Announcing the bride and groom! Dan and I entered the wedding to "White and Nerdy" by Weird Al. Originally I didn't have anything particularly fun planned for our entrance and then three nights before the wedding I had Riding Dirty (the original) stuck in my head. Then it came to me! I emailed our DJ to get it added in and he said no problem. I didn't tell Dan, though. Surprise!
Next up the toasts. Dan's brother and my sister did toasts. His brother called me opinionated (Here I am saying "I have an opinion about that, too!")
and my sister thanked Dan for making me nice and calm. That's sweet. :-/
Cake time! I spent too many hours trying to get just the right color ribbon and the right cake topper for this cake. It turned out really good though, don't you think?
Notice my mouth is open too, when I go to feed Dan. I also smile when I'm behind the camera. I'm weird. Then it was time for the Father-Daughter dance.
I wanted to condense the ceremonial portion of the reception as much as possible, having been to a few weddings where that stuff drags on and you just want to get to the dancing! So, instead of doing a separate Mother-son dance, we just had Dan and his mom come up halfway through my dance with my dad and then we could move on to dancing.
Once the pomp and circumstance was over, I snuck upstairs to change into sneakers. I thought about having pretty reception shoes, but during Ali's wedding a few weeks before my feet were killing me from a whole night of not wearing supportive shoes so I nixed the dressy flip flop idea and went for running shoes. (Keep your eyes open for a Brooks sighting later!)
There was dancing....
And more dancing...
I didn't do a bouquet toss (singles shaming!) or a garter toss (I didn't even wear one, they look itchy!). We just kept right on dancing...
We also nixed the "Last Dance" and also the send off (which would have been silly since we were coming back to clean up and then riding the bus back with everyone else) and instead invited everyone up to the dance floor in a big circle during the last song for us to wander around and thank each person for coming. This is kinda a traditional Bat Mitzvah move, but it was a good thing because some people I saw for the only time during the whole reception right then.
And there you have our big, fat, Jewish, Catholic, nerd wedding!