Photography: The Bird & The Bear
Our reception was so beautiful! Every detail was perfect. I’ll say it a million times, but our floral team was seriously incredible! The food was amazing (surprisingly…I thought wedding food was supposed to be sub-par?!)! Dylan and I had a talk before our wedding day that we would not be that couple standing around taking photos all night with everyone instead of enjoying our reception and dancing. I see so many couples worried about saying hi to everyone and getting caught up talking that they never even get to hit the dance floor! Def wasn’t going to be us! We had our caterer make our plates beforehand to allow us to eat right when the reception started and everyone was still getting their food! We were able to finish our meal early and go say hello to everyone/take a quick photo before dinner finished, so we could enjoy the rest of the reception! I definitely recommend doing that if you’re getting married soon – you want to be able to dance all night too!
My matron of honor, Holly, kicked off the toasts. She is my cousin, but more like a sister to me. We grew up together and never lived more than two houses down from each other. Even when our families moved cities, our parents sold our houses together and built houses back to back with a gate in between, so we could just walk into each others houses through the backdoor! Haha! We had always talked about what kind of guy we were going to marry and what he would look like, so it’s crazy that we are now both grown and married! The photo where I’m cracking up and Dylan is like “excuse me?!” was definitely taken during her speech when she mentioned playing M.A.S.H. all the time when we were little…and that my future consisted of marrying Chad Michael Murray and having 20 kids living in a shack! Lol! Anyone else remember that game?! 20 kids…YIKES! Thank God my 10 year old dreams didn’t turn out to be my 23 year old reality! I was seriously laughing through all of the speeches one second, and then crying the next!
Were there any moments I wasn’t crying that night?! *face palm*
My best friend, Kennedy, gave the second speech. I actually met her through twitter! Her and my husband followed each other and she would tweet about how much she loved my blog. One night, she was having trouble with a boy and he told her to message me on twitter, because I would be able to talk and give her girl advice! Fast forward, and she was giving a speech at my wedding! Haha! We hit it off right away and have been best friends ever since! Lol! She flew down to Texas from Florida to spend several days with me for NYE a few days after she had messaged me asking for advice, and now we rarely go a day without talking! Dylan, her and I have such a special friendship that I am so so grateful for! You will hear part of her speech in our video – it’s neat because most of the time the speeches are given by someone who is either really close to the bride or vise versa, but she’s so so close to both of us (after all, my husband knew who she was before I did!), so she has a unique relationship with us…we really are the three best friends that anyone could have! Then of course my husband’s best man, Jesse, closed out the toasts with some sweet words! He’s from Florida also where Dylan grew up, but we’ve all taken trips together, so he’s been around us as a couple since the beginning! We truly are blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.
For our first dance, Dylan and I danced to From the Ground Up by Dan + Shay. We took 2 dance lessons before our wedding, and I told him to watch the videos we took dancing over and over again to help him get down the steps…guess who didn’t listen?! Ugh…men. Lol! Thank God at least one of us had learned the steps, because Lord knows he dropped the ball on that one! It turned out well though, luckily! The lyrics in the song are so beautiful, too! My dad and I danced to Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks…it was so sweet! I feel so lucky to have been blessed with such amazing parents.
Our wedding cake photos were some of my favorites from the reception! Dylan and I have a really playful relationship, so I knew there wasn’t a chance in hell that he wasn’t going to capitalize on the chance to shove cake in my face! He was egging on everyone there too giving the thumbs up or thumbs down before he smashed it in my face…he kept saying he wasn’t going to do it prior to the wedding day, because I didn’t want him to ruin my makeup, but I totally knew he was anyways…so I made sure to take the first shot! There was SO much cake that we took home, and of course Dylan doesn’t like sweets (is he even human?!), so I’m pretty sure that’s where those few extra post-wedding pounds came from! It was so freaking good though! I think if I could just live off sweets for the rest of my life, I probably would!
We had so much fun dancing…I think that cowboy hat was on at least half of the heads at that wedding! Apparently when everyone starts drinking, they think they’re a cowboy! Haha – especially my husband! The night flew by! I wish I could relive it all over again.
Stay tuned for the next post…because the video is coming! EEK!
Other Wedding Posts:
Our Save the Dates
Our Wedding Invitations
Our Engagement Story & How We Met
Our Rehearsal Dinner & Bridal Brunch
Pre-Ceremony Wedding Photos
Ceremony Photos and Hand-Written Vows
Cocktail Hour and Wedding Portraits
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee via Amour Bridal in Cedar Park, TX
Veil: Amour Bridal in Cedar Park, TX
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Floral: Wild Bunches
Table Numbers: Minted
DJ: Toast Entertainment
Dance Floor Monogram: Toast Entertainment
Thank You Card/Seating Chart Broaches and Napkin Rings: Totally Dazzled
Bride & Groom Chair Calligraphy: jnh+design
Signature Drink Signage: jnh+design
Wedding Cake: Kayla Knight Cakes
Toast Glasses: DiAmoreDS
Sequin Table Cloths & Runners: Un Semplice Si
Monogrammed Aisle Runner: Certainly Chic
1950’s Bentley Getaway Car: 4 Leaf Limo
Sparklers: Superior Celebrations
*Stay tuned for reviews of all my wedding vendors at the end of my wedding series