Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dream Wedding: Cocktail Hour

Our reception was held at the Muskegon Country Club -- the same place where my brother and sister each had their wedding receptions.  While the bridal party was off taking pictures at Lake Michigan, all the wedding guests were at the country club enjoying hors d'oeuvres and a cocktail hour (open bar compliments of my amazing parents!).

The country club entrance was flanked with the bride and groom planters pictured below.  These guys were a last-minute addition to the wedding.  My next door neighbor had thrown me a lovely bridal shower for my out-of-town friends the day before the wedding and she had borrowed these planters to have on her porch for the shower.  We commented on how cute and unique they were and asked if they were available for the wedding.  We all kind of laughed and that was that.

Fast forward to our wedding day... I ran the 5K race, zipped home to shower, and was in the car with my maid of honor ready to leave for the salon when I remembered the planters again.  We ran next door, each grabbed a planter, yelled at our neighbors that we were taking the bride and groom, and seat-belted them into a seat of my minivan and took them to the club.  They were such a last-minute addition and yet served as a perfect welcome as people walked through the door.
  Sometimes the best things are unplanned.

After the beach pictures, we arrived at the club and the cocktail hour had already been going for about 45 minutes...

A cool picture as we climbed the stairs...

And we've arrived...

I think some of the first people who greeted us were my parents and then Chris' parents.  I do remember very specifically that amidst all the hustle and bustle and joy of our arrival, Chris' dad made a point to come over to me in my first 2 minutes of being there to give me a huge hug and welcome me to his family.


I also remember that a waiter came over to me very promptly to ask what I wanted to drink (I asked for water) and I remember thinking what amazing service... and then I realized that I was the bride and that was probably why the wait staff was so attentive.

Waiters delivered drinks, guests visited the bar, hors d'oeuvres were passed, and the photo booth was open.

The hors d'oeuvres were delicious and my dad made sure that some were set aside for the head table (since we missed most of the cocktail hour, and were mingling during the time were were there).  Fruit, vegetables, cheese, and crackers -- AND stuffed mushrooms, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, and CANDIED BACON!  Oh my, I still dream of that candied bacon!

Waiters delivered drinks, guests visited the bar, hors d'oeuvres were passed, and the photo booth was open.  It was a wonderful cocktail hour and the perfect start to our reception.

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1 comment:

  1. Your wedding was just beautiful. Every single part!


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