Gloves in Love: Reception Decor

So after our Bridal Party Photos, we headed back to our reception venue. I was really excited and a little nervous to see how everything would turn out- if you recall, our venue coordinator was kind of the worst when I dropped everything off. I was still pretty confident in our day-of coordinator, and I knew that our set-up wasn’t difficult. Mainly, we had candles and christmas lights to be set up, and that was the bulk of it, since we were really letting the warehouse set the scene.

Hive, when we got to the venue, I could not have been more pleased! Have a look:

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Welcome Table

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorationsAs people walked into our reception, they were greeted with our welcome table. There are wedding photos of our parents, candles, lights, an engagement photo, and the LOVE mugs from Anthropologie.

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations Guest Book

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations guest book

Then you would wander over to our guestbook, a beautifully matted and framed engagement photo, also surrounded by family wedding photos, lights and candles.

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations Jordan AlmondsYou might also help yourself to some Jordan almonds.

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, cocoa bar

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, cocoa bar

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, cocoa barThen you’d have some options- you could head over to the bar, for some of our signature cocktails, or you could grab some antipasti, or you could indulge in our Hot Cocoa Bar. We had coffee and cocoa set out, with a ton of toppings, whipped cream, and boozy additions, in case anyone needed to Irish it up 🙂 You would think that the lady in the white dress would avoid this potentially hazardous station, but I was first in line!

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, escort card ornaments

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations escort cards

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, escort card ornamentsAfter the cocktail hour, guests were asked to move upstairs and were greeted with our escort card table. Since we were married two weeks after Christmas, we used ornaments for our escort cards, Everyone, or every couple, had an ornament with their name on it, and a tag attached with their table assignment.

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, head table

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, guest tableWith their assignment in hand, guests made their way to their tables. The head table was one long table in the center of the room, with Evan and I at the head, and 10 or eleven people on either side {we chose to include dates at our head table, because I know that’s what makes me happiest as a bridesmaid}. The guest table were round, with 8-10 guests seated at each table {we were incredibly flexible there, since our seating assignments were just based on who would be happiest together}. All the tables were covered in black linen, with grey lace runner that my mother painstakingly cut. We asked that the tables be littered with candles, stemware, and wine bottles, which served as table numbers.

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, wedding menu

Columbus Ohio, Smith Brothers, Winter Wedding Reception decorations, wedding favor, pizzelleAt each place setting, guests found a menu tucked into their napkin {since we wee eating family style, I wanted people to be able to recognize what food was} and their favor, which were the pizzelle that my sister and I had made the week before.

Overall, I was thrilled with how our space turned out- we didn’t do nearly as much diy as some of the other Bees, but just having all the candles and lights made everything super cozy and warm and inviting.  I bet, between about 400 candles and fifteen or so strands of lights, plus the few frames and other knickknacks, I spent less than $500 decorating.

Gloves in Love: Wedding Party in the House

…in the Statehouse, that is. I know that people love their bridal party photos- I love looking at my friends, too! However, I feel like they’re a hilariously awkward part of the day. I mean, you’re standing around with ten or twenty of your favorite people for an hour, just changing who stands where, pretending you’re on ANTM and wondering if you’re ‘smizing’ appropriately. It’s totally weird 🙂 Luckily, my glorious photographers made it as painless as possible and got some amazing photos. Have a look:

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
I have no idea- this guy asked if he could take a photo to send to someone. Be my guest, mysterious friend!

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding PhotosObligatory shoe photo…
Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
At some point, someone asked if the bridesmaids were going to lift Evan and the opposite with the groomsmen, and I had no idea what they were talking about of why that would happen. Evan kindly used my bouquet as a prop to explain.
Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
And then we all gathered on the bench for my single most favorite photo of everyone.

When Lauren announced we were finished with the bridal party, they went ahead to the reception venue. She asked Evan and I to stay back for a minute, and took some of my favorite photos of the day {wait, I say that with all of my photos…}:

Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
Right- my mom insisted that we take at least one ‘decent photo’ so she would have something to run in the local paper 🙂
This one lives on my bedside table...I love i :)
This one lives on my bedside table…I love i 🙂
Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
Evan’s hands, hive…I can’t articulate why, but I find photos of man hands- especially my man’s hands- really reassuring.
Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
I can’t help myself. I know this photos is a cliche, but I really, really love it- perhaps the combination of man hands and implied love?
Columbus Ohio Statehouse Wedding Photos
And this… I generally don’t prefer when the groom poses with the bouquet, I like looking at Evan in his naturally helpful state 🙂

So, hive…I know man brides lovvvve their formals, and some plan expansive time frames for them. Evan and I don’t necessarily love posing for photos, though, so we really hired our photographers because we are in love with their photo journalism style. Who else was a little apprehensive about their ‘photo shoot’? Did it turn out better than you thought? Any tips for other brides?