Far Beyond Forever: Toasts and Tears

Finally, it was reception time! Again we hid out in the bridal party suite while the venue’s staff ushered everyone through to pick up their escort flowers and take their seats. The wedding party entered to the first part of the Star Wars “Throne Room” theme!


(Yes that is Sister GP twirling Best Man J :) )

Mr. GP and I entered to the opening strains of Muse’s Starlight and I have to say, entering the reception was a little weird. Everyone was clapping and cheering for us, but I wasn’t sure what we were supposed to do! So Mr. GP and I smiled at our photogs, waved at folks, and made a beeline for our sweetheart table.


(And as some attentive readers noticed in my first post-wedding post: I switched out my sash from ivory for the ceremony to a blue one made out of the BM dress material for the reception!)


(Our table with the sun setting through the windows)

My dad started off by welcoming everyone to the wedding, and thanking the guests for being there to celebrate our marriage. Dad GP’s a really eloquent guy, and he gives presentations and speeches for his job all the time, so of course he had an excellent speech prepared.


He told a joke about the movie Father of the Bride, and then went into how happy he was for Mr. Guinea Pig and I, how much he loves us, and we love each other, and then it happened—a moment I’m not sure I’ve witnessed so clearly in my entire life. My dad had to hold back tears.


This one photo makes me cry every single time I look at it (right now included). You can imagine the tear-streaming mess I was at the reception. Dad GP tossed his planned toast out the window, wrapped up quickly, and I hugged him as though my life depended on it.


Next, Best Man J stood up, and pulled out…his iPhone?


As I’ve mentioned before, Mr. Guinea Pig essentially had two best men—one who could only be there in spirit because his daughter was born the morning of our wedding! But he had not forgotten about us, and had texted a speech to Best Man J for him to read out. It was both funny and sweet, and Best Man J executed it perfectly.


After a quick cheers for the Best Man-in-spirit, J went into his own hilarious and heartwarming toast that had us laughing and at one point even had Dad GP putting Mr. GP into a fake headlock!


Something about bachelor party shenanigans which will forever be kept secret… 😀

Finally, it was my sister/MOH’s turn. Judging from our rehearsal dinner tears, I knew this would be a hard one not to cry through, and boy was I right. About 10 seconds into her toast, Sister GP burst into (happy/emotional) tears. Smart thinking though, she’d brought her napkin with her!


(and she may very well kill me for posting this photo, even though I love it. Love ya Sister GP!)

I tried to hold back the tears but again, only succeeded in making a funny ‘trying not to cry’ face.


SoI gave up and wiped away tears with my napkin, too.


After a quick, emotion filled toast, we hugged Sister GP, did one last ‘Cheers!’, and then it was time for dinner! We chose buffet so everyone could have lots of options, and the venue brought Mr. GP and I each a plate stacked high with a little of everything. I heeded the advice of those before me and tried to take a moment to actually eat dinner. All I remember is that the Maryland crab cakes were delicious. :)

Anyone else feel like the toasts were one of the best parts of the whole affair?

*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***

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May 2010
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  1. Member
    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 1:27 pm

    Crying. At work, crying. Love the post, love the pictures, love the sentimentality of it all.

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    culby cheese 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:30 pm

    Awww…. I’m a little teary myself! How can you not looking at Dad GP!!! :)

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:37 pm

    Aww, GP! That picture of your dad tearing up and then the one of you hugging him? Beautiful. Also, thank you for sharing another “trying not to cry” face — I have the same. exact. face. in a picture of me during my sister’s toast! :)

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    Quietserenity 1516 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:38 pm

    Seriously, I don’t even know the people in these pictures and they made me cry. Your Dad looks like such an awesome guy.

  5. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:40 pm

    Such sweet and touching photos! I’m a little teary after seeing these!

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    Miss Starry Night 422 posts, Helper bee @ 1:41 pm

    I, too, teared up at the picture of your dad…. amazing :)

  7. frozen yogurt Member
    frozen yogurt 2600 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:51 pm

    Aww, such sweet pictures, and the lighting was incredible!

  8. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:05 pm

    What sweet photos :)

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:14 pm

    Awww, I totally started crying too at that photo of your dad, so heart-warming!!

  10. misspug Member
    misspug 3668 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:24 pm

    aw so sweet! sounds like they were all beautiful, heartfelt toasts!

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    amy13 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:48 pm

    This post made my heart beat fast and made me get all emotional about my own wedding…in 12 DAYS! Looks like such heartwarming and sweet moments.

  12. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:27 pm

    These photos are priceless, I even wanted to tear up and I didn’t even hear the toasts!

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    CupCakeMeg 3595 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:35 pm

    This made me cry! Beautiful!

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:13 pm

    You have some very loving people in your life. These pictures say it all… :)

  15. Pincushion Member
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:54 pm

    These photos are absolutely priceless!! The one with your sister crying, the one with your dad, they are all so great!

  16. hippo Member
    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:47 pm

    Awww… so sweet! And I really like the switched up sash for the reception. Well done, GP!

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    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 9:48 pm

    This is so beautiful!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:20 pm

    These are such sweet photos of everyone!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:10 am

    Awww! So much crying, happy love feat going on here!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, the photo of your dad getting choked up totally made me tear up a bit! How sweet. It looks like you guys had some fabulous toasts!

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