Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Wedding Wednesday Chapter VI - The Evening Reception

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last post. I'm looking forward to sharing this exciting journey with you all and will no doubt be looking for all sorts of advice from all the mummy's out there.

And now, finally, here is my last wedding post........ 

The Evening Reception

We wanted to start the evening reception fairly early so that we had as much time as possible with all of our guests. So, as soon as the meal and speeches were over there was just time to clear everything before 100 more guests arrived. Once everyone was there we cut our fabulous cake. 

Our cake was made by a family friend and neighbour who also works with the caterers at our venue. I loved our cake. I basically gave her a few ideas and described the sort of thing I was looking for and she came up with this beautiful creation. She even had her husband cut a log to use as a cake stand. It looked perfect sitting in the garden during the ceremony and garden party and afterwards we transported it to the Rugby Club for cutting. 

I loved the little details such as the ribbon around the base that matched the ribbon on my niece's flower girl dress, made by my mum. Also, the little hedgehogs iced onto the base that matched the hedgehog motif on our wedding invitations.

Not only did the cake look amazing but it tasted delicious too, a wonderfully rich fruit cake. We still have the top tier of the cake which we have stored for our baby's christening cake. 

 After the cake cutting we had our first dance for which we chose a traditional Scottish waltz to start off the Ceilidh.

From that first dance I think I wasn't off the dance floor all night! We had a traditional Ceilidh and even the Italian guests joined in with the dancing. It was so much fun and the Italians really got into the spirit of the dancing. 

Every now and again we had a break from the dancing and were entertained by various musicians. My mum sings in a folk band so they did a set as did my brother who plays the guitar and two or three other friends who are singers and musicians. It was a great way to get a breather from the dancing and for the Italians to sample some Scottish music. 

The Ceilidh part of the evening ended at around 11p.m. and then the disco started. At this point I was worried nobody would dance since everyone enjoyed the ceilidh so much but the dance floor remained full for the rest of the night. My brother in law even got the crowd going by performing a rap! I think I've never danced so much in my life. Needless to say I abandoned my 3 inch heels at around 10pm and spent the rest of the night in bare feet! 

Before our photographer left he took us out into the middle of the rugby pitch with a light and took some final photographs. It was another romantic moment being out there, in the quiet summer's evening, under a spotlight and looking in to the party continuing inside. 

The party ended at around 1a.m. and we were the last to leave. I was sad it was over but although most people say their wedding day goes by so fast, I actually felt like we'd had a really long day and I'd had enough time to take everything in and enjoy it all. 

I've really enjoyed sharing my wedding with you all and it's been lovely to go back through all of my memories. Writing these posts have helped to keep everything fresh in my mind. 

Once again, I must give a big shout out to our wonderful photographer Craig of Mcbeth Photography. Also, if any of you are in Scotland and planning your wedding then check out the Best Scottish Weddings Magazine - you might spot a familiar bride in the Spring edition! 

Hope you're all having a good week x x 


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I hope you have kept copies of these wonderful posts of the story of your wedding for future generations of your family to read one day. My favourite photo today is the one of the two of you in the middle of the rugby pitch.

Federica said...

what a great party it must have been! Scottish and italians mixed together WOW :) seems like lots of fun!
The cake was really gorgeous, so were you and your husband and the location and the pics and everything!
Thank you for sharing these lovely moments and these beautiful pics!

hugs federica

Signe said...

Looks like a grand finale - and I could go for some of that cake right about now :)
And grats on the big news again!!

Loree said...

It looks like you all had so much fun. What a wonderful day it must have been for both of you.

Sarah B said...

It's all so beautiful Sarah Elizabeth. What gorgeous memories. Everyone looked like they had a wonderful time :)

McCarthy Designs said...

Thank you for sharing your special day with us. I have enjoyed your wedding posts so much. You make a beautiful couple and now I am looking forward to all of the baby posts to come! xx

Argante said...

Hy Sarah, nice to meet you! I live in Italy, in the norther part, and I'm restoring and ancient house, so I'd like to leave you a comment... My brother live in Umbria too! Your house will be a really lovely home!


Sini said...

Thank you for sharing this with us :) I love that cake, amazing! and still in love with your dress. And you hair. Lovely :)

flowers on my table said...

What a lovely wedding, it looks like you all had a wonderful time. The cake was gorgeous, just a pity it has to be eaten. Have a wonderful day, love Linda x.

Helen@baby shoes said...

You look lovely. Did you follow the tradition of saving a layer of the cake to use as a Christening cake?

Olga said...

Wonderful wedding! It all looks heavenly. I think that everyone enjoyed this happy event very much :) I agree with Lindy - you should keep your posts about your wedding for future generations.

Kelly said...

I love the rugby field photos - such a great end to the day!

Conny's Cottage said...

what a great wedding!
The cake was really gorgeous!!

hugs Conny