One Treasured Day: The End of the Road

After several hours of dancing, photos were starting to look like this:

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…which meant the end of our reception was near. We planned the final two songs with our DJ to end the night right. The first was the Notre Dame Fight Song.

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Even though it was a bye week and no football was played that day, our wedding was in the middle of our undefeated football season (OK, fine, our undefeated regular season. I don’t want to talk about our bowl game meltdown.), so our guests sang nice and loud. I credit our cheers with the team’s success.

The very last song of the night was an unexpected choice for most people, but very predictable to our friends. There’s a bar in South Bend called The Linebacker Lounge. Most students know it as The Backer, and it was our favorite place to go in college. Every single night, the Backer closes down with “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. We knew our wedding reception had to end the same way as all those sweaty, alcohol-soaked nights in college.

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We all got into a big circle with our arms around one another and sang along with Lee.

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Even though these aren’t professional photos, these are some of my favorite photos from our wedding. Everyone is standing side-by-side—my brother standing next to Mr. T’s cousin, my college friend with her arm around my father-in-law—with ties untied and hairstyles falling down after a long day of celebrating Mr. T and me. It was the best party I have ever been to, and I will never forget all the love in that circle.

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The catering staff packed up tables and chairs while we hugged everyone. The staff yelled at us to get out as they turned the lights off on our wedding day.

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Miss a Treasure recap? Catch up!

Practice Makes Perfect – Our rehearsal

Hitting Rock Bottom – Our rehearsal dinner and too many butterflies

Hair, Makeup, and Broken Mirrors – I get ready with my girl friends

All Dressed Up – I become a bride

The Somethings – Old, new, borrowed, blue

The Guys Get Ready – Mr. T and the rest of the guys get dressed and head to the church

Goin’ to the Chapel – We head to the chapel and fix a wardrobe malfunction on the way

Moments Before – My nerves resurface just before the ceremony

The Processional – The bridal party makes their way down the aisle

Here Comes the Bride – My parents walk me down the aisle as I see Mr. T for the first time

I Do – Our Catholic wedding ceremony

We Are Family – We take formal photos with our family

Trolley Time – We cruise around Chicago on our trolley

Life’s a Beach – We take photos at North Avenue Beach

The Nitty Gritty – We take gritty, urban photos near the Kinzie Street Bridge

Stopping Traffic – We take photos in the middle of LaSalle Street

Magnificent – We take photos on the Magnificent Mile

The Da Vinci Code – We finish up our group photos in Renaissance style

Cocktail Hour – We mix and mingle with our guests

The Little Things – The details of our day, including our non-traditional centerpieces

Make an Entrance – The wedding party enters the reception to the sounds of Passion Pit

Raise Your Glass – Our family members toast our new marriage

Let Them Eat Cake – We greet our guests and cut their cakes

Take My Hand – Our first dance

The Mamas and the Papas – The father/daughter and mother/son dances

Just Dance – The truly epic dance party

Group Photos and a Late-Night Snack – Family photos and hot dogs are a great combination

All the Single Ladies – A spontaneous bouquet toss

BLOGGER

Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 7:44 am

    That first photo is PRICELESS! And I love that your DJ rounded out the evening with “God Bless the USA.” Looks like you guys had such a blast!

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    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:28 am

    You know I love this post ;)

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    mswallaby 2066 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:10 am

    Aww such a sweet ending!!!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:07 am

    LOVE the ending! who doesnt love that song?

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:56 am

    @Mrs. Snow Cone: haha I knew you would. ;-)

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 4:30 pm

    This is seriously awesome!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:05 pm

    Love these photos, and this has always been one of my favorite songs, albeit for different reasons :)

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 5:45 pm

    What a great way to end the night! I love the reference to “The Backer”…oh, the memories!

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    Wedding in Tagaytay, Guest @ 7:15 pm

    It was a sweet ending of the night :)

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