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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sneaking Away for Sunset Portraits
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.”
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!
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.
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!
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!