Monday, 26 October 2015

Blue moon reception

Our reception was the most fun night of my life. I don't know if I can properly describe how great it was, but I shall try.

At first, we were a little sad that it was so foggy, but I think it ended up being the thing that made the party last so long. Had it been as hot as it was the following day, I don't think anyone would have been dancing until 3:00 am. Also, the photos ended up looking pretty great!

Once again, these photos are by Charlie and Pip, and we love them. There are also a couple of gems from our photo booth thrown in!

Photos above by Charles Bourne

Photos above by Pip Shepley

Our parents are pretty great. 

 Above you can see what may have been my only "bridezilla" moment: we were trying to get group shots done and people couldn't hear when they were being called. I'm so happy Charlie took this photo, because I think it's hilarious.

Sara did so much work to make the wedding happen! I feel bad that she did so much since when I went to her wedding in Seattle, I wasn't slicing and toasting baguettes, decorating toilets, or helping her get into her wedding dress on top of a cliff. Thanks, lady. You're amazing.

Photos above by Charles Bourne

Our adorable tiny guests. They are both so cute!
Photos above by Pip Shepley.

 These guys are so handsome. 

Photos above by Charles Bourne.

Photo by Pip Shepley

Photo by Charles Bourne. 

Photos above are from our photo booth!
All of the food at our wedding was so good! Immediately after the ceremony, we served fresh fruit margarita popsicle in a variety of flavours: lime and mint, strawberry lime, watermelon, peach, and blackberry, and kiwi . We also had red and white wine, made by Aaron's parents, sangria made by Aaron's mom, Garrison beer, and iced tea, lemonade, and water. The appetizers came out shortly after the popsicles. Aaron, my mom, and I spent so many hours coming up with a list of appetizers that would be delicious, compliment each other and the season, as well as have several options for various diet restrictions. In the end, we had bruschetta, sliced peaches and arugula wrapped in prosciutto, mini lobster rolls, vegan mini taco bites, strawberries stuffed with basil goat cheese with a balsamic reduction, smoked salmon mousse on sliced cucumbers and crackers, a variety of flat breads, caprese skewers, and fresh fruit skewers with raspberry, nectarine, kiwi, and strawberry. We ended up buying all of the ingredients, and then friends and family made each of the recipes. 

Photo by Ariana Plont

Street Eats really saved the wedding. When Aaron and I first got engaged, we booked a Halifax food truck to cater the wedding. However, they went out of business, and we didn't hear about it for quite some time. That was probably the worst week of the whole wedding planning process. By the time we knew we had to figure something else out, most of the other food trucks in Halifax were already booked or couldn't make the long trip. I honestly thought about postponing the wedding at one point; what were we going to do if we couldn't feed the 100+ people we had invited? But then we found Street Eats. Paula, the owner, is so incredible and her food is ridiculously delicious. We are still getting compliments about how good the food was and how fun it was to have a food truck. Paula was game to try anything, and we opted to have fancy burgers. We told her what toppings we would like, and they were a million times better than we had imagined. The menu had an option of burgers:
  • The French Kiss: Brie, bacon, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli, and grainy Dijon mustard
  • The New Mexican: Hatch green chile, tomato, lettuce, 1000 Island dressing, and cheddar
  • The Ethan: Avocado slices, grilled onions, smoked Gouda, bacon, and chipotle aioli
  • The Warren: Lettuce, tomato, onion, and maple bbq sauce 
  • The Cheesy Warren: same as The Warren, but with cheddar
  • The Jacqueline (vegan): Portobello burger with vegan roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, and greens
There was also a choice of hand cut fries, poutine (fries topped with gravy and cheese curds) and loaded fries (fries topped with cheddar, bacon, green onions, and sour cream), and green salad. It was all just so good. 

 Photos above by Charles Bourne

While we were having family photos taken, our wonderful friend Aaron went and got us the first burgers from Street Eats. We hadn't eaten all day, so we were very excited! Our friend Kevin snapped a photo of our excitement with his phone.

Photo above by Charles Bourne.

Photos above by Pip Shepley

The cupcakes! Aaron's mom and I spent so long making them, but it was a lot of fun. Jenn is just fantastic. We had five flavours of cupcakes and a cutting cake. We made red velvet with cream cheese frosting, vanilla cupcakes filled with raspberries and topped with a white chocolate champagne butter cream and a white chocolate heart, chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate peanut butter ganache and a peanut butter cream cheese frosting, caramel cupcakes with salted buttercream frosting, and lemon cupcakes with lavender butter cream. The cutting cake was a chocolate stout cake with a salted caramel cream cheese frosting. We topped it with little Totoro figures!

Photos above by Charles Bourne.

Photo by Ariana Plont 

My 95 year old grandfather came all the way from southern Maine to be part of the celebration!

Aaron was just incredible as an officiant and MC.

The toasts may have been one of my favourite parts. We have very thoughtful and hilarious friends and family.

The lights and the fog looked really cool as it got darker.

We wanted to do Thai lanterns because Aaron and I had a lot of fun setting them off and watching them when we spent New Year's Eve in Chiang Mai. We thought they were pretty special and a nice way to incorporate our travels. They also made for some pretty cool photos!

 Photos above by Pip Shepley

After the lanterns, we had a bonfire with s'mores and a popcorn bar, and we danced all night. It was so fantastic. My lovely friend Ariana took a few photos of everyone dancing!

Photos by Ariana Plont

Everyone danced very enthusiastically. Especially Ethan and Megan. And Jeremy!

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