What We Skipped and Didn’t Miss

This post is all about the “typical”, “traditional”, or “trendy” stuff that we chose to skip at our wedding.   For the most part, our decisions turned out great.  As a disclaimer, I feel the need to say that these decisions made sense for us. They might not make sense for everyone.  But if you’re thinking about skipping something and wondering whether you’ll regret it, well then hopefully this will reassure you that some stuff can definitely be skipped.

Of course, there were just a few things that I would have done differently if I knew then what I know now.  My next post will be about the few things that I wish I could change, but let’s do the good news first, shall we?  So what did I skip and not miss at all?

  • A First Look: This could be the subject of an entire post.  But I’ll try to sum it up here.  We didn’t have a first look, and I am 100% happy with that choice.  However, for those of you out there still unsure, know that I don’t think that having a first look would have a negative impact on the feeling that you have as you walk down the aisle.  I know some brides are worried about that.  But the aisle moment is just special.  I can’t say for sure, but I think it would be just as special whether or not you have a first look.  What I’m trying to say is: We had plenty of time for photos after the ceremony.  I love the way our day went.  But if you want extra photos and you’re worried that you’ll ruin everything by seeing each other before the ceremony, I don’t think you need to be worried.
  • Professional Make-up: Our photographer asked me who did my make-up and was impressed that I’d done it myself.  Score! 🙂

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  • Real flowers:  Paper flowers=excellent idea.  So light, and I get to keep them forever!Our Wedding!!! 145

And I certainly don’t regret not having flowers in our centerpieces either.

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  • Ceremony decorations:  The beautiful scenery was enough for us!

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  • Out-of-town bags:  Maybe a guest missed them, but I don’t think so.
  • Bathroom baskets:  Totally not missed.
  • Bouquet and Garter Toss:  I literally didn’t think of these until weeks after the wedding, and no guests ever brought it up.  I don’t think a soul noticed that they didn’t happen.
  • Pro-pics of getting my hair and make-up done  If you can’t afford to have these, don’t stress.  I don’t mind at all that I don’t have them.
  • A big cake Our cupcakes were so freaking delicious. And easy to eat… And didn’t require serving…

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  • A Signature Scent:   I don’t wear perfume unless I think I smell bad. It seemed weird to start now.
  • A Big Sparkler Exit:   Pinterest convinced us all that anyone can have those fabulous sparkler exit photos.  But as the big day got closer, I realized most of those photos don’t turn out that great. So I nixed it. We just had a few sparkler pictures taken.

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  • A Getaway Car:  It just seemed excessive.  We had a barn reception and were driving two miles through the country back to our cabin.  There didn’t seem to be a point.

Are there any typical, traditional, or trendy things that you skipped that you didn’t miss at all?

 

 

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I Whale Always Love You: Sparks Fly!

With our wedding reception at a close, I had one last item on my list of “stuff we need to do on our wedding day”.  And that item was “get some sparkler pictures”.

Like about a zillion other brides in the world, I absolutely fell in love with the sparkler getaway photos.  (Did you say sparkles?  Yes, I’ll have some please.)  But as the big day drew nearer, I had some second thoughts.  There’s one or two really awesome sparkler photos on Pinterest.

But once you get past the one or two amazing sparkler getaway photos, the rest are just so so.  There’s too much light.  Or not enough light.  Too blurry.  Over exposed.

BUT, where I saw perfection was in the staged sparkler photos.  Spelling out “Love” with sparklers.  Or drawing the wedding date.  Those photos are always stunning.  So I decided we would skip the getaway (too much planning!) and just do a few photos.

There were a few semi-failures…

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I can’t even imagine how frustrated photographers must be that all brides now want to have sparkler photos 🙂  A word to the wise: advise your “runners” not to get too crazy with the sparkler movement, lest they obscure your face.

But another take got a fabulous shot.

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Yes, that would be the ghost of my brother running in the background.  If I was any good at photoshop, maybe I would figure out how to fade him out of it, but I say it gives the picture character 🙂

We chose not to sneak out of our reception at any point for a few extra photos.  But I am really glad we took just a few sparkler photos at the end of the night.  It was so easy.  It only took about five minutes.  And that photo is one of my favorites from the whole day.

