Before the reception, Josh and I stood in the hallway and greeted all of our guests as they entered the reception hall. We wanted to thank each person for coming and the typical receiving line at the ceremony didn't seem like a good idea. We also knew we would want to dance at the reception, so we didn't want to go around to each table during the reception. Our solution worked out really well and we really enjoying greeting everyone. In addition to the delicious food at our reception, we had the usual speeches and parents dances, flower toss and group dancing. But, you know, it didn't all feel usual. I thought it was all exceptional. The speeches made me laugh and cry, the dances were a symbol of our love for our parents and their love for us, and the group dancing was so inclusive and full of joy. We did a contra dance, which is a type of folk dance with a fiddle and caller. As you can see from the photos, it got most of our guests involved in the dancing and was great for all ages. After a few hours of dancing, our friends and family sent us off with tons of confetti! Then after a couple days of hanging out with extended family in Greenville, we honeymooned in Long Beach, Washington.
This was such an amazing day! I am still overcome with so much gratitude for all those involved. MANY THANKS!