The wedding is over and now the party begins!
I hope you were able to join us during my last post where we attended the July 4th wedding of my daughter. If you weren’t able to be with us, then you can read all about it HERE.
The wedding is over and now it’s time to celebrate!
Let the party begin!
The reception venue offered wonderful views and a perfect setting for the celebration about to take place. The surroundings created a wonderful backdrop for the gorgeous pictures captured by one of the best photographers I have ever had the opportunity to work with. Let me stop right here and tell you – if you are getting married in the Chicago area, you must check out the work of Daniela Cardili.
As the guests entered the reception, they were met with a beautiful room filled with the afternoon sun highlighting the brides chosen colors of vibrant reds, purples and lavenders, with accents of green and pink. Each guest received their red table card from a table sprinkled with soft pink blossoms. Pink flower for beef. White flower for chicken.
Chairs backs were each tied with a brilliant red sash.
Each table featured large color coordinated floral arrangements in a variety of heights.
Some stood high off the table.
Some settled low to the table.
Each bridesmaid was allowed to rest their weary feet when they arrived at their chair and found a pair of comfortable red flip flops.
The flowers girls were excited to join the party, accompanying the ring bearer dressed as a miniature “Batman” – an added touch for our Batman loving groom.
The four layer cake was topped with a rhinestone letter, tying in with the look of the rhinestone letters used in the bridal party bouquets.
And large open red roses filled the spaces between each layer.
The beautiful bride and handsome groom danced their first dance as husband and wife under a canopy of lanterns in shades of red and pink.
And then sat at a table where the bridal party bouquets served as the floral arrangements.
No wedding is complete in this family without our favorite “Chicken Dance”. This is a bittersweet picture for each of us, as my dear mama was taken from us less than a year later after a battle with leukemia – but we treasure the memory of her happy face here.
As the party continued into the evening, guests viewed fireworks from a nearby display and celebrated with sparklers handed out to each.
A perfect ending to a perfect day and a wonderful celebration for a special bride and groom.
Now I am off to Illinois for the honor of helping create memories for another special girl – the daughter of one of my dearest friends.
I am taking my Kleenex.
I can feel the tears already.
You know me – I‘m just a silly sentimental girl – I cry at weddings!