Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Step by Step: Lookin' Sharp - Reception Details

Without further adieu, I give your our fabulous, fabulous cake from Sugar Syndicate:

And, I give you my reaction to seeing our cake for the very first time. I was awestruck at how amazing it looked in person, and how it was even better than what I had ever envisioned. Oh, and it tasted as divine as it looked! (Half was chocolate cake with white chocolate peppermint ganache, the other was vanilla cake with mango curd and strawberries...and we get a complimentary mini-tier on our anniversary instead of having to freeze the top layer - counting down the days!)

Remember my escort card project? They turned out great and were a big hit with our guests.

Our granola favors that also incorporated a charitable donation. Purchasing of the granola plus the donation we made helped support programs for at-risk youth. And the granola was super yummy.

And, of course, my DIY menus. If I could do it all again, I would get back the hours I spent on these suckers! But, they looked cute on the tables.

Our table numbers were so popular with our guests - we even had one guest take home the their table's number! This was by far one of my favorite projects and was so super simple.

Since we didn't have a head table, I opted to place my bouquet in a vase as our table's centerpiece instead of the other centerpiece we had arranged, and placed the bridesmaid bouquets in vases on the gift / guestbook table.

Tables all set up...

Some yummy hors d'oeuvres. This was the plate they brought into Mr. S and I while our guests enjoyed cocktail hour. We opted to have some downtime together while everyone else socialized.

Also during the cocktail hour, our ushers manned the Polaroid guestbook. They took pictures of all of the guests and then gave them the opportunity to sign the book. After cocktail hour, it was brought up to the ballroom for guests to write in during the evening.

We left a little note to our guests asking them to write of messages of well wishes and advice.

Our guests definitely had a lot of fun with the guestbook! While not everyone remembered to come back and sign it, we had awesome pictures of everyone. And, later in the night we brought the Polarioid cameras out on the dance floor and took lots of fun pictures. We loooved looking at everything after the wedding, and have since taken the candids and added them to the guestbook.

Hmmm...do I spy a Bee in this picture?!

*Please note: All photos from Laurie Peacock Photography

Next Up - We cut our BEAUTIFUL cake and take time for some special dances.

Previously in our wedding recaps:
Step by Step: Girls Get Ready
Step by Step: Guys Get Ready
Step by Step: First Look
Step by Step: Gettin’ Ready to Walk
Step by Step: We Get Hitched
Step by Step: Strike a Pose in the Park
Step by Step: Urban Love in Oak Park


Mel November 17, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

The cake is gorgeous! You worked hard on all of the small details and they turned out beautifully!

MLC84 November 17, 2009 at 10:09 PM  

Love the cake topper!!!!!!!

Born to be Mrs. Beever November 17, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

All the details (and colors) look amazing. I only hope all my plans can be pulled off as well as yours were. Congratulations!

bunniesnbeagles November 18, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

The time you spent on your details really paid off. It all looks amazing and you'd never guess everything wasn't professionally done. Your granola donation favors are a really GREAT idea. What program for at-risk youth was it?

Laura November 19, 2009 at 9:43 AM  

Thanks, all! I have to say, at the end of the day all of the DIY projects really pay off :)

@bunnesnbeagles - there is a bakery on the NW side of Chicago called Blue Sky Bakery. They run a program for at risk and homeless youth, where they work in the bakery learning job skills and gaining work history. Everything they make is very delicious, and we love their Maple Cashew Granola, so we shared it with all of our guests! :)

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