The Time of Our Lives: Let There Be Light

All photos, except where noted, by the well-loved Sam of Samantha Warren Weddings.

I left you hanging a little bit there after my last post with those crazy gaping-mouth pictures- sorry! But a lot of you figured out that the photos were those of a surprised bride receiving an awesome gift on her wedding night- electricity! That’s right, after nearly three hours of power-free celebrating, it was time to finally really get the party going.

non-pro photo by BH

So here is the point in the recap where I start gushing about how amazing our band was. We booked our band, like many things for our wedding, online. We browsed about a million bands, listened to a ton of audio samples, and were getting discouraged that they all sounded exactly the same, when we stumbled upon the Boston-based Brick Park. Mr. Tiramisu called them up the next day and although they were a little more than we planned on spending, we just had a really good feeling about them. Sometimes it pays to trust your gut.

At one point in the night, although I didn’t see it, these guys were actually dumping rainwater out of one of their speakers. Their expensive equipment was certainly in danger of getting damaged or destroyed, and I don’t think it would have been unreasonable if they would have packed their stuff up, carried it carefully out of our river-filled tent, and headed back to Boston. But they didn’t. What they did was make our wedding. They rolled with the punches, playing acoustic music all night when that was the only option, shouting out our introductions and emceeing sans-microphone, and then they didn’t waste a second getting started once the power came back on.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Brick Park!

Once they started, they barely stopped, and reading the crowd perfectly, played non-stop upbeat music for the rest of the night. The dance floor was packed and those who couldn’t fit happily danced on the lawn outside the tent. Mr. Tiramisu and I took up residence on the dance floor and didn’t leave until the music stopped. And we were amazed at the number of guests who joined us out there. I can’t really express how just plain happy I was during this time. Earlier on, I had accepted the fact that we didn’t have power, probably weren’t going to have dancing, and I was still having the time of my life. So when the power miraculously flickered itself back on and the band started up, I was just over the moon.

A little dance-floor advice for you…

Do not miss out on the chance to relive your past at your wedding by dancing in a group and shouting out songs with your high school friends, even if the photos of it leave you slightly embarrassed:

Grab your new husband any chance you get because the time goes by way too fast:

And while you’re at it, steal a kiss:

Don’t forget to take your Mom for a spin:

Make sure ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ is played so that you can capture moments like this between your brother and your cousin:

Take a moment to marvel at how adorable and fun your best friends are (dress them identically so you can find them all right away!):

Let your husband twirl you in a circle as many times as he wants (and realize that messy table tops at this point in the night just mean that people are having fun):

And certainly don’t waste any time worrying that your guests aren’t having a good time if you notice scenes resembling any of the following:

Next up: the final Tiramisu recap post, where we cut the cake, toss the bouquet, and (GASP!) the garter too! :)


1. The Pre-Game
2. We Practice the I Dos and the Party Part Too
3. The Day is Here!
4. Going to the Chapel
5. We Do
6. Sweet Little Details Part I, Part II
7. A Few Formal Pictures and An Uninvited Guest
8. Free Fireworks!
9. The Calm After the Storm
10. Who Needs Power?
11. The Show Must Go On


Mrs. Tiramisu

Annapolis, MD/Maine
Wedding Date:
July 2008
The Tea Party (Prelude): Got Beaten Up, Got to Work, and Got Ready
Teaser 6: Receptioning
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    historybride, Guest @ 3:08 pm

    That was amazing … had me giggling profusely in the computer lab I’m currently sitting in and I got a few odd looks 😀 Those are exactly the kinds of pictures I want of our reception!

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    msjellyfish 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:20 pm

    Yay for power! That’s good that it came back on, but I’m sure that you still would have had fun without it. But, I’m glad that everyone had fun nonetheless! :)

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    EAQ219 1458 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:30 pm

    I love seeing reception pictures, even when I don’t know the people, where people are just having the time of their lives. I went to a friend’s wedding and when I saw her proofs, I happened to be in a TON of reception pics. I was kind of embarrassed at first, but she assured me that she was just happy I was having fun and obviously the photographers picked up on it too.

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    meatball 624 posts, Busy bee @ 3:36 pm

    Oh ma ga, could your wedding have possibly been MORE fun?!?! I am so jealous I missed out on that dance party – it looks amazing!

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    yelli, Guest @ 3:37 pm

    Your wedding is just the best. Great pictures!!

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    JaymeLyn, Guest @ 3:49 pm

    it looks like such fun!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:57 pm

    Everyone looks like they are having a blast!!! :) That’s awesome.

  8. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:04 pm

    You look like you are having the time of your life!!!! Love it.

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    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:18 pm

    I just love your recaps! I don’t think I’ve ever seen pictures of a bride, groom and guests enjoying themselves as much as you all appear to be doing in these picutures. It’s even more impressive considering your circumstance with the rain and power outage. Your photos are great!

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    buttercup, Guest @ 4:51 pm

    Everyone looks like there are having just a great time. I hope that my reception can be close to as fun as yours!!!

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    AbbieOinCO 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:08 pm

    I love that these pics show what an amazing time was being had!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:51 pm

    So glad the power came on :) It looks like everyone had a blast!

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    chrissy, Guest @ 10:34 pm

    everything is lovely and all, but how did you get prince harry to show up to your wedding? :)

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    avocado 1538 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:43 am

    Love that last series of picture. It really does look like SO MUCH FUN!

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    thenewMrsT, Guest @ 10:51 am

    mrs. tiramisu, your wedding recaps are by far my favorite. you had such a beautiful wedding and truly made the best of the weather situation. and could your guests have had any more fun? i think not…

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    tiramisu 390 posts, Helper bee @ 11:10 am

    @chrissy: Who looks like Prince Harry? I don’t see it! :)

  17. mschampagne Member
    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:05 pm

    I love how crazy things got- what awesome memories! My favorite picture is the one of you two kissing:)

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    ashbuhdash, Guest @ 12:59 pm

    I’ve SO enjoyed reading all your recaps! Your positivity just exudes and is so refreshing, and it looks like an incredible wedding to be at…rain and all. :)

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    misscoconut 351 posts, Helper bee @ 2:38 pm

    You look so happy, everyone looks so happy!!!

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    Maine / New England Wedding Vendor Reviews » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 6:37 pm

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    KaREN, Guest @ 8:08 pm

    Where did you get your bridesmaid dresses? If you can email me @

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