David and I feel so giddy over all of the kind words about our wedding photos. I shared part one of our wedding earlier this week after it was published on Martha Stewart Weddings. To continue with our wedding day, today’s post shares all of the entire reception.

Al fresco reception with round and long tables covered in blue and neutral velvet linen with crossback chairs. Round circular bar with wagon wheel market lighting covered in greenery smilax. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding 

The Story Behind Our Smoothie Theme

We booked Heather of Amorology to plan and design our wedding because she is excellent with color. She’s also skilled at creating a theme that honors the couple’s personalities and history. Heather was drawn to the following story of our relationship and created a theme based on smoothies and fruit for our wedding:
Since we met online, David and I messaged back and forth before meeting. A few messages in, David didn’t return one of mine. I decided to message him again (double message, so risky) under the premise of asking for smoothie recipe recommendations. He had mentioned smoothies on his profile and I figured that was a good excuse. I told him I would be making some that weekend and needed some ideas…he wrote back something about blueberries and once again we were talking back and forth. Just to be clear, I had zero intention of making those smoothies. Those were my smooth moves.

Bride and groom grand entrance into reception. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Bride and groom grand entrance into reception. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Bride and groom speech on a stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Venue pavilion stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Venue pavilion stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
 

How the Reception was Unique

Our fruit and smoothie theme was certainly a special touch for guests. They adored the escort display of blenders and fruit and loved the Jamba Juice smoothie bar. Backup Backdrops designed a clean wall on which colorful Smeg blenders were filled with fruit. Oranges and bananas with guest names calligraphed in white ink served as the escort cards.

Outdoor escort display with text "smooth moves" and smilax framing top and side. Escort cards made from faux fruit bananas and oranges with guest names in white ink. Three colorful Smeg blenders on a shelf filled with fruit. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Bride in colorful Marchesa gown with groom admiring outdoor escort display with text "smooth moves" and smilax framing top and side. Escort cards made from faux fruit bananas and oranges with guest names in white ink. Three colorful Smeg blenders on a shelf filled with fruit. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Outdoor escort display with text "smooth moves" and smilax framing top. Escort cards made from faux fruit bananas and oranges with guest names in white ink. Three colorful Smeg blenders on a shelf filled with fruit. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Outdoor escort display with text "smooth moves" and smilax framing top. Escort cards made from faux fruit bananas and oranges with guest names in white ink. Three colorful Smeg blenders on a shelf filled with fruit. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding 
I felt that the wagon wheel market lights draped in smilax (my one big request for the day other than tons of pink) made for such a dreamy evening. Most of our East Coast guests had never before attended an al fresco reception, so this was a new experience for them. It felt like we were under a set of our own private stars.

Round circular bar with wagon wheel market lighting covered in greenery smilax. Acrylic laser cut smoothie bar sign. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding

Round circular bar with wagon wheel market lighting covered in greenery smilax. Hanging dried fruit from the bar. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Smoothie bar from Jamba Juice for a wedding. Smoothies styled with dried fruit and flowers of peonies, roses, and sweet peas in pink, orange, peach, and fuschia. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Round circular bar with Hanging dried fruit from the bar consisting of oranges, lemons, and flowers. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingAl fresco reception with table covered in blue velvet linen with crossback chairs. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Oak louis chairs. Smilax hanging on market lights above the table. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Oak louis chair with dried fruit decorated and hung on the back of the chair. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies.. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Banana escort card. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingAl fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Banana escort card. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece of fruit: papaya, grapefruit, banana, oranges, clementines, limes, and lemons with some whole and some cut. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Banana escort card. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies.. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Orange fruit escort card. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies.. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in blue velvet linen with crossback chairs. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in blue velvet linen. Soft blush plates, coral napkin with turquoise cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies.. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in blue velvet linen. Soft blush plates, coral napkin with turquoise cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory bone velvet linen. Banana escort card. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingAl fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Banana escort card. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies.. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding 

