It was at this wedding reception that someone asked us how long we'd been married. When I responded "almost five months", I was shocked to realize that nearly six months had passed since our wedding. Shocked! It doesn't feel nearly that long ago, and I was immediately aware that I have yet to recap this momentous life event on the blog. Since it was a pretty.big.deal. I'm going to break it down into a few different posts. You're welcome.
We considered our wedding to be a "destination wedding" of sorts because nearly everyone in attendance, including us, had to travel from out of town to be there. Because we wanted to soak up as much time with our visiting guests as possible, we decided to have a welcome reception rather than a traditional rehearsal dinner. Once we decided on the format, I was pretty immediately drawn to Saarloos & Sons. We've been before and love the chic tasting room and outdoor seating area with fire pits. And let's not forget about the wine! Located just a short drive from our wedding venue where we'd be rehearsing, it fit the wine country theme of our wedding beautifully.
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Our welcome reception had no program and everyone was invited. Guests came and went as they pleased and the wine and conversations were flowing the entire time. It went even better than I envisioned and turned out to be my favorite activity of the weekend. Justin and I got to welcome all our amazing friends and family who traveled from near and far to be with us and there was much less pressure on us than at the wedding itself. Many of my wedding duties that were stressing me out in the days leading up to this event were completed just before our rehearsal so I could finally relax, enjoy some much needed wine and catch up with my loved ones.
Do you know what happens when you mix delicious wine with a photo booth?
Everyone seemed to be having so much fun that we actually had a hard time getting people to leave. The tasting room closed their doors and turned out the lights a good hour before we finally managed to vacate the premises. But that's the sign of a good party, no?
This is the part in the recap where I'd like to tell you I went straight back to my hotel room like a good little bride and gave myself a detoxifying face scrub and moisturizing treatment. But if I'm being honest, I went to the bar with my friends. I stayed out too late. I even did what no bride should ever do on the night before her wedding and I ate late-night fast food. Taco Bell, to be specific. I don't regret the extra time with my friends one bit but I do regret that Taco Bell. Dang you, sodium bloat!
Next up I'll recap the wedding day!