A Highland Fairy Tale: We Take Care of Business

After the toasts it was time for dinner! We had a three course plated meal of salad, chandelaise (I think our chef made that word up) chicken with steamed veggies and roasted red potatoes followed by wedding cake. Again it’s clear we aren’t foodies and I know it sounds like boring wedding food, but that’s OK because there was nothing else boring about our wedding! And the food was damn good.

After the salad course, Mr. Sword stood up and gave a thank you speech to everyone in attendance. He was SO nervous, but he did a great job. No idea what he’s saying here or why my arms are like that!


It was lovely to stand by his side as his proud wife in a room of our favorite people as he expressed our gratitude. While I’m the more out-going personality of the two of us and a performer by nature, on our wedding day I just wanted to be a bride, and I think our guests were really happy to hear from Mr. Sword as well.



After scarfing our down our meal at the sweetheart table, Mr. Sword and I attempted the table tango to mingle with our friends and family. Despite our successful receiving line, we knew once the dancing started there would be no time for chatting, so we made use of the dinner time lull. Crystal followed us around to get some group shots as well.


After everyone had finished dinner we began the parent dances, a tradition that all of us were really looking forward to having at the wedding. First up, Dad Sword and I danced to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Lucky for me, Dad Sword has some moves!


After the first minute or so, Mr. Sword grabbed Mom Sword and those two joined us on the dance floor. We wanted to honor all four of our parents instead of just the Father of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom.


Following the Father-Daughter dance, it was time for the Mother-Son dance and Mr. Sword and Mum Sword chose Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” I love this picture of them!


I grabbed my new Father-in-law to join me on the dance floor after the song played for a while and it was a really nice moment.


The parent dances were the perfect way to kick off the dancing portion of the evening! Next up, Mr. Sword and I have our first dance! We wanted to be the finale of three dances instead of the opening act and in the next post you’ll see why. 🙂

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.

Did your groom do the traditional thank you toast or did you both speak? Do you each ask your in-laws to join in the parent dances too? Is something you would consider?

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Skipped some of the Sword saga? It’s OK, catch up today!

Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look!
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!
Posing with our flower girl!
True Scotsman indeed!

People processing!
Bridal cry/laugh walk!
Ceremony readings!
Vows and handfasting!
Receiving line!

Cocktail hour!
The pretty details!
Grand entrances!
We get roasted!


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
DIY: Wedding Ceremony
Gallery of the Day: August 19, 2013
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  1. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:03 am

    I love that you honored all four of the parents with dances! 🙂

  2. roadtrip Bee
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 am

    I think it’s sweet that you each involved the in-laws in the parent dances 🙂 And I have no idea if T is going to be up for making any sort of thank-you speech at the reception–I guess we should probably talk about that!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 10:05 am

    I really like that you incorporated both the mother of the bride and the father of the groom since they are often left out of the parent dances! My FI and I are considering doing the same thing too and joining in towards the end of each respective dance.

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    Jessica, Guest @ 11:01 am

    Love parent dances! Sweet post, Mrs. S! 🙂

  5. mswaterfall Bee
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:56 pm

    That is a very sweet idea!

  6. graywolf Bee
    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 1:58 pm

    aw i like that idea!

  7. sword Bee
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:24 pm

    Thanks everybody! 🙂

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