Sneaking Away for Sunset Portraits

Bride and groom sunset portraits with signature cocktails. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Bride and groom sunset portraits with signature cocktails. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Bride and groom sunset portraits. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Large bridal bouquet with pink, fuschia, peach, ivory, and blush flowers and long pink ribbons resting on a column.
Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. Groom picking up bride.
Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. Marchesa Resort 2018 long sleeve gown.
Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. Groom walking with bride.Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. Groom picking up bride.Al fresco reception with table covered in ivory velvet linen. Oak louis chair with dried fruit decorated and hung on the back of the chair. Mauve charger, soft blush plates, coral napkin with grey cloth square on top and hand torn calligraphy place card. Gold flatware with white handles, pink taper candles in hurricanes, and centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. Round bar with wagon wheel market lights covered in smilax. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBride and groom at head table. Oak louis chairs. Centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBride and groom at head table. Oak louis chairs. Centerpiece with ivory, peach, pink, yellow, and green roses, ranunculus, daffodils, sweet peas, and peonies. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingAl fresco reception with round and long tables covered in blue and neutral velvet linen with crossback chairs. Round circular bar with wagon wheel market lighting covered in greenery smilax. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding 

Literally Our First Dance

We took two dance lessons to prepare for our first dance. Somehow in over six years of dating, we’d never before danced together. Our wedding first dance was essentially our literal first dance! For David, he says “On the day of the wedding, we were both nervous about how our dance would go. The night before, we practiced in our living room, pushing the furniture to the edges of the room. It went well! But that was just the two of us. Casual. No pressure. The real dance on our wedding day, that’s in front of everyone! But when DJ called us on to the dance floor, something special happened. The audience disappeared and it was just the two of us. I don’t know how we did it, but we made every step exactly as planned and we ended with a lovely dip to a sea of smiling friends and family. One of our biggest fears became one of our most cherished memories.”

Bride and groom first dance on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBride and groom first dance on a stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBest man toast on a stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBridesman toast on a stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBest man toast on a stage with columns covered in climbing smilax with arrangement at the bottom consisting of roses, ranunculus, daffodils, peonies, and sweet peas. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding

Father daughter dance on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Father daughter dance on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding
Mother son dance on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding 

Enjoying Sweets and Dancing the Night Away

For our cake that we cut and ate, we bought two tiers from Nothing Bundt Cakes in marble and red velvet. It’s our favorite cake and I made sure to eat an entire piece after cutting it with David. Too many of my brides and grooms only ever get to eat one bite, so I was determined to enjoy an entire slice!

Dessert display with bone velvet linen. Blush plates for serving. Three tier white cake with pink lines for a geometric cake. Cut fruit and flowers styled with desserts.

Dessert display with bone velvet linen. Three tier white cake with pink and gold lines for a geometric cake. Cut fruit and flowers styled with desserts.
Mini Passion fruit tarts on a wooden serving board on top of velvet linen
 
Our other desserts came from Hey There, Cupcake! These included passion fruit tartlets, white chocolate covered Oreos that were divinely decorated, mini s’mores, and mini apple pies. They also created a gorgeous cake for us that featured clean lines of blush and gold adorned with fresh flowers.

Dessert display with bone velvet linen. Blush plates for serving. Three tier white cake with pink lines for a geometric cake. Cut fruit and flowers styled with desserts.Bride and groom cutting red velvet nothing bundt cakes cakeBride and groom cutting red velvet nothing bundt cakes cake 
Our venue set up a crepe station, which guests flocked to the second it opened. It was a great late night snack that filled everybody up so much so that many of our small desserts were leftover. Totally not complaining as I ate all of the leftovers in the days after our wedding!

Crepe station bar for late night snack at a weddingCrepe station bar for late night snack at a wedding 
Once people had time to digest, they were all over the dance floor. I had our DJ play electronic and dance music like Kaskade and Disclosure. Although most guests had never heard the music before, they packed the dance floor for most of the night. People will dance if the beat is good even if they don’t know the music, so I encourage couples to choose they music they want to hear and dancing will follow!

Bride and groom dance on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingDancing on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBride and groom dance on a stage with with wagon wheel market lights covered in greenery in the background. Bride wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBride on the dancefloor wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingBride on the dancefloor wearing colorful Marchesa wedding gown with blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange floral appliques. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar WeddingAl fresco reception at night with round and long tables covered in blue and neutral velvet linen with crossback chairs. Round circular bar with wagon wheel market lighting covered in greenery smilax. A Wedding Photographer's Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding

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