Iowanna Marry You: We Begin To Party

Once pictures were finished and done, we all loaded up and headed over to A Touch Of Class for the reception. By the time we had arrived, the reception had been going on for about a half an hour. Both sets of our parents were already there playing hosts and hostesses until we arrived and once we were there, they sent the DJ out to go over one last second detail. Mr. D and I still had not decided what song to have everyone enter to and George from Absolute Entertainment needed that decision right then and there! We had narrowed it down to two songs, so George jumped on that and said he could do the rest. Whew, that was done.

Though as I began to relax and believe that our decisions were done and it was time to finally let loose and have fun, another was waiting to take its turn. I’m still not sure how it happened and why, but BM C (my cousin) decided she needed to go back to the hotel for something. My Uncle came out of the reception hall to inform me that he was going to go and pick her up. He wanted to know if we would wait. The hotel from the reception site would be a full 45 minute round trip, and the rest of the wedding party was waiting patiently in line to announce as guests of honors. So I made the decision to just take her out of the announcements and have the rest of the party announced. The announcements were made a little more awkward because my uncle took my cousin’s children with him, so when it was time for the announcements, we were down a flower girl, sign dude, and a bridesmaid.

I was later told that everyone was amazed by how calm I was. I wasn’t mad in the slightest, and I just kinda shrugged and said let’s keep going. It wasn’t a huge deal to me, and it definitely was not worth getting upset over. So we lined back up and got ready for our big debut!

This is one of those things that I feel that a video is better than the pictures, so without further ado:

I also wanted to include this little gem of an item to show you:


Now that we were all in, we quickly got to our table so that Mr. D could give a short speech thanking everyone and so Pastor Marty could do a quick meal blessing:


Then it was time to eat. We chose to have a buffet style dinner and our menu was:

Spring Salad

Pasta Salad

Slow Cooked Roast Beef

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Party Potatoes (think loaded mashed potatoes”¦they were awesome!)

Chauteau Blended vegetables (in season steamed veggies)


It was simple, but the food was sooooo good. It seriously tasted like good ol’ home cooking. However, much like Mrs. Pain Au Chocolat, I couldn’t make myself really eat all of the delicious food. I did eat a small plate, but I was much more interested in taking in the sounds and sights and talking with my loved ones.

Once the dinner began to quiet, we had our toasts. BM S gave a really short and sweet speech, but unfortunately we don’t have any pictures of it. It meant so much to me that she wanted to stand up and talk about our love (especially because of her fear of talking in front of everyone).

Next was MOH A:


MOH A mainly talked about how she had known us for so long and how I have always been a great friend and how it was amazing that I had married the love of my life. MOH A is also very anti-public speaking so it was also very short and to the point.


Best Man N on the other hand, is a lawyer and budding politician, so speaking comes very naturally to him. He, of course, had no qualms bring up the fact that it took us so long to get down the aisle, but he did it in a loving and lighthearted way. He made everyone laugh and he told our love story perfectly, after all he had been there for all of it:


Mr. D and I toasted to our love:


Now that our toasts were over, Mr. D and I were itching to get the party started. We still had three things we wanted to get off of our list. The first was a pretty big one: our cake eating.


I know that these cupcakes do not necessarily look like bakery quality, but believe me—they were freaking delicious. We went with two flavors in the end: Raspberry Lemon (A Lemon cupcake with a raspberry jelly filling and lemon flavored frosting) and Chocolate mint (A dense chocolate cupcake with a mint buttercream frosting). For our 100 guests we made about 175 cupcakes. There were only about 20 left at the end of the night. A success I would think!

Mr. D and I each picked out a cupcake and fed them to each other with no smooshing!!!



Our hands got kind of messy, but luckily our reception venue staff was waiting with hot washcloths for us to wipe our hands clean. This was a good thing because we needed our hands for the next thing on our list: our first dance.

All photos are from An Unforgettable Memory Photography.

UP NEXT: We do our first dance and Mr. D dances with his mama.



Mrs. Doily

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Wedding Date:
March 2012
The Most Important Part of a Wedding is”¦
How We Met (For Real This Time)
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  1. msdragon Bee
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 7:19 am

    The background is so pretty with all the soft lights — and your cupcakes look AWESOME to me!

  2. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:14 am

    Your entrances look so fun, and those cupcakes look amazing!

  3. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:52 pm

    Those cupcakes look delicious!

  4. Member
    gwombach 131 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:56 pm

    Aww cute pictures!!! I am from Iowa City and looked at Touch of Class for my reception! 🙂 We chose to go another route instead, but this was a definite favorite!

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