Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wedding Day - The Reception

We got a little bit more geeky at the reception - our table centerpieces (which also named each table for the seating chart) were all ships from different Sci-Fi and fantasy universes that Brian and I both enjoy and/or introduced each other to.  All photos by Modest Monkey Photography, unless otherwise noted. 

The head table, of course.
Points if you can name every movie/tv show!

Photo by Pamela Cuffee
Photo by Pamela Cuffee
Photo by Pamela Cuffee
Photo by Pamela Cuffee

Ok, some are cars.

Photo by Pamela Cuffee
Photo by Pamela Cuffee
My mom made the beautiful - and delicious - cakes.  The wedding cake was frosted in a pale blue to match my dress, and embellished with royal icing roses, lilacs, and lace motifs.  Brian requested a Millenium Falcon groom's cake, which Mom also made.  And Optimus Prime graced the cake table, because why not?

Photo by Pamela Cuffee
When we entered the reception hall, we surprised our guests with a karaoke song:

We sang "Life's a Happy Song" from The Muppet Movie.  And we danced a bit.

Brian loves to dance.
For the call-and-response part of the song, we had each member of the wedding party sing one line of the response:

Every table had mini lightsabers and folded paper favors with mints inside.  I'll have to do a separate post on the favors, I think.  They were a bit complicated.  The lightsabers were pretty simple, though.  I followed this tutorial that I found on Pinterest, and they turned out really cute!

The toasts - there were five total - were all beautiful and made me cry.  One each from the Maid and Matron of Honor and the two Best Men, and my brother also requested a toast, which was very touching. 

Little did we know that there was more geekiness in store!  My parents and siblings collaborated on a surprise lightsaber arch midway through the reception:

There were eight total lightsabers - all of which my dad and sister made - carried by the five groomsmen and three ushers.  It was quite possibly the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

Our first dance was to Aretha Franklin's version of "You Send Me."

Father/Daughter Dance was "My Girl" by The Temptations:

And the Mother/Son dance was "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King:

We also sang "A Whole New World" from Aladdin to kick off the karaoke portion of the evening:

And we danced like fools:

My spaced-out expression here can be attributed to concentrating on my killer moves.  Or something. 
See?  Killer moves.
Have I mentioned Brian loves to dance?

Obligatory bouquet toss:

My brother's date, Ami caught it.

Jordan (Brian's son and Best Man) caught the garter!

Ceremonial cake-cutting:

We fed each other very nicely:

Mmmmmm... Chocolate!
With one hour of the reception to go, we said goodnight to the live-stream viewers:

And we lived happily ever after!  :p