Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This Modern Love: Guest Autographs & a Cocktail Hour Surprise

Hands down, the best wedding decision we made (other than having a destination wedding in Montreal) was our record albums "guestbook".  It was so uniquely us and also something that none of our guests had ever seen before at a wedding--which makes it even more special. 

All photos by Sarelle Photos (unless otherwise noted).

A guest signing one of our record albums
I bought some cheap frames from the dollar store and made a sign that said "Give us your autograph!  Use the gold sharpie to sign directly on to a record."  Most people didn't just stop at signing their name though, and decided instead to write some really sweet messages.  And now, with the wedding over, we put all four albums into frames and hung them on the wall in our living room--you can't beat a keepsake that doubles as wall art!
Our signed albums hanging on the wall at home / Personal photos
One thing that I kept tightly under wraps (in fact, only Mr. M and his brother knew about this) was that I wanted to surprise our parents and Mr. M's grandparents with photos of them from their wedding day to be displayed at the record signing table.  It was pretty easy getting a few photos from my parents' house without them knowing--I simply made copies of the photos at CVS.  Getting pictures of Mr. M's parents and grandparents (who live in Wisconsin) however was a completely different story--thankfully I was able to enlist the help of his brother in covertly searching for and scanning their photos. 

While I know this isn't by any means a unique thing to do at a wedding, this was the first time our families had seen something like this, so the look on their faces when they saw the photos was absolutely PRICELESS.

They were all SO excited to see these! / Personal photo from guest
My parents and Mr. M's grandparents couldn't stop posing with their photos / Personal photo from guest
Our mothers discussing the photos / Personal photo from guest
Close ups of the albums and parents' photos

But before all this happened, we were with our immediate family members in the room taking family portraits.  Family portraits are funny because while I know they are necessary, it's hard work standing there for 45 minutes in nearly the same pose with a permanent smile plastered on your face--my cheeks were KILLING me after awhile and I couldn't wait to get downstairs to join our guests for the remainder of cocktail hour!  But we definitely got some gems out of that session--I won't bore you with them all, so I'll just share some fun ones.

When we were finally done, we arrived at cocktail hour to excited cheers from our guests.  It's weird to say, but it really feels like being a celebrity for a day when you are a bride or groom.  Everyone wants to chat with you, take a picture with/of you or just hug and kiss you.  But the difference is that you are surrounded by people who genuinely love and care for you--and we loved every minute of it!  After we got there, our photographers took these great overhead shots.
And in between greeting guests and taking more pictures, I luckily had some people making sure I ate a few bites during cocktail hour and that Mr. M was never without a drink in his hand.

Me noshing on an app / Personal photos from guest
Mr M. and his grandparents / Personal photo from guest
And with that, cocktail hour was over and our guests were told to head to the reception room.  Next up, we show off our dance moves with killer reception entrances!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Modern Love: Details, Details, Details

Well hello there hive!!  We're finally back from our honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand (and fully recovered from a serious case of jetlag)!!  It was without a doubt, the BEST trip of my life. But before I delve into our tales from down under, let's finish where we left off with my wedding recaps :)

With the ceremony recaps wrapped up, I want to shift gears a bit and get into something that everyone loves to see--all the pretty details!  As you may recall, I had a peacock theme with a teal and gold color scheme for the wedding.  I wasn't able to find much inspiration for subtle and classy integrations of peacock feathers, so I kind of had to make it up as I went along.  It's one thing to have a vision in your head and another thing to see it finally come together.  The truth is, I had no idea how it would all look in the end, considering I hired a separate florist, got the table decor from a separate rental company, ordered the invitations and printed materials from a shop on Etsy, etc.

So to my surprise (and extreme delight), I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw how beautifully everything had come together, from the ceremony to the reception.

All photos by Sarelle Photos (unless otherwise noted)
The invitations
Ceremony aisle candle
Huge floral arrangements framing the ceremony aisle
Name card table and card box
Shot of the card table from outside of the hotel
Reception tables
Close-up of reception table with teal napkins, gold table runner and band table name
High centerpiece
High centerpiece on the left, low centerpiece on the right
Menus (one per table)
Votive candles on reception table
Lounge area with rented sectional couch and reused floral arrangement from ceremony
Names of our favorite bands (instead of table numbers) on left; info on our Wedding Party photo streaming app upper right; I Spy lower right
Ceremony aisle upper left; menu lower left; ceremony program right / Photos by our wedding planner
Lounge area and illuminated bar upper right; ceremony aisle lower right / Photos by our wedding planner
I absolutely love all the details and feel like I pulled off a peacock theme that wasn't too over the top (or hideous).  What do you guys think?

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