Category Archives: Reception

Wedding Recaps: Party Time!

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At this point in my wedding recaps, I really have to give major props to our DJ, because the party was awesome. I don’t really know what else to say about our dance other than it was a pretty typical wedding in most respects, but we had a great time and I think most of our guests did too! The best part about this part of the day was that everyone let loose and was completely candid…which makes for some really great (and sometimes embarrassing!) photos.

As you can see, I was out on the dance floor a lot more than my husband. When we were going through the photos he looked at me and asked “Where am I??” I laughed at him and reminded him that he was off in the corner talking farming with all of his friends. Talking about farming doesn’t make for fun photos, dancing does!

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Wedding Recaps: Unforgettable

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One sort of ingenius idea that we had (not that I’m bragging or anything…) was to have one big combined dance for our parents dances. Instead of just me and my dad, then Shaun and his mom, we decided to have three couples out on the dance floor at once – me and Shaun, mom and dad, and my new in-laws. After about a minute, our DJ called for us to switch partners, so I got to dance with dad, Shaun got to dance with his mom, etc. We switched up a couple of different times, and it made for some really fun photos. The song that we all danced to was “Unforgettable” by Nat Cole (re-recorded after his death by his daughter Natalie Cole, so the version we used included both of their voices).

Unforgettable, that’s what you are
Unforgettable, though near or far
Like a song of love that clings to me
How the thought of you does things to me
Never before has someone been more


Unforgettable, in every way
And forevermore, that’s how you’ll stay
That’s why darling, it’s incredible
That someone so unforgettable
Thinks that I am unforgettable too

Wedding Recaps: Our First Dance

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret about the first dance – it’s pretty awkward. It’s a little strange to have an entire room full of people staring at you while you awkwardly sway back and forth to a chosen slow song…we didn’t take dance lessons or choreograph anything, so that’s exactly what our first dance was. Still, I’m glad we did it and that we have a song that’s got special meaning for our relationship now.

Our first dance was to “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John.

There was a time I was everything and nothing all in one
When you found me, I was feeling like a cloud across the sun
I need to tell you how you light up every second of the day
And in the moonlight, you shine like a beacon on the bay

And I can’t explain, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It’s that feeling I get about you deep inside
And I can’t describe, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

With a smile
You pull the deepest secrets from my heart
In all honesty
I’m speechless and I don’t know where to start

And I can’t explain, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It’s that feeling I get about you deep inside
And I can’t describe, but it’s something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

Wedding Recaps: Cutting the Cake

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One of the last things that we did before our photographer left for the night was cut the wedding cake. Let me start off by saying that I loved our cake! It was so beautiful, and I was completely thrilled with how it turned out. I was a little awestruck when I saw it for the first time! And it tasted amazing too. Each layer had two flavors in it: chocolate chocolate chip and raspberry swirl. They were special and unique flavors without being too crazy. There were kids at our wedding, after all, and we wanted them to enjoy the cake too!

Another thing about wedding cake…I hate the tradition of smooshing cake in each other’s faces. I hate it in a “I paid a lot of money to look like this today, so please don’t ruin it with frosting, thank you very much,” sort of way. I get that it’s fun to some people…but not me. Luckily, Shaun and I were 100% on the same page with this. We don’t have those funny pictures of an impromptu cake fight, but that’s perfectly alright with me.

How do you feel about wedding cake – do you ever eat it? And how do you feel about the face-smashing tradition? Love it or leave it?

Wedding Recaps: Sunset Photos

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I know that I’ve said in just about every post that this set of photos was my “favorite” from the day…but these sunset photos that our photographer took in a field across from the banquet hall after dinner are divine. To me, they’re high-fashion meets country living, if that’s even possible. They remind me of photos that you see in bridal magazines…except the subjects of the photos are me and my husband! I still can’t quite believe that when I look at them. I have a hard time picking favorites out of these, because they’re all just so perfect.

One of my absolute favorite photos. Gorgeous.

