City Chic Nuptials: The Cocktail Hour

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…



The favors and kids’ packs, which included our “kissing wands”…




Our table numbers…


The cake (with my “I Do” letters)…



The chair signs and our “dancing shoes”…





The cardbox…


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:







Mom Dress

Mary Sue Dress

(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!


Missed something?
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.



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12 responses to “City Chic Nuptials: The Cocktail Hour

  1. I love all of your details – you did such a great job with everything! It must have been really fun for your guests to look at the wedding photo/dress display.

    Regarding the issues you had, if you feel like venting about it, go ahead! I think it’s good for brides-t0-be (and even past brides) to hear the ups and downs of a wedding because the reality is – they don’t always go perfectly. When I saw the photos of your tables I actually thought they were really pretty and elegant. But that’s annoying they didn’t follow your isntructions.

  2. Two blogs in one day! 🙂 I love all of your details, and I really wish I would have gotten my act together like you did and gotten wedding pictures for a table at our reception — love the wedding gowns, too!

    As for the centerpieces, if you feel like blogging about it, I think you should do it. Not necessarily to dwell on the part that upset you, but like Ghenet said, to reiterate that usually *something* goes wrong at weddings and that it’s okay!

  3. I love how the photo and dress display turned out!! How amazing for your guests! Oh and love the chair signs! 🙂

  4. Stacy R.

    I have been following your blog for quite some time and LOVE all your recaps! Every detail came out perfectly. My Fiance and I are still trying to pick a location, but once we know where it will be I can’t wait to put some of your DIY stuff into our own wedding and plan all these fun details.

    I would be interested in a post about what were some of the challenges of the day and maybe some things you would have changed – if any from the week to the day of your wedding.

  5. Jennifer

    Don’t be ashamed to toot your own horn. Your wedding looks fabulous and you should be proud of yourself. I am envious!

    I would love to hear about the things that went “wrong” too. Every event has a few of those. It’s reality.

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