Picture Perfect: Love You Madly

Disclaimer: This is a bit out of order, but it’s worth it to keep all of the amazing dancing photos in one place, I promise. 

After dinner, and a bit of dancing, the DJ announced it was time to cut the cake. We decided to go with cupcakes, because when our friends and family think of me, they think of cupcakes. Case in point: for St. Patrick’s day, I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. Guinness chocolate cake with Jameson chocolate ganache and Bailey’s irish cream frosting. They were delicious, and gone in 5 minutes. 

We still wanted to have the traditional cake cutting, however, so our baker made us a small, six inch cake. We opted for the “rough buttercream” frosting, although I still call it floofy. The baker knew exactly what I meant. 

We knew pretty quickly what song we wanted to be playing while we were cutting the cake. Love You Madly by, well, Cake! 

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I want to dive into that pile of cupcakes. Mouth first.

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Cam was in charge of “our” cake. I thought his choice was a bit.. unconventional.. but it ended up being pretty tasty. He chose coconut cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla buttercream. It was like eating a tropical island.

The cake topper had to be small enough for a six inch cake, and I thought this little bunting was the perfect fit. I got it from Etsy, from the shop atcompanyB. I still need to find somewhere to put it in our house.

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Remember those little guys? We made sure to have them on standby for the cake feeding extravaganza.

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Nothing fancy here, folks. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate curls, coconut cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and toasted coconut, almond cake with chocolate frosting and toasted almond, and lemon cake with vanilla buttercream and candied lemon peel. Simple, effective, delicious. 

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Not taken into account on the cupcake tower: my height. It’s tough trying to use a sharp object when you can’t see where it’s going. As a result, the photos are not exactly cute.

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And because no cake cutting is complete without champagne, my parents bought us a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose bubbly. 

 

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“.. I want to love you, love you.. love you madly.” – Cake

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Picture Perfect: Love You Madly

Disclaimer: This is a bit out of order, but it’s worth it to keep all of the amazing dancing photos in one place, I promise. 

After dinner, and a bit of dancing, the DJ announced it was time to cut the cake. We decided to go with cupcakes, because when our friends and family think of me, they think of cupcakes. Case in point: for St. Patrick’s day, I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. Guinness chocolate cake with Jameson chocolate ganache and Bailey’s irish cream frosting. They were delicious, and gone in 5 minutes. 

We still wanted to have the traditional cake cutting, however, so our baker made us a small, six inch cake. We opted for the “rough buttercream” frosting, although I still call it floofy. The baker knew exactly what I meant. 

We knew pretty quickly what song we wanted to be playing while we were cutting the cake. Love You Madly by, well, Cake! 

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I want to dive into that pile of cupcakes. Mouth first.

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Cam was in charge of “our” cake. I thought his choice was a bit.. unconventional.. but it ended up being pretty tasty. He chose coconut cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla buttercream. It was like eating a tropical island.

The cake topper had to be small enough for a six inch cake, and I thought this little bunting was the perfect fit. I got it from Etsy, from the shop atcompanyB. I still need to find somewhere to put it in our house.

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Remember those little guys? We made sure to have them on standby for the cake feeding extravaganza.

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Nothing fancy here, folks. Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate curls, coconut cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and toasted coconut, almond cake with chocolate frosting and toasted almond, and lemon cake with vanilla buttercream and candied lemon peel. Simple, effective, delicious. 

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Not taken into account on the cupcake tower: my height. It’s tough trying to use a sharp object when you can’t see where it’s going. As a result, the photos are not exactly cute.

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And because no cake cutting is complete without champagne, my parents bought us a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rose bubbly. 

 

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“.. I want to love you, love you.. love you madly.” – Cake

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Picture Perfect: Mister, Misses and Pictures of Kisses

While guests were eating and drinking and mixing and mingling, Cam and I were trying to take advantage of the last bit of daylight for photos. We headed back over to the dock, and started smoochin’. 

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By this time, we were nice and sweaty. I wish I had realized how shiny I’d look in photos, but they still turned out pretty well. 

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I remember feeling especially awkward during this one. It’s very unlike the Cameras to stare poetically off into the distance. Ah, the things we do for art. 

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guest photo

That one clearly isn’t from a professional photographer. It was from BM Ry who caught us looking at a dolphin. Yes, a dolphin.

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I saved my favorite for last. Remember our wedding favors? Personalized mason jars? They went over well, and the bride and groom were no exception. 

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We used this on our Christmas card this year, and it’s basically my favorite thing of all time. 

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Alright, enough of that. Let’s get the party started!

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Picture Perfect: Chow Time

Wow. 

I promised myself I wouldn’t be that girl that let her recaps get away from her, and here I am. I don’t really have any excuses so I won’t try to fluff it up. I’m lazy. 

Okay enough of that. Here we go. 

So when we last left off, waaaaay, way back, before the site changed, I had just finished dancing with my dad and was busy trying to get red wine out of my white wedding dress with club soda. 

