How Wonderful Life Is: Just You and I

(1,000 internet points for anyone who can catch the reference in the title!*)

So”¦we were married! What exactly do you do right after you get married? We did a receiving line. It seems receiving lines aren’t very popular nowadays because they have a reputation for taking way too long, but we still really wanted to do one. We thought it might be the only time of the day when we’d be able to speak to everyone individually, and we didn’t want our guests to go unappreciated. Plus, there were tons of relatives on both sides that were from out of town, and I wanted guaranteed hugs from all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins I hardly ever get to see!

After the processional, Mr. Wiz and I snuck up the back stairs of the banquet hall, while the bridal party and parents led the guests around to the front. This way, Mr. Wiz and I had a few moments to ourselves, and we were able to have the receiving line in the foyer of the banquet hall, where the escort cards, guest “book” photo mat, and gift table were located—everything the guests would need before going to their table right in one place!

I literally don’t remember those few moments of alone time before the receiving line made it to the front door; I was too far gone on Cloud Nine to be thinking much at all. All I remember is telling Mr. Wizard about the spider and quickly fixing my hair after I’d seen what the wind had done to it (it was not pretty), and before I knew it, the parents had arrived at the foyer and the receiving line had begun.

Disappointment #1: I have no idea where our photographers were during this time. We have absolutely no photos or video of the receiving line, and that hurts a little. I would so love to have photos of all the hugs, smiles, and interactions between us and our guests—it would have been the perfect time to capture some real, unbridled emotions. They knew we were doing a receiving line, and I wasn’t paying much attention to their whereabouts on the wedding day, so I didn’t realize until afterward that they skipped the receiving line.

The line only took about 20 minutes, and while guests settled in for cocktail hour, this bride and groom headed back outside with the photographers for a little glam time. The wind, however, had other plans:


From the very first moment we posed, the wind took my veil up once again, and we could not for the lives of us get it to stay put. Michael stepped in to try and help, but it was a lost cause.


In one final huge gust, the wind finally got its way: my veil blew right out of my hair and off my head. MOH Lefty caught it, but we decided to just forgo it for the rest of the photos.

This whole photo shoot felt like being in a dream. Again, I’m finding myself at a loss for words to describe the way it felt to be all dressed up on this most beautiful day, under a willow tree, cars driving by and honking their congratulations at us, warm wind on my face, my husband’s hand in mine. It was magical.



We each got a little bit of solo time in front of the camera too.

We took photos all around the venue.

Apparently we kiss a lot!

Next up, I’ll have to show you some of the outtakes from this session, because, as usual with us, things got a little goofy.

(*If you didn’t catch the reference in the post title”¦here you go!)

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All photos by MichaelWill Photography unless otherwise noted. Images market with an (*) are edited by me, with permission from Michael.


Mrs. Wizard

Wedding Date:
June 2012
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  1. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:50 pm

    I LOVE those close-ups of you two! So cute!!!
    It’s a shame your photog didn’t get any photos of the receiving line… That must be so frustrating. I hope they got some good guest pics during your reception!!

  2. painauchocolat Bee
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:41 pm

    The photos of you and Mr. Wiz under the willow branches are just dreamy! Glad to see the spider did NOT make a reappearance on him. Love your big brown eyes!!

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    mswizard 554 posts, Busy bee @ 5:28 pm

    Thank you everyone!!

    @Flower Fairy: Haha you are correct on the Elton John song, but I meant the “Just You and I” bit 🙂 That’s from Twin Peaks (video linked at the bottom of my post in case you missed it) – it’s one of Mr. Wiz’s and my favorite shows!

  4. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:29 pm

    you two look really cute and so happy! And the location is gorgeous. love love love.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:49 pm

    The photos of just the two of you are breathtaking! They look so real and full of happiness.

  6. funnelcake Bee
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:14 am

    Beautiful! What dreamy portraits. 🙂

    We had a receiving line and our photographer didn’t capture that many photos. There was one guest in particular who I knew wasn’t coming to the reception and I had a picture with her but when I got the photos back… it wasn’t there, so I guess it turned out bad.

    I’m really glad we did the receiving line because like you say, it’s a great chance to see everyone and we had people skip the reception who I thought would be there.

    But honestly, I don’t think you should miss the receiving line photos too much. It’s always hard for photographers to get in a good position and usually you either can’t see the bride or the guest or whoever very well. I’ve shot them at a few weddings and it’s usually 100 pictures of the same dang pose. So boring… and usually everyone’s faces are buried in hugging. FTL!

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:37 pm

    Funnel Cake above is right. We didn’t have a formal receiving line, but we did sort of organically end up with about ten minutes of hugging and mingling time before we launched into pictures. Our photographer did catch photos from this time, and while I did include a few of them in our album, they are mostly a study of the HILARIOUS faces I apparently make when I hug people. There’s a whoooole lot of squinchy face and open mouth kvelling.

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