Well, the dancing was done and we were married, but it was only 7:30 the party was far from over! We chose to have a noon wedding for a lot of reasons: I'm not good at waiting around for things, the groomsmen didn't have enough time to get drunk before the ceremony (only half kidding), I love natural light and think daytime weddings have the best photos, and almost everyone was coming from 1-2 hours away, so it meant that they could make it a day trip (if they wanted) and not be forced to pay for a hotel room or leave early. Well, that might have been my plan, but we were thrilled to see that not many people did that. This brings me to our after party!
Since the wedding took place an hour and a half from Mike's and my hometown (think of it like a triangle), we decided to stay in a hotel the night before to get ready there as well as the night after the wedding before we left for our mini-moon the next day. For me, there were two really important things in finding that hotel: 1. It needed to be big enough so that we could block tons of rooms and everyone attending could stay at the same place (I hate weddings where people are all spread out!), and 2. There needed to be a big bar area for the after party. Well, Embassy Suites had both of those, and over 30 rooms were booked by our guests. By the time we got back from the reception, it was about 8:00, but obviously no one was ready to call it a night yet. We basically took over the hotel bar with 50-60 of our guests and got to spend quality time with so many of the people who had traveled to be at our wedding. It was fantastic!
Here's our "we did it" photo and our beautiful cake topper all packed up to freeze for our first anniversary... can't wait to see what flavor it is!
The hotel staff left us champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries - my favorite!
All of my college friends!
I think it was after that Holy Cross photo above, but at some point, my phone disappeared and (because everyone I possibly knew was there) I never realized it. The following chaos ensued...
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