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Mrs. Jellyfish, Signing Off

February 24, 2012

Hive, it’s about that time.  I’ve finished my recaps, and I’m afraid my stint as a wedding blogger has come to an end.  But before I bid you adieu, some final thoughts.  I don’t have any groundbreaking wedding wisdom to offer.  I think when it comes down to it, I cared and stressed out about far too many things that didn’t really matter.  The color and length of my bridesmaids dresses.  The wording on our invitations.  The items on our registries. Ivory versus white tuxedo shirts. (We ended up with ivory and I promise you, it really doesn’t matter.)

Those are not the things that make a wedding.  Those are not the things I remember about that day.

I remember laughing nervously with my father as we prepared to walk down the aisle, and thinking of how much I am his daughter.

Cliff Brunk Photography

I remember the look on my groom’s face as I walked down the aisle.

Cliff Brunk Photography

I remember my parents exclaiming that it was the best night of their lives.

Cliff Brunk Photography

I remember high-fiving Mr. Jelly when he won a dollar from his lotto scratcher favor.

Cliff Brunk Photography

I remember these things and so many more.  I want to sincerely thank you for letting me share my wedding journey with you.  Thank you for letting me share the important things and the not-so-important things.  Thank you for reading, and for your thoughts, comments, and advice along the way.  I can’t imagine having planned my wedding without Weddingbee.  Truth be told, I think part of the reason I delayed finishing my recaps was the thought that once I was done, I’d no longer have a presence in this incredible community.  But here’s what I’ve come to realize: the friendships I’ve made here are real.  What began as friendships based on a shared interest in all things wedding transformed into meaningful relationships with women around the country, and even the world.  And I’m so very thankful for that.

Personal photo.

With this, I say goodbye.  I hope that you all have the wedding of your dreams, and more importantly, the marriage of your dreams.

Love,

Mrs. Jellyfish

P. S.  If you’re interested in reading about my life after the wedding or keeping in touch, head to cestlawvie.wordpress.com.

Pinot Butter & Jellies: Slideshow Time

February 23, 2012

The cake had been cut, the bouquet had been tossed, and it was now time to share our wedding slideshow.

*A Word About Slideshows*

I know that slideshows are divisive: people seem to either love them or hate them.  I’m firmly in the “love them” camp (then again, I also love Christmas letters, so are you really surprised?).  I have no talent at making slideshows, but my good friend Dan (who was also a reader in our ceremony) is super good at making them.  In fact, one of the first times I ever hung out with Dan, he showed me a slideshow he created about his college experience at UVA and I cried.  I cried even though I’d never met any of the people in the slideshow and I had only known Dan for 2 weeks.  So when it was time to make our slideshow, I knew who to call.

Dan did a fantastic job with our wedding slideshow, which you can watch by clicking below.   It’s about 10 minutes long and probably won’t mean much to you if you don’t know us, but you might enjoy it.  If nothing else, there’s a lovely assortment of music, including Ben Folds, Kings of Leon, the Decembrists, Big Star and Regina Spektor.

 

Clearly enjoying our slideshow — and my cake. (Guest photo by A. Barsan.)

With the slideshow, all of the wedding traditions were complete and it was back to dancing for the next hour or so until the night was over.  We made the most of that last hour!

FIL gets the party started.

MIL Jelly’s friends getting down.

Reelin’ him in on the dance floor.

A special moment with my nephew.

Mama Jelly and my sweet brother.

Reuniting with college friends.

Before we knew it, it was 11 pm and the reception was over.  And now for the not-so-glamorous-but-totally-honest-part: the shuttles we pre-ordered through our hotel were late, so my parents drove us back to the hotel while our guests waited for almost an hour.  Which kind of killed the afterparty.  We did end up drinking with a few close friends after all was said and done, but the afterparty was officially killed by the shuttle delays.  And by the fact that it was Labor Day weekend and there were 3 other wedding blocks at the hotel, so the bar area was overrun with other people.  The important parts of the day were perfect so I can’t really complain, but I didn’t want to give off the impression that nothing went wrong.  The next morning, we had a laid-back brunch with our OOT guests at the hotel and then spent the day unwrapping gifts, packing for our honeymoon and relaxing.  A day later, we took off on our 10-day honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora! (You can read my honeymoon recaps here, here, and here.)