The DJ announced that the food stations were open, and the reception officially began. If you recall, we ultimately decided on a “partial seating” option, because I was told that’s what you do for southern weddings. I had hesitations right up until the morning of the wedding on how it was going to be received by the guests, and I’m pleased to report that it went off without a hitch. As predicted by our caterer/decor coordinator, the younger folks headed straight for the bar to get good and boozed up before dancing, and the older guests got their food and sat down at the tables. People were mixing and mingling at the combination of traditional sit down tables and tall cocktail tables. 

Let’s check out the food, shall we?

Full disclosure: We don’t have a ton of photos of the food or people eating, because Robert was taking photos of Cam and I while everyone else ate. He managed to grab a couple, though, so you’ll have to use your imagination for the rest.

First up, my personal favorite, the Southern Picnic Station

All images via Ross Photography unless otherwise noted

Clockwise from top left: jalapeño cornbread from the assorted breads basket (not pictured sweet potato and buttermilk biscuits), macaroni and cheese (not pictured are the toppings that included bacon, green onions, lobster, and tomatoes), pulled pork with traditional, mustard base and fiery vinegar sauces, and my favorite thing in the entire world: fried green tomato stacks with pimento cheese. Seriously. To die for. People still ask about “those tomato things”, six months later. 

Next was the Carving Station
Sadly, the only photo I have of this station was of one of the sides, but truth be told, it was my second favorite thing at the wedding. 

The main dish was lime marinated flank steak with a chipotle honey sauce. It was so flavorful and cooked to perfection that almost everyone had seconds. The sides were green beans with caramelized onions and bacon, assorted bread rolls, and these delightful creatures: hollowed new potatoes with gruyere sour cream, chives and bacon. Yes. Take it all in. 

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Nom. My mouth is watering.

Third was the Culinary Station
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On the left are individual toast cups with caesar salad. People flipped for these little bite size guys. On the right is the main dish, Chicken Saltimbo. I’m sad to say that this was the only food item I didn’t get to try. It sounds delicious, though, so maybe I’ll try and recreate the recipe someday. If you’re not familiar (and I wasn’t), it’s chicken stuffed with proscuitto, spinach and asiago with a white wine dijonnaise sauce. Not pictured is the parmesan risotto, which was creamy and amazing, and the bread basket. Because my wedding could not have had more bread if I had tried. 

Finally, for good measure, we had a Build Your Own Bruschetta station. Talk about a hit. Image

I found one picture of what the stations actually looked like, get excited! Guests had their choice of pita crisps or french bread croustades and could top them with olive tapenade, balsamic marinated tomatoes, sun-dried tomato relish, fresh artichokes with artichoke relish, avocado serrano pepper spread, roma tomatoes, fresh parmesan, herbed goat cheese and fresh mozzarella with sweet basil dressing and herbed olive oils.  

While guests were eating and drinking and mixing and mingling, Cam and I were out taking photos, trying to soak up the last bit of daylight. I’ll share those with you next, but when we finally gave in to the dusk, we went back to the tent, where we had plates of food waiting for us. Yes, you read that correctly: I ATE ON MY WEDDING DAY! It wasn’t much, because I was too jittery and excited to eat, but I ingested food, which is more than a lot of brides can say. 

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I still love those Mr. and Mrs. signs. 

Next up, lots of couple photos. Don’t vom, they’re not too sticky sweet, I promise!

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Picture Perfect: Parent Dances and a White Dress’s Worst Nightmare

After our first dance was over, we moved right along into the parent dances. I had been told sometime ago that if you want anyone to pay attention to these dances, do them as soon as the reception starts, so that’s what we did! 

Cam and his mom went first. His mom didn’t really have a preference on a song to dance to, so he looked a few suggested lists one afternoon and chose “Days Like This” by Van Morrison. Kind of an unconventional choice, but it worked. And who doesn’t love Van Morrison?

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“When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this
When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this
When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch
Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this”

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What time is it? Oh, confession o’clock. I didn’t see any of this dance. And for a good reason. You see, when our DJ announced that Cam and his mom were about to dance, I stepped out of the way to watch from the sidelines. I ended up next to a friend from work, who somehow, some way, flicked her wrist towards me and sent RED WINE SPILLING DOWN THE FRONT OF MY DRESS. 

That’s right. Red. Wine. On my wedding dress. Five minutes into my reception. 

I remember being in a glass case of emotion, and not being super mad but not super happy for obvious reasons. I still feel bad for my work friend, you could tell she felt awful. Luckily, we were right in front of the bar, so we grabbed some club soda and a bunch of napkins and she and a few others went to work on the stain. 

At some point, Cam’s dance finished with his mom and it was my turn to dance with my dad, so we abandoned the club soda rescue mission. Truth be told, it wasn’t that bad. It ended up as kind of a light purpley shadow, that luckily you can’t see in any of my professional photos, so I don’t have proof that it happened, but trust me – it did. 

In any case, it was time to dance with Papa Camera, so I put on a smile and headed out to the dance floor. 

