Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WEDDING RECEPTION

Thanks so much for your interest in seeing more pictures of my son's wedding. I am so touched. This was such a big day in my life and I want to share it with the world! These pictures were taken with my cell camera, which was a lot easier to carry but I may have sacrificed quality. Anyway...the wedding party arrived after having pictures taken at the lakefront and a bagpiper led the group to the tents where the reception was held.
Look at the rays of sun shining through. This had to have been the nicest night for weather that we had the whole summer.
Outside the tents, tables were set up for cocktails and hors de vours. Little sandwiches and quiches were served on the table in the distance and later the cupcakes {in lieu of a cake} and coffee were set up.
The bride and groom share their first dance. I didn't know they had rehearsed it...I don't think I have ever seen Kevin dance before! After this dance, he came and held his hand out to me to dance. I was in shock. He said it was a tradition for the groom to dance with his mother, so we danced slow to What A Wonderful World. I had to bite my lip to keep from crying.
The seating chart was written on old salvaged windows. Here, Mary Clare helps a guest find their table.
In addition to the Best Man {son Jeff} giving a speech, the brides sisters, Nora and Katie, also gave a speech.
The tables were covered in white tablecloths with burlap runners. You might recall we recycled jars, tied them with jute and they were filled with all sorts of wildflowers.
The jars also held candles. The wedding party carried blue hydrangeas that were just huge. Yesterday Kevin delivered a crate of flowers to me and my house looks like a florist shop! By the way, the honeymoon takes place in Cabo San Lucas in October due to Kevin's work schedule. As a little wedding present, Kevin took Mary Clare for a guided boat ride down the Chicago River last night.

So these are the pictures I have today downloaded from my phone. Emily has some excellent pictures on her camera and I will share them later in the week. Since I was the one taking pictures, I don't have any of me {but I was there}. I am hoping that the photographer will have her pictures soon and then I can share more, especially ones of my family.

Thanks again for your kind comments and enthusiasm for seeing pictures of this special day. :-)

57 comments:

Sherry said...

Jane,
What a beautiful reception! I just love the bagpipe!! Too cool!
Sherry

Debby said...

The bagpipe was really a nice idea. I love the seating charts....those windows. I haven't seen that before. I love all the unique weddings these days. Sure beats the reception line, cake and punch and hurry off to the honeymoon weddings when I was getting married. In two weeks 41 years.
Can't wait to see more.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Oh Jane, I love what I am seeing so far. The day looks perfect. Pretty centerpieces too!

Honey at 2805 said...

What a beautiful, creative wedding reception! The bagpipes are such an neat touch!

Designs By Pinky said...

How lucky you were to have such perfect weather! The pictures are wonderful. Looks like it was a fun day!!!! XO, Pinky

Helen said...

Every detail of this wedding was so beautifully planned ... I am inspired and impressed!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I was so excited to come to your Blog to catch up and see wedding photos!!! Everything was beautiful!!!! I am going back to look at the pictures again after I leave this comment!!!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Just lovely Jane! The decorations are great. I love the use of the salvaged windows to display seating arrangements. It looks like a perfect day and dthe photo with the sun rays sent chills! Connie

Olive Cooper said...

Beautiful and so well planned Jane. They will have such rich and good memories of "their" fairy tale day. I think weddings are the closet we ever get to Camelot.

Carmen said...

I just scrolled through all the pictures of the wedding. It all looks so wonderful! I really love the window frame seating chart. How cool is that! I'm glad you held it together during the dance...it's hard, I know! Wonderful photos!!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh, So very lovely.... all of it.
I read yesterday's post & wanted to say, "Pics of you??" I want to see you in your dress, your shoes, your hair... : )
So glad for all of you, that it was such a lovely evening...while the rest of the world was waiting out the rain, God smiled on Chicago for a perfect night..
More pics, more pics... : )

sharon said...