*Photos in this post are courtesy of Cliff Brunk Photography, except where otherwise noted.

 

Missed a post? Catch up here:

  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/15/week-before-the-wedding-schedule/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/16/winery-wedding-rehearsal/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/03/rehearsal-dinner-pool-party/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/14/wedding-bocce/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/22/to-do-the-night-before-the-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/27/pinot-butter-jellies-getting-dolled-up/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/29/amsale-wedding-dress/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/30/wedding-day-first-look-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bridal Party Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/07/air-force-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Setting the Scene, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/12/pleasanton-wedding-venues/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony Begins [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/24/outdoor-wedding-ceremony-4/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Here Comes the Bride [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/27/bride-down-the-aisle/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/09/winery-wedding-ceremony/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/10/contemporary-wedding-ceremony-readings/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Mr. & Mrs. [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/17/wedding-saber-arch/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cocktail Hour and Vineyard Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/21/pinot-butter-jellies-cocktail-hour-and-vineyard-portraits/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Setting the Scene, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/06/maroon-wedding-details/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Good Night [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/27/bridal-party-entrance-songs-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Lucky [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/28/pinot-butter-jellies-lucky/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Dancing with our Parents [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/05/24/pinot-butter-jellies-dancing-with-our-parents/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Return of the Jellyfish (It’s Party Time!) [http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/02/21/california-wine-country-wedding]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cake-Cutting and Bouquet-Tossing [http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/02/22/pinot-butter-jellies-cake-cutting-and-bouquet-tossing/]

Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cake-Cutting and Bouquet-Tossing

February 22, 2012

When we were planning the breakdown of our wedding reception, our DJ suggested that we do the cake cutting right before our bouquet toss and slideshow, so that our guests would be feasting on the cake while watching the show(s).  Smart  man, our DJ.  The timing worked perfectly.

Have I mentioned how much I adored our wedding cake?  It was made by Debbie Caracciolo-Smith of Not Just Cheesecakes.  She took my admittedly zany idea of making a cake that looked like my dress and created this masterpiece of a cake.  I seriously adored our cake.  Not only did it look beautiful, but it was the most delicious cake ever.  Instead of doing a separate groom’s cake, Mr. Jellyfish got his own level – chocolate cake with peanut butter ganache.  The rest of the cake was lemon cheesecake with raspberry filling – amazing.

Guest photo by A. Barsan

The cake cutting was pretty standard.  The Archies’ Sugar, Sugar played in the background and there was no cake smash – I’d threatened Mr. Jellyfish with enough forms of bodily injury over our 19-month engagement that he knew better than to cross that line.  We cut the cake, fed it to each other, toasted, and then I turned to our guests and said, “That’s it!” or something equally witty and well-prepared.

After the cake cutting, it was time for me to engage in the age-old tradition of humiliating my single friends by tossing my bouquet and watching them scramble for it.  And I intended to relish in this ritual.  When our DJ called all the single ladies to assemble on the dance floor and not all of them obliged, I was relegated to individually calling people out.

Guest photo by A. Barsan

That’s how I roll.

Not sure what’s going on here, but I think they were preparing for battle. (Guest photo by A. Barsan.)

Guest photo by A. Barsan

Guest photo by A. Barsan

Bridesmaid LH ended up catching the bouquet, assisted by a lateral from Bridesmaid EE, who intercepted the bouquet mid-air.  And would you believe it, almost exactly a year later while vacationing in Kauai, Bridesmaid LH got engaged.  So you see, the bouquet thing totally works.

Up next…our slideshow!

*Photos in this post are courtesy of Cliff Brunk Photography, except where otherwise noted.

