A Midsummer Night’s Dreamcatcher: Wedding Cookie Bar Reception
The whole day went screaming by, but once we hit our reception it felt like time started moving doubly fast. After everyone was in their seats, we made our grand entrance.
Shortly after we sat down, Bridesmaid Ravenclaw kicked off the reception with a lovely toast to the two of us. We didn’t have a best man or maid of honor, but Ravenclaw has been there since day uno of our relationship, so we felt she would be great at toasting the both of us.
Ravenclaw did great and had us all cracking up. She told some funny anecdotes, and finished off by doing some “math.” Basically, she took important numbers in our relationship like 10 (number of years together) 25 (the date that day), 28 (the day we started dating), etc., and bought us a Powerball ticket! Unfortunately, we didn’t win anything, but it was a fun spin on the traditional speech!
Our pastor said blessing, and it was time to chow down! The first course was wedding soup, followed by a mixed green salad. After that, guests made their way up to the buffet and had a choice of fresh stuffed breast of chicken with natural gravy, angus N.Y. strip loin, seafood newburg, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans with sautéed mushrooms. Choosing a menu that meets everyone’s tastes and dietary restrictions is SO hard, but I think we nailed it. I still get lots of compliments about our wedding, but none so frequent as how amazing the food was. I was especially fond of the seafood newburg, and totally could have eaten a gallon of it. NOM. Of course, we had to stop eating about 46,344,256 times because our guests did the whole “clink and kiss” thing. I REALLY hate this, bees. I find it infuriating, as a bride and guest, LOL. #irrationalanger But…I was a good sport and we played along.
The absolute best part of the reception (psh, and almost any event) was DESSERT. Remember when I was raving about our cookie table? Weeeelllll, it was everything I dreamed of and more. Cookies:
Oh, and of course wedding cake. We maaaay have gone a bit overboard here, too, offering vanilla with buttercream icing and raspberry filling for our cake, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cake with peanut filling and buttercream. We also had a vanilla gluten-free option! I am shamelessly proud of the amount of sugar available at our wedding. #winning
Later in the evening, we opted to do a bouquet toss, yet skip the garter. Since lovely bees have opened a great discussion, instead of calling out single ladies our DJ announced that ANYONE who wanted a little luck in the romance department should come to the dance floor. We had a turnout of single and married women, and even a few gentlemen braved the crowd! But it was Bridesmaid Fresnel who won the luck, with an epic catch!
I’m pretty darn happy with how our reception turned out. We had a blast. In the stressful times of planning I found myself wondering why I chose to have a big wedding. In the end it was totally worth it. Everywhere I turned someone was hugging me, or wishing us well, or shaking it with us on the dance floor. Being surrounded by so many amazing people was more than we could have ever hoped for.
All photos from incomparable Laurel Mountain Photography!
- My dress almost doesn’t happen.
- I get by with a little help from my friends.
- We stumble through a rehearsal.
- We give some awesome gifts.
- Flow it, show it, hair, hair, hair, hair.
- Stuff gets sprayed on my face and makes me pretty.
- It takes one mom and six bridesmaids to dress me.
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Dressed
- A look of the first variety.
- I forget I planned a gift exchange.
- Our wedding party cheeses something fierce.
- Our photographer somehow makes us look good.
- I manage to not trip.
- We have a beautiful ceremony, even if I don’t know a left from a right hand.
- We make a bunch of our guests cry.
- We receive a line.