After several hours of dancing, photos were starting to look like this:
…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.
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.
We all got into a big circle with our arms around one another and sang along with Lee.
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.
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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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
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
All the Single Ladies – A spontaneous bouquet toss