 

Missed a post? Catch up here:

  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/15/week-before-the-wedding-schedule/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/16/winery-wedding-rehearsal/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/03/rehearsal-dinner-pool-party/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/14/wedding-bocce/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/22/to-do-the-night-before-the-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/27/pinot-butter-jellies-getting-dolled-up/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/29/amsale-wedding-dress/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/30/wedding-day-first-look-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bridal Party Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/07/air-force-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Setting the Scene, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/12/pleasanton-wedding-venues/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony Begins [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/24/outdoor-wedding-ceremony-4/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Here Comes the Bride [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/27/bride-down-the-aisle/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/09/winery-wedding-ceremony/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/10/contemporary-wedding-ceremony-readings/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Mr. & Mrs. [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/17/wedding-saber-arch/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cocktail Hour and Vineyard Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/21/pinot-butter-jellies-cocktail-hour-and-vineyard-portraits/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Setting the Scene, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/06/maroon-wedding-details/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Good Night [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/27/bridal-party-entrance-songs-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Lucky [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/28/pinot-butter-jellies-lucky/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Dancing with our Parents [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/05/24/pinot-butter-jellies-dancing-with-our-parents/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Return of the Jellyfish (It’s Party Time!) [http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/02/21/california-wine-country-wedding]

Pinot Butter & Jellies: Return of the Jellyfish (It’s Party Time!)

February 21, 2012

Once upon a time, there was a jellyfish. The jellyfish got engaged, planned a 200-person wine country wedding, blogged about it, got married, blogged about that for a bit, and then dropped off the face of the planet.

Ok, are you tired of the third-person yet?  Me too.  You may not remember me, but I’m Ms. Jellyfish and I was part of the sea creature generation of Weddingbee bloggers. I was married in September 2010, wrote some of my recaps, but never finished them.

A word about that.  When I was planning my wedding and reading Weddingbee religiously, it always bothered me when bees dropped off the face of the interwebs, never to be heard from again.  Especially when they disappeared before or during their recaps — I felt like I’d dutifully followed their wedding plans, and I should be rewarded with pictures and recaps, goshdarnit!  Then I got married, and I started a demanding job at the same time as my recaps; as work got busier and busier, the recaps became more infrequent.  I became one of those bees. I’m sorry about that.

So here I am, nearly 9 months after my last recap post, and I’m back to finish my recaps, once and for all.  And don’t you  worry, they’ve all been drafted so I shouldn’t be falling off the recap wagon again.

Where did we leave off? Mr. Jellyfish and I had just had our father-daugher and mother-son dances.  They were emotional affairs, and there was nary a dry eye in the room. But then our awesome DJ kicked it up a notch and turned on the dance tunes. He was a smart man, because one of the first songs he played was the hora.

Guest photo by A. Barsan.

Not just any hora though – we decided to honor my Romanian roots by dancing the Romanian hora – a traditional folk dance where everyone gathers around in a big closed circle, holding hands and spinning around the dance floor.  (Note: this is different from the Jewish hora, and doesn’t involve chairs – you can read about them both here.)  This ended up being one of the highlights of the night.  Everyone was out on the dance floor, and we got a kick out of seeing all of our friends and family members interacting, holding hands and dancing their hearts out.  The energy was infectious.

Even the little ones got into it.

It was so fun to see all our friends and relatives – Romanians and non-Romanians alike – hold hands and
dance around in a circle.

Once everyone was on the dance floor, the dance party playlist was in full effect. Chris Brown’s “Forever,” T-Pain’s “Apple Bottom Jeans,” Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA”… we did not discriminate. I know “do not play” lists are very popular, but in retrospect, I am glad we didn’t have a “do not play” list. One of my favorite memories from the wedding was jamming to “We Are Family” with Mr. Jelly’s aunt, and I’m pretty sure that song would have made it to the do not play list if we’d had one.

Dancing was the big highlight of the night. We danced our butts off. I danced until I was covered in
sweat and my bustle fell out. We never did make rounds to visit all the tables. If you wanted your
moment with the bride and groom, you had to dance with us. It was the most fun night of my life, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Up next…cake cutting and slideshow time!

