While we were shooting pictures at Lake Park, our guests had moseyed over to the venue for our cocktail hour.
They picked up their escort cards…
…and were able to enjoy a few cocktails and appetizers while taking in the beauty of The Grain Exchange Room (and all of the details I so meticulously planned!).
Our table set-ups…*
The menu cards…
Our table numbers…
The cake (with my “I Do” letters)…
The alternative guest book (that’s not really so alternative anymore!)…
And my most favorite detail ever, our family wedding photo and wedding dress display:
(Ugh, it pains me to have to blur out the last names on these photos!)
Our guests loved perusing the photos, looking at how many we had collected and reminiscing about the various weddings over the years. It was really, really cool to see it all come together!
We arrived soon after the cocktail hour started and were able to enjoy a drink and some chatting with our guests.
I am so happy to have all of these wonderful photos of the details, because it really was amazing how everything came together. I am not one for tooting my own horn, but I was so proud of the wedding I had planned for us and all of the amazing little touches that our guests took notice of. It was the best!
Soon though, it was time to get the party really started. Up next, the Grand March! Stay tuned!
*This would be the point where I would tell you the one negative thing that happened on our wedding day: my displeasure at our centerpieces and, separately, the fact that the venue forgot to put out the chargers we rented and paid for. I don’t want to ruin this post by going into a lot of detail, so if you are interested in the story, please let me know and I will write a separate post on those issues. If you’d rather not hear, that is ok too, but I know sometimes it’s nice to hear about things that went WRONG as well as right, so you don’t feel like you’re alone!
If you have specific questions about any of the projects seen in this post, make sure to check out my DIY tab at the top of the page. It lists most of the projects I did for the wedding and includes links to their tutorials!
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.
In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.
Next, we headed to church!
Everything was set and we found out what happened to the missing groomsman.
Then it was finally time to head down the aisle.
The ceremony happened and we got married!
Afterwards, we signed the marriage license and took photos in the sanctuary.
Then, we hopped on our school bus and headed to Lake Park for more photos!
*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.