Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Saturday, July 9: LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

Oh, where to begin?! There were so many sweet, sweet details of the reception that I just don't want to forget. This wedding was a perfect reflection of Eric and Caroline- classic, creative, simple, and yet goofy.

Eric and Caroline did all the table arrangements, down to the flowers in the vase, the cactus, the mason jar candle holders, the napkin rings made of brown paper and twine with a variety of jewels, and the individually designed and wrapped disposable cameras.

The one pic of me and Chad, courtesy of Brooklyn. :-)

The reception area (immediately adjacent to the wedding area) had these cool book shelves. At first glance it just appears to be a collection of fake knick knacks and pictures, but a closer look reveals baby and kid pictures of the bride and groom (who are now neither a dancer nor a baseball player).
Our sweet grandparents made the looooong trip across the country for their eldest grandson's wedding.
And our fourth grandparent- who is gone but not ever forgotten. We love you and miss you, Grandpa!

More cute details. Caroline did needlepoint and/or cross stitch for all these signs. This one says C A K E over the cake table.

And C A R D S

And their "guest book." It was a thin piece of plywood that Caroline had stitched with their names, wedding date, and location. Each guest signed the board with a gold paint pen. Brooklyn wrote her name and "Good Job." Very cute!

Enjoying their wedding dinner- ribs, chicken, BBQ, mac and cheese, baked beans, mashed potatoes, salad, and fried okra! This wedding food probably tied best dinner with Loryn and Lee's Thanksgiving dinner wedding meal.

Their first dance to Hoppipola by Sigur Ros. Never heard of it? Me either! But youtube it or iTunes it. It was so beautiful and so THEM.

Daddy and Bride- they danced to a Bruce Springsteen song (Randy's favorite artist). Here was another sweet detail: Eric and Caroline did not tell their parents what their songs would be. It was a complete surprise to EVERYONE. So emotional!

The Mom and Pookie dance- They danced to Elton John's "Your Song."

To those of you who don't know the personal history of this song...My parents danced to this song at their wedding, and 25 years later, Chad and I had our friend, Brendan, sing it during our wedding, It was so special for all of us to hear- and definitely evoked some emotion in us all. Oh, Eric, you always surprise us! :-)

Dessert time! They had a small cake and many different cupcakes from Sprinkles bakery. OMG! These were the absolute BEST cupcakes that I have ever eaten! There were brown sugar and cinnamon, red velvet, carrot cake, and my most favorite ever- PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP with chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles.

The cake topper was perhaps the best detail ever. The story: Eric and Caroline decided to each make the other's figurine, so Caroline made the groom and Eric made the bride. Neither knew what the other had done until right before the wedding. It was soooooo cute- and again, so them.

More fun reception pictures...

As the night wore on, the kids grew tired. We pulled out the old DVD player for back up.

And finally, two more pics of the sweet newlyweds.

Love you both soooooo much, and I hope you had a fabulous honeymoon in HAWAII!

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