As our dance floor was packed most of the night, there were quite a few guests at the party who didn’t dance—so what did we have for them to do? The photo booth was the main activity other than dancing that our guests took part in! What I love about having a photo booth was we got so many pictures of guests that we did not get from our photographer. We scored a pretty great deal on LivingSocial and got a five-hour photo booth for our reception. We decided since we had such a long cocktail hour, we’d have the booth open from 5:00 PM through 10:00 PM. The reception ended at 10:30, so we gave our guests the majority of cocktail hour and reception time to enjoy the photo booth.
Instead of paying for the photo booth company to bring a box of props and even extra for a scrapbook, we gathered props from all over—mustaches, lips, glasses, boas, hats, etc., and I bought a scrapbook on sale at a craft store and some glue dots. We had them all out on display at the reception, and our guests really had a great time with it—and we have a great keepsake with all our photos and messages from guests!
Mr. Ly only made it into the photo booth once; we had just come inside from taking our post-ceremony pictures and it happened to be right when the attendant finished setting up, so we were the first two in the booth! I made it into the booth a few more times, wrapped up the night with my two best friends, and closed out the photo booth with the last photo as well.
All photo booth pictures by Chariot Photo Booths.
Some familiar faces got some time in the booth:
My photographer snapped some candid shots while the bees were in the photo booth:
Photo by Mike Landis Photographer
Photo by Mike Landis Photographer
We had another guestbook for our guests besides the photo booth. We took some of the photos from our engagement photo shoot and turned them into postcards through Moo.com. We had them printed with our address, pre-stamped them (something to note: stamp prices went up the week after our wedding, and we had to buy extra stamps to make sure our postcards made it to us!), and had our guests fill them out at the wedding. Some people took them home with them, and some left them in our guestbook box. After the wedding one of our groomsman, Mark, took them home with him; as a postal worker he puts one or two in the mail a week and we are still getting wedding mail all the time! I love going to the mailbox and getting memories of our wedding almost six months after our wedding!
I created a sign that we framed and displayed next to the postcards, and they were placed next to our card birdcage.
Guestbook display—created by Mrs. Lyre
Postcard table / Photo by Mrs. Pain au Chocolat
Postcards up close / Photo by Mrs. Pain au Chocolat
Some people wrote messages, some gave advice, and some just drew us pictures—we love all the responses we’ve gotten so far and cannot wait to see the rest as they come in over the year!
A handful of the postcards we’ve received so far
Between the photo booth and the postcards we have mementos from almost all of our guests at our wedding. I am sure they both will be cherished memories of our wedding that we can share with our family for many, many years to come.
- I pre-capped our recaps with a big announcement!
- Recaps began with our Same Day Edit video.
- I needed to get some perspective the week of the wedding.
- Personally brewed beers gave our rehearsal lunch a special touch!
- I spent a fantastic last day as a Miss.
- I shared some gifts for my bridesmaids.
- The girls spend an easy and relaxing morning getting made up.
- The guys spent the morning building a chuppah and doing guy things.
- I panicked when the morning went by too fast.
- We exchanged lovely notes and gifts on the wedding morning.
- I put on my dress and became a Blissful Bride.
- Bridal details and my “somethings” rounded out the wedding morning.
- We had our not-so-private first look.
- We took some silly pictures, just the two of us.
- Broad Street gave us gorgeous shots, but we nearly lost some of bridal party in traffic.
- The Lyres and their huge bridal party storm the art museum, Rocky style.
- I shed tears of pain at our final photo stop in Olde City
- The ceremony space and details took our breath away when we arrived for a quick rehearsal.
- We were officially married under Jewish law when we signed our Ketubah.
- Guests were seated and the bridal party got our ceremony started.
- I got a little emotional for my walk down the aisle.
- We did not take our eyes off each other in our traditional Jewish ceremony.
- Post-ceremony photos were taken with some special gender pictures for our surprise!
- Our extra-long cocktail hour was full of delicious food and drinks, and a controversial ice-sculpture.
- Our ceremony space was flipped into an elegant reception space with gorgeous details.
- The bridal party made their entrance to some very viral video tunes.
- We danced our first dance as husband and wife.
- I was lifted (briefly) in a chair during the Hora.
- Our very special guests toasted us with well wishes, love, and happiness.
- The food at our reception was hands down the best wedding food ever.
- Parent dances and an awkward family crowning ceremony took place while our guests ate.
- Not one, but TWO incredible cakes stole the show at our reception.
- Wedding Date:
- January 2013
- Atrium at the Curtis Center