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Wedding Week: The Party

April 6, 2012
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by thenestinggame

“A wedding used to be a simple affair. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. He buys a ring. She buys a dress. They say ‘I do.’ No. That’s getting married. A wedding is an entirely different affair.” – Father of the Bride

A movie I have only seen about 750,000 times.

For the last installment of Wedding Week, I thought we’d forget about the details and all the work and just enjoy the party. Being a Virgo and a selective perfectionist I worried that, during the wedding itself, I’d wonder if all the details had gotten done. But when the rehearsal rolled around I told myself to just let it go and enjoy the moment and the people. And you know what, I did! And it was awesome.

We shot most of our photos before the wedding and a few family shots afterwards, while most of our guests adjourned to the courtyard for cocktails. When photos were done, Taylor and I went to the balcony overlooking the courtyard for a little time alone. It was so fun, because we could hear the guests and see them from above, so it felt like we were at the party with them, but we still got to enjoy a little time just us two.

We had a Dixieland Brass Band play for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They were incredible!

The toasts from my Dad, Taylor’s brothers and Leslie were funny and sweet.

And then the party really started! When the food stations opened, Taylor and I started circulating the room and never sat down again the rest of the night! I also wouldn’t have eaten a bite if it weren’t for my friend Elizabeth finding me with forkfuls of food every now and then. And I never laid eyes on the food stations, though I heard everything was delicious. Taylor or I managed to say hi to everyone who came except our friend John—sorry! And then the dancing started…

It was so much fun! Our DJ—named DJ MP3PO—was fantastic and did not stray from our tastes or requests unlike my friend Beth’s wedding DJ. Plus he went to high school with my pal Amy! From MJ to Ke$ha, we rocked the house.

One of my clearest memories of the night is walking up to my friend and coordinator Brandi, taking a deep breath, and asking her how much time was left. I totally expected her to say “5 minutes.” But she said that I had 1 hour left. I thought, “Phew! An hour!” Plenty of time to live it up.

I also loved the power of the white dress. All I had to do was look at a server and she was at my side with a gin & tonic. I gotta say, it was pretty awesome.

My little nephew Michael was the hit of the party, dancing with all my girlfriends. He finally wore out and snuggled down for the count on a bed of peach pashminas.

When we left, I grabbed the lips and the mustache from the photo booth. They were the perfect way to go.

I hope you enjoyed Wedding Week! I had fun going through all the photos and thinking about all these little details again. It’s actually nice for me that I wrote them down to remember as the years go by.

In case you missed the other posts, here’s what the wedding party wore, our invitations, flowers, decorations and placecards and cupcakes, signs, photobooth and going away wands.

And, you can also see what happened while we were on our Honeymoon in Palm Springs.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2012 10:54 am

    Ha – thanks for the shout out. This was one case in which the white dress wielded no power.

    I loved revisiting all your wedding planning and fun as well! Such a creative ceremony and I was so honored to be a part of it.

    Love in David Allen Coe,
    L/B

  2. Leigh Ann Morabito permalink
    April 6, 2012 3:48 pm

    One of my favorite weekends ever! Beautiful in every way. Glad you didn’t make Leigh Anne and me make speeches. Happy anniversary. Love y’all!

  3. April 12, 2012 2:15 am

    It looks fabulous! Great photos.

    I too love that film and have seen it a million times- and Father of the Bride 2 as well! Love it.

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