*Photos in this post are courtesy of Cliff Brunk Photography, except where otherwise noted.

Missed a post? Catch up here:

  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/15/week-before-the-wedding-schedule/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/16/winery-wedding-rehearsal/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/03/rehearsal-dinner-pool-party/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/14/wedding-bocce/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/22/to-do-the-night-before-the-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/27/pinot-butter-jellies-getting-dolled-up/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/29/amsale-wedding-dress/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/30/wedding-day-first-look-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bridal Party Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/07/air-force-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Setting the Scene, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/12/pleasanton-wedding-venues/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony Begins [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/24/outdoor-wedding-ceremony-4/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Here Comes the Bride [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/27/bride-down-the-aisle/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/09/winery-wedding-ceremony/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/10/contemporary-wedding-ceremony-readings/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Mr. & Mrs. [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/17/wedding-saber-arch/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cocktail Hour and Vineyard Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/21/pinot-butter-jellies-cocktail-hour-and-vineyard-portraits/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Setting the Scene, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/06/maroon-wedding-details/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Good Night [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/27/bridal-party-entrance-songs-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Lucky [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/28/pinot-butter-jellies-lucky/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Dancing with our Parents [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/05/24/pinot-butter-jellies-dancing-with-our-parents/]

Pinot Butter & Jellies: Dancing With Our Parents

May 24, 2011

Even though we had taken dance lessons and practiced a lot for our first dance, the dances our guests were really talking about were the ones we shared with our parents.  First up, Papa Jelly and I did the father-daughter dance to Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful.”

Now, if I learned anything from my wedding, it’s that when your dad has a specific song request in mind for the father-daughter dance, you should just let him have his song.  When my dad told me that “You Are So Beautiful” was his song choice, I cringed.  It’s a beautiful song (no pun intended), but I felt weird about it.  Almost like it would be embarrassing or something, the same way you’re embarrassed when your mom kisses you in front of all your friends when you’re in seventh grade.  I tried to convince my dad that we should go for another song, but he wouldn’t budge on this one.  And now, with the benefit of hindsight, I have to say: he was right.

Guest photo by A. Barsan.

Twenty seconds into the song, Papa Jelly’s choice finally made sense to me.  What dad wouldn’t find truth in these lyrics on his daughter’s wedding day:  “You are so beautiful to me / Can’t you see / You’re everything I hoped for / You’re everything I need.” (Ok, maybe not the last stanza. But the rest of the lyrics are perfect.)

Guest photo by A. Barsan.

As we swayed on the dance floor, another realization struck me: my dad was vulnerable.  This man, who I’d never seen lose his composure in all the years I’ve known him, felt as fragile as a 13-year-old boy at a middle school dance.  All at once, I could feel what he was feeling – the emotions associated with knowing that your little girl is all grown up.  Those feelings I’d discounted in the past as macho and paternalistic were all too real and the thought out it all overcame me.  I lost it.

Following our emotional father-daughter dance, Mr. Jelly and his mom made their way to the dance floor.  They danced to Celine Dion’s “Beacause You Loved Me,” and their dance was just as emotional!  What can I say – we’re really close to our parents.

Love.

Next up, we get the dance party started – Romanian style!

*Photos in this post are courtesy of Cliff Brunk Photography, except where otherwise noted.

Missed a post? Catch up here:

  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/15/week-before-the-wedding-schedule/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/16/winery-wedding-rehearsal/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/03/rehearsal-dinner-pool-party/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/14/wedding-bocce/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/22/to-do-the-night-before-the-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/27/pinot-butter-jellies-getting-dolled-up/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/29/amsale-wedding-dress/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/30/wedding-day-first-look-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bridal Party Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/07/air-force-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Setting the Scene, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/12/pleasanton-wedding-venues/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony Begins [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/24/outdoor-wedding-ceremony-4/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Here Comes the Bride [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/27/bride-down-the-aisle/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/09/winery-wedding-ceremony/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/10/contemporary-wedding-ceremony-readings/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Mr. & Mrs. [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/17/wedding-saber-arch/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cocktail Hour and Vineyard Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/21/pinot-butter-jellies-cocktail-hour-and-vineyard-portraits/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Setting the Scene, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/06/maroon-wedding-details/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Good Night [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/27/bridal-party-entrance-songs-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Lucky [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/28/pinot-butter-jellies-lucky/]

