For our receiving line, we opted to limit it to the newlyweds and both sets of parents. Including the bridal party would have made the line way too long, not to mention a bit awkward, since there's no way any one of our guests would have known more than two or three of the bridal party members, and vice versa.
In the planning stage, I considered a receiving line something to do because tradition and etiquette dictated it. Not necessarily something I was craving to do, but something I couldn't get away with skipping. Now that I've done it, though, I can say it was one of the most structured but relaxing parts of the day. All I had to do was stand in one spot and welcome face after face after face. It was nice to get some one-on-one time with each guest, even if it was just a quick hug and sharing some well wishes. Mr. Snow Cone and both sets of parents remarked that they thought the line took a while to finish, but I never felt that way. Maybe it was because I had expectations of it dragging on for an almost unendurable length of time, but it seemed to chug along at a nice pace once it was under way.
Here's a photo of Mr. Snow Cone checking out the train of my dress. Between having the receiving line outside and constantly stepping into and out of hugs, the train on my dress got nice and dirty. Fortunately, by that point in the day, I didn't have a big problem with that turn of events. Something to think about if you're worried about keeping your dress clean!
While we received our guests, the bridal party and the guests who had already gone through the line mixed and mingled.
Above 6 photos by my brother P
Photo by family friend F
Above 2 photos by BM E
Mr. Snow Cone's immediate family + his grandma:
Mr. Snow Cone's immediate family:
Mr. Snow Cone's parents:
Mr. Snow Cone's sisters:
Both sets of parents:
My maternal grandmother:
My immediate family + grandparents:
My paternal grandparents:
My immediate family:
Photo by family friend F
All photos by the amazing Christina Garber unless otherwise noted
- We spent a low-key night with some of my friends and family.
- We ran some errands and received some one-of-a-kind brewskies.
- I had a moderate-sized freak-out at the rehearsal.
- I went toe-to-toe with the priest over a few significant details.
- We expressed our gratitude to our bridal party, without any tears (almost)!
- We dined and drank our way through our rehearsal dinner.
- We threw an after party with a birthday twist.
- We spent the morning getting beautified and relaxing.
- A peek into the details of my wedding day look.
- I had some private time with my mom, becoming a bride.
- I revealed my bridal look, twice!
- I enjoyed a pre-ceremony portrait session with my favorite people.
- Mr. Snow Cone’s crowd modeled for the camera.
- We set the scene for the ceremony.
- I waited like a caged tiger while the processional began.
- I finally made my way down the aisle to my handsome groom.
- We listened to the first part of our ceremony.
- We exchanged our vows and our rings.
- We wrapped our ceremony and shared our first kiss!