Congratulations Jane, what a beautful day that was, and what fantastic weather you enjoyed - I love the shots with the rays on sunshine over the wedding procession!
x

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Looks like it was a gogeous wedding Jane! Love the hydrangea boquets...the tent, the wildflowers...all of it!
How sweet of him to bring you all flowers too:)
hugs,
paula

DeAnna said...

Oh!!! This looks like my dream wedding - so simple and elegant! Great job and thank you so much for sharing! Congratulations!

GardenofDaisies said...

What a beautiful reception! I LOVE the bagpiper!! And the simplicity of the flowers and candles in the jute trimmed jars.

Low Tide High Style said...

Such a beautiful wedding! I'm so glad you all had such a lovely day to remember! I can't wait to see more!

Kat :)

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I know this is the most exciting time in your life. To see your son married and having such a lovely ceremony would make me beam with pride. The photos are lovely.
And when you said that about dancing with your son, I got all teary eyed.

hugs
Sissie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... how exquisite everything is!... I started to cry a bit when I read about your son offering his hand for you to dance with him... (I get very sentimental)... I love that!... and I know the weather was perfect just because of this beautiful occasion... thanks for sharing part of a most precious night for you... xoxo Julie Marie

Daydream Living said...

Hi Jane,
Yes, I do like a good wedding and this one was so lovely, thanks for sharing it!
Love the boots under her dress and the whole theme, really cool!
Maureen x

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well I'm all teared up! Looks like a great time Jane, just lovely:@)

Theresa said...

Oh how I love the pictures! My FAVORITE is the one with the rays shining thru the trees... GORGEOUS! Love the seating chart on the window, great idea!

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us! More, more:)

Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

How pretty Jane! I LOVE bagpipes!! It looks like it was a magical night....I would have cried like a baby at the mother/son dance :)

Can't wait to see more...

Lou Cinda

bj said...

Every thing looks so beautiful. I am so glad the evening was so nice.
The bagpipe...waaay too cool. :))
Can't wait to see more photos..
xo bj

Linda Chapman said...

Very VERY nice!! Looks like the.perfect.wedding. Loved every pic!

Deborah said...

Jane what a beautiful wedding!
I love all the details and that dance with your son...oh my..I would have been biting my lip too.
What a precious moment that must have been!
What dear memories you will hold close to your heart.
Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Deborah xoxoxo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

OMG, I think I would bawl like a baby for my son holding his hand out to me to dance at his wedding, Jane! I don't know how you held it together. Of course, realistically, I would most likely have handled it as well as you apparently did. I just would have excused myself to the ladies room afterwards and bawled there! Love the idea of the seating chart on those windows. Very unique and clever idea!

Sue said...

What a fun theme for the reception! I liked the seating chart on the windows and loved your new DIL's boots. Too cute... Glad it all went off without a hitch. xo Sue

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Jane,
Everything looks so nice...LOVE the idea of the old windows...very cute!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Lori said...

Yeah Janie ~ bring on more pictures ~ I love them all. xo

La said...

It is wonderful to be able to enjoy this joyous day through your lens. It looks like the ceremony went off without a hitch and everyone looks so happy and beautiful. I'm so glad Mother Nature cooperated.

xinex said...

I love weddings, Janie, especially of people or related to people I know so thank you so much for sharing these. I feel like I was there. I remember having the dance with my son too at his wedding and it is making me teary eyed. I can imagine how you felt. Those boys really love you. The wedding was just beautiful and I will be patient and will wait to see your pictures....Christine

Stacey said...

Oh how sweet! I love that your son came to dance with you unexpectedly. Sons are full of surprises, aren't they? How cool to have a bagpipe! My husband would love that.

Paula said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing this special day with us. I look forward to seeing more!

Two of a Kind Working a Full House... said...

OMG I almost cried seeing all these wedding photos! Sooooo sweet. Beautiful, just beautiful. Love the country theme and the boots.

I'm so glad you stopped by and gave me some MOB advice. Yep, no stress, although today I'm finishing up 158 favors with ribbons ties! :)

I thought I was following your blog and I had to add myself again. When I stopped blogging and my account there has been so much confusion for me having to start over :)

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful day for all of you. I bawled dancing with my youngest son at his reception too. It is an old, time honored tradition..as is the daughter's dance with the father. Something about cutting the apron strings..and Dad giving her up.

