of our siblings, and the other held the parents and grandparents. We wanted them in a place of honor and close to us, but we wanted to be alone as well. It was just awesome.
After we ate our food, Adam and I got up to start greeting tables. I was super proud that we made our way all the way around to the “adult” tables, aka family friends or family members. On the other side of the room was our “under 30″ section and we didn’t get a chance to formally greet the tables – but we saw a whole lot more of them on the dance floor. Plus we greeted them at the church.
Once we greeted tables and the buffet line was winding down, we wanted to get going right away on the rest of the “official” reception duties. We ended up switching our order because of some reason that I honestly can’t remember (maybe something about clearing the buffet?). But we knew we wanted to power ahead, so we just went with the change. Up first was cutting the cake. Our song came on “Hit me with You Best Shot” and we started the cut. I couldn’t believe how much Adam took charge. He meant business! He put his hand on top of mine and cut that stinking cake! And here I was thinking I’d be the lead ;) We cut our two small bites and Adam sweetly fed it to me. I was surprised. Not that I thought he would smash me, I thought he might give me a little bit of a hard time. I took my bite and as carefully as I could smeared it on his lower cheek and lips. Success! I didn’t make a hug mess, but I managed to give him a little bit of trouble. In turn, Adam grabbed me and sloppily kissed me, smearing frosting on my lips. There’s the Adam I know and love. It was super cute and playful, with no mess to clean up. Perfect.
Cutting our cake!
In the aftermath :)
Up next, the speeches from our siblings. My sister gave the most incredible speech. To say she blew me away was an understatement. It was touching, fun, loving, and FUNNY. Not that I wouldn’t say my sister isn’t funny, but the speech was laugh out loud funny. It was so great. Adam’s brother did an amazing job as well – funny and heartfelt. The two speeches complimented each other perfectly. I was so so touched by them both. Perfection.
My beautiful sister giving her hilarious speech.
We really enjoyed it.
Kyle’s speech was pretty amazing as well.
Adam lost it a couple times.
Grandma enjoying the speeches.
Next up – the scary part. Our first dance. We danced to our song “Where You Are.” It was an easy choice as that song has just always been the song of our relationship. The big catch though – we had secretly choreographed part of our dance. 2 minutes of the song we did the typical slow dance mush gush middle school style, and then BAM at 2:14 we broke out into a Viennese waltz! The reaction of our friends and family was priceless! The surprise effect was awesome. But in the moments leading up to the bridge and our cue, I kept hugging Adam tighter and tighter. I was SO nervous. We had practiced as best we could, but we had never done the full thing in my dress! We made it through successfully and had such a blast. The cheering from everyone at the end was amazing. Totally worth all those extra rehearsals ;)
I love these photos.
Checking out Adam’s new ring.
The nervousness starting – it was almost waltz time!
Onto our ‘fabulous’ waltz – we had a lot of fun.
Adam and his Mom did a sweettwo minute version of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.” It was touching and sweet. Though I was a bit nervous through it, because my Dad and I had something a bit unconventional up our sleeves. We chose the song “Danger Zone.” Yeah… the song from Top Gun. Backstory: My dad flew fighter jets and that was the song of our childhood. I have such happy memories running around pretending to be an airplane BLASTING that song. When I sent my Dad a list of 5 or 6 songs as contenders I was hoping he’d pick it. And sure enough he did. :) We “choreographed” running at each other from opposite ends of the long dance floor as planes (clearly I have no shame) and then danced atwo step of sorts. It was so ridiculous and I loved it. Our flower girls joined us, wanting to get in on the fun and we all just danced around in a circle. The band leader told me it was his strangest father daughter request in all his years in the biz. Haha. I take it as a compliment ;)
Adam and his lovely Mom.
Something funny happened!
My Dad and I being goof balls.
I bite my lip when I dance. It’s a problem.
The girls joined us on the dance floor!
With the dances, speeches, and cake over – it was time to just relax! The band started playing their open set and the magic began. We danced our socks off AND so did everyone else!! We couldn’t believe how many people were on the dance floor the whole night. It was incredible. Our decision to base our wedding date around a band was confirmed as we saw our guests have an incredible night. We were complimented ENDLESSLY about the band. Adam said at one point he went to the bathroom and sort of forgot it was a band, they sounded so much like the original songs. Best. decision. ever.
As the night wore on we were amazed by how many people were still at the reception. With the snow, we really thought people might bail a bit early.
Before everything was over the band leader made an announcement and called Adam up to the stage. A few months before I asked the band if Adam could sing with them. I told them Adam is a phenomenal singer and Jessie’s Girl is his go-to Karaoke song. I knew he wouldn’t disappoint. But I knew if I asked Adam in advance he’d say no and be mad. But…. I also knew he would have a blast if it just “happened.” The band loved my idea, and I kept my secret from everyone. I knew what was happening as they called him up. Adam looked at me with wide eyes and I just smiled coyly. He went up and the band started giving him a hard time, explaining that they heard he was a singer and wanted him to join in, but they weren’t going to tell him the song. The crowd was pulled in, and we all started cheering. I was SO happy as the opening chords to Jessie’s Girls started. Adam owned the stage and if he was feeling any reservations he hid it – he rocked that song like a professional. And let me tell you, we all LOVED it. Adam eventually pulled me up to join him on stage and I danced around with my rockstar. It was perfect.
As the night wore on, the dance floor remained packed and I danced like I never knew a bride could dance in a wedding gown. I LOVE dancing and once I get going, I just can’t stop! (Seriously, it’s a problem…) It was so much fun. The final song came on as planned, a 60’s medley. It ended with “Ain’t No Mountain” and it started sinking in that this was it! The band made a quick announcement that we were going to take a group picture and our sparkler exit was about to begin.
You like these moves?
The whole group together!
There was just one problem. When we planned a sparkler exit it was because we thought there would be about 50 people left behind…. we probably had 125-150 people left behind. It was a bit of madness to get out and we sort of ended up doing a receiving line while we waited to sign the bill (yeah, odd we had to sign the bill at the end of the night). It was awesome to greet people but I know it really slowed things up. This was probably the biggest thing we didn’t anticipate, but eventually we made it out and to our SUV. Allie tucked us in the car, along with our cake and my bag. She closed the door and we opened the window waving at everyone standing outside.
As we pulled away, I sat back in my seat and turned to look at Adam. The happiness of the day sunk in. We were married.