May 23, 2012
Wedding Recap: Reception Traditions
Happy Wedding Wednesday! If you’re new around here, I started a series on the blog recapping the most exciting day of my life: Our Wedding Day.
This makes me happy, and for that I say Happy Wedding Wednesday!
Today is all about
nontraditional wedding reception traditions. I can hardly contain myself with excitement… can you? Let’s get to it!
*All photos used in this and all wedding related posts are from Elegant Imagery.
While we were announced as MR. & MRS. for the second time of the day, I think everyone expected to see something fun as our entrance.
We didn’t have anything planned (…for this point of the night anyways) to surprise our guests, so Scott and I split ways and each made a circle of high fives around the dance floor.
We met in the middle, chest bumped and danced for the first time as husband and wife.
Our First Dance
The feeling I experienced in this moment was nothing short of magical. There I was, dancing with someone I now call my husband.
Weird, but amazing.
We danced to “Hold Us Together” by Matt Maher. We originally planned to play this song sometime during the reception, not for our first dance.
We both love the song, and when we played it three weeks before the wedding (the week Scott left his job) it called us.
I’m pretty sure this photo captures the exact timing of “it don’t have a job.”
We’re goofballs. You know this.
It was the perfect song to relay the “we’re going to be just fine” message to everyone. We really were.
As we were beginning to take our seats at the sweetheart table, I saw Scott walk back towards a keyboard. He brought a friend over play to a song that means A LOT to both of us.
They’re good ones, promise.
Scott Sings to Me
For months, I had been wondering why Scott refused to let “More Than Anyone” be our first dance song. It was clearly our song. As soon as the keyboard started, I soon figured it out.
Scott sang the song to me, just like he did over the phone to me while we dated. I went from laughing to crying to laughing all over again.
I was so happy and felt so blessed.
I hate to say it, but we really did have rock star toasts from both my bridesmaid, Lauren and Scott’s Best Man, Joseph.
Lauren and I have been like Romy and Michelle since middle school. She knows me just as well as Scott does, maybe even a little better. She was perfect for the job and produced a sweet, funny, and what I later learned on the fly toast. I loved it.
Joseph has been Scott’s best friend since college. Even though they are states apart, they still talk like no time has passed from their last visit. He has been through it all with Scott, and I got to hear about some of what that was during his speech.
Like Lauren, he was thoughtful, funny and killed it.
Bravo, you guys.
Directly after the toasts, we asked Scott’s brother-in-law to bless the meal. Kevin was a preacher in Philadelphia who now serves in Dubai with Scott’s sister, Brooke, and his three adorable nieces.
His words were powerful and he did more than just pray over our food. Kevin reached out and asked for protection over us and our marriage. We were in an unsure path into the future, and I felt safe in those few minutes standing next to my new husband.
Thank you, Kevin.
I like to say I got my goofy “go with the flow” side of my personality from my father. He’s always been laid back and easy to talk to. Now that I’m an adult, I appreciate those qualities more than ever.
We danced to “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman.
About two minutes into the song, something weird happened: “Stanky Leg” came on, and somehow we both knew the same choreography.
Soon after, it was Scott’s turn to dance with his mother. She knew there were some big shoes to fill on the dance floor, so struck her best pose.
Scott surprised her with a song that
almost made her cry. “When You Come Home” by Mark Schultz is their song.
Watching them dance together was absolutely precious.
I love our parents.
Throwing the Garter/Bridal Bouquet
When it came to the garter/bouquet toss, we thought about skipping it… for a quick second.
It’s pretty much expected of Scott to do an inappropriate dance to get my garter off, lasting about a minute or two too long.
To the musical sounds of “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, that he did.
Although embarrassing, I have a feeling this spectacle provided some level of entertainment for our guests.
Next came the garter toss. Any single men out there?
Single ladies? I got you – or so you think.
We decided with our florist to make a rigged throw bouquet.
If you’ve never seen this before, its a bouquet made up of several tiny bouquets with sayings (or fortunes) attached. The one with the biggest bouquet gets to participate in the uncomfortable act of putting a garter on a stranger.
Luckily, we were all friends here!
Cutting the Wedding Cake
I adored our wedding cake.
Apparently Scott adored the big cake knife. Put something like that in front of him and things could get scary…
… or even funny.
Our beautiful (borrowed) crystal knife broke! Has this ever happened to anyone else? I mean, really. Anyone?
Onto the fun part:
Can you guess if Scott plays naughty or nice?
I know, this is a tricky one.
Can you guess if I got him back?
That’s love, ladies and gentlemen. True love.
To be continued next Wedding Wednesday…
In the mean time, see what recaps are coming up on the Wedding Page!