Previously on Eels…
Episode 1: The One Where We Kick Off Our Wedding Weekend
Episode 2: The One Where We Get Ready
Episode 3: The One with the Gifts
Episode 4: The One with the First Look
Episode 5: The One with the Bride and Groom Portraits
Episode 6: The One Where We Say “I Do”
Episode 7: The One with the Cocktail Hour
It was time for my favorite part of the night—our reception! I wanted to be sure to save plenty of time for dancing, so we had an informal program throughout our plated dinner service.
Warning: This post is going to be picture heavy because, hey, a picture speaks a thousand words!
We started off the program introducing our wedding party, and for the first time ever, Mr. and Mrs. Eel. As I mentioned in a previous post, we had a modified head table with our wedding party plus significant others. This worked out perfectly for us as our entire wedding part is married, engaged, or in a serious relationship.
After a short invocation (and maybe a few shots), our waitstaff began dinner service with our first course of salad, and our maid of honor and best man gave their speeches.
Needless to say, their speeches were awesome and shared both embarrassing and tender moments with Mr. Eel and me.
Main entree service started and guests were served their pre-selected choice of beef or fish. This was the only part of our reception where we stopped the program so that guests could focus on their meals and mingle with their seatmates.
After entrees were cleared, my stepfather-in-law and uncle gave the banzai toasts. The whole crowd got wild, yelling “banzai” louder and louder each time.
We immediately went into cake cutting and, funny story, Mr. Eel and I were about to cut our cake when or coordinator standing nearby told us we were using the knife upside down!
We were blessed to have a good friend play “Lucky” by Colbie Callait on his acoustic guitar for our first dance. We chose this song specifically because of the friendship we had formed prior to becoming a couple and our progression toward becoming best friends.
The most emotional point in the night was the father-daughter dance; Mr. Eel opted not to do a mother-son dance. I have a very close relationship with both of my parents, and my dad in particular. He said some sweet words about enjoying married life and how proud he was of me, among other things.
Finally, after our thank you speech it was time for dancing!
We (I) spent the rest of the night on the dance floor with friends and family. Mr. Eel, who isn’t much of a dancer, spent time mingling with his friends by the bar.
The rest, as they say, is history!
All photos by Keoni Michael Fine Art Weddings