Before I knew it, and before I was really even ready for it, Frank the DJ announced and started playing the last song of the night.
I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. And I’m obsessed with this song. And from the moment I first heard it, I wanted it as the final song played at our wedding. (Never mind the fact that we weren’t even engaged yet.) So no, not everyone knew it, and not everyone knew if they should dance to it or not, but once they saw Foxy and I take over the dance floor, the sentiment caught on.
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The best part is, from the look of these pictures, one would think Foxy was quite the dancer and was out on the dance floor all night.
Except he’s not and he wasn’t…but he made the best effort he could, and knew to at least join me for the final dance of the night and one of my all time favorite songs!
And then, just like that, it was over.
But wait!! There’s more!! A bit earlier in the evening, we had our DJ announce and invite everyone to come to our after party at a bar down the street, which he mentioned again just after the final song played. I actually think that’s part of the reason After Hours was the perfect last dance song…we had every intention of keeping the party going!
Guests say “Yay! More party!” (In my mind at least.)
So as the reception wrapped up, several guests immediately started their brief four-block trek to the local bar while Foxy and I said our goodbyes and thank you’s to those guests not able to join us for the after party.
Somewhere in the middle of all this, we started realizing that our decorations in and around the pavilion were being taken down very quickly. Like…here one minute, gone the next, with many of our guests still mingling about. I also noticed out of the corner my eye that John (the owner of the venue) was somewhat confusedly talking to a group of people not involved with our wedding.
Long story short, a wedding was supposed to take place at the Vandiver the next day, and they scheduled their rehearsal for 9:00pm, the night of our wedding…basically, the exact second ours was over. And I’m pretty sure no one at the Vandiver knew or remembered that.
At that point, all I wanted to do was get out and go to the bar. I mean, literally every time I had a sip of wine and put my glass down throughout the day, it disappeared. I probably drank the equivalent of half a glass of wine all afternoon/evening. So was I a little annoyed that these people were just kind of taking over our venue with our guests still there? Of course. Did I let it go about five minutes later when I finally made my way to the bar? Totally. So not worth the agita.
And with that, I kicked my heels off for the first time that day (go me!), couldn’t find my fancy flip flops, and ended up wearing MOH Blondie’s that were two sizes too small. At that point, I sooo didn’t care. My feet were free, I needed a drink, and it was time to party. Again!
Miss a recap? Catch yourself up!
It’s Wedding Week! – The week of the wedding started out pretty hectic, but we made it through (relatively) unscathed.
We’re Cool People (who had to deal with a slight change of plans) – On Friday, we made our way to the venue, had a relatable moment on the radio, and learned about some last minute changes that we made an effort to take in stride.
Practice Makes Perfect.. And Crabs Don’t Hurt, Either – After most everyone was settled in on Friday evening, we had our rehearsal followed by the best dinner ever – a Maryland crab feast!
Rise and Shine! – Wedding morning was soon upon us, and I woke up at the crack of dawn ready to get prettified.
Pretty Women – Over the course of the next several hours, myself and the girls hung out, got our hair and makeup done, had a photo shoot, and drank champagne.
Dressing Up – Soon enough, it was time for me to slip into my dress!
Dapper Dudes – At the same time, Foxy and his guys were ironing and getting into their suites – and Foxy was opening his wedding day gift!
The First of Many Looks – We had our first look, and both felt so much better after being able to see each other for the first time that day.
A School Bus Photoshoot – Our vehicle of choice for the day was a school bus, which we turned into a photo op both inside and out!
Smiles and Sun – The photos continued by the lighthouse and pier.. with sunglasses and a few funny stories along the way.
ALL The Family – We then met up with family at the lock house for even more pictures, and I started getting a bit antsy and having problems with my dress.
And Then There’s Us – I kinda-sorta-maybe forgot all about couple and bridal pictures. Thank goodness for our amazing photog reminding us!
Final Touches – Slight chaos then ensued in the minutes before the ceremony started, consisting of me getting sewn into my dress and the boys getting their bouts pinned on at the last minute.
And So It Begins – The guests arrive, the wedding party lines up, and the ceremony space is revealed – complete with programs, white knots, and bubbles!
All I Want Is You, Will You Be My Bride? – The time had finally come – we all made our way down the aisle while my stepdad and stepbro played and sang a beautiful, acoustic version of “All I Want Is You”.
Take Me By The Hand and Stand By My Side – In other words.. the ceremony!
Bubbles and Bustles and Beverages, Oh My! – Bubbles are blown, my bustle is tied in, and cocktail hour commences with lots of love, hugs, and drinks.
The Guestbook – The final version & reveal of our fingerprint guestbook – and some tips, should you want them!
I’d Do Anything For You – The reception kicked off with our oh-so-intricate first dance sway to Wake Up by Coheed and Cambria, which our guests joined in on halfway through.
Make ’em Laugh, Make ’em Cry – Which is exactly what we did, thanks to our bestest friends’ amazing and beautiful toasts.
Food & Details – All the details about our cocktail-style reception and rustic decor.
Good Times, Bad Touch – Our guests got down with their bad selves on the dance floor with a lot of finger pointing, interpretive dance, and.. our very own rendition of Bad Touch.
Faux-to Booth Fun! – We said no to veggies and yes to a sorta last-minute DIY photo booth!
Tatted Up – One of the most fun and unexpected features at the reception was our temporary tattoos that many guests ended up sporting proudly all night!
Let Them Eat Cake! – Foxy tried to commandeer the cutting, but we got things under control with a delicious, non-smashing cake exchange and some champagne.