I love that these photos, even more than a lot of the others I’ve shown you already, really capture who we are and where we’re from. But at the same time, they’re beautiful, artistic, and worthy of being blown up for a large canvas on our living room wall. Which is exactly what’s going to happen with that first picture 🙂

Wedding Recaps: The Toasts

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Although our entire wedding day was full of all sorts of emotions, one of the parts that still stands out in my mind were the toasts made by the best man and maid of honor. They were short and sweet, but very meaningful. And our photographer happened to get a few great shots of the toasts as well, so that doesn’t hurt either.

Mike’s speech wasn’t long, but the best part was this: “I’ve known Shaun throughout many different phases in his life. And I’ve honestly never seen him happier than he is when he’s with Kim.” Awwwwww.

My sister, Amie, was more nervous about making her speech, but she did an amazing job. She talked about how we fought a lot growing up (and we did…we shared a room until I went to college, after all…), but that now we’re closer than ever. That now we’re more than sisters, we’re friends. Cue another awwwww.

What’s the best toast you’ve ever heard? Was it long or short? Lots of stories, or just a few heartfelt sentiments?

Wedding Recaps: Kiss! Kiss!

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It’s been a little while since I posted my last wedding recap. But now that I have my computer back and I have access to our wedding photos again, they can resume!

You know when you go to a wedding and everyone clinks their glasses a million times to get the bride and groom to kiss? Well, we don’t completely hate the tradition, but we wanted to have some fun with it as well. So every time that the crowd started clinking their glasses, we chose a couple at “random” to kiss as well. Our photographer managed to catch pictures of all of the lucky (or unlucky!) couples we chose, and it’s definitely one of my favorite pages in our wedding album. Here are a few of our favorite photos:

The first “victims.” Except not really…they volunteered!

Shaun’s friends Tyler and Melissa – we’re going to their wedding next weekend 🙂

And my friends Sam and Eric, who got married last weekend! They played the same game during their dinner…and took revenge on us.

My little brother and his girlfriend…they were so embarrassed. Teehee.

Shaun’s aunt and uncle really got into it…

And us…of course 🙂

Wedding Recaps: Let’s Eat!

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Once all of the pictures were done, we were finally ready to relax and let loose! And that started with dinner at our reception hall, Beverly Gardens. It’s your quintessential small-town banquet hall, but the food. is. amazing. We chose to go with a package that included baked and broasted chicken, beef tips with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans. They also serve dessert on the table (in addition to our wedding cake which was passed out later!), which included an assortment of tortes and bars and cheesecakes and such, and a staple from back home…kneecaps. So much small-town, rural farming Wisconsin goodness! If we do anything right…it’s comfort food. 🙂 The best part is that it was all “family-style”…like a buffet brought right to your table.

Making our entrance! Gotta love that carpeting…

Shaun welcoming everyone to dinner. He was so nervous for this part, but he did great!

Shaun’s great-uncle saying the prayer before dinner

Our parents were both ready for the party to start too

Wedding Recaps: Centerpieces

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There were a lot of details at our reception that really helped pull everything together and brought another element of beauty to our wedding day. As you know, I was really torn about centerpieces. I didn’t have any clear idea of what I wanted, and I didn’t care about them enough to spend a lot of money on them. Well, two of my aunts and one of my uncles really saved the day! Before I even told my family how upset/frustrated I was becoming with the whole thing, they offered to take over the job of setting up the reception hall, and offered to design my centerpieces as part of their wedding gift to me and Shaun. I had no idea what the centerpieces were going to look like until we got to the reception, and I was blown away! They were absolutely beautiful!

Be Our Guest(books): An Update!

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Thanks to all of you lovely readers who voted in our guestbook poll back in November, we decided to go with two guestbooks at our wedding reception, and now we finally have them to show to you! We decided to go with a more traditional photo guestbook from Shutterfly in addition to the fingerprint tree made for us by Style Unveiled.

Our fingerprint tree and photo guest book

Some excerpts from the photo guestbook

Some of the details on the fingerprint tree

Ultimately, we decided to go with both the traditional book at the fingerprint tree because we wanted them to serve two different functions. After the wedding, we plan to frame the tree and hang it in our living room with one or two wedding pictures to remind us of all of the special people who shared in that day with us. The traditional guestbook, however, will give guests the opportunity to write personal messages if they want to…and if they want to, we definitely want to let them!

Are you using two different items to fulfill the same purpose like we are by having two guestbooks? If so, I’d love to hear!