Does anyone remember this Jackson Hewitt commercial?
Wait. We have to see both versions, because the running man in the next one is so epic.
Mr. Whale and I witnessed these commercials around Christmastime of last year, while we were deep in the throes of wedding planning. One of our favorite things to do during wedding planning was listen to ridiculous songs and say, “What if this song was our entrance song at the reception?” (Or sometimes, “What if this song was our first dance?”) As soon as this commercial came on, we turned to each other. “What if this song was our entrance song at the reception??”
Oh yeah. It’s true. We kicked off the reception pure nineties style. (Actually, in the end, we actually decided we wanted a different song for our entrance. But we decided to use Montell for the wedding party. Everyone was super jazzed.)
The bridesmaids were super pumped. Here they are getting ready for the big moment.
Because most of the groomsmen are kind of shy, we decided not to announce everyone by name. (We had introduced everyone at the welcome BBQ the night before instead.) We just decided to have all the bridesmaids and groomsmen go in jamming to “This is How We Do It”. And jam they did.
Bridesmaid Rachael and I were on the dance team together in high school. I’m pretty sure that’s the move that got her on the team.
My brother was living it up too.
Some folks weren’t really sure what to do, but it looks like they still enjoyed themselves 🙂
The wedding party entrance really set the tone for the rest of the evening.
It was kind of like we said, “Bring out all your really bad dance moves, because they are highly encouraged tonight.”
When the wedding party was all inside and had jammed for a few extra seconds, it was time for Mr. Whale and I to make our big entrance. We knew we would have to follow “This is How We Do It” with something equally as epic. And what’s more epic than Van Halen?
We ran in all excited.
We did some air drums, because… c’mon, it’s Van Halen. Then we rocked out all the way to the front.
Our dance moves are not so stellar. But we have heart! And that’s what counts.
We made it up to the front, and then we all realized that we didn’t have much of a plan for what to do after the entrance. Mr. Whale had asked me to make an announcement thanking everyone for coming and letting them know that dinner would start soon. But I panicked. We had a moment of fierce whispering. “I don’t want to say anything. Will you do it??” “But you said you’d do it.” “But you’re so much better at it. I’m so nervous.”
Mr. Whale took the mic 🙂
He said some nice things and was much less nervous and much more eloquent than I would have been. And with that, the reception was off to an awesome start.
*All photos by the super awesome Brenda Upton Photography.
If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously…
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows (which were written on our manatee cards), exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.
- I hugged some people, even though I felt awkward. Then we moved on to family photos.
- The wedding party posed, jumped, and ran! Mr. Whale and I took some pictures together.