Over Memorial Day weekend, my family and I attended the fanciest wedding at the beach for my college roommate. Her parents live on the waterfront, so her occasion took place in their backyard, a truly serene setting.
It meant the world to me that she invited my whole family, and that my boys would get to meet her – she’s been living in Florida since the last time I saw her at my wedding 7 years ago. Before the wedding day, her mother let me know that she would have servers for my table, even though it was a buffet, since she knew it would be difficult to get our meals with little ones in tow. So thoughtful! And then offered that if we needed any sorts of high chairs or seats, we’d be welcome to bring anything we pleased. It was just the sweetest gesture.
Valets met us at the driveway to whisk our car away as we walked the grounds. We received an order of ceremonies, where we quickly realized the wedding would last well into the evening – 1 AM – and that we’d still have a 3.5-hour drive to get home that night before my work at 7:40 the next morning!
The setting was breathtaking!
5:00 Ceremony at the Waterfront, Petal Toss to Send Well Wishes as Mr. and Mrs.
Guests were given doilies filled with soft pink rose petals to toss as the bride and groom were introduced and recessed down the aisle.
5:30 Cocktails on the Deck, Sweet Treat, Acquire Escort Card, Locate Table Name on Map
Delicious almond macaroons!
The bubbly flowed all night from multiple bars scattered around the lawn.
The bathroom trailer was super fancy and had everything you could possibly need in a pinch – Tide Pens, mints, anything!
The sound system inside the trailer was also playing the Jurassic Park theme song. You know, like when the T-Rex ate the lawyer. (Did I mention the bride and groom met at the same law firm?)
The front yard was set up with a bubble machine for the kids, and someone even offered to watch our kids for us!
7:00 Bubbly in the Tent, Dinner, Speeches, and Spectacular Dancing
The family set up a receiving line as we entered the tent for dinner. It was SO good to catch up with her sweet family again!
Aren’t she and her mother stunning?!
Wrong fork. I know, I know.
I sat on the dock to nurse the baby while I listened to speeches as the sun set. Perfection. Soon after, servers brought plates out to the couples with small children.
We had been given our own monogrammed menus to fill out for our servers; even the baby had his own menu! With persistent instructions from the bride’s mother to “check every box! Order everything! Order the baby everything so you get two, and then go up to the buffet for thirds anyway!” No one was going hungry that night!
Every bite was DELICIOUS.
She had glowsticks for us, just like at my little brother’s wedding!
9:00 Cake, Coffee, and Cordials. Open Favors, Dancing
Our favors were wrapped up like Tiffany’s boxes and included light-up neon ice cubes, and we were instructed to drop them in our drinks and head to the dance floor with them when we heard the song “Firework.”
Dessert bar menu
11:00 Bouquet Toss, Last Dance, Late Night Fare
As the dancing finished up, we were served cheeseburger sliders, fries baskets, and bourbon-caramel-glazed bacon by the monogrammed ice sculpture.
E was still going strong with us, even into the wee hours! Sage slept off and on.
I happened to see alcohol in the garage, and the caterers told me this is what was leftover (unused) from the bar… she said they started with 4 times this much!
12:00 AM Loyal Order of Midnight and Moonrise on the Waterfront, Valet Keys Returned
The loyal order of midnight meant that we all met at the dock to shoot flaming arrows into the waterway.
1 AM Couple Departs, Happily Ever After