***CLAYTONANDSHAUNA Recap Part III: Reception
We ended up finishing about 1/2 an hour later than expected with the photos at the Admiral's House. Once we were all done everyone car-pooled back to the reception. Clay managed to get me into his vehicle, dress and all, and commented how his car was filled with a white cloud! The stick shift was buried under the dress!
When we arrived my girls from Na'amah had been diligently waiting for us in parking lot, full on costumes and their wraps (thank goodness), for almost an hour! They had been teasing back and forth with chef staff of the galley that they were "prostitutes." Soooo, walking along the path that was surprisingly goose-poo free (one of my girls had swept the whole walk way!) we walked to the front of the building and readied ourselves for the Zeffa procession. Two boys per lady, with one spare behind. They entered first and walked all the way around amidst clapping and cheering. Then they came and got us. So much cheering and laughter, clapping. Everyone was so happy to be there.
The sun came out!!! There was such beautiful light streaming in through the windows. Our DOC, Eva from Beauty Bridal, did such a fantastic job of the decorating (pictures courtesy of her facebook page). I can't believe how beautiful everything looked. It was my vision :)
Peter (MOH's husband) was the perfect MC. He introduced my girls who then danced for us, they did two dances. One the choreographed just for us and called "Shauna's Wedding Dance," and have said that I'm not allowed to ever dance it as it's their gift to me. This is the one time I wish I had videographer, just to their dance again. It was beautiful. They dance their love for us and it was beautiful and heartfelt. I was moved to tears.
Everyone at the head table was introduced and then sent on up to the buffet. The buffet was SOOOOO good, so many compliments on the variety and the amount (planned for 80, 60 showed up to the reception) and just how tastey it all was. When we got back the MC then started the trivia challenge. A couple of the guests had their iphones with them and were madly searching for answers.
Amidst all of this, someone would start waving their ribbon wands and that was our cue to kiss, many kisses there were through out the afternoon :)
While everyone was up getting food I was sitting just taking everything in when Pepper, the bestman, says to me that he's been watching and judging the crowd and realized that he was going to have to change what his toast was. For all of his bravado, bs and etc., he really is an astute man. His toast was quite beautiful, ending with "I will take these memories with me to Afghanistan." Then was my MOH who told Clay about the "rules" #1 the cat came first, #2 attending all of my performances, #3 I love projects and to help me out with those. My sister had a beautiful toast too, explaining to Clay why I was such catch, my sneaky candy theory and my pyro tendencies with the gift of a fire extinguisher presented to Clay. Clay's folks had a nice toast and my folks ended with a welcome to the family.
We had our first dance to Michael Buble's "I can't help falling in love." With both our folks joining us on the dance floor and my Aunt and Uncle being invited to join us to share their first dance with us too. My uncle, not expecting this, jokingly shook his fist. Then came the cutting in by the bestman...to dance with the groom!!! Bestman's response (best remark all night!) was "Hey, it's the new army! Its okay!!" with everyone cheering and clapping!
Just before we cut our cake we presented Clay's cousin a birthday cupcake (called the Mackenator with real bacon on it!) and had everyone sing happy birthday. Our photographer then helped "stage us" for the cake cutting. We did cut, we did lift, we did feed each other (and I saved a piece in the freezer for our wedding anniversary.). The Wedding party out did themselves cutting and serving the cake to everyone. The cake was so good, in fact, that there was hardly any left. A cake meant for 80 and fed 60 because everyone wanted seconds! Well done Pink Sugar Cupcakery. Our flower girl had quite the imagination and said the design was a robot octopus.
After all the traditions and pictures had been taken we were able to go around to everyone and talk and have a few pictures. We were there to the end, we had opted to have no grand exit (meaning I ran out of ideas) so were the last to leave before my folks and the DOC.
All in all a beautiful afternoon.