Once we were done with the sparklers, it was time to head out.  Our coordinator had pulled my car around, and we saw that it had some extra special touches 🙂

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If you’re thinking, “Why are there equations on the car??”, then welcome to the club.  My parents decorated the car, and I think they ran out of stuff to write, so they just decided to fill the space with stuff they associate with “Matt and Erin”.  Mr. Whale is a physicist, and both my parents are engineers, so they thought equations and formulas would be a good idea 🙂  I’m pretty sure we’re the only married couple in history whose car was decorated with PV=nRT…  (In case you’re curious, which I know you’re not, that’s the Ideal Gas Law.  Very romantic.)

We also had this giant face on the front window.

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I think someone had a few drinks before wielding the window chalk 🙂

After sharing a good laugh over the silliness written on the car, Mr. Whale and I hopped in our fabulous ride and headed back to our cabin.  Several of our friends were already there when we got back, and though it wasn’t a raucous party or anything, we did somehow end up staying up until sunrise…

As Mr. Whale and I watched the sunrise over the lake, we realized that sunrise was also when he had proposed.  And so it was only fitting that our wedding day come to a close at sunrise, too.

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And of course, you know how this story ends.  We lived happily ever after 🙂

Thanks for reading, hive! It’s been so fabulous to share my day with all of you!

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I Whale Always Love You: Fighting for Our Right to Party!

Where I left off, the last song, “Don’t Stop Believing”, had just played.  We were all super pumped.  And I thought the night was over.

My brother had other plans.  He starts yelling, “Play some Beastie Boys!!!”  Why Beastie Boys?  I honestly have no idea.  Seems like an odd choice, right?  Maybe.  But since we technically had the band until midnight and it was only about 11:40, they were happy to oblige.

So we all rocked out for a few minutes.  And then, a funny thing happened…

It was time for the third verse, but the singer couldn’t remember it.  And the next thing I knew, my brother was on the stage holding a mic!  I think you see where this is going… 🙂

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Oh yeah.  It was like Piano Man all over again, but even more epic.  He was born to be a rockstar.

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Image is a still from our wedding video.

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Still don’t believe me?  Well, then you have to see the video proof.

So epic.  In fact, I e-mailed our videographer after the wedding to ask if he got it on video, and he replied, “Oh I got your brother’s Beastie Boys performance.  Epic.  Truly epic.”

It was the perfect way to end the night.  Mr. Whale pulled me in for one last kiss.

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Then the lights came on, and it was time to get out of there.

And that’s basically it for the Blue Whale wedding.  But I’ve got one more quick post, so I hope you’ll stay with me for just one more recap! (Spoiler: It involves some sparklers!!)

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*All photos by the super fabulous Brenda Upton Photography. All video by the super fantastic Hammond Studios (and chopped unartistically into clips by me)

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I Whale Always Love You: The Night (Almost) Comes to a Close

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:

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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.

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I seemed to be making that awkward face a lot.

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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!

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What started off harmless enough quickly took a turn for the intense as my brother and bridesmaid Rachael battled it out.

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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.

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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!

 

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I Whale Always Love You: The Details!

Because I’m on the ‘Bee all the time, I’ve gotten used to seeing some pretty amazing things at weddings.  Some of you all are pretty fabulous DIYonistas. (I don’t think that word is going to catch on…)  It’s easy to forget that not everyone is browsing the wedding section of Pinterest on a daily basis.  So it really surprised me when so many of our guests complimented our decorations.  (It’s not like we did anything life-changing.  But apparently, they liked it.)  It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Actually that could have been my love for Mr. Whale.  Or the champagne.  Who knows.)

When guests walked up to our venue, they were greeted with several hand-painted signs.

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The signs led them down to the ceremony site.

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I actually painted the “Happiness Here” sign for my mom to put in her flower garden.  Then she brought it to the wedding.  So we put it up!  I like the idea that it will live in their garden after the wedding, so I get to see it when I visit 🙂

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The “Best Day Ever” sign didn’t turn out quite as good as I thought it would… But it didn’t make the day any less awesome 🙂

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My favorite sign! This one will live at our house, if we ever get a house…

The sign fun continued at the reception.  As guests approached the barn to enter the reception, they saw this.

