Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Party Time (Reception, Part 2)

Wedding Wednesday


Happy Wedding Wednesday!

This week is allllll about the party.
And party we DID.
(Well, this week is the first part of the party. The rest of the party deserves a post on its own!!!)

Last week we left off with the speeches.
After our meals and speeches the rest of the night was a blur!
...a blur full of laughter, happy tears and a whole lot of sweaty dancing!
Lots of photos, yet again! You were warned!!
(Unless otherwise noted, all photos are from Starling Studio)
(It's easy to tell which are from Instagram and which are from our photographer, though! Obviously!)


First of all, we cut some cake:
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It was seriously delicious and what's better is that my friend from high school made it!

Then I ran around like a madwoman getting photos with certain groups of friends! Here is the order of how I know everyone, not necessarily the order in which they were taken:

Lifelong friends from my hometown:

Theta Nu/Otterbein College:

My first group of DC friends:

Georgetown friends (grad school):

My fabulously fun co-workers from my first job in Chicago:
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Andrew's friends from Michigan State's newspaper, The State News 
(who I am so happy to call dear friends, too!):

...and many many many more photos with other small groups and individuals! 
It was fun but quite stressful trying to get a moment with everyone we wanted to!

But don't worry, we had some fun, too :)

My Dad and I kicked off the dance floor, waltzing to Carole King's Child of Mine:
(This is honestly one of my favorite pictures of the entire day!)

After a while of waltzing, though, I was frustrated with how much I kept messing up. Plus, I was focusing on the steps more than the moment with my Dad, so I gave up and just hugged my Dad for the rest of the song:

I'm listening to the song right now as I write.
My Dad is the best :)

Andrew and his Mom then danced to Sam Cooke's Nothing Can Change This Love:

And then we boogied!!



Quick little aside:
Amid the hubbub my cousin surprised me! 
My cousin Sam had just flown in from London that day, returning from his study abroad program. Only his parents and (I think?) siblings knew that he was planning to drive from Pittsburgh to the reception in Columbus! The whole extended family was so shocked! Two of Sam's buddies drove him from Pittsburgh so he could sleep off some of the jet lag! It was SO awesome that Sam was able to come and we were all so thankful to party with him!
I love that our photographer caught my moment of surprise, too:

 And then more dancing! The dance floor was packed all night, thanks to our amazing DJ (Tommy Nutter of Diamond Entertainment):

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LOVE this:

And that's all for this week!

Next week I have a great post planned - it was a HUGE surprise to me and I can't wait to share!
Seriously. It's epic.



All non-Instagram photos from this post are from Starling Studio (you can tell which ones they are because they are beautiful photos!!!): website | Facebook
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Thoughts from My Cat: 2



Before I share Teddy's musings throughout the week I must explain something about the image above.

 The "Meh..." thought bubble actually has two meanings, my friends.
You see, Teddy is rather laid back and carefree, in that from time to time he actively ignores us, doesn't come when we call his name, and doesn't greet us at the door.
(Other times he actually does and we wonder if we actually adopted a dog).

In addition to his sporadic lackadaisical behavior, Teddy has another trait that is quite unique to him.
He does not make a "meow" sound.
He sounds like he says, "Meh" every time he tries to meow.
The first time we heard it we thought he was hissing, when in fact he was talking to us
...or rather, "meh-ing" at us.

So now that you know, please feel free to read the thought bubble as you please, either as a "Meh, whatever," or "Meh" like he's talking to us.

Here's what Teddy thought about this week:

 
I see. 
So this is where you ignore me every night for hours on end, when I am at my cutest.
I will now join you at promptly two thirty every morning and announce my arrival so you can help me find the optimal location for me to rest my fur.
If such a location exists, I will reward you by purring.
If not, then I fear that only treats will calm me.

I recognize this. 
It smells of unknown origin and makes an odd sound when moved.
However, I fit perfectly inside, which means it is an acceptable object.
You may proceed with your activity, human, but be mindful that I am in here so as not to disrupt my comfort or my analysis of this object.

Hello, humans. 
I see you have returned and have not, as I assumed, abandoned me.
Even though your presence pleases me I will not move, but rather will allow you to approach me and pet me for approximately three seconds. 
If you exceed three seconds you will force me to Venus Fly Trap your hand into submission.
Welcome home.

Who is that fine-lookin' feline, Human?
He's devastatingly handsome.


Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little Bit of Sass Thursday


I love many things.

Today I will focus on five:
1) Animals
2) Babies
3) Food
4) Witty banter
5) People with too much time on their hands

Thus I give you, 
some very funny pins:

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This is quite true:

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Seriously, can this be a thing? It's kind of awesome.
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 Mind = Blown:
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Accurate:
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We're talking Jetson-type stuff right here:
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I wish I was this clever:
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And finally, my two favorites this week:

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Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Reception, Part 1

Wedding Wednesday

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

The reception involved too many things to fit into one post...and I want to drag out my content as much as possible.
Hope you don't mind ;)

The cocktail hour sounded like it was a blast, but the bridal party had our own party in the library at The Athletic Club. Andrew and I were even able to sneak upstairs and see the gorgeous space before everyone else went in. These are some of my favorite photos, both from our Instagram hashtag #AndrewMarriesMary and from Tessa, our incredible photographer, of Starling Studio.
(Unless otherwise noted, all photos are from Starling Studio)
(It's easy to tell which are from Instagram and which are from our photographer, though! Obviously!)

Lots of photos, yet again! You were warned!!

Where we dined:

Where we danced:

 The window!
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Loooove this one:

After our mini photo session we snuck back down to the library for a cocktail before introductions.

Do I wish we would have joined the cocktail hour with all of our guests?
Kind of, considering how after the reception Andrew and I felt like we didn't talk to everyone enough. However, those few moments alone in that window were so special that I'm glad we didn't! We wouldn't have been able to get that lighting had we waited, and the window photos were something I dreamed about since we toured the space!

The intros were really fun: since the bridal party had our own cocktail hour, the DJ called everyone to gather around the dance floor. Basically we had a standing ovation crowd for our introductions.

Grandparents and parents walked in, carrying wine and looking fabulous.
Everyone cheered quite loudly. It was rather awesome.

Then the bridal party walked in, demonstrating a different sport (basketball, football, tennis, baseball and horseback riding (Monty Python-style)).
So amazing and so very us!
Here's Evan getting some air to catch the winning touchdown pass from Holly:

Then it was our turn!

Before our intro:
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From there, since we had everyone's attention, we went right into our first dance, Nat King Cole's "When I Grow Too Old to Dream"
It's a dreamy little ditty.


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Another favorite photo:





By the end of the song, the whole bridal party was swaying to the music. It was really cute (and I'm SO happy that our videographer got that on our video!)


 From here we ate!
Steak and chicken and mashed potatoes and asparagus and bread and salad and wine and champagne! Oh my!
We ate like kings!
And yes, I ate EVERY bite! haha

Here's my Dad giving his welcome speech. It was very sweet and funny and awesome, just like my Dad! In the below photo, this is the part where he says that Andrew and I met at a Steelers bar on a Sunday.

And a Facebook cover photo was born.

My sister and Best Man then gave heartwarming and hilarious speeches:

(Isn't she gorgeous?!?!)


She made me cry! 
Best.sister.EVER

Then Justin brought down the house:


He made us crack up!

I smile every time I see these photos.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me.

That's all for this week.
Next week we party!

All non-Instagram photos from this post are from Starling Studio (you can tell which ones they are because they are beautiful photos!!!): website | Facebook
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