City Chic Nuptials: Dinner

And then, it was time to eat.  My dad got up to welcome everyone to the reception:


And gave a really loud “woohoo!” at the fact that we were finally married.  (This is so typical of my dad…and of me!)

Then, Brother Michael (Dr. Groomy’s mentor & former high school teacher), gave the blessing.



It was  a very sweet and heartfelt prayer, and it brought to everyone’s attention that we had chosen to be married on a very special day:  the feast day of the patron saint of pharmacy (Dr. Groomy is a pharmacist!).  We did not know this when choosing our wedding date but we thought it was so fitting. 

After that, the salads were served!


Bibb Salad – Boston Bibb lettuce, roasted roma tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and shaved parmesan cheese, served with Italian herbs vinaigrette

Once the salads were served, the speeches started.  First up, my brother-in-law Jeff.


He’s quite the comedian and said some very lovely things about our families…specifically, how we are weird in the fact that our two families (mine and Dr. Groomy’s) truly are one big family.  The proof?  Jeff has gone to visit/stay at my parents’ house without Dr. Groomy and I there…and my sister has come to holidays at Dr. Groomy’s parents’ when our parents were out of town. It’s really amazing how much our families have blended and how well we get along.  We are all SO fortunate, because I know that many people really struggle with their in-laws. 




A few handshakes and hugs…



And then it was my sister Ali’s turn. 


She told some funny stories from our childhood (like how she stole my brand new Skipper Barbie and cut off all its hair one year!) and then related it back to how being married means sharing, etc.




Some more hugs and a little wiping of the tears…



And it was time for us to thank our guests for coming!


Of course, we had to give them what they wanted when we heard the clanking of the glasses…


And we also took a moment to recognize another couple who were attending our wedding.  It just so happens that we now share the same anniversary…and they had been married for something like 40+ years when they attended our wedding!  We honored them with a little toast and a bottle of wine…



Only it turns out that the husband was in the bathroom at this time.  Too funny!


After that, it was time for us to mingle a bit while the entrees were served.


Tuscan Chicken – one-half chicken,
crisply roasted in the traditional Tuscan style with rosemary & garlic,
served with French green beans & roasted potatoes

{I don’t have a picture of our shrimp dish, sadly, but it was
Shrimp Cavattapi – gulf shrimp tossed in light pesto cream sauce,
with zucchini squash & cherry tomatoes}

I got some fun time in with some of my favorite littles…



And was even able to have some good chats with our wedding party.


I think I have previously mentioned that we elected not to do a head table.  Instead, we sat with our parents and our maid of honor and best man.  Here’s a shot of the four of us that I just love.  I think we are going to frame one of these for each set of parents for Christmas!


Let me tell you what though:  going around the room from table to table was really exhausting.  I still feel as though I didn’t get to talk to everyone and I also feel like I really missed out on enjoying my dinner.  We did sit down to eat eventually, but man—it was really tough.  I think, if I had to do it over again, I don’t know that I would go table to table.  I felt like we owed it to our guests and I am glad we did, but given a do-over I think I would let people just approach us.  Food for thought for you future brides out there!

After dinner, the cake was served…


Spice cake with vanilla bean pastry cream
& cream cheese-white chocolate buttercream

And then it was really party time!


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!

Meanwhile, our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour and all of our reception details.
We had the Grand March and cut the wedding cake.

*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.



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8 responses to “City Chic Nuptials: Dinner

  1. Again, with that cake!!! It looks delish. We opted to visit guests at their tables during dinner, too — I will admit that it was slightly hectic (are we taking up too much time?!?) but I’m glad we did it, too. I wasn’t hungry, so that worked in our favor…but still, it seems like there has to be a better way!

  2. Regarding the table visits, we have actually opted to do the receiving line thing. My fiance was excited, because now he will definitely see every person (he feels like he never gets to see the bride and groom at weddings), and it will get it OVER WITH. We’re inviting 300 people, so the faster this thing goes, the better!

  3. If you have a lot of guests, I can see table visiting being exhausting. It wasn’t too bad for us since we had only 110 guests, but we also we got to chat with a lot of people at the cocktail hour.

    Great pics!

  4. Jill

    Your recaps are going really well Amy! It is fun to read them and see what you guys were up to during the day. Your photographer did an outstanding job capturing everything. As far as walking around to the tables, that is why we attended our cocktail hour, by the time the reception started, we had greeted just about everyone. I knew I wanted to eat! Everyone is different though and sometimes I wish we had walked around at least a little.

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  8. Dancy

    EPIC picture of your Dad. That’s awesome!! 🙂

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