After the ceremony, we took pictures at the church, then drove over to the reception site, arriving just as cocktail hour was ending. After a quick conversation with the DJ, he lined us up and began the wedding party introductions.
Once we were seated at the head table, everyone was told to turn to the stage, where a slideshow (of Jordan and I through the years) was played. My sister put it together for us as a wedding gift, and the day of my wedding was the first time I watched it. Needless to say, I cried .
After the slideshow, my uncle said a prayer, and then it was time to eat dinner!
We went with a buffet, and I was a big fan of the food, and of our caterer. We had bread, salad, veggies, two types of potatoes, and fish, beef and chicken. Something for everyone! I filled up my plate first and sat down and enjoyed the entire meal (note to future brides – it is possible ).
After dinner, we did the traditional toasts. Since both of my sisters were maids of honor, Molly decided that she would do one toast for the two of them, and Jordan’s brother did one as best man. They made us laugh; they made us cry . My dad also did a toast, and the DJ said it was one of the best father of the bride speeches that he’s ever heard — so, good job dad!
After the toasts, Jordan and I cut the cake. Our guests had cupcakes, but we still wanted a small cake for the two of us to cut. My cousin made the adorable cake topper — it looks like us!
After eating cake and mingling, we danced for the first time as husband and wife to The Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows.’
we everyone had a good laugh because sometimes Jordan doesn’t know his right foot from his left, and for a few seconds, we were swaying in different directions (I still love him anyway ).
After our first dance, it was my turn to dance with my dad.
This is where I went into the ugly cry. I don’t know why I thought I might be able to get through this song without shedding a tear. When we watched our wedding video, I noticed that a lot of our guests were crying during this song too. It’s a tearjerker!
Jordan’s dance with his mom (to this song) was a little more lighthearted, but Jordan told me later that he and his mom were trying to distract themselves with laughs so that they wouldn’t cry.
After the songs ended and we wiped away our tears, it was time for everyone to dance the night away. The night was not over yet .
To be continued…