Love the bagpipe and ALL the wonderful decorations. They are a gorgeous couple. They will love Cabos San Lucas...tell them to save their pennies as cab fare is very expensive there if they are outside the city limits. Tell them to take the busses whenever they can. If they rent a car tell them to drive to La Paz...it is just a beautiful drive and a neat little city..full of artists.

More pictures anytime you feel like it, please! Did you get a REAL DEEP breath today? It takes a couple of days, doesn't it? xo Diana

Lori E said...

Oh Jane you must be squeaking with delight.
What a great idea those windows were.
So creative.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Beautiful.

Fondly,
Glenda

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

LOVE.THE.BAGPIPES!

Pondside said...

It just looks wonderful, Jane!
When I looked at the first photo I got a little lump in my throat - TGD and I walked from church to reception with our bridal party and all our 150 guests, following a piper. There's a piper - usually a family member - at all of our family celebrations.
Can't wait to see your family photos!

A Rosy Note said...

Oh, that looks like it was a wonderful day! I love the bagpipe :)

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jane,
The day was so beautiful. I was thinking about your Mother~Son dance on Saturday! Such precious moments!
~Lynne
[w/L]

Mimi said...

HI!!
OH it is tradition for the groom to dance with his MOMMA, how sweet, and what a surprise for you!!!
I love their reception decorating, so cute. I love it!!!
lOVED THAT seating chart. I look forward to pics of you and him!!
hugs,
jamie

About Vintage French Hen said...

That looks like so much fun! Congratulations on your sons wedding, I have a son who is pretty serious about his girlfriend...so who knows. Maybe I'll be hitting you up for some advice! LOL
Thanks for sharing, Marcia

Jane said...

Jane, what a lovely wedding! Everything looks so beautiful. I love the window seating chart and the table centerpieces. I'll be back to see more.

Jane
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Knitty said...

Beautiful! My son surprised my daughter-in-law with a piper who led her from the limo/van into the church before the ceremony, and led them as a couple out afterward.

I hope you'll share more pictures. :)

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Loved the old windows for seating charts! So nice, that is a real pretty wedding Janie.

Vicki said...

Jane I love the old windows used as seating charts, the centerpieces and those gorgeous bouquets! What a lovely wedding and family.

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the bride in her cowboy boots. :-)

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the bride in her cowboy boots. :-)

xo
Pat

Debi@7Gates said...

Gorgeous wedding and what looked like a wonderful evening. Loved the bagpipe, centerpieces with the jars and the old window seating chart. Very neat ideas. I am sure that was a "moment" when you son asked you to dance. So sweet. Thanks for sharing these moments with us.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oh, Jane...what a neat reception, led by a bagpipe! Got to love it! I like the window seating chart, colors everything. I want more details *pretty please*

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Jane what a beautiful reception! I LOVE how they used old windows to display the seating and the centerpieces where so pretty!! Much happiness to the newlyweds! Martina

Elaine said...

It all looks so beautiful. So glad the weather was perfect!

I love that salvaged window idea!

Kathleen Grace said...

Jane, I have been absent for a while and came back to see this enchanting wedding! I am headed back to get all the photos, but I have to tell you, this is beautiful! I love the table list on the windows, It is all so personal and unique, just the way a wedding should be!

Melanie said...

That looks like an awesome reception, Jane! I love weddings where things there are unique, charming ideas (such as the seating chart on the old windows, the burlap runners, the flower arrangements on the table, and the bagpiper). I bet you're still smiling...:-)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love the burlap runners and the seating chart is fabulous. What a beautiful setting and gorgeous bride and groom!

Natasha in Oz said...

I've really enjoyed having a good look through all of your lovely pictures! It looks like it was a truly beautiful day and it was so nice to see everyone smiling. Can you please tell the bride she looked so gorgeous!

Congratulations to you all!

Best wishes,
Natasha.