Wednesday, March 27, 2013

One Treasured Day: Just Dance

Once the traditional dances were out of the way, it was time for the party to begin! We started off with some slow songs...

...and then moved into more upbeat songs. After just a few all-ages Motown songs, our DJ went right into the party songs because we are party people. You know, Michael Jackson, Journey, Ke$ha. It was an all-out dance party, and it was my absolute favorite part of the day.

My cousin/ring-bearer B was the star of the show. He was dancing up a storm all night long. After a few hours, he made a rather abrupt exit with his parents because he had ripped his pants all the way down the back. These photos show why.

The booze was flowing and the music got even more amazing as the night went on. There was a '90s teen pop section and a rousing version of Gangnam Style.

Somewhere along the line, it became a tradition to "double dutch" at all of our friends' weddings. There are no ropes involved, but two people stand across from one another and pretend to turn ropes. Then people jump into the middle and dance. It's very silly, but lots of fun.

At one point in the evening, Adam's mom handed out glow sticks to our guests.

It was truly an epic dance party that our friends still rave about. When I think back on our wedding day, the dancing is the one part I wish we could recreate every year, and we owe it all to our amazing DJ, Dena over at Toast and Jam. She rocked it out all night long, and I think she might've had more fun than anyone. Well, anyone except me.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One Treasured Day: The Mamas and the Papas

After Adam and I finished our first dance, my dad joined me on the dance floor for the father/daughter dance. My dad is a HUGE Beatles fan, so we danced to "In My Life." It was really nice to have this moment with him.

Then Adam's mom joined him for the mother/son dance. They danced to "If I Could" by Barbra Streisand.

Monday, March 25, 2013

One Treasured Day: Take My Hand

Once dinner was over and the cake had been cut, it was time to dance! We kicked off the traditional dances with our first dance as husband and wife. Technically, our first dance as husband and wife probably took place on the trolley to Call Me Maybe or Party in the USA, but for the publicized one, we chose Ingrid Michaelson's version of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love."

I love the line in the song that says, "Take my hand, and take my whole life, too," and that's what caused us to choose it for our first dance.

As we danced, the world melted away. It was just the two of us swaying together like we often do in the kitchen while we're cooking dinner.

This is one of my favorite pictures because I think it captures exactly how I felt during our first dance.

We ended with a dip for the crowd.

Friday, March 22, 2013

One Treasured Day: Let Them Eat Cake

I recently revealed that we decided to have cakes for centerpieces. Because we didn't have a traditional wedding cake, we didn't have a traditional cake cutting. Instead, what we did was walk around to every single table and cut everyone's cake. It was 1) a great way to visit every one of our guests, and 2) eat lots of cake (at least in theory).

I say it was a good idea in theory because I hardly ate anything our entire wedding day, including cake. We cut the cake on our table first, and took a bite. I only got a bite of the frosting on my fork, and the sweetness made me want to hurl. At the next table, we took a bite, and my stomach had the same reaction, so I told Adam that we'd just cut everyone's cake and not eat any from then on. So, yes, I only ate 2 bites of cake at my wedding. Oh, well.

I made the cake stands for each table from dollar store glass candle sticks and plates. Unfortunately, the glass glue that I used to glue the pieces together was faulty, and almost every cake stand fell apart while the catering crew was setting up. Our cakes literally hung in the balance during the first half of our reception. A member of the catering team followed us around the room, and after we cut the cake, he sliced the cake for everyone and removed the faulty stand from the table. Every single table was fine...except for one. After we took this picture...

...this happened.
Yep. That's an upside-down cake. Fortunately, one of our friends grabbed it, flipped it back over, sliced it, and served it up. No cake left behind!

Personal photo

We had 12 tables and 12 different flavors of cake. Every table had a frame with the cake's flavor. Our guests scoped out what flavors other people had and started a cake-based economy. There were a few filled cakes (pumpkin spice, mixed berry, peanut butter, salted caramel...). Those were popular, as were the two chocolate cakes.

One cake was specially decorated for my cousin's 18th birthday, which was on our wedding day. My brother got up and led the crowd in singing happy birthday to her and to my uncle, whose birthday had been the day before.

The cake centerpieces were one of the best decisions we made for our reception. They were a huge hit, and I would definitely recommend it if you want to step outside the box.
All photos by Andrew Collings Photography unless otherwise marked