Being home this weekend has been wonderful and Jen's wedding on Saturday was gorgeous! While I'm gathering my thoughts (and emotions - the temple and Jen together result in waterworks over here), I thought I'd share pictures of our reception, a year and a half ago.
We held the reception at my New Hampshire home after our ceremony in Boston. The wedding was indoor/outdoor with the table and food set up outside but using dance floor inside. The food and decor matched the rich Tuscan theme we were aiming for and my mom worked closely with the caterer to create a unique menu perfect for the occasion.
One of my favorite things we did at the reception was have a head table and a short reception line. For the first half and hour Ben and I greeted guests before retiring to our table removed from everyone else. Anyone coming in late had the chance to come up to the table to chat with us but we got to spend our time enjoying the delicious food and looking out at all our favorite people (and when you have wedding food that good you want to be sure you have plenty of time to enjoy it!).
The swinging bench my mother build to have for the reception.
the set up before the guests arrived
we had personalized olive oil bottles for wedding favors, which I loved
the striped chocolate and while almond pound wedding cake was divine
the head table
we let our food be buffet so we didn't have to assign seating and people could come and go
everyone signed up by filling out cards with various phrases on them
it sprinkled for about ten minutes in the middle of the reception - didn't phase us!
two gorgeous bridesmaids
some of the best steak I have EVER had
somehow my caterer convinced bertuccis to sell us their dough so we could make the rolls fresh in our oven
thin stemmed glasses were a detail I wasn't willing to sacrifice :)
The best party I've had yet! I'll have a few more of cutting the cake, dancing, and the exit to show later!
You can see more of our wedding here!