After the ceremony, most of the guests headed indoors to the reception hall, while the wedding party was photographed outdoors. ‘Twas hot, hot, hot out there! I think everyone was just thankful for the sunny, breezy day though. I can’t wait to see the professional photographs taken in front of the lake.
Centerpieces; correct me if I am wrong, but they appear to consist of Gerbera Daisies, Hydrangeas, Tea Roses, and Ivy.
Lovely, home baked favors: pink and green interlocking heart-shaped sugar cookies, made by some of the other bridesmaids and the bride.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to assist since I had to work. Gotsta pay dem bills, ya know.
The favors looked so pretty – the girls did an awesome job.
Place cards. Pink for beef, for me! I am the only girl at the head table who requested beef – what does that say about me?!
After the wedding party’s grand entrance, it was time for myself and the best man to give our respective speeches and to propose a toast. I wasn’t nervous about my toast in advance, but once I was standing up in front of 180 people holding a microphone, the nerves set in! I did my best to shake it off and grin, but I was a little shaky! Luckily, friends and family in the audience said it wasn’t noticeable. I loved giving the bride a hard time about her Michigan Wolverine spouse, since she is a Spartan herself.
Crisp, fresh romaine salad, to start, with a splash of champagne in the background.
Dinner was delicious! I had a large portion of tender beef in a rich, flavorful gravy, served with well-seasoned red potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Everything was nice and warm – props to Waldenwoods catering, because it’s always a challenge serving fresh food to a huge crowd.
Cake and cupcake display.
What a chic cake! This was actually quite similar to my wedding cake, except that my middle layer was rotated 45 degrees.
Cutting the cake. The groom was polite and didn’t smash it. Good boy.
Smart flower usage: a landing pad for the bridesmaids’ bouquets, to decorate the head table.
My handsome hubby and I:
My parents were at the wedding too. Fun fact: my mom and the bride’s mom were Girl Scout leaders together for about six years, when we were in elementary school.
Bride and Father-of-the-Bride dance.
Bride and Groom’s first dance. Just like the huz and I, they too danced to I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing for their first dance. Good taste, kids, good taste. Great minds think alike?
Longest Married Couple Dance. Huz and I got knocked off the floor after 4 years. One couple had been married 55 years, I do believe. Wow! That is amazing!
Bouquet toss for the single ladies.
The bride and I!
I had to help keep the dance party going.
Such a beautiful wedding. I feel so honored to have been able to be a part of Amanda and David’s special day.
Many members of the wedding party and family spent the night at the lodge, including the huz and I, located just a short walk from the reception hall. We were treated to a hearty breakfast in the morning, too!
All this wedding talk really has me thinking that I should do a recap of my OWN wedding on the blog. This blog started a couple years after I got married, so I never got a chance to blog it. I just might have to start working on that..