Reception pt. 1

The reception lasted from 7-10 and followed this timeline(roughly):

  • Brooke and Scott enter 
  • Buffet dinner
  • Cake cutting, best man/maid of honor/father of the bride toasts
  • Bride/groom first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance.
  • DJ continues to play fun reception music and Brooke can’t leave dance floor.
  • Bouquet/garter toss
  • Last dance
  • Brooke and Scott exit

In part one of the reception, I will be recapping our entrance, the cake cutting, and the toasts. I’ll save the rest for part two!

When the reception started all of the guests, including the wedding party, had already found their seats.

Scott and I entered to the song “You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne, while the DJ introduced the new Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Brooke Hamilton!
We started dinner off right away, by leading the party down the buffet line. Our guests followed shortly after.

We sat at a sweetheart table, just the two of us, where we could have a little time together before the loud music and dancing started.
I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I did eat the salad and little bit of prime rib that was on my plate. We served a more traditional style dinner: prime rib, chicken, and a vegetarian option with a lot of sides to go along with it. Being a buffet, you were able to try all of the things!

The DJ played music from artists like Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, and Jack Johnson during the dinner. It made the whole atmosphere very classic and swanky.

Once most folks were through the buffet and well into dinner, it was time to cut the cake.

We picked white cake with fresh strawberries, key lime filling and buttercream icing for the wedding cake. It was a safe crowd-pleaser.

For the grooms cake, I surprised Scott with a smoker shaped cake. I was so impressed with how it turned out. But the best part was that it tasted just as good as it looked! We went with something a little more bold. Underneath the smoker was fat chocolate cake with mocha filling and espresso buttercream.
Yes, we fed each other with a fork… It wasn’t until I was looking at other peoples wedding pics when I noticed that most couples feed each other with their hands…
After cutting the cake, we grabbed our champagne flutes and headed over to hear the first toast from Scott’s best man, Jonathan.
He shared stories from their early years of friendship to their hiking days, bear encounters included… He had the audience on the edge of their seat with that story…
Bailey, my maid of honor was up next. Her toast seriously took the cake. It was incredible. Smart, witty  so hilariously funny, with a sweet ending of how happy she was for me and Scott.
My dad was up next. His toast was short and sweet. He thanked everyone for being there, and shared with us how proud and happy he was for both of us. And that he loved us.
He’s not a spot light kind of guy, so the fact that he was up in front of everyone meant so much to me. He said everything he needed to say. 
(all photo credit to Doberenz photography)

To be continued…


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