Our Wedding: The Reception, Part I

Happy Friday! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

I thought today would be a good time to recap our wedding reception! Ah! 

Our party bus dropped us off at the reception as our guests were getting their drinks and finding their seat. We opted not to do a cocktail hour in favor of an extra hour of dancing. We had priorities!

The gals bustled my dress (which ended up breaking) and we all lined up outside, ready to be announced. Our wedding party walked/danced in to Space Jam which we think helped set the mood and show our guests that we wanted them to have a freakin’ blast!

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

We switched things up a bit at the reception and had our Best Man walk in with Sara, one of my bridesmaids because they’re engaged. My Maid of Honor walked in with our groomsmen Peter.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

After our bridal party took their seats, the music changed to the Chicago Bulls intro circa the 90’s and our DJ announced the new Mr. & Mrs. Deitsch! (We knew this would be our intro song for a long, long time.)

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

We decided to have a feast table instead of a sweetheart or head table so our wedding party’s dates could sit with us as well.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

We kicked off the night with a welcome speech from my dad. He gave the BEST father-of-bride speech that was so heartfelt and something that I’ll treasure forever. He welcomed everyone, thanked them for being there, thanked Marcia (Kevin’s mom) and mentioned how he knew Kevin’s dad was there. Job well done, daddy-o!

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Up next was my Maid of Honor, Katie. She talked about knowing us through all of college and watching our relationship grow. She even complimented Kevin on his dance moves!

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Finally, our Best Man, Danny gave his speech. So wonderfully done, he made us laugh and tear up by starting his speech off making fun of the way I talk and ending it with a prayer Kevin’s dad always said, “Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub, yaaaaaay God.”

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Then, it was time to eat!

I don’t have any formal pictures of food, but know that our food was amazing! For dinner, we started off with a St. Louis-style Italian salad (Pasta House) and a choice of either Chicken Modiga which was a sauteed chicken breast served in a white-wine lemon butter sauce with mushrooms and provel cheese or Pork Tenderloin, served in a marsala wine demi glace sauce. For sides, we had cavatelli pasta served in a white sauce, parsley buttered potatoes and green beans. We also, of course, had rolls! We heard from a number of guests who said they loved our wedding food and went up to get seconds, so I know it wasn’t just us who thought it was great!

I don’t think Kevin touched his food, whereas I chowed on my plate and even had a few bites of his food. Kevin says he just simply wasn’t hungry at all. He wasn’t nervous or anxious, but there were so many people around and family/friends to talk to, he kept getting distracted. I, however, had no problem taking five minutes to inhale my food. 😉

Our caterer, Steve, was super nice by boxing up two dinners for us to eat later. I never saw those plates, though…I’m pretty sure my parent’s ate them at 5 a.m. in their hotel room after the after-party. 😉

As our guests finished eating, Kevin and I got up to take our first dance as Mr. & Mrs.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

We chose to dance to Wonderwall by Oasis, a song we both love.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Kev and I don’t share the same taste in music normally, but we both love 90’s music. This has always been one of our favorites so picking it as our wedding song was easy.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Next, my dad and I danced.

My dad actually came up with the song that we danced to and as soon as I heard it, I knew it was perfect for us. We danced to Changes by Ozzy and his daughter, Kelly Osbourne.

When searching for songs, we couldn’t find any good father-daughter song that wasn’t country! We both hate country music so we knew those were out of the question. My dad is a huge classic rock fan and this was seriously so perfect for us.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

I had always imagined this moment ever since I was a little girl and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to make it through without crying (or having my dad cry the whole way through!) but we used the few moments together to catch up on the day! We hadn’t really had a chance to talk except for when he walked me down the aisle and I’m used to talking to my dad multiple times per day. It was so special for us to have this time.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Kevin and his mom took the dance floor next and danced to Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Kevin’s dad’s favorite musician was Frank Sinatra so they had always known they’d dance to one of his songs in remembrance.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

So special!

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

Before the dance floor opened up to major dancing, we had everyone who went to Valpo join us for a quick picture.

Valpo is so special to us since it’s the place we met, fell in love and met our best friends (oh and got an education). We had THIRTY FOUR of our very best Valpo friends (and one of Kevin’s professors!) come to our wedding. They came from near and far – like Ecuador and Uruguay to name a few! – and it meant so, so, so much to us.

We’ll forever love and treasure this picture (thanks for letting us borrow the flag, Jake & Katie!)

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

I also took a quick snapshot with some of my Kappas and best friends a gal could ask for.

St. Louis Wedding | Laura Ann Miller Photograph

This is already long enough – part II coming soon!

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