Pinot Butter & Jellies: Lucky

April 28, 2011

I talked about the song selection for our first dance here [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/10/first-dance-songs-5/], and I mentioned that we got dance lessons before the wedding.  To be more precise, we attempted to learn the foxtrot starting a mere 5 weeks before the wedding.  Sound crazy?  I’m here to tell you it’s possible!  We bought a package of 6 one-hour dance lessons with Laurie Ann Lepoff of Steps on Toes dance lessons in Oakland.  Laurie really emphasizes learning the basic dance steps rather than focusing on a choreographed routine, which she believes locks dancers in and causes the whole dance to fall apart if someone misses a step.  During the weeks leading up to the wedding, our hour-long dance lessons proved to be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of wedding planning.  Some of my favorite memories of the days before our wedding involve us practicing the foxtrot to our song in the living room, in Mr. Jelly’s parents’ garage, and in my hotel room the night before the wedding.  And I’m happy to report that even though we were by no means DWTS ready, we managed to learn a simple foxtrot routine that we felt proud of, and more importantly, had a blast dancing to on our wedding day.  Without further ado, some photos from our first dance, along with the lyrics of our song:

Do you hear me,
I’m talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky, oh my, baby I’m trying

Photo by Cliff Brunk Photography

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel your whisper across the sea
I keep you with me in my heart
You make it easier when life gets hard

Photo by Cliff Brunk Photography

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again
Ooohh ooooh oooh oooh ooh ooh ooh ooh

Photo by Cliff Brunk Photography

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you I promise you, I will

Photo by A. Barsan

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

Photo by A. Barsan

Lucky we’re in love every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Photo by A. Barsan

And so I’m sailing through the sea
To an island where we’ll meet
You’ll hear the music fill the air
I’ll put a flower in your hair

Photo by A. Barsan

Though the breezes through trees
Move so pretty you’re all I see
As the world keeps spinning round
You hold me right here right now

Photo by A. Barsan

I’m lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

Photo by A. Barsan

I’m lucky we’re in love every way
Lucky to have stayed where we have stayed
Lucky to be coming home someday

Photo by J. Yiu


Photo by Ax2D Photography

Photo by Ax2D Photography

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  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/15/week-before-the-wedding-schedule/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/16/winery-wedding-rehearsal/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/03/rehearsal-dinner-pool-party/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/14/wedding-bocce/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/22/to-do-the-night-before-the-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/27/pinot-butter-jellies-getting-dolled-up/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/29/amsale-wedding-dress/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/30/wedding-day-first-look-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bridal Party Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/07/air-force-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Setting the Scene, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/12/pleasanton-wedding-venues/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony Begins [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/24/outdoor-wedding-ceremony-4/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Here Comes the Bride [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/27/bride-down-the-aisle/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/09/winery-wedding-ceremony/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/10/contemporary-wedding-ceremony-readings/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Mr. & Mrs. [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/17/wedding-saber-arch/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cocktail Hour and Vineyard Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/21/pinot-butter-jellies-cocktail-hour-and-vineyard-portraits/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Setting the Scene, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/06/maroon-wedding-details/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Good Night [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/27/bridal-party-entrance-songs-2/]

Pinot Butter & Jellies: Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Good Night

April 27, 2011

As the cocktail hour drew to a close, the bridal party lined up in the foyer, ready to make their entrance into the reception. Our DJ started playing “I Gotta Feeling,” the song we’d chosen to kick off our reception.  It’s a little cliche and definitely overplayed, but we love it and it’s such a fun, happy song that it was the perfect way to get our guests pumped up for the party ahead.

Then it was our turn.  We gave each other a hand-squeeze and headed through the double doors.

