Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reception

Our reception was magical. Being an interior designer, the opportunity of a tent, the options and possibilities were so exciting. It was a blank canvas; and although I knew my wedding planner was amazing, I had no idea it could have turned out this perfect.

Our first dance was to "Wrapped" by George Strait. We have both always loved country music and although our band had to learn it specially for us, I am so glad we went out of the box and chose a song that meant something to us (secret: we spent a couple too many nights dancing our kitchen making sure it was the perfect song)


Three of my very oldest friends (since we were in preschool). By far, one of the most special parts of the night was having everyone we loved all in one place.

 
Three of my bridesmaids (a cousin and two sisters). And a big giant happy birthday to my Brennie on the left. xo


The flowers were all white groupings of different kinds. They were perfect. Soft and romantic. Exactly as I imagined and blogged about so many times.


I need to preface this one. Months before my wedding my dad announced he had a surprise. He wasn't going to tell me what it was, but I would find out at our wedding reception. I hate surprises. Hate. I wasn't pleased. But let me tell you... at the end of my dad's beautiful toast he picked up a guitar and sang "I Will" by The Beatles. My dad doesn't sing or play the guitar but he had been taking lessons for both for the past year to surprise us. It was one of the emotional, sweet, amazing moments of the entire weekend. The entire room was sobbing. Including me. Serious, ugly crying.


We have the most amazing friends and family anyone could ever ask for. I am sure things went wrong (although I never knew about them) but I can 100% say I wouldn't change a single thing. The room was filled with so much love and every last detail represented Spencer and I. It was perfect.

Wedding planner: Marina Birch of Birch Design Studio
Flowers: Renee Price at Kehoe Designs
Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Band: Becca Kaufman Orchestra  
Venue: Northerly Island, Chicago
Any other details I'm not sourcing?

Hope have you enjoyed these peeks of our wedding weekend, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments. Tomorrow is the honeymoon and then back to normal posting... and life. 


39 comments:

  1. Nothing like starting my Tuesday morning with some tears reading about your dad's surprise. What an amazing moment. Sounds like the truly perfect day and night-so happy for the two of you!

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  2. First of all, GORGEOUS Reception site! Seriously, AMAZING! Secondly, that was so sweet of your dad!

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  3. WOW! But am I surprised by how perfect and amazing and beautiful everything was? nope:)
    Also...MAZEL!!!xxx
    cheers to you both

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  4. Seriously stunning, and your dad is the cutest thing ever!

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  5. That is the sweetest thing I've ever heard! Sounds like a magical evening :)

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  6. Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous. I feel like tents are a great way to truly showcase your unique style!

    Xo-L
    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  7. That tent... and those chandeliers... wow! And your dad? What an amazing guy - you must have a special bond for him to have done that for you.

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  8. Just gorgeous! I am planning my own wedding right now and I love the way the flowers on the table turned out. I may do something similar.

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  9. Crying. So obsessed. Love everything about this :)

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  10. Alex, so beautiful! Love the decor...and those hanging chandeliers are amazing!
    Such a cute story about your Dad....congrats again!

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  11. Ohh Alex! You look breath-taking and the decor was so tasteful and warm. The bit about your dad's surprise is also making me tear up. Congrats lady!

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  12. Fab!!! I'm doing groupings of monobotanicals also-- so excited! Def my favorite look. And so sweet about your dad and all the Glencoe girls look gorgeous!!! Everything was perfect. XO

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  13. I just started crying thinking about your dad singing and I don't even know him! WHO AM I!?

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    1. SAME HERE!!!!!!! I am all teary at work right now!!! Alex you are a very lucky lady, that is the sweetest thing in the world! And your 'gown' I can't bring myself to say dress, it is a gown. And it is AMAZING!!!

      xoxo-T

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  14. It looks like an incredible celebration. The hanging chandeliers are to die for. So happy for you!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  15. Looks incredible! Your dad seems so sweet!

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  16. It looks so gorgeous!! I can't wait to see more!

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  17. it all looks amazing! the chandeliers are incredible! and your dad singing is really sweet.

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  18. breathtaking! congrats on your vision coming to life perfectly!

    xoxo Shauna

    kissesandcontracts.blogspot.com

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  19. Truly is amazing, prettiest wedding I have ever seen!

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  20. You reception looks like it was amazingly beautiful! Although I never did have any doubts. :)

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  21. AWWWW!!! Major heart melt!! I would totally die if my dad did that!! Super precious.

    Much Love,
    Trissta

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  22. you're wedding looks beyond beautiful Alex! Absolutely love the elegant feel of it. And your dress? Oh my God - gorgeous! Love that it's an Oscar de la Renta!

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  23. where did you get married? everything is absolutely picture-perfect and gorgeous!

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  24. So, so beautiful and can we please talk about how completely adorable your dad is for taking singing lessons so he perform something so special for you on your big day- love!

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  25. ahhh i love this!! i LOVE george strait and i'm seriously got teary hearing about your dad's surprise. amazing.

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  26. Excuse moi...I need to see your wedding shoes already. Love the color/styles of the bmaid's dresses, loooooove the tent and the flowers!! Looks like so much fun! xoxoox

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  27. A huge congratulations! Your dress is absolutely beautiful and I love the bridesmaids' dresses! Enjoy the Honeymoon!
    ♡ Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.

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  28. Love those chandeliers & tents. Absolutely awesome. I feel that tents are a great way to truly showcase your unique style! ~ Herman Swan

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  29. just wanted to say I've enjoyed your recaps SO much!! All of it sounded so amazing- particularly the reception and honeymoon. I CANNOT wait to see the professional pics. You will share them, right??

    congrats again Mrs!

    xoxo

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  30. Tear. Prettiest wedding. The story of your Dad is just amazing. I mean, such love. You were gorgeous, Alex.

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  31. i dont know if im hormonal or what, but just hearing that he took lessons to learn to play made me tear up. that was so special. you deserve that and the moon. you looked GORGEOUS

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  32. How sweet and special for you Dad to get up and do that! What a special night. The tent looks gorgeous!! You may have just had my dream wedding!

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  33. This place is really a hidden gem! Came here for an affinity group get-together and had a great time. The environment is cozy and good for having conversations.
    Wedding venues in San Antonio

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