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And I guess they all got to walk through the bubbles! I have no idea, because I wasn’t there for cocktail hour.  But I hope they walked through bubbles… because that’s awesome.

Once inside the barn, the guests picked up an escort card to find their table.

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(I’ll tell you a little secret. That display of escort cards was way harder to put together than I anticipated.  Just fair warning in case you want to do something similar.)

I think my centerpiece vision came together beautifully!

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And Mama Whale deserves a big shout out, because she helped me glitter the table numbers while my wrist was broken.

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On their way to a table, some guests might want to drop off a card or a gift.

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Or maybe they felt like doing some mad libs!!

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Of course, the sweetheart table had a few extra decorations.

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It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I have a teensy weensy obsession with Hello Kitty.  And for the record, I was going to have them on the cake table, but it was decided (by whom? I’m not sure… whoever finished up decorating the day of) that they looked better on our table.  Mr. Whale was (and always has been) a good sport about it.  (Just so you know, I’m writing all this while wrapped up in my Hello Kitty snuggie.)

And let’s not forget the Mr. and Mrs. signs I made for the chairs!

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For the record, the letters were SUPER EASY to make.  And it was practically free.  I think the “Just Married” banner and the chair signs cost less than $10 altogether.  (And I used the glitter in lots of other stuff, so it was a total win.)

Throughout the reception, our guests had the option of hanging out in the photobooth!!  And we had a TON of props!

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And that’s just the first table.  We had so much stuff we had to pull in a second table!  (Good thing we had so many, since guests didn’t want to take them off!)

And last but not least, we had a few sweet treats for our guests.  Of course, we had to have cake.

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OMG the cake was so delicious.  We have two friends who recently opened an upscale restaurant, and they raved about them.  If your chef friend likes the food, I think it’s safe to declare success.

And finally, the item that I had to have at my wedding: the infamous candy buffet.

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Somehow there are no pictures of the buffet before people actually started eating from it. (Notice the half-full jar of Reese’s with no lid and the stray Skittle on the table?)  But at least I know it was well-loved.

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The craziest part of the candy buffet is that I somehow never saw it.  I mean, at one point, I remembered that it existed and I looked at it from the other side of the room.  I remember that someone was filling up a bag of candy.  But I cannot believe that I literally never visited the candy buffet during the evening.  What was I thinking??

Such is the life of a bride.  Spend eternity obsessing over something.  Never look at it on your wedding day.

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Right now you’re asking yourself, “Why are those hearts so far above the candy buffet?”  Le sigh.  I had big plans for my polka dot glitter hearts.  They were going to hang around the candy buffet table.  But for some reason, that particular table cloth wasn’t ready the day before the wedding.  So the table cloth wasn’t going to get there until a few hours before the wedding.  And I wasn’t going to ask someone else to spend all that time putting the hearts up.  There was already a piece of twine hanging on the wall.  So… I just put the hearts on the twine and called it a day.  Could it have looked better? Yep.  Do I care?  Nope.

And there you have it.  All the fabulous details of our wedding!

*All photos by the stupendously talented Brenda Upton Photography

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I Whale Always Love You: Piano Man

At approximately 10:30pm, two things happened.  First, the band took a break.  And second, my bustle broke.

Honestly, I was expecting the bustle to break.  The alterations seamstress told me that no matter what she did, there was a good chance it would break.  (At least she warned me, right?)  So mom and I ran off to the bathroom to MacGyver a new bustle.  While we were in there, the “band break playlist” that Mr. Whale and I had made started to play.  And one of the first songs was “Piano Man”.

Now, one thing you need to know about Mr. Whale is that he loves karaoke.  And he loves to sing “Piano Man” at karaoke.  So when I heard someone steal a mic from the band and start singing along with “Piano Man”, I just knew it was Mr. Whale.  And of course I wanted to hear him sing.  So there I am nervously jumping up and down in the restroom asking, “Is it fixed yet? Is it fixed yet?” while Mama Whale tries to fix the bustle.