He told me he wanted to do something special during the dance, but nothing as intricate as the choreographed dances you see on online. He began by asking the DJ for the microphone. Since I don’t have videography, I don’t have the exact words, so bear with me:

Image “When Miss Camera was a baby, she was the worst sleeper. She would stay up screaming and crying until the sun rose. One night, in the midst of a particularly sleepless night, I decided to try an experiment. I put headphones, you know, those big, giant 80’s monstrosities, on her head, and let her listen to MTV, back when they still played videos. She smiled the biggest, toothless smile I’d ever seen from her, bobbed her head a few times, and was out like a light. So I took off the headphones to see what she was listening to, and now we’re going to dance to that song. I just hope she doesn’t fall asleep.”

Cue music. 

Living in America by James Brown started to play, and everyone laughed hysterically. That’s right – I fell asleep listening to the sweet, soothing melodies of James Brown. We took advantage of the upbeat song and danced around like maniacs for a minute or so.

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So random, and hilarious, and SO my dad. 

After about 30 seconds of this, the DJ cut off James Brown, and turned on my dad’s real song choice – What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong. He’s a sucker for classics. 

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“..And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”

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Picture Perfect: First Dance

After we made our grand entrance into the reception, we made our way to the dance floor for our first dance as husband and wife. While we spent days and days agonizing over our musical choices for our ceremony, cocktail hour and entrances, our first dance was never in doubt. Neither of us were interested in having a 3-minute sway fest in front of 130 of our friends and family, so we knew we wanted to steer clear of really slow songs. After making the decision to have a more up-tempo song, the choice was obvious. 

It’s a love song without being overly sappy (not that there is anything wrong with that), and it’s slow enough we could dance to it but quick enough that we didn’t have to awkwardly sway back and forth due to our lack of dance skills. 

Oh, did you want to know what we went with? Listen along to … You Are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne

Baby, it’s been a long day,
Baby, things ain’t been goin’ my way,
You know I need you here
To clear my mind, all the time

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Baby, the way you move me it’s crazy
It’s like you see right through me 
And make it easier
You don’t even have to try

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You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
That ever happened to me

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Baby, we’ve come a long way
Baby, you know I hope and I pray
That you believe me
When I say, this love will never fade away

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Oh, because
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
That ever happened to me

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Both of us have known love before
To come on all promising like a spring
Then walk on out the door
Our hearts are strong, and our hearts are kind
Let me tell you just exactly what’s on my mind

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You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
That ever happened to me

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You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing, baby)
You are the best thing (you’re the best thing)
That ever happened to me

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It was awkward dancing in front of everyone like that, but we spent those 3 and a half minutes singing our favorite song and spinning in circles. It was perfect. 

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Picture Perfect: The Grandest of Entrances

The sun was going down and the guests were getting pumped up – it was reception time! We spent an obscene amount of time trying to decide what song to enter into the reception to, another thing we probably didn’t need to spend so much time or energy on. Initially, Cam and I were both deadset on Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes indie anthem “home,” but a lot of our bridal party had never heard the song. We ultimately used that for our recessional, and it worked out perfectly.

One day I was listening to Pandora at work and Michael Franti & Spearhead’s “Say Hey (I Love you)” came on. I found myself dancing in my chair and then I realized – everyone knows this song, it’s catchy, it’s upbeat, it’s perfect! So that’s what we went with!

Michael Franti and Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)

Sometime between cocktail hour and our entrances, Cam’s Uncle who works as a Karaoke host and DJ in San Francisco decided that he wanted to do the bridal party introductions. Hilarity ensued.

First up was MIL and FIL Camera:

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Followed by my parents. 
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*Sidenote: Not only did Mama Camera have a rough summer because of her breast cancer surgery and treatments, but the week before our wedding she sprained her knee. Or at least at that time we thought she sprained her knee, she ended up being having MRI of her knee which showed a torn meniscus. I felt so awful for her, so I told her change into her sneaks after the photos were done, but she insisted on making her entrance in her heels.
 
Our bridal party started with BM Cupcake and GM VTech, Cam’s sister and my brother, respectively:
 
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Followed closely by BM Boys (Cam’s other sister) and Doctor GM:
 
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Next up was BM FUN. and GM Sailor. Fun fact: They got married about a month later!
 
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And then BM Mom and GM Swag (see how he got his name?)
 
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And then BM Yer Welcome gangnam styled with GM Teach – they got married about 2 months before we did.
 
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Then came BM Hamster with GM Art. These two didn’t know each other before our wedding weekend, but you would never have guessed it by how much fun they had!
 
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BM Work It and GM App sprinklered their way to the tent:
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And last but not least, MOH JJ with Best Man Bro doing some sort of strange dance move. 
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It was perfect timing because “Say Hey” had about 10 seconds left, in which the bridal party danced around in the tent, while the DJ was getting ready to change the song for our first introduction as Mr. and Mrs. Cam was deadset on this being our entrance song, and I quickly jumped on board. Oh, did you want to know what he picked?
 
Hall and Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True, of course.
 
 
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Do you want to go do karate in the garage? YUP. Did we just become best friends? YUP.
 
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So much room to do activities!
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This one was a gratuitous cupcake shot. 
 
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Next up: we dance!
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