Gloves in Love: Toasting the Newlyweds

While everyone was upstairs getting settled at their tables, EvanĀ and I took a minute to look around the first floor. Since we’d spent the cocktail hour mingling, we didn’t get to enjoy any of our apps, or see any of the decorations! (Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. At one point, my friend Rachael came over to me with a plate of apps and said, “you can probably eat about two of these in the next minute” and then hand fed me two bites of food. Her husband suggested just giving me the entire plate, but she pointed out that I had neither the time to eat, nor enough hands to eat, hand my bouquet and hug people all at once. She’s an angel, that Rachael!) Anyway, while all of this was happening, our wonderful photographers were going table to table, photographing couples and friend groups. I know this, like the receiving line, seems to have gone out of style, but we wanted to get a photo of everyone to send in their thank-you notes…and people loved them!
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Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580After everyone was seated, plated salads were brought out, and our friend Ben gave the blessing. We decided to do toasts as people were eating- it was less pressure on the speaker when people were listening, but not too closely šŸ™‚

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580My dad went first, and talked for a solid five minutes about two kinds of men- those who are blessed to have daughters, and those who are unfortunate not to. He closed by sharing his hope that EvanĀ is blessed with a daughter, so he could see what a pleasure it was when she found partner that met with her dad’s approval.

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Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580I cried, Caitlyn cried…everyone cried.

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580Next was Colin, Evan’s best friend since middle school. He’s delightful.

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580He’s also a lawyer, and very comfortable speaking to large groups of people. He talked about how, in school, he and EvanĀ would cheer each other up at the end of every relationship, promising that there were other fish in the sea. Then he talked about Evan’s change in attitude after meeting me, how thrilled he was so see his best friend so happy, and warned me to take care of him. It’s was incredibly touching to hear Colin express how important their relationship is…he’s a great guy.

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Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580Next were my sisters. Caitlyn is a CPA, and is usually very direct. She spoke for just a short time, but was very clear- she is thrilled to call EvanĀ her brother, she could not be happier for us, and he better take care of me. Point taken šŸ™‚ Shannon is not quite so direct, and her toast inspired the following series of photos.

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580Shannon lives with us now, though she didn’t at the time of our wedding, and is very familiar with EvanĀ and his…specificities.

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580She talked about his ’12 point checklist’ which is his system for checking the house each night before going to bed. She reminded people that EvanĀ is physically incapable of leaving the dryer on when he leaves the house, so he’ll alter his entire schedule to account for clothes drying.Ā She let people know that he’ll turn the stove off, WHILE YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF COOKING, if he thinks that you might be finished (and no, you’re not finished…the sauce is simmering).

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580EvanĀ can’t handle lotion, so the women who live with him need to go to another area of the house, ideally another floor, before moisturizing. He wanders around the house unplugging hair straighteners and curling irons, that have only recently been turned on to warm up, so no one forgets to turn them off.

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580Pretty much, although he is sometimes a struggle to co-exist with, EvanĀ is the nicest, kindest guy who could not be a better match for her sister…who frequently leaves the stove, dryer, and straightener all on when she leaves the house šŸ™‚

Gloves Columbus, Ohio Winter Wedding The Venue/Dock580So those were our toasts. By the time Shannon was finished, everyone was out of breath for laughing so much, and salads had been cleared. We cracked open the bottles of wine on each table, and the waitstaff started to bring our huge platters of Italian food, to be passed family style!

Gloves in Love: We Get the Party Started

So, we left off last time with ourĀ arrival at the reception venue-Evan and I were thrilled to see everything looking so gorgeous! Since our venue was two stories, we wandered around with the wedding party upstairs for a while, sipping our signature cocktails {coke and crown for the Mister, gin and cider for me}. Up until the moment it happened, I assumed that our entrance would be pretty calm- the DJ would announce us, EvanĀ and I would walk down the staircase to the clapping masses, and we would wind our way through the guests.

That is not what happened, hiveā€¦not what happened at all.

First, I was so. very. excited!!! Iā€™m not an adrenaline person, so I was no prepared to be so pumped upā€¦but I guess marrying your favorite person will do that to you. The DJ came over to let us know that he was about to begin introductions and asked if there were any requests. I believe someone mentioned ā€˜I Gotta Feelingā€™ (or any other mildly overplayed get-pumped-up song) and the bridal party started planning their entrances. Although I didnā€™t think I wanted a huge entrance when I was planning, it became pretty clear that it was going to happen, so I went with itā€¦and it was awesome!

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Heather and Ben, with the fishing routine.
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Rachael and Andy, offering a majestic wave.
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Nina and Ben, mastering the robot.
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Abby and Justin, just being beautiful.
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I cannot…Cait and Shannon and Colin crack me up, so much!
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The newlyweds, looking thirlled!!

After we got to the bottom of the stairs, our bridal party made a tunnel and we went through and high fived everyone and, although it was entirely not in my character at all, it’s one of those memories that makes me really happy šŸ™‚

So, since we had the Catholic gap, when we took photos, we arrived just after most of our guests and were able to enjoy our cocktail hour. This was probably the only chunk of time that EvanĀ and I were seperated during the day, and strategically so. We knew that we wouldn’t be visiting tables or doing any socializing once dinner started, so we used the cocktail hour to really work our way around the room and try to see everyone. After about 45 minutes, our DJ announced it was time for everyone to head upstairs and find their tables, and this is where we employed our guaranteed-to-greet-everyone backup strategy….the old receiving line šŸ™‚

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What happens in the receiving line, stays in the receiving line.

I’m not entirely certain what a traditional receiving line looks like, since it’s 2013 and I’ve never seen one, but what we did was this: EvanĀ and I stood at the bottom of the stairs that everyone needed to go up to get to dinner. Our parents joined us, and we got the chance to talk to anyone who wanted to stop. It went pretty quickly, and people could choose who they wanted to talk to {my parents, Evan’s parents, whomever} and some people just passed right on by. It was perfect, since it didn’t feel to formal and awkward, and people were really moving, since everyone wanted to get to dinner. And, best of all…it was truly the only time that we let ourselves feel obligated to make small talk. We wanted to enjoy our party, so we were committed to not doing tables, but also wanted to be good hosts and thank everyone for coming and, for us, a receiving line was the perfect solution.