Friday, March 16, 2018

Our Mini-Moon in Kennebunkport, ME

Between buying a house and planning a wedding, we did not have time to plan a big honeymoon, but we knew we'd need a break right after the big day, so we booked ourselves a suite at the Kennebunkport Inn and spent two days sleeping late, eating delicious seafood, and exploring the adorable beach town. It was one of the best vacations of my life.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Farewell Brunch

And, with the wedding over, there was only one thing left to do: say goodbye to all our incredible friends and family who had traveled so far to celebrate with us!

We hosted a going away brunch in our barn, with catering by Have Your Cake, a subsidiary of a local crepe chain here. Folks were treated to sweet and savory crepes and tours of our still-unfinished house, along with games of corn hole and a fire. My good friend Courtney of Cania Photography offered to take photos for us as a wedding gift, and I couldn't treasure these more!

Post-wedding brunches are often my favorite part of a wedding, because they're so relaxed and it's a chance to actually sit and chat with the couple, who are often very busy at the wedding itself.

This one also gave our guests a chance to see our house during the day, and for the kids to stretch their legs before the long drive back home.

Now that it's been almost six months, we're settling in well to married life, and are so thrilled to have started our marriage off with such a beautiful, personal celebration. Thank you to everyone who participated in our wedding, and thanks so much to all my readers for following along with my recaps!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dancing the Night Away

After dinner was served and the cake was cut, it was time to dance the night away!

We were so lucky to find DJ Nick Sal almost by accident. He'd DJed a party at Dartmouth and posted his very cool playlist (it was a Gatsby-themed party and he interspersed contemporary dance music with some jazz age hits). We've been at other weddings where the DJ was a little too involved in the party or couldn't seem to read the dance floor, so it was important to us to find someone who could strike the right balance.

I emailed Nick and laid out all the things we didn't love about other DJs, and told him we'd originally wanted to set up an iPod, and he seemed to think it was hilarious, but also understood what we were looking for. He played a great balance of oldies and newer songs, and read the room well for when we all needed a break and when people were ready to "go there" with "Sandstorm," a request from Dave that turned out to be the most popular song of the evening.

In addition to our entrance and first dance songs, we put together a Spotify list of requests from our guests and asked him to fit those in. Some of the requests included: the theme from Free Willy, "Dancing Queen," "Annie's Song" (my parents' wedding song), "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" (requested three times!), and "One More Time." We tried for a mix of classics, like "Shout" and "Old Time Rock and Roll" with some of our favorites from college and beyond, like "Just Dance" and "Dancing in the Dark."

One of my favorite moments was when a large group of us had just gotten off the dance floor to take a break and "Dancing in the Dark," a classic from Roger's college days, came on, and immediately everyone stood up and got right back out there.

And, "Sandstorm," as I mentioned, was hugely popular. Another beloved moment: looking at our DJ table during the song and seeing both Nick and my friend (and day-of-coordinator) Laura Jean both fist pumping and looking like they were having the time of their lives.

And, of course, we ended the party with Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," the very best last dance song of all time.

And then, just like that, the wedding was over! A few of us headed over to the Latham House Tavern for one last drink, and then we collapsed into bed, happy and exhausted.