Holy Moly Matrimony: Cocktail Hour in Milwaukee

We arrived at Roots for our hometown party around 7:00 PM. The Cellar felt almost as welcoming as our friends and family members, many of whom had already arrived. The room was warm with the glow of candles and string lights and the smiling faces of our guests.


The room quickly started to fill. The capacity of the Cellar for a seated dinner is 60, and we had 53 guests coming. (We had a 77% acceptance rate on our invitations.)




Mr. Mole and I tried to circulate around the room as much as possible, greeting and talking (and laughing) with all of our guests.





My mom also circulated around the room, with a Target bag in hand. Mr. Mole and I didn’t anticipate receiving so many cards from our guests, so we didn’t have a dedicated card box. (Don’t make our mistake! Or, at the very least, find a fancier bag.)


Gavin also made the rounds with his camera. Of course, he was not the only one taking photographs. Almost everyone had cameras out and flashing.


We were pleased to see that people were enjoying our signature drinks. We had a full open bar at Roots, but Mr. Mole made a sign to highlight three recommended drinks.


Personal photo of framed sign

Tom Boonen‘s recommendation of a greyhound was by far the most popular of the three drinks. According to our itemized bill, 23 greyhounds were ordered.



Our appetizers also were pretty popular. We had a cheese and fruit board; vegan parsnip ribs; shiitake mushroom spring rolls; shrimp, ginger compote, and lime mustard on cucumber slices; and shaved tenderloin in choux pastry with chipotle mascarpone. I made it a point to sample the appetizers as they came out!




I had worn my wedding dress to the party because all of my aunts had wanted to see it. After about 30 minutes, though, I was over it and ready to change.


Mr. Mole and I slipped away, and he guarded the bathroom door as I changed clothes. I was pleased to get a second wear out of my rehearsal-dinner dress!


And with that, our cocktail hour—or, more accurately, 75 minutes—was over. It was time to eat!


All photography in Milwaukee by Gavin Gould, unless otherwise noted.

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:23 pm

    How nice you got to wear your dress again, it’s beautiful.

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    stephanieelise 239 posts, Helper bee @ 12:43 pm

    Gorgeous photos!!! And the drink sign is super cute!

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    FutureMrsKamilDark 303 posts, Helper bee @ 12:48 pm

    Everything sounds delicious! Also, love the atmosphere of The Cellar. It looks like it turned out beautifully!

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    LaughLines 346 posts, Helper bee @ 12:52 pm

    OK, I’ll risk sounding like a total freak/stalker and say I love looking at your hair in these posts. Did you use your same hair clip from your wedding and put it across your hair in the back?

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:52 pm

    Love that Tom Boonen recommends a Greyhound! :)

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:02 pm

    Such a cozy looking restaurant. The food sounded delish.

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:09 pm

    I love your drink recommendation sign!

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    JlovesM 1186 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:52 pm

    So I was like who is Tom Boonen..hmm maybe a drink critic, then it hit me…after remembering previous posts (I’ve always remembered yours, they stuck out) it hit me that it was your lovely adorable dog :)

    Everything looked beautiful!

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 1:56 pm

    freaking adorbs that Tom Boonen recommended a drink! love!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:19 pm

    Your drink suggestions are adorable and I want one of each :)

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:37 pm

    Thanks everyone! We wanted to involve our dog into our party somehow, and the drink menu was a great way to do so. (Plus, I love the greyhound drink.)

    @LaughLines: Haha, no worries! I did use the same clip as before; I used it to help pull half of my hair back. In my next post, there will be a better shot of my hair from the back, if that helps!
    @JlovesM: Tom Boonen is also a Belgian professional cyclist! He’s had a solid year in 2012 — winning the Tour of Qatar, the Tour of Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix. Poor Tom Boonen (greyhound) probably thinks he is being yelled at when Mr. Mole cheers on Tom Boonen (person) on television.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:00 pm

    Mmmmm, your apps sound delish!!!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:08 pm

    Your dress cleaned up quite nicely! And I love that Tom Boonen suggested a drink :)

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    WoodenShoes 389 posts, Helper bee @ 1:25 am

    I’m so excited that there are MORE Mole recaps! We will likely have a second reception-party in the country we live now (wedding will be in the States). I especially love seeing the kind of dress you wore to this reception. Can’t wait for the rest!

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:14 am

    @Future Army Wife: I was surprised how well the hot water and stain spray worked! Now, of course, it is just as dirty as before!
    @WoodenShoes: thanks! I am nearing the end: only 3 or so posts to go! I am glad we had the reception in Milwaukee so we could see all of the people who weren’t in Vegas. It was more money and more time to plan, but it was worth it. Where are you guys living right now?

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    coyote 1930 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:39 am

    Yum all the food looks so good… And I could totally go for greyhound right now. 😉

  17. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 am

    Aww, you look like you are enjoying yourself so much! What a cozy atmosphere. :)

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