Reception Events

I had such a blast at our reception.  I loved getting to see and talk to all the people in my life and Reese’s.  It was so fun to see everyone together and I felt like all night long I wanted to ‘jump into’ conversations I could see going on all around the room.  Everyone warned me that it would go by too fast  and they were right! There were people I wish I’d been able to talk to longer and friends who traveled a long way that I didn’t really get to catch up on their lives.  But that being said we had an EXCELLENT time.

One little hiccup in our planning was our DJ.  We had gone with a DJ company that was great to work with and assigned us a DJ who was very us, low key, but knew what kind of music we wanted to play.  We had worked out all the details for the reception (including first dances, etc) with her a week before and she was fantastic. The day before the wedding, her father died unexpectedly, so obviously she couldn’t DJ. The company called and told us they would send a very qualified replacement who had been doing this for 15 years.  So during our rehearsal dinner Reese and I snuck away for a few minutes to go over all of the details again. This guy was great, but didn’t fit our personality AT ALL.  When we met him in person right before the reception he said to Reese… are you ready?  We are going to ROCK OUT. Reese said… I don’t think you get us, we want it to be very low key… his response? Yeah man… we’re going to Rock! And then walks away.  He had a few things he did that were completely bizarre, like giving his own toast… receptiondj

But overall it was no big deal, and he provided something a little crazy and memorable for the night.

Right when we got in Reese and I did our first dance so that people could go ahead and get up and dance whenever they wanted to. Our first dance was to a song by Jimmy Needham called If I Ever Needed Grace, and is a song he wrote for his wife and talks about their journey through life together and how important it is to have grace through it all.

receptionfirstdance Then my dad and I danced to “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof.  My dad has always really loved this musical and regularly quotes Tevye’s “Tradition” song as an answer for why we do certain things in our family.  This is a perfect father daughter dance and I loved dancing with my father (who by the way is a terrific dancer!) For those of you who don’t know the song, it’s a father reflecting on his daughters as they go off and get married, the first lyrics are:  “Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don’t remember growing older, When did they?”  I love this picture of my dad and I:

receptionfatherofbride Reese and his mother danced to Rascal Flatt’s My Wish.  I love it as a first dance song too:

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

receptionmotherofgrom Then we moved into cutting the cake, which I showed you how gorgeous it was on Friday. What I didn’t share was our ‘groom’s cake’.  One of Reese and I’s favorite things to do is to go get ice cream.  (healthy, right?) So when we found out that Paciugo Italian Gelato catered events for a not very outrageous price, we jumped on the chance, and it was a huge hit!

receptionicecream They bring it in coolers and we could choose 5 flavors for the number that we ordered  (shown above is chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate chocolate chip, and mint chocolate chip… can you tell we like chocolate?… we also served strawberry sorbet and an amaretto).  Then for the rest of the night we danced the night away.  receptiondancing2 Our groomsmen and ushers were awesome and spent most of their night on the dance floor! And check out the picture below… easily one of my favorites from the day! Our musician and good friend Micah was getting my mom into the dancing game!

Later that evening my sorority sisters and I fulfilled one of our wedding traditions and sang “She’s a Theta” and like all good sorority songs… it has hand motions. I love that so many of my wonderful sorority sisters made the trek down to Dallas.  I loved getting to see all of them!  receptiontheta

Reese is a Texas A&M grad and the Aggies have their own wedding tradition.  The groom stands in the center of a half circle and they sing the A&M Fight song… also complete with hand (and body?) motions.  As a Jayhawk I clearly have a lot to learn.  Reese is trying to make a deal that our (future!) children grow up with as much Maroon and White as they do Crimson and Blue.  I’ve assured him they can only have Maroon and White during football season… basketball season is all mine!  receptionaandm

Then our crazy DJ (see above) had all the guests circle around us in a congo-esque line and then on his command run and give us a giant group hug… it was very strange and claustrophobic, but made for some excellent pictures.  receptioncircle And to sign off for the night we walked through a tunnel of our remaining guests and into our car so we could head of for Hawaii the next day!  receptionleaving

Want to see the other parts of our wedding? Check them out here:


Reception Part 1

The Dress

Rehearsal Dinner

The Proposal

All pictures courtesy of Lauren Guy Photography

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