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Our Reception

The ceremony was over, and we were officially husband and wife. Time to celebrate!! Although our ceremony was so special and personally my favorite part of the day, the reception did not disappoint. By that time the pressure was completely off, so it was time to let loose and spend time with our favorite people. Parker and I entered the room as Mr. and Mrs. Parker Phelps, and then our pastor said a prayer for us.

We all sat down to eat. Actually, you really don't get to eat on your wedding day. Everyone else had a nice meal though.

The Dances

Parker and I danced our first dance to Then by Brad Paisley. This was a no-brainer for us. We had heard and sung this song throughout our relationship, and the lyrics were perfect. And I thought I loved you then. Simple. True. Us.

And then towards the end we got the giggles. Typical.

My Dad and I danced our Father/Daughter dance to My Little Girl by Tim McGraw. I asked my Dad to pick the song and he picked this one in about 5 minutes. I agreed, it was perfect. Poor Dad has to get creative because he has four daughters, and of course you can't reuse songs. My Dad and I joined hands on the dance floor, both looked at each other, realized we were about to cry, and looked away instantly trying to regain our composure. 


 My Dad told me he was going to do this ahead of time, but I still wasn't ready. Towards the end of the song, he grabbed Parker, shook his hand, and let us finish the dance together. Cue all the tears. I didn't cry during our first dance because it was pure happiness to me. I knew Parker and I got each other for the rest of our lives. There was something so emotional to me about my Dad handing me over to Parker as if to say "Take care of her. She's yours now." My Dad and I will always have a really special relationship, so this one was emotional for me. I cried in Parker's arms as we finished the dance.

Parker and his mom danced their Mother/Son dance to God Gave Me You by Dave Barnes. I have to say that I absolutely loved this song for them and thought it was so sweet to watch them together.

Leigh also took my hand and let Parker and I finish out their dance, symbolizing the same thing my Dad has done. This is it. It's you and me now. We have really awesome parents.

The Speeches

Okay, time to party! Everyone danced and talked and mingled, and Parker and I just soaked it all in. When will we have all the people we love in the same room again? I was loving it. It was time for the toasts, and I was ready to sit back and laugh. I had been Danielle's MOH two months before, and I can tell you that I totally stressed over that speech. I wanted it to be perfect and sweet and meaningful and something she would remember. Now the pressure was off and it was her turn to tell me how amazing I am. Kidding kidding, but I was so excited to hear what she had to say. I mean, we had been best friends since the womb. Erik, Parker's best man, was up first. These two were best friends in high school and I was excited for what he was going to say. The speeches are kind of a blur nearly 2 years later, but I know they were both really sweet!

Twins think they're so funny. Again, what she said is a blur, but I know it was sweet, I know it was funny, and I know she quoted an episode of Friends at the end. Ahhh, perfection. Parker and I toasted and didn't spill (score!). Drinking out of those babies was quite the task.

Cutting the Cake

Now it was time to cut the cake. Parker and I knew our maturity levels were too low to just sweetly feed it to each other, so this was going to be fun. First, we cut the cake together. 

Then, well I'll let the pictures tell the rest...

We did a married couples dance, and whoever was left at the end had been married the longest and gave us a little piece of advice. I had done the math before the wedding and already knew the winner. By three months, my grandparents (Nana and Grandaddy) won over Parker's grandparents (Nellie and Daddy Pete). Nana and Grandaddy are beyond special to me, so I was so excited to hear what they had to say. Grandaddy got choked up talking about marriage with Nana, which was the sweetest thing. I love them so much, and they have such a beautiful relationship.

We all danced some more, and then it was time for the Aggie War Hymn. Parker and I are Aggies through and through, so we were so excited to get together with all of the other Aggies and do the War Hymn. They started the music, we all whooped, and we all quickly formed a circle for our favorite little tradition. Love love love being an Aggie. Love it.

I know this post is getting ridiculously long, but I had to include these two pictures. These are all the wonderful Delta Gammas that came, and the bottom picture is one of my favorite pictures ever taken. These girls mean so much to me. 

Bouquet/Garter Toss

I love the bouquet toss. It's a fun little tradition to see who the next person is to get married. My sweet 10 yr. old cousin caught my bouquet, so I really hope the tradition doesn't stand true. I'd like to see her wait a little longer ;). The tradition did ring true for Parker! One of his groomsmen, Travis, caught the garter, and he married Michelle 6 months later. 

After a little more dancing, it was time to go! We had a great time and will treasure our reception forever, but I must say we were happy campers to be heading off to our honeymoon. Thanks for the memories everyone!

And they lived happily ever after...

If you made it through all that, you're a champ! :)


Julie-Becoming A Navy Wife said...

WOW you looked stunning and the reception site is amazing. The stain glass windows are beautiful!

I added your button btw! I don't know a whole heck of a lot, but if you have any questions about the blogging world, I would be happy to help! It's so much fun!

Jamie Hart said...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE when newly married couples aren't all polite with the cake cutting, etc. I would be all crazy and such.. and the giggles, I would totally have them! The reception looks like it was a beautiful riot!

Ashley McKenna said...

That last photo is my favorite! :)


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