I've already showed my daughter's wedding ceremony, which you can read about on this post, and also more photos are on this post, so now, as promised, I want to show some photos from the wedding cocktail hour and dinner reception celebration that took place afterward. All of the photos are a conglomeration of many photos taken by family and friends, all of which I have been enjoying immensely while we wait for the professional photos taken that day.
The wedding ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour, held right off the veranda of the catering hall where the ceremony was held, both outside and indoors. The string quartet we hired played a selection of songs during the entire hour. I loved this photo of my daughter and son-in-law enjoying their antipasti selections...my daughter has a napkin neatly tucked into her bodice to protect her dress.
The cocktail hour was an Italian "abbondanza" buffet, as in addition to the usual cocktail hour hors d'oeuvre selection we added on a "Tuscan Table" of an assortment of Italian cheeses, sausages, olives and breads, plus pasta selections, and a roast suckling pig. We also had a deluxe seafood selection of lobsters, shrimps, mixed seafood salad, oysters and calms on the half shell, with an open bar of premium liqueurs. My husband and I hardly ate anything, as we tried to walk around and greet everyone, but we were very pleased that our guests were enjoying all the food. My grandsons were very good, as were all the assortment of young nephews and great nieces and nephews. There are so many children in both families that my daughter and son-in-law felt they couldn't chose one ring bearer or a few flower girls, so none of the children were part of the ceremony, but they were all happy guests.
After the parents, and bridal party was announced by the DJ and entered the room one by one, my daughter and son-in-law were announced and made their entrance to the applause of the guests.
They then begin their first dance as husband and wife. Their wedding song was a beautiful Blake Shelton song: "God Gave Me You," which you can hear on this link.
At this time the bridal party was called back outside to take more photos and the girls took the opportunity to change into the purple sneakers my daughter had given them as gifts, so that they could dance the night away.
It made a fun photo!
The sun slowly set...
.....and more dancing began, as the music played in between dinner courses....
We all had a wonderful time!
By the end of the night the city was ablaze with twinkling lights.
It was the end of a beautiful day...
..and a beautiful wedding!
Our little girl who delighted in trying on my wedding dress when she was four years old was now all grown up and herself a beautiful bride, and we couldn't be more pleased and happy for her. Thank you for sharing our happy and blessed day with us and for all your best wishes to the new couple!