After cocktails, everyone was admitted to the ballroom for the formal sit-down dinner and dancing.

Our seating chart instead of placecards. This is now hanging in our family room as a memento of our fabulous day.
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Once all the guests had taken their seats, the wedding party was announced and we all made our grand entrance.

Tim and I waiting to be announced as Mr. and Mrs. for the second time that day.
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Leah, Lily and my brother Jonathan being announced as a family.
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Our niece Kayli and Tim’s childhood best friend Dean took Logan in with them.
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Our niece Stepanie being escorted by college friend Tom.
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My BFF and amazing Co-MOH Dea, and her new fiance as of a couple weeks ago, Tom!
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My other BFF and amazing Co-MOH Sam, with Best Man Jason.
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Yay!!
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And right into our first dance to ‘Then’ by Brad Paisley. Our rings are engraved with a line from the song. My ring says “Now you are my whole world’ and Tim’s says ‘Now you are my whole life’.
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And then colleague and family friend The Reverend Art Tung said the blessing.
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The Appetizer was served and we all had a few minutes to settle in.

And then it was time for the toasts…first up my Dad.
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We both got a little teary. Thank goodness for the handkerchief my Mom gifted to me and was tucked just inside my bodice.
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Though Dad was not thrilled about wearing a tux, I think he looks great. I let the Dad’s choose their own tux and also their own vests and ties as long as they stayed within some minor color constraints.
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Slainte!!! No traditional head table for us. We had our MOH’s, Best Man and thier significant others sit with us. The rest of the wedding party sat with family and friends they knew and could enjoy.
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Post-toast hug and kiss. Love you Dad!
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The parent table with close family friends of my parents. Unfortunately none of Tim’s parents’ family friends could attend, but it gave the two sets of parents a chance to get to know each other better.
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Then the Best Man Jason gave his toast. I can’t remember now what he said but it was great! I’ll see it when we get the video!
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Then Sam got up and was very articulate and lovely with her ‘on the spot’ toast. Love you girl!!
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I don’t even remember what I said to Sam.
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BTW, check out mine and Tim’s toasting flutes. They are Waterford and were a gift from our realtor after we bought our house. She also gifted us the cake cutting set you’ll see later on.

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My florist did an amazing job on the centerpieces. This was just one of three different kinds. Mokara Orchids and Cymbidium Orchids floating in a shallow glass bowl.
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Our reception menu designed and printed by me.
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The second of three centerpieces along with our table names. Everyone was assigned a table named after either an Irish or Scottish city.
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The head table with the third type of centerpiece: A stem of Cymbidium orchids with Scottish Heather and Thistle.
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The salad was served and they gave us a few minutes to eat. And boy did I. I ate everything that was placed in front of me the entire evnening.

Then it was time for the Father-Daugher and Mother-Son dances. I danced with my Dad to “I Love Her First” by Heartland.
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Then it was Tim’s turn to dance with his mom Sue. Tim and Sue danced to “What a Difference a Day Makes”.
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Two very happy Dads.
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Dinner was served and I ate everything in front of me. Tim and I were determined to be able to eat at our own wedding and we did! Unfortunately, somehow the band leader missed cueing Tim to toast me during dinner. In fact, it was missed completely. We didn’t remember til afterwards. I’m not exactly sure what happened but we never even realized it til all was done for the night! Towards the end of dinner the Royal Scottish Country Dancers came in and danced some traditional dances for about ten minutes.

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They did a terrific job and we were so glad they could make it. They were a last minute addition to the day and a complete surprise for our guests.

Lily looking precious as usual.
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Tim and I got to sneak a dance in during dinner. We had a hard time deciding on our first dance so we had asked the band to also learn ‘Lost in This Moment’ by Big and Rich.
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Even some of the guests and wedding party got in on the dancing action.

Tim’s sister Kaye dancing with Logan.
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Kaye and Jack
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The new family now that it’s official.
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Then it was time to cut the cake and toss the bouquet. I couldn’t believe how fast the evening was moving.
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Cake? Did I hear someone say cake?
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Yummy!!
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Then it was time for the bouquet toss.

My toss bouquet was decorating the cake table at the reception. That way we didn’t have to buy another arrangement for the cake table – kept it simple.
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Sam and I have a moment before I “toss”.
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Prepering to throw…
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Ladies are you ready?
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Ladies line up ready to catch…
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The crowd waits in anticipation…
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1….2…..
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Faked you all out. Never intended to throw it at all…..
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Instead, I turned and ran, slid across the floor and nearly face planted, but caught myself…
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and handed the toss bouqet to TBP!!
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I hadn’t told any one what I planned, not even Tim. I think Carmen got it on video and I’m pretty sure I need a copy of it!!
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Tom kept thanking me for giving Dea the bouquet. It was very cute.
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Finally the real dance party could begin!!

Our amazing band, the Franklin and Alison Orchestra.
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Everybody is having fun!! The music was fabulous. I can’t wait to see the video!
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My custom Mr. and Mrs. signs that hung on our chairs. Etsy rules!! They now hang on our bedroom wall with the Love is Sweet sign from the candy buffet.
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Nom, nom, nom! Dessert display and candy bar!! YES – I had cake AND Tiramasu AND I filled up a bag full of candy!
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A last kiss before the end of the party…
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We closed the reception down and partied til the end. That’s really easy to do when you’re going upstairs to the wedding suite. The Radnor gathered up all of our decorations and stored most of them in the office, and when we arrived upstairs we found they had brought the top layer of the cake and a bottle of champagne, plus all the gifts and cards. Tim and I got changed and then climbed onto the bed to open presents and cards. Tim actually pulled pins out of my hair while I opened the presents and cards. It took him nearly a half hour to get them all out.

The wedding reception was just how I wanted it and the service was spectacular. The food was amazing. Everything was amazing down to the last detail. I couldn’t have been more happy or planned a better party. We got complimetns on the wedding and reception for weeks afterward and are still getting them here and there. I wish the wedding celebration could have lasted a whole week!

Next up….the honeymoon…..

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