Time for the food, people! We chose to have a buffet over a served meal. It was one of the few things Billie asked for and I tried to be accommodating when he actually voiced an opinion. There was so much food, honestly when we looked back at these pictures we were looking at each other going “wait, we had fruit?” and “did you even get to try the salad?” The food was amazingly good and so many people complemented us on how delicious it was—our mad props to the chef at the Inne of the Abingtons!
Mr. CS and I were on the same page about what reception traditions we wanted to incorporate. We wanted to not take away from the endless party which was about to occur. We felt like by asking people to leave the dance floor either for dances or garter toss, it would make it more difficult to get people back to shaking their bon bons.
Mr. CS and I decided to only do a father/daughter dance and the cake cutting.
Our bridal party and bridal couple photographs were spread out over two locations: the Hunter Valley Gardens and the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Resort. I don’t want to mix things up (since something else happened between these two locations), so I’m going to do it ‘in order’ so as not to muddle up the goings-on of the day.
Once the ceremonies were over, and all the guests had dispersed, the bridal party, photographers, and videographers settled into the Oriental Pagoda for lunch, champers, and this:
Yes guys, GM Xboy blew up our inflatable companion cube (of the game Portal). He did it all by himself. We were actually very impressed.
Let’s see, where was I? Oh yes! Mr. Llama and I had just finished our alone time to have fun with just each other, so we headed back to the Boardwalk, where our immediate family, bridal party, and my house party were awaiting us to take more pictures.
In the car ride over, our Disney planner contacted me to let us know that the weather forecast was not looking good, and we would likely be moved inside for our ceremony.
ARGH. It was so beautiful out at the moment! We asked if we could hold off, and she did say we could prolong making the final call until later, but to prepare ourselves for that scenario. It was also at this time that we asked for a different backup location. The backup location they had assigned us was the conference room where we had had the rehearsal the night before, and we just weren’t thrilled with it at all—especially considering we had purchased VERY little decor/floral for the ceremony, so we wouldn’t be able to spruce it up much. We asked if there was anything she could get that had some natural light, and she said she’d work on it and get back to us.
You may have noticed by know that I had two maid/matrons of honor. That’s right: two. (It’s my party and I do what I want. ) But really, I had two because I have two best friends. And I couldn’t possibly choose between them because they both are amazing women who mean the absolute world to me. So when they both decided to give toasts on our wedding night, I couldn’t wait to hear what different things they had to say.
With the toasts and cake cutting wrapped up, our guests headed in for dinner. The only thing that happened during (before) dinner was the prayer—the pastor made it just in time to ask the blessing. (Saving my backup to the backup from needing to say the prayer—our first option was my childhood pastor who was sadly unable to make it to the wedding last minute due to health issues.)
Firstly, let me just say that I never meant to get so far behind (I know, none of the Bees ever do). Life has thrown about a million things our way since our return from the honeymoon, including a new job in a new city, a potential promotion for Mr Big, a new car, and several very upsetting occurrences, and all of these things have made me realise that being married to Mr Big is a treasure that I, thankfully and luckily, get to enjoy every day. Now before this becomes sappy (wait, it isn’t already?), let me just continue with these recaps. Almost done guys!
Once the servings were done, Mr Big and I were overladen with gifts, from red envelopes filled with money to jewellery.