Monday, February 27, 2012

Wedding Recap: Reception

Finally! The last installment of our Wedding Recap (see the other posts here, here, here, and here). A part of me is sad that this will be the last of our wedding posts, but I'm looking forward to sharing some little projects that have been going on around the apartment. 

I warn - lots of photos to follow! So without further ado, let's get this party started! We'll start with some food and decorations.

Salads & meatballs provided by our families. Pasta & bread sticks from Pizza Hut. Inspiration for veggie cups from here.

Our simple DIY centerpieces. I shared more details about how we put them together here.

Our amazing wine glasses found for 50 cents a piece at a thrift store!

During dinner, the photographer snapped pictures of all of our family and friends.

My "loud, redneck cousin" Jaime and his wife Kelly.

Is it time to eat yet??

Towards the end of dinner, it was time for our Best Man and Matron of Honor to give the traditional toasts.

Then it was time for the traditional dances. Our DJ (who was AMAZING by the way!) came up with the idea to have the mother/son dance first. Then have the father/daughter dance. And then have the father give away the bride one last time, and transition into our first dance. As I mentioned before, my dad had to leave right after the ceremony, so my Stepdad came to the rescue and danced with me.

By the way, for anyone wondering, my hubby and mother-in-law danced to Rascal Flats, My Wish. My Stepdad and I danced to I Hope You Dance by Leann Womack. And our first dance song was God Gave Me You by Blake Sheldon.

Once we wrapped up our dance, the DJ invited all of the little ones onto the dance floor. Time for a little Chicken Dance! 

Of course we tried to get some of the adults involved, but it turned out to be mainly our wedding party and our parents.

One of my biggest fears about having our wedding at the Winter Park Farmer's Market was that a train would go by in the middle of our ceremony. Well, only one train went by the entire night. And it was a big hit with the kids (and adults too)!

We went back inside for a little more dancing...

We call it the "white boy dance" gone bad...

Our DJ even got into it!

You could not pull my nephew off the dance floor! To say he was soaking up all the  music and attention is an understatement!

And then there was cake! Our cake was made by friends - it was their wedding gift to us. It was alternating layers of chocolate and white. I didn't have the chance to taste the chocolate, but the white was amazing!

While our coordinator was cutting up cake for everyone, we went ahead and did our garter and bouquet toss.

And then it was time to party the night away!

At some point, my niece had stolen my veil; she wore it most of the night. Then, suddenly, she felt like the hubby was the perfect person to pass it onto.

And then things got a little crazy & silly....

And then it was time to hit the road and head to the hotel that our parents had surprised us with. We didn't go on our honeymoon until the following week.



  1. How did you mix up the teal water for your centerpieces?

    1. We had a couple of boxes of neon food coloring in our pantry and played around with the colors. The color chart (I found an image of it here: had suggestions for turquoise, so we used that as our jumping off point. Before the wedding, we made large batches of the colored water and stored them in old milk jugs. Doing it before hand gave us time to make sure that all the jugs were a consistent color, and it saved time the day of the wedding putting it all together.

      Thanks for the question!

  2. I was at a wedding this past weekend and the bride was stunning as well. Love these pictures!

    What a great collection and easy way to share with people who could not make it. Congratulations on a great day!

  3. I just planned a wedding and was only able to find one size cylinder at the dollar

    store. To buy varied size cylinders from hobby lobby or michael's was not cheap.

    Please offer ideas on where to find varied size cylinders at reasonable prices.



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