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