Wedding planning was such an enjoyable thing for me to do. Though it was stressful, I loved putting my thoughts and ideas into creations and tangible things that guests could see, experience, play with, and enjoy. It may be clear by now, but this wedding was not a tale of woes for me. My title for this segment was just a terrible pun - a bad Dad joke, if you may. I'm extremely funny - I swear! (Just don't ask my husband.)
Our photographer grabbed so many great photos of our friends and family during the cocktail hour and ceremony that I had to squeeze a bunch in here. Below are some of my favorite people in the world looking their absolute best at one of the most special days of my life. It seriously makes me teary eyed thinking about all the guests who joined us in celebration of our love! How awesome is that?!
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The cocktail hour kind of rolled right into the reception. We finished up with appetizers, the acoustic music drifted into the DJ's music, and guests moved under the tent. The introductions were a little less seamless. I kind of totally forgot about them so my bridal party was just like "Uhhhh, OK. Let's wing it." We all entered into the tent like little idiots. It was wonderful!
Before I knew it, it was time for the best-man and maid-of-honor speeches - both of which made me cry like a depressed baby. The issue is that I don't actually cry. I sob. I'd say 75% of the photos of me during the speeches look like someone was stabbing me....but y'know what? It's a fabulous memory to have! We toasted our best friends using the same champagne glasses my parents used at their wedding, too! I loved tying in details from two of the many people that showed Brandon and I what marriage was all about.
After dinner (which was incredible by the way), the cake cutting and formal dances took place! First of all, I have not been to enough weddings to know there should only be one cake fork - I thought we fed each other at the same time. So, that was news to me. We fumbled through and made it look right for the pictures. The beautiful cake was made by one of my awesome and talented friends, Emily Oliveira. She made a special funfetti cake with hand-painted fondant to match our wedding reception. It literally tasted better than it looked. I know that seems impossible, but it's true!
During our first dance, Brandon and I had a spin planned for a certain line in the song "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke, and Brandon just kept whispering to me about when he was supposed to spin me. I don't think he was even listening to the song for most of the dance. Nerves got the best of both of us.
Oh! He ended up spinning me at the wrong time.
The father daughter dance was to Paul Simon's "Father and Daughter", but my Dad and I definitely should've practiced dancing to such a speedy song. We stayed in one pose and the DJ was nice enough to fade the music out to stop the embarrassment and the tears. Mostly the tears, I'm sure. It was still adorable and I'm happy we did all the mushy-gushy formals.
Our DJs at Alliance Entertainment really knew how to get our guests up and dancing, and guests enjoyed dancing the night away from there on out. The music covered everything we knew and loved and it seemed there was something for everyone.
The next batch of wedding photos will be the last! I almost feel like I did that night - I don't want this to come to an end! I've loved being able to share this wedding with you from the brides point of view. The mishaps, the tears, the joy, the laughs. I swear, we finished the night off with a boom! Until next time.
Photography: Erin McGinn | Design: Courtney Webster + Karl Pelletier | Venue: Chamberlain Farm |Florist: Karl Pelletier | Hair and Makeup: Studio 2000 - Tiverton, RI | Dress Designer: Customized Kenneth Winston | Dress Boutique: Carmen Fashions | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Accessories (Bride): Inherited Necklace, Wedding Ring (vintage) - Mullen Brothers Jewelry, Engagement Ring - Etsy | Accessories (Groom): Wedding Ring - handmade by Jim Gagnon | Invitations/Paper Design: Appetite Paper Custom Wedding Suite - Save the Dates, Invites, RSVPs, Envelopes, Bridal Shower Invites. Letters from Rita -Calligraphy for Wedding signage | Lighting: Chamberlain Farm | Transportation: Hotel shuttle provided by Hampton Inn Raynham/Taunton | Cake: Emily Oliveira of Garden Snake Cakes | Caterer: Jacqui Chamberlain of Chamberlain Farm Music: Jake Bissaro + Emily Oliveira (ceremony), Jake Bissaro, Evan Hill (cocktail hour), Alliance Entertainment