With our unplanned downtime earlier in the day, cubes and I found ourselves wanting to go mix with our guests. Our wedding party had joined the guests after our toast.
We gobbled up two helpings of appetizers (Brittani regularly checked in on us, appearing as if by magic when we thought of something) and then headed upstairs. We never made it to the front hall, becoming the choke point between the dinner hall and the cocktail hour. The staff of the Swedish American Hall were incredibly patient and skilled as they transferred food between the upstairs kitchen and the buffet table, never spilling anything. (We were standing right in front the stairs.)
We'd included a seating chart in our programs to ease the flow of traffic between the rooms and make it easy for guests to locate their table and seats. There was only one hiccup. Kevin's table was full. We tried to figure out what could have happened.
Seconds after these pictures were snapped, Brittani was there and the problem was solved. We later learned that an entire table of guests hadn't come to the wedding so people had shuffled seats. The food didn't go to waste as other guests were able to help themselves to seconds and try both entrees.
Our DJ Dale quickly conferred with us as to how we wanted the wedding party to be announced. Of course there were shenanigans a foot. We wouldn't be us without some playfulness. We also updated the Father-Daughter song (I'd found out the night before which song my dad wanted us to dance to. I'll share how in a later post).
After we crashed our cocktail hour, updated the song for the Father-Daughter Dance, and resolved a seating mix up, it was time for our wedding party to be announced. If you're just joining, here's our story so far:
- The girls came over to our place to get ready.
- I shared my dress with the girls for a real first look.
- We bungled our first look.
- Highlighted my dress and how it almost didn't happen.
- We enjoyed some down time.
- cubes and I took our turn in the spotlight for our portraits.
- The bridespeople get herded for photos.
- Socks captured!
- The groomspeople get herded for photos.
- The wedding party struck a pose.
- I get veiled.
- The best man and Diva of Honor signed our marriage license.
- In turn, our witnesses, cubes and I, and our rabbi signed our ketubah.
- Family congratulated us while we waited for ceremony time.
- Then the chuppah was readied.
- The Rabbi and the chuppah proceeded down the aisle.
- Our grandmothers, cubes' attendants, and cubes walked down the aisle.
- The girls went next, and then it was my turn and I walked down the aisle with my parents.
- Once we were both at the chuppah, it was time to get married!
- We each stepped on a glass.
- We kissed.
- We receive our first standing ovation.
- We toasted with our wedding party.
- Our guests sipped signature drinks and nibbled passed appetizers.
Credits: All photographs were taken by Jessica Palopoli.