Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stephorrine Wedding: Reception



When the sun came up,
We were sleeping in,
Sunk inside our blankets,
Sprawled across the bed,
And we were dreaming

There are moments when,
When I know it and
The world revolves around us,
And we're keeping it,
Keep it all going,
This delicate balance,
Vulnerable all knowing

Family photos were taken and cocktail hour commenced. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres were served on the terrace, which also had a heated sitting area. Our guests gushed over the food, especially the butternut squash shots. We had our engagement photo book placed in the sitting area for our guests to browse through while they mingled and waited for the party to begin. Guests were also asked to tie a ribbon or two on a hand-crafted broom and bestow upon us their best wishes and good intentions as part of a pagan wedding tradition. Even more, we chose to use blue, purple, and pink ribbons to represent our bisexual pride. 


 


 

 


After the family photos and before the start of the reception, our wedding coordinator’s assistant walked Madison back to our hotel. We feared that having her at the reception would be problematic due to the loud music and people offering her table scraps. As Madison headed back to the hotel, we decided to head back to our bridal suite to catch our breaths and prepare ourselves for the evening to follow. 






Everything from the music to the centerpieces was absolute perfection. Our DJ, Colleen Crumbcake, did a fabulous job of arranging the music. Corrine's sister and maid of honor, Natalie, created paper flower centerpieces that were placed in pink and red Harry and David tea tins. The name cards were tied to the bags of tea from the tea tins, accented with a skeleton key. We used a gold birdcage for our wising well and Stephanie created dinner, as well as dessert menus for our guests to read prior to being seated. Once the name cards are cleared off the table, the broomstick and the guestbook would occupy the space. Silk autumn leaves were scattered on the tables and tea light candles were scattered throughout the venue, on the tables and windowsills. We also wrote our favorite song lyrics on the back of the table number cards. In addition to the tea bags, guests were sent home with vegan chocolate bars from Rescue Chocolate, in which 100% of net profits go to NYC animal shelters. We were also able to personalize the chocolate wrappers and have Madison's photo printed on them.



 


 
Our sweetheart table was similar to our guests' tables with the exception of our gold silverware and glasses. It was intimated and inviting. We also had a Paris box, shaped like a book, placed at the center of our table. Upon arriving to the reception area, our bouquets, as well as the bouquets of the bridal party were placed on either side of the Paris box for added decoration. 



Our wonderful wedding Coordinator, Lulu, did a beautiful job of creating a reception that flawlessly matched our visions. Lulu met with us one day prior to the wedding to collect our reception items and arrived at our venue early in the morning to decorate and to make sure that everything was going smoothly. Not to mention, Lulu stayed until the very last hour and made sure that our personal items were collected, including the delicious leftover catering food and vegan wedding cupcakes! Hiring a wedding coordinator was by far our best investment. 

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, kill for this

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would

The reception began with the introduction of our parents and bridal party, in which they danced to selected songs. We couldn’t see them from where we were standing, but we could hear the cheering and laughter as our parents and bridal party danced to music and the announcement of their names. Below is a photo of Stephanie's brother, also her best man, who obviously stole the the show.

  
As soon as we made it to the middle of the dance floor, our introduction song transitioned into our first dance song, in which we chose Existentialism on Prom Night by Straylight Run. This song has always been an important part of our relationship. When we first met in freshman year of college, before we even became friends, Cori sent this song to Stephanie singing the song’s praises by stating how beautiful is sounds both musically and lyrically. We've bonded over many songs, but this particular song seemed to hold all of our memories, good and bad, never failing to remind us of each other. This is our song that always brings us home.

 Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything,
we're glad for what we've got,
Done with what we've lost
Our whole lives laid out right in front of us

Our chosen wedding song is not a typical slow song and this made dancing to it a challenge, but a challenge we were willing to accept because this was our song. After weeks of researching, we found a talented NYC dance instructor, Kerensa, to teach us a dance to our wedding song. Kerensa also had experience teaching same-sex couples, which eased our concerns of possibly looking awkward during our first dance. After four lessons, one lesson per week for one hour, Kerensa successfully taught us how to waltz to our wedding song. She taught us everything from our transition from our entrance song to our ending dip and from the movement of the steps to technique of the twirls. When the moment came to waltz in front of our entire family and friends, we found ourselves to be nervous, but our confidence grew quickly as soon as our song began to play. Cori found herself to be more nervous than Stephanie due to her lack of dance experience as compared to Stephanie, but all Cori had to do was look into Stephanie’s eyes and the butterflies would fly away. We made minimal mistakes, of course, but it didn’t matter because we were having the time of our lives. Our song played and we were serene.



During the entire duration of our wedding planning process, people would constantly tell us that we would barely have time to eat or breathe during the reception. We initially laughed it off, but we quickly discovered that hey were absolutely correct. Every time we sat down someone wanted to take our picture or initiate small talk. When we weren’t engaging with our guests, we would be on the dance floor dancing the night away. Thankfully our wedding coordinator and maitre d', Charmaine, would relentlessly check on us and make sure that we had a moment to eat our dinner and dessert. It was eventful, but we loved every second of it. We know we use the terms “perfect” and “flawless” a lot while writing our wedding posts, but that is truly the only way to accurately describe our entire experience. 

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would

For us, the night went incredibly fast because we were running on so much adrenaline. As we remember the evening, a few vivid memories stand out so brightly...

The Vegetarian Food:







The Vegan Wedding Cupcakes:





 The MOH Speeches:



 The Dance Party:






 
 




The night ended epically as everyone danced to the closing song, Paradise By The Dashboard Light by Meatloaf. Read the actual Stephorrine Wedding Schedule complete with music guide HERE. Our vendors were amazing and the food was delicious. Even our meat-eating guests enjoyed the vegetarian/vegan menu. Our guests were adoringly supportive and our bridal party did a fantastic job of motivating our guests towards the dance floor. Our parents also deserve a tremendous amount of gratitude for their financial, physical, and emotional support, as well as there unconditional love.


 


Stephorrine Wedding was our fairytale come true!  

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would

Sing like you think no one's listening,
You would kill for this,
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit,
You would, you would

Sing me something soft,
Sad and delicate,
Or loud and out of key,
Sing me anything

Italicized lyrics: Existentialism on Prom Night by Straylight Run
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4 comments:

  1. I love the idea that aside from the reception room, you and your guests also spent time on the rooftop. It was wonderful! It’s an ideal place to held wedding celebrations. And, the food looks scrumptious, huh? I’m craving for cupcakes already. Haha! Congrats again, Corrine and Stephanie! :)

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  2. How did I miss these! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. :)

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  3. Oh, you had such a wonderful scene on your wedding reception, Stephanie! The ambiance of the venue was great, and I can feel the blissful mood from everyone. And I must agree with Neva that the place is very ideal for wedding events. I sooo love the pink motif! Best wishes to both of you!

    Libby Duppstadt

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