We were immediately overcome by all the love in the room – everyone standing, clapping and cheering, congratulating us on our marriage.

Photo by Ax2D Photography.

Glasses were being clinked, so we obliged with a kiss.

And then Mr. Jellyfish helped me to my seat.

Photo by Ax2D Photography.

Soon after we were seated, Papa Jelly welcomed our guests with a short but heartfelt toast.

He thanked Mr. Jelly’s parents for raising such a wonderful man.

He also wished Mama Jelly a happy 34th anniversary – it just so happened that we got married on the same date as my parents!

Then we toasted to many years of happiness.

The salad course was then served, and Mr. Jelly and I took the opportunity to scratch our lottery ticket favors.

Mr. Jelly won a free ticket – score!

You may notice that we’re sitting at a sweetheart table.  After months of going back and forth about it, we decided that the sweetheart table was the best option for us.  Our bridal party was too big to have us all sit together, and sitting with our families would have been too complicated.  We loved having a sweetheart table because it felt more intimate and we were able to 1) eat and 2) talk to each other.  It also gave our guests an opportunity to come talk to us if they wanted to, which many of them did.  If you’re considering a sweetheart table, I highly recommend it!

After the salad course had been served, Mr. Jelly’s first Best Man came up and gave his speech.

Jokes about Mr. Jelly’s hairline were made.

Then it was my Maid of Honor’s turn to speak. She opened up by saying that she didn’t know why it was so difficult for her to write her speech, as she writes political speeches for a living…

“Maybe it’s because, this time,” she said, “I am being sincere.”

My cousin gave a great speech, and it was especially meaningful that she was my Maid of Honor because she was visiting the US when Mr. Jelly came and took me on our first date.  Even though she lives in Romania, she was be there – and she’s always been there when I needed her.

After my cousin’s touching speech, Mr. Jelly’s second Best Man, Ken, gave his speech.

Again, jokes about Mr. Jelly’s hairline were made.

Ken’s speech was really creative because he incorporated our “through the years” table numbers into it.  He’d reference specific tables by talking about Mr. Jelly or me at that age, and he really got the tables into it.  Well played sir, well played.

Mama and Papa Jelly listening to the speeches.

At the end of the toasts, Mr. Jelly and I got up to thank our guests for coming.  This is where my one regret of the night happened – I chickened out and didn’t say anything.  Not knowing what to say, I let Mr. Jelly do all the talking, but in retrospect, I wish I would have thanked our parents for putting on such an amazing wedding and our guests for making it out.  I had thanked them at the rehearsal dinner the night before, but I really wish I’d done it at the wedding as well.

*Photos in this post are courtesy of Cliff Brunk Photography, except where otherwise noted.

Missed a post? Catch up here:
  • It’s Pinot Butter Jellies Time!: Week Before the Wedding [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/15/week-before-the-wedding-schedule/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Practice Makes Perfect [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/16/winery-wedding-rehearsal/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Making a Splash [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/03/rehearsal-dinner-pool-party/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bocce e Abbracci [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/14/wedding-bocce/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Night Before [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/22/to-do-the-night-before-the-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Getting Dolled Up [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/27/pinot-butter-jellies-getting-dolled-up/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Putting on the Dress [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/29/amsale-wedding-dress/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Our First Look [http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/12/30/wedding-day-first-look-2/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Bridal Party Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/07/air-force-wedding/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Setting the Scene, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/12/pleasanton-wedding-venues/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony Begins [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/24/outdoor-wedding-ceremony-4/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Here Comes the Bride [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/01/27/bride-down-the-aisle/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 1 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/09/winery-wedding-ceremony/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: The Ceremony, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/10/contemporary-wedding-ceremony-readings/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Mr. & Mrs. [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/17/wedding-saber-arch/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies: Cocktail Hour and Vineyard Portraits [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/03/21/pinot-butter-jellies-cocktail-hour-and-vineyard-portraits/]
  • Pinot Butter & Jellies:  Setting the Scene, Part 2 [http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/04/06/maroon-wedding-details/]