Mr. C wanted to have a little time with his guys during the reception, so as soon as people started hitting the dance floor, he snuck outside with some of his buddies for cigars and bourbon. I sent one of our photographers out there after them, and the pictures turned out pretty great!
After the special dances were finished, it was time for everyone to get out on the floor and enjoy some music! My new father-in-law and I decided we would set an example, which got everyone up and moving.
After my first dance with my husband, it was time to get my dad out on the floor.
I had a tough time picking a song for the dad/daughter dance because my dad and I have never been terribly close. A lot of the songs out there are pretty sappy and just didn’t seem right! Luckily, Dad is a big fan of old-school country music, so I chose an old favorite—”Waltz Across Texas.”
Mr. C is not a big dancer, not at all. I, on the other hand, love to dance. I was set on having a first dance—nothing fancy, but I made sure he understood how important it was to me that we have that dance and those memories.
Whenever anyone used to needle Mr. C about when he was going to get on the stick and propose already, he would say, “Just as soon as I get back from Cincinnati.” And when the person would get excited and say, “Oh yeah? When are you going to Cincinnati?!” he would respond, “No plans!” So—when I was going through possible songs for our first dance, I was having a hard time choosing one that seemed right. Mr. C listened to a few of them, thought for a minute, and then suggested a song by Drew Kennedy called, appropriately enough, “Cincinnati.” A beautiful song, with a bit of an inside joke folded in. Perfect.
After we enjoyed our plates of tasty barbecue, Mr. C and I made our way around to each table to say hi and thank you to everyone directly. It was really important to me that each guest feel welcome and appreciated.
Lots of laughter and smiles—everyone was having a good time.
We took a few moments at the beginning of the reception to get one important photo we had missed before the ceremony—a picture with my grandma!
We hadn’t wanted her to have to wait around for portraits pre-ceremony (back when we were planning, we thought it might be really hot outside that day), so we planned to get a picture with her after the ceremony instead. I’m glad we did, because that plan then resulted in the only non-ceremony photos of Mr. C and me where I was actually wearing my veil! Plus I just love the doors behind us. I wish those doors and those flowers could exist in my life on a daily basis.
Post-ceremony, the excitement was high. Those moments just afterward when you’re kind of floating around are so, so wonderful, and I am thrilled that not only did we get to spend that time with our family and friends instead of having to run off to take portraits, but also that our photographers were able to capture many of the fun post-ceremony moments for us.
Just after our walk down the aisle, Mr. C and I had a few giggles about the fact that we just got hitched.
There were lots of hugs going on, too. (I love this one—girl hug vs. guy hug!)