Finally, we fix the bustle, and I run back into the room.  And I find… my MOH’s boyfriend on stage!  She had told me he could sing, but Dang! I mistook him for my own husband!!

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MOH’s bf on the left. My brother on the right.

It wasn’t long before my brother took the stage along with MOH’s bf.  And from there, things got pretty intense, pretty fast.

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I’d like to point out that he was singing into the photobooth prop mic, even though a real mic was there 🙂

Once Mr. Whale figured out what was going on, he had to get in on the action.

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My brother, who had briefly abandoned the stage, saw that things were getting pretty epic, so he ran (literally ran) and leapt (literally leapt) onto the stage in time for one of the last choruses.

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Note the tie still in motion from the leap.

They rocked out pretty hard for the last few minutes of the song.  I think it’s pretty clear that they were enjoying themselves.

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It was certainly one of the best moments of the night.

Did you have any good sing-a-longs at your wedding?

*All “photos” are stills from our wedding video.  Thanks to Edwin Hammond of Hammond Studios for the fabulous footage.

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I Whale Always Love You: Mad Libs Do’s and Don’ts

As soon as I saw some wedding mad libs, I knew I had to have them.  And so, we had them!  We had one at each seat along with a pen.  (Actually, we somehow lost some of them before the wedding, so we didn’t have one at each seat… that’s still one of those mysterious things that we can’t explain.)  We had them printed on bright blue, and it made each table look really good.

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Photo by Brenda Upton Photography

Now that I’ve done it, I’m super glad we did this project.  Even Mr. Whale agrees that it was an awesome idea. (He wasn’t on board in the beginning, but I told him he had to trust me.)  But I do have a few suggestions for future couples.

DO:

  • Make them yourself.  It’s so easy to do in Microsoft Word.  Just use lots of textboxes and move them around.  It took me about an hour to make mine.
  • Make sure you have extras.
  • Print on paper that’s a little heavier than regular paper.
  • Make different versions.  I wish we had made at least three different stories.  It’s getting a little old to read the same thing over and over again.
  • Have someone test it out.  I’m so glad I posted mine on the ‘Bee, because I had made a few mistakes.

DON’T:

  • Print them on paper that’s too dark… Ours are just a little hard to read.
  • Read them all at once.  They’re funnier spaced out over time 🙂

Now that you know what to do, I know you want to see some of our favorites from the wedding.

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One of the groomsmen’s mom made this one.  But she was too embarrassed by how inappropriate it ended up sounding to put her name on it.  So she signed it Carl Sagan. Ha.

Our officiant, Mike, was so proud of his.  He was so proud that he actually memorized it and kept quoting it the next day.

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Some of our guests chose not to follow the traditional Mad Libs directions and instead filled in their own actual advice.  I enjoyed these as well.

 

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Of course Mr. Whale should always “bow to my prowess”.

One of the best parts of the mad libs was where we were wished many _____ _____ for years to come.  Here, we are wished many bad-ass socks, which I totally hope comes true.

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Some advice was mind-bending.  Don’t forget to explode before you implode?

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Apparently, our guests really like cats, because they made quite a few appearances in the mad libs.

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And we were quite proud of all of the creative exclamations our guests came up with.

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And my personal favorite.

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Lolz.

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I Whale Always Love You: The Photobooth was an EPIC success

While I was dancing the night away, some of our guests were joining me, some were outside where the music was quieter, and some were living it up in the photobooth.

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My brother and his wife. They’re pretty awesome.

After having a hilariously good time with Mr. Whale in a photo booth at a friend’s wedding, he and I were both adamant that we have one at our own.  I decided we would make it a DIY project, because those things are freaking expensive.  Now that I’m on the other side, here is my advice: THIS DIY PROJECT IS SO MUCH EASIER THAN YOU ANTICIPATE!!

