The official photo session was done, and we were a few bottles of champagne and a beer in when the bridal party poured out of the limo into the Poughkeepsie Grand. There was still about 30 minutes before the cocktail hour started, so I decided to find my family and kids, and see if all had gone well while my husband and I were away. I called my mom to find out the kids had been watching the iPad the entire time and never napped. Great…
My mom joined me with my kids just before the party started and both were as whiny as you’d expect over-excited and over-tired kids to be. Soon the doors opened to the cocktail hour, and the guest who were in the bar area streamed into the reception.
Soon the maitre’d ushered the guest to the main reception room, and let us know that it was time to line up for the big entrance.
But enough with the romantic stuff. Then it was time to get this party started!
However, this was a wedding reception. We needed to be sure to hit some of the traditional reception highlights.
Before anyone knew it, the party was over and it was time to turn in for the night. Well, it was time for the couple to turn in for the night. Most everyone who was staying at the hotel went to the bar for the afterparty. While we had a good time drinking with friends and family (while my kids stayed with my under 21 cousin, thank you!) I reflected on the evening and the days events.
Weddings are about love, and celebrating a commitment to stay together for the rest of their lives. I hope my sister and her husband are always as happy as they were on this day, and they remember the love they had at this moment if times get tough. I wish them a lifetime of happiness, and I’m grateful that they let me and my whole family share in this special day.
*Most photos taken by Atma Photography