Our Wedding Pictures: Cocktail Hour, Introductions, & First Dance

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As we held our ceremony right outside the hall at our venue, our cocktail hour immediately followed our ceremony.

Everyone moved from outside to inside to enjoy some great food, drinks, and music while mingling to chat with old and new friends. We wanted this to be a nice relaxed time where we could enjoy getting to chat with our guests so we made it an extended cocktail ‘hour’ as it ran 1 hr and 45 minutes. It worked out perfectly.

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Autumn with her awesome daycare teacher and her daughter.

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Well, of course!

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With my ‘Aunt’ Monica. She is my mom’s best friend and I love her to bits. Of course, she has so many embarrasing stories about me when I was younger. And I love hearing them over and over again. ha!!

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I love how old friends got together again to catch up!

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It meant to much to us that friends traveled near and far to join us for this special occasion.

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Instead of a guest book, we set up a large frame on an easel that had a photo from our engagement session in it. People were able to write down messages to us. We are looking forward to swapping in a wedding photo in it and hanging it up in our bedroom.

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Before we knew it, it was time for introductions!!

We grabbed our wedding party so we could make our formal introduction from the main entrance. Price and I selected the song ‘Celebration‘ by Kool and the Gang for everyone to walk dance in to. So much fun!!!

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Bridesmaid Emily and Groomsman Chris!

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Matron of Honor Kristen and Best Man Chase!

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Oh man, I love this photo so much!!

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We moved right into the First Dance.

Price and I picked a little known song called “Anchor” by Mindy Gledhill. The song is lovely, but the reason that we picked it was for the lyrics. Love.

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“When all the world is spinning ‘round
Like a red balloon way up in the clouds
And my feet will not stay on the ground
You anchor me back down”

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We wanted a fun transition from our First Dance song to get everyone to dance with us so we quickly transitioned into “Shut and Dance” by Walk The Moon and rang to grab everyone to pull them onto the dance floor.

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It was so much fun to get the party started. I even ripped my dress from all the action! But nothing so bad that a stapler couldn’t fix!!

The dancing continued for a bit until it was time for dinner.

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We wanted the whole wedding to have a nice relaxed feel so we picked delicious, fun things for the dinner, including a mashed potato bar! We also served a variety of sliders, grilled chicken breast, and roasted vegetables. Having everyone make their own plates allowed for everyone from the kids to the adults to select exactly what they wanted to enjoy.

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There even was some dancing during dinner too. That’s what happens when “You & Me” from Dave Matthews Band comes on. Irresistible.

More photos to come!!


And be sure not to miss the other photos we previously shared!

Our Wedding Pictures: Portraits

Our Wedding Pictures: Ceremony

Our Wedding Pictures: Getting Ready

Our Wedding Pictures: First Look


5 thoughts on “Our Wedding Pictures: Cocktail Hour, Introductions, & First Dance

  1. mom says:

    What awesome photos I feel like im right back to that wonderful wedding day
    thanks for sharing
    can’t believe that it was 3 months + ago
    love u guys ,xxoo


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