Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Rest of The Night

Summing up the rest of our wedding night is overdue but figured I should get this out of the way before I bother posting about anything else!

After the speeches were given by our wedding party and parents it was our turn to say thank you to everyone. Unlike my father, I did NOT come prepared, assuming that I would remember everyone that needed to be thanked. I did not take into consideration what my emotional state would be in. I honestly never expected I would be a crier and yet the water works didn't really stop once I walked down the aisle.

So at this point I attempt to tell everyone how we would never have been able to put on our wedding, being so DIY intensive, with out the help of some many friends and family. At the point that I mention the help of my aunts in the kitchen to prepare the appetizers earlier during the day I lose it and end up rapping it up that I'm just so grateful. I really hope that I didn't miss anyone and that they all realize how important they are to us.

{Here I am attempting to hold it together}

My Mr stepped in and said thank you to a few that I missed, my work being one of them as my employers stepped up a lot by providing the media truck among other things.

After our thank yous it was caking cutting time and guess what I forgot to put on my list to bring?! A cake knife! Didn't even occur to me until we were standing in front of the cake! So we improvised and grabbed a dinner knife. Luckily the cake was only serving the head table as we provided mini cakes for each table.
{Three types of cake were brought to each table: vanilla, chocolate and carrot}
{See you can't even tell that it was a dinner knife!}

After cake was cut I joined my father on the dance floor for our Father Daughter dance. I had decided on Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapmen, which I explained in this previous post, which I thought was very appropriate based on my childhood fascination of pretending to be Disney princesses but try as I might to get my father to pay attention to the lyrics he was just so preoccupied with everything else. Oh well I thought it was touching...
Next up was my Mr and his mother. As his musical tastes don't really provide a huge selection for mother/son dances we gave his mother the responsibility of picking a song. She chose "I hope you dance" by Lee Ann Womack.

I personally think the song choice is funny, only because my Mr is not a country music fan and when I chose Sugarland for our first dance he commented "At least it will be the ONLY country song I'll ever have to dance to" Bah-ha-ha If you could have seen his face when I explained Lee Ann Womack is also a country singer...priceless...

The rest of the night went much like ever wedding reception. We were extremely lucky to have clear skies for the entire wedding and the mosquitoes didn't bother us much until the end of the night but we had bug spray and Off! lanterns helping with the fight.

Although our first three dances (we opted NOT to have a dance with the wedding party...I pick the traditions I think are important and completely ignore the rest) were held in the hall we took the dancing outside for the rest of the night.

{Here I am getting a dance in with one of my grandmothers}

Shortly after this dance I took off with my Mr to our camper to change into my 'going away dress' that my mother-in-law made for me (which I now wear to the office every once in a while) and came back to dance and visit.

{Unfortunately I didn't get any professional pictures taken while in this dress but I think this picture sums up what I did the rest of the night}

Dancing went on through the rest of the night.

Before we could call it a night my Mr and his groomsmen had to have their photo shoot around the campfire with their Manowar shirts and swords...boys will be boys...

We ended up packing it in around 2pm and left the majority of the stuff for clean up the next morning. All in all I think it all turned out great and our guests enjoyed their selves...I hope!

Were there things I would do differently? Absolutely and I will tell you about those soon but I still had a wonderful time and my Mr says it was the best day of his life so I guess that is what really matters.

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