By 11:30pm, things were starting to wind down at our reception. The candy buffet was demolished. Shoes had been removed. And Hello Kitty had been borrowed for the photobooth and now looked like this:
After nearly three hours of dancing and partying, we had some exhausted guests on our hands. As much as I would have loved to have had a supremely rockin’ party all the way up until time to leave, it just wasn’t the case. So Mr. Whale and I headed up to the band and asked that they go ahead and play their last few songs.
And I’m glad we made that move, because the last few songs were awesome choices, and our guests came back to life as soon as they started. Mr. Whale and I had chosen “Don’t Stop Believing” for our last song, and the band got everyone ready for it with some Bon Jovi “Living on a Prayer”. There were fist pumps and screams and general craziness.
I seemed to be making that awkward face a lot.
Oh, and wait. Let’s back up. A few songs before Bon Jovi was Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. And during that, there was an “air” guitar battle. (Is it still air guitar if it’s an inflatable guitar??) Even Papa Whale was getting in on the action!
What started off harmless enough quickly took a turn for the intense as my brother and bridesmaid Rachael battled it out.
Everyone needs to have these two people at their wedding. Instant party.
My brother got pretty into his performance. And when I say he got pretty into it, I mean that by the end he was rocking out so hard that he decided he needed to destroy his guitar rockstar style. But it was inflatable, so it was hard to destroy. That didn’t stop him. He was bound and determined to destroy that guitar. So he did. And then he laid down to rest near his dead guitar.
Maybe this explains why all of the guests were so exhausted by the end of the night…
In any case, we finally made it to our last song, and all the remaining guests sang their hearts out.
And so the last song had played. Our guests were exhausted. It was time to head home.
…or was it?? You’ll have to wait and see what final surprise I have left!
*All photos by the stupendously talented 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.
- We kicked the reception off with some Montell Jordan and Van Halen! Then we chowed down on dinner and cake.
- We heard some musical toasts and then toasts from my dad, the best man, and the maid of honor. Then Mr. Whale and I put on a special performance of our own.
- We swayed to our Get Up Kids first dance. Then we opened up the dance floor.
- Our guests loved the photobooth and the mad libs.
- Mr. Whale and some of the guys had an impromptu singalong to “Piano Man”.
- I share all the details, including a lot of DIY.