Before our guests headed into the reception, the room was finalized and our photographers got some great shots of the room in all it’s glory.
All photos by Mike Landis Photographer
We had three different styles of tables—two long tables that sat 18-20 guests on either side of the dance floor, four oblong tables that sat 14-16 guests on each corner of the dance floor, and five round tables that held 10-12 guests on the outside corners of the room. Each table style had a different centerpiece (or centerpieces for the long tables). We ended up splurging a bit on the lighting as well, but the chandeliers were our main source of lighting and definitely the focal point of the room, and we had them lit in amber lighting.
Our sweetheart table was in the center of the room, with these large white chairs that were very low to the ground. You’ll see in future posts that it looks kind of silly how low they are, and made it kind of difficult to eat comfortably.
Another Portal reference—our table numbers were photos of us. Our table had us from Halloween, dressed as Portal characters. Mr. Ly was a weighted companion cube!
Our gorgeous Kate Spade toasting flutes with delicious champagne
All of the tables were beautifully set and all of the linen was included in our package with Cescaphe. We chose a charcoal tablecloth in different textures—pintucked and crinkled—and navy napkins to match our wedding colors.
We had a lot of left over hand sanitizers from our welcome bags, and we got married during this past winter’s devastating flu season. I didn’t get the flu shot before the wedding (I know, being pregnant, that was pretty stupid) and it hit me a few days before that we’d be hugging/kissing/touching a lot of people at the wedding. And I kind of freaked out. So we put out all our extra hand sanitizers on the tables. I don’t know if anyone used them, but they were at least taken home—we had none left at the end of the night. And as a bonus, I didn’t get sick.
We also had a wedding app for our guests to upload pictures throughout the night. My mom created the entire account, and printed up instruction cards to put on the tables and around other common spaces.
The tall centerpieces of baby’s breath that we used for the ceremony decor were on the four oblong tables:
The long tables had three low centerpieces each, spread out on the length of the table:
The round tables had medium-sized low centerpieces on each table:
The room was breathtaking and more gorgeous than I could have imagined. It’s a pretty impressive space when it’s empty, so it wasn’t a huge leap to add to the beauty. You might notice the lack of cakes in our details—those will have their own posts later on, but now we’re ready to get the party started!
I pre-capped our recaps with a big announcement!
Recaps began with our Same Day Edit video.
I needed to get some perspective the week of the wedding.
Personally brewed beers gave our rehearsal lunch a special touch!
I spent a fantastic last day as a Miss.
I shared some gifts for my bridesmaids.
The girls spend an easy and relaxing morning getting made up.
The guys spent the morning building a chuppah and doing guy things.
I panicked when the morning went by too fast.
We exchanged lovely notes and gifts on the wedding morning.
I put on my dress and became a Blissful Bride.
Bridal details and my “somethings” rounded out the wedding morning.
We had our not-so-private first look.
We took some silly pictures, just the two of us.
Broad Street gave us gorgeous shots, but we nearly lost some of bridal party in traffic.
The Lyres and their huge bridal party storm the art museum, Rocky style.
I shed tears of pain at our final photo stop in Olde City
The ceremony space and details took our breath away when we arrived for a quick rehearsal.
We were officially married under Jewish law when we signed our Ketubah.
Guests were seated and the bridal party got our ceremony started.
I got a little emotional for my walk down the aisle.
We did not take our eyes off each other in our traditional Jewish ceremony.
Post-ceremony photos were taken with some special gender pictures for our surprise!
Our extra-long cocktail hour was full of delicious food and drinks, and a controversial ice-sculpture.