the hendys get down

Thursday, October 20, 2011

after the anxiety, tears, fears, glimpses, pictures, vows, foot washing, rings, smiles, and claps were over- it was time. time to party. i mean literally party. lemme tell you a little something- our reception was awesome. i think i am allowed to gloat about that a little bit. it was about thirty minutes and the ceremony room was transformed into a beautiful reception hall. filled with history and charm. the budleigh had so much personality to it. we absolutely loved it. not to mention all the beautiful decor that some sweet parents made possibel and some sweet friends set up. josh and i were so giddy. we were laughing and all we could seem to do besides hug and kiss each other was to say to each other "WE'RE MARRIED!" just like that. we sat and waited and were in pure wedded bliss. while the set up was taking place we served our guests drinks on the porch and told them to go look at the waterfront- because 1) a trip to manteo is not a trip to manteo without a look at the gorgeous waterfront. & 2) we needed to stall while we set up... so as the guests enjoyed their stroll in the hot heat in manteo fully equipped with lemonade, cheerwine, sunkist, and coke bottles all sipping out of soda shop spiral straws, the reception set up and josh and i laughed. then it was time.

we entered the reception to matt & kims daylight song. down the stairs. it was so fun. and i even knocked over a vase with a little flower on it that was lining the stairs. it was quite funny. keep in mind i am a little dramatic.

 we ate. yes we ate. a lot of people told me not to get my hopes up about eating at my reception. but we picked that food and we were determined to break the mold. and we ate with our guests and loved ones surrounding us. our wedding menu? absolutely to die for. it was "heavy hors d'oeuvres"- which doesnt give it justice. here it is for ya- oh how i miss that food...
our menus matched our programs- both of which i designed:
chicken marsala
beef shoulder tenders
blackened tuna bites (with corn salsa)
grilled shrimp
hot artichoke dip (with pita points)
grilled & chilled assorted veggies 
sweet potato biscuits & ham
pasta in creamy basil sauce
assorted fruit & cheese

the bar was hoppin' too...

after we ate, josh & i mingled... and talked to wonderful people (like the Hildebrands pictured below) everyone was so excited to talk with us and we were excited to talk with everyone too. such a sweet time with smiles, laughter, and advice.

dance. now its time to dance. we started with the first dance. so sweet and such an intimate time. i loved dancing with that boy. it was joyful. one of my dear friends told me she had never seen a more beautiful first dance because you could see the love in our eyes and our smiles. thanks for that friend- ill never forget this sweet time dancing to one of our favorite songs hung the moon by drew & ellie holcomb (i lovelovelove them if you didnt know...)

then the daddy daughter dance... somewhere over the rainbow of course because my dad loves this movie- it was a surprise for him...

then of course some the mother-son dance which was sweet for Mrs. Cindy i know- the song started out not like we expected, but it was still sweet.

then the bet men and the maid of honor gave some sweet speeches, filled with fake nicknames, funny stories, sweet words, & 4th grade boyfriends. and then the dancing commenced for our guests. the electric slide, the virginia reel, forever, and im so sad to say i missed the dynamite dance. what were they thinking starting the song without me? i am trying to get over that... it was still so fun. enjoy these pictures. there are so many. its hard to choose.

 the virginia reel- a young life camp favorite. thanks mez & ryder for doing that.

heres some great pictures of some of our favorite couples.
john & stef doing the va reel

ryder & libby- we love you guys

kait & steven this picture is so sweet

the colonel & marybeth- oh how we do love you guys
 now its time to cut the cake. sadly, josh and i only had the two bites we fed each other. im so looking forward to our one year anniversary to eat some more....

we were nice.... at first...

then got a little messy...

still love you though
oh and we did do a bouquet & garter toss.... who would have guessed caileigh & jimmy would have caught it.... uh-ohhhh

 here are some more dance pictures...

 we're so in love.

 they match!

 josh & mezz get a little hardcore or something.... im not too sure

 my heart melts when i see this

 queeny- you look beautiful

 oh katie how i love you...

then it was time to leave...

we also had a photobooth. ill put those pictures on a separate post sometime soon, there are just so many.... hope you enjoy your weekend. i am off for a trip to harrisonburg with some good old friends to visit kristin. a little camping may be involved- well see how that goes.... josh is going to hold the fort down.

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