Once the reception got properly underway, we were free to just enjoy spending time together and with our guests. The picnic atmosphere seemed to bring the perfect amount of informality and relaxation to our reception—exactly what we had hoped for.
I have a moment with my brother and Mr E (guest photo)
My youngest cousin examining a lavender heart
Some cousins and an uncle demonstrating the “proper” way to hold their teacups
These guys look like they are at a cricket match! With cups of tea, of course.
No, my 17 year old sister is not holding a beer bottle. It’s soda!
Having dinner served from the food cart worked out surprisingly well. The line moved fast, so no one had to wait long. And the food…so delicious! Mexican food is not very common in New Zealand, but everyone seemed to enjoy the chicken fajitas, guacamole, tortillas, etc., even my notoriously fussy grandmother! However, you know how so many brides complain that they didn’t get much to eat on their wedding day? Well, I was determined to eat as much as I could. But my stomach had other plans. I was so caught up in the excitement of the day that my stomach just switched off. As a result I only managed about a quarter of the main course. The cheesecake, on the other hand, was another story—I stuffed down a whole piece of that. There is always room for cheesecake!
While we ate, the mingling and mini reunions between family and friends continued.
That lady hugging my mum delivered three of my mum’s four kids! Despite moving all over the place, it was as if the wedding brought people from all parts of Mr E’s and my life history together again.
Any other brides out there having/had a more informal reception? What ideas do you have for keeping it casual (but still special)?
So far in our midsummer dream…