Upon announcement at the reception, the hubs and I immediately started our first dance, we were pretty nervous (mostly about my dress staying on for the whole dance) so we were glad to do that first.
We started off in a slowish swing style to Up Where We Belong.
About a minute and a half in, our music switched to Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel. I found a dance instructor who taught us some of Michael Jackson's more impressive moves because we decided if we were going to do a crazy dance, we were going to go all the way. We choreographed (with the instructor's assistance) an awesome "rock the reception" style dance. I would also like to point out, we did this BEFORE it became the "in" thing to do. This was one trend that we actually were ahead of the game on. I created a special mix of our music and gave it to the DJ. Other than giving a heads up to the photographer to expect something crazy, not a single person had a clue what was about to occur. :)
The dance ended with the hubs dipping me and then us moon-walking off the floor. :) It was super fun and when we watch the video now, it's so fun to hear people's gasps and cheers, as they begin to realize what is going on. We had A LOT of camera's flashing around us. It was so fun.
My dad started off the reception with a beautiful prayer and toast.
My dad and I then shared a beautiful father-daughter dance and I still remember our special conversation to this day. My dad LOVED our wedding and my whole family was on a high for weeks afterwards on how fun it was, how perfect it went and how they could never have imagined such an awesome event. We apparently set the bar high for all the future weddings. :)
The hubs best friend and best man gave an entertaining toast.
We had a small token wedding cake to cut and then the 20+ apple wedding cakes that I baked right before the wedding were cut and served to all the guests. We saved the wedding cake and ate it with our families at the "after party" after the reception was over. It was good cake!
We struggled a little bit on the whole feeding each other the cake bit, apparently we need a little practice on that one. I was worried that the teal frosting was going to end up on my dress!
For our last dance, my brother played and sang Journey's Faithfully and he wrote a special third verse for us that made me cry and had us all in shock because we are big Journey fans and had no idea he was going to be singing much less singing something he wrote. I believe the whole time we were dancing, we were saying to each other, did you know about this?
The photobooth was a HUGE hit. We had 400+ people invited to the wedding and had about 300 people there, this included kids. I have many cousins and siblings and we wanted to avoid all the drama over which kids would be invited and which ones wouldn't so we instead created the guest list first, invited families, and then planned a family friendly wedding around the guest list. The kids were so all SOOO well behaved and kept the photobooth packed the entire reception. We had the second copy of everyone's photobooth strip put into a guest book and plenty of markers for people to write us notes and decorate their page. It was so fun looking through the guest book after the wedding was done!
We snuck out briefly at the end of the reception to take some gorgeous sunset photos, I'll share those and our day-after "celebrate the dress" shots in the next post.