Finally, FINALLY, the action was about to begin. Guests were scheduled to get there any minute, so someone told me it was time to get into my hidey-hole. I made my way on over to the bridal suite, but not before checking out the seating at the kids table. I just needed to make sure that all the kids were sitting by their friends, and after a quick switcheroo, everything was good. The preschool teacher in me was just trying to prevent tears and small-scale, child-sized fights over toys and seating arrangements!
I then assumed position in aforementioned hole. With a drink!
And friends came! And family! And they talked. And smiled, and hugged, and kissed. And B got to hang out with them, but I was stuck in my hole. Listening to the room beyond get louder and louder.
While all these people were walking in and settling in and looking around, the waiters and chefs and cooks and such were busy making appetizers for the upcoming cocktail hour.
All of my little kidlets were gathering in front of the ceremony area, and I heard that much dancing, swinging and princess play was happening. I wish I had seen this!
We decided to keep things simple by only serving one drink before the ceremony, and not opening the bar up until the cocktail hour after the ceremony. From what I hear, the passed Gin Fizzes were a hit.
All the while, our amazing, best ever musician was warming up the crowd with some tunes. He played a great mix of his original songs, and some of our favorites (Kinks, Johnny Cash, Beatles, Pixies...), while everyone mingled and got ready to find seats for the big event.
Were you hidden away while your guests arrived, so that your "walking down the aisle" moment would be super special? I was kinda jealous of everyone starting the party without me, but now I'm over it. Mostly.
All photos in this post: Hazelnut Photography