Sorry for shouting at you.  But seriously, I was worried that I was being a fool, thinking I could DIY a photobooth, but it was soooooo easy!  Here’s what you need:

  • a computer (I used my ancient laptop from 2007 and it worked great. The program doesn’t need a fancy computer.)
  • Sparkbooth  I cannot say enough good things about this program.  They thought of everything that might possibly make this program easy to use.  Want to save the photos to your computer automatically? Done. Want to lock the screen so no one can accidentally exit the program? Done. Want it to print automatically? Done. Want to print multiple copies automatically? Done. Want a special layout? Done. Want to automatically detect size of photo paper and print on that? Yes, even that is done.  Best $60 I spent on the wedding.
  • a webcam (maybe) My laptop is old and doesn’t have a webcam.  I bought the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. It’s a little pricey at $75, but I think it was worth it for the great photos.  I plugged it in, and Sparkbooth detected it automatically.
  • a backdrop  We (and by we, I mean my mom) hung streamers from the wall. It cost less than $20, and it looked fabulous.
  • props  My strategy for buying props was to start collecting them as soon as I got engaged.  I recommend going to the Target dollar bin near every holiday. They always have awesome hats and headbands for a dollar.  (I can’t seem to break this habit.  I just bought a turkey hat during my last trip to Target…)  Also, every time I needed a few more items to get Free Super Saver shipping at Amazon, I bought a cheap little prop.  It added up to a ton of stuff.  (Recommended props: stick-on mustaches, feather boa, fun sunglasses, blow-up guitar)

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  • a printer  We set up the photobooth to print automatically.  We just printed one copy, and I’m going to mail more to people in their thank you notes.  I asked for the Canon Pixma MG6220 for Christmas.  It printed super fast!  I’d say it was less than thirty second from the time you exited the photobooth until you got your photo.  And the starter ink lasted all night (which really shocked my dad).
  • lamp for more light and tri-fold poster  Because weddings tend to be dim events, you may not have enough light to get good photos.  I set up a tri-fold poster on the corner of the table and put a lamp behind it that pointed at the photo area.  This meant we got all the light we needed for the photo booth, but light wasn’t shining in everyone else’s eyes.  Plus, it gave people the illusion that they were in a real “booth”, which gave them the illusion of privacy, which made the pictures even more hilarious.

Speaking of hilarious pictures, want to see??

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Best bridesmaids ever.  I just… I can’t handle it.  This picture makes me speechless. Mr. Whale prefers this one:

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Spectacular.  And the photobooths aren’t just for the young folk.

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These ladies were in the photobooth all night!

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Some folks looked really awkward with a mustache.  But some creepily pulled it off:

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Clockwise from left: brother, aunt, mom, dad, sister-in-law.

It’ so unfortunate that I didn’t make it into this family photo.  There are so many good things, but I think my favorite might be the upside-down mustache on my dad.  It’s just so wrong.

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There were quite a few gems of a person’s reaction to their own photo that had just happened. And some moments just can’t be explained.

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And let’s appreciate the mustaches worn as eyebrows here.  That’s some serious creativity. I like it.

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There were some family photos…

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Can’t wait to get their Christmas card.

A little bit of mother-daughter fun.

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Let’s not forget mother and son.

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The guys who hated photos ended up loving the photobooth.

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Geraldo?

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Also, this…

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You get to see the whole printed card here. My dad chose the image and the photo 🙂

My brother and I made sure to get a few shots.

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That one might get framed.  Or maybe this one?

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At some point, Mr. Whale and I kept getting pulled into all kinds of photos. (Everyone wants a piece of the bride and groom.)

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At first, she’s like, “Come here, Mr. Whale.”  Then she’s all, “Get out of my picture!”

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Even our photographers got in on the action.

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I had to get in on the mustache action.  And I’m not really sure what Mr. Whale was thinking with his prop choices here…

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Our officiant and friend, Mike, jumped in with his girlfriend.

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Try and tell me they don’t look like muppets.

 

Of course, don’t forget to get in there with your new spouse!!

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But try not to hit your new husband in the face with a prop!!

Moral of the story? You NEED a photobooth.

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I Whale Always Love You: Dance Dance Revolution

Once the band got going, the dance floor was a pretty happening place.

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We kind of took a risk with our band, because we had literally never heard them before.  Plus, they got a new singer a few months before our wedding.  But let me tell you, they ROCKED.  The singer… she blew my mind. (And I’m going to be a music teacher.  I listen to people sing all day, every day.  She was incredible.)

The bridesmaids flooded the dance floor as soon as the first few notes of The Outfield’s “Your Love” kicked off the night.

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It’s just an optical illusion, but doesn’t it look like bridesmaid Rachael is shoving Mr. Whale’s face??

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It wasn’t long before the photobooth props started making their way to the dance floor…

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I wish I could remember what song each of these photos went with.  That way I might be able to figure out why I’m making my fierce face in this next one.

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Based on the photographic evidence, it seems that many of our guests spent the evening having a few drinks and then making up their own strange dance moves.

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Mustaches were involved in a lot of the moves…

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Heart-shaped sunglasses go surprisingly well with mustaches.

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Can you tell that bridesmaid Rachael was having a good time? 🙂

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Occasionally the dancers actually looked like they knew what they were doing.

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And of course, there eventually had to be a little dance off.  (Why does the “circle” always form at weddings?  It’s unavoidable!)

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I think it’s safe to say that neither of us really “won” this dance off.

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Apparently Mama Whale decided to take a break for a drink whilst in possession of the best photobooth prop.


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Giant hand ftw.

I think you get the idea.  80s band + alcohol + props = inevitable silliness.  Perfect.  It’s exactly what I wanted 🙂

Did the photobooth props make it to the dance floor at your wedding?  At one point, I don’t think there were any props on the table, because they were all being worn!

*All photos by the totally terrific Brenda Upton Photography.

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I Whale Always Love You: Don’t Worry, I’ll Catch You

As Mr. Whale and I made our way off the stage after performing “The Luckiest”, I made my way back to my seat.  But I didn’t get too far before I heard a loud whisper, “Erin! Erin! Where are you going? We’re doing our first dance!”

I almost forgot our first dance!!  Am I a blonde or what?  The music was already starting as Mr. Whale pulled me back toward him.

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This is my “Can you believe I almost forgot our first dance?” giggle.

Mr. Whale and I spent forever trying to pick a first dance song.  Oddly enough, Mr. Whale was very concerned with whether the song had an “appropriately danceable” tempo.  He actually kind of wanted to learn to waltz so that we could dance for real.  (Why did I not take full advantage of this opportunity??)  Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any waltzes that were slow enough that we didn’t look ridiculous and so that Mr. Whale wouldn’t be stepping all over my dress.

In the end, I told Mr. Whale that my dress probably wasn’t going to lend itself to much fancy footwork, and we should probably just do some swaying.

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After much deliberation, we decided on “I’ll Catch You” by The Get Up Kids.  Mr. Whale, as you might recall, is a bit of a punk kid, so he’s always loved the song.  I associate it with a lot of memories that involve Mr. Whale.  I wouldn’t call it “our song”, but it’s very “us”.

(Oddly enough, I think we do have “a song”, and it’s “Falling Slowly” from Once.  Somehow it never made an appearance at the wedding.  Isn’t that strange?)

Here are some of the lyrics from The Get Up Kids song:

your arms in mine, anytime
i wouldn’t trade anything
you’re still my everything
to my surprise, before my eyes, you arrive
don’t worry I’ll catch you
don’t ever worry

Perfect, no?

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I had heard from the wise words of the internet that one might feel as though their first dance is dragging on.  Since our song was over four minutes long, I had a little bit of worry that this might happen to us.  But I’m happy to report that I never felt awkward at all.  Mr. Whale was singing to me for most of the song.

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And when we weren’t singing, we were smooching.

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I mostly just tried to relax and enjoy the moment.

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Both of us tuned out the rest of the crowd, and for those four minutes, it was just us, enjoying the beginning of our time as husband and wife.

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Before I knew it, the song was coming to a close.  Mr. Whale surprised me by bringing me in for a dip.  I, of course, lost my balance, and we ended up looking ridiculous.

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But I managed to right myself and steal one last kiss.

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Then it was time to PARTAY!

*All photos by the totally terrific Brenda Upton Photography.

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