Hey there! It’s time for another wedding recap, this time with some photos from cocktail hour! If you missed any of my past recaps, you can find those here.
As usual, here are some vendor notes for the photos in this post:
- Dessert: Peace of Cake (the prettiest and most delicious desserts!!)
- Florist: Monteray Farms (Amy Wilkins was truly amazing to work with. If you have an Eastern Shore wedding, I would totally recommend her!)
- Photography: Lauren Nievod (I’ve already raved about her a ton of times – 100% recommend)
- Venue: Wye River Conference Center (amazing Eastern Shore/riverfront hotel with beautiful grounds. Can only be booked by groups, meaning our guests took up the whole thing)
And now, let’s dive right in!
As soon as our wedding ceremony ended, we walked up the pathway to the patio and grassy area where cocktail hour would be held!
In this area, we also had a couple of tables with our guest book and boxes for cards, and the staff at the Wye River Conference Center hung our cool wooden photo frame that my MoH/best friend Bianca made us for our engagement party the year before!
Before we got started with cocktail hour, we took some beautiful family portraits. We had the photo lists planned out ahead of time and we had told all of our family to be ready for pictures immediately following the ceremony, which made everything go a lot faster.
Here’s Fabio’s family…
And my dad, stepmom, and sister!
And then we got some with my mom, stepdad, stepsister, and her boyfriend!
We had a few other iterations of these – some with just the parents, some with my grandparents, etc. – but after about 20 minutes we had wrapped up pictures and could enjoy our cocktail hour!
At this point my mom and Aunt CC went with me into the house to tie my dress up into its bustle (which was a lot more complicated than we had hoped), but before long we were back outside with everyone enjoying the party.
This space was so beautiful for cocktail hour – there was a nice patio with tables and chairs but a lot more room out on the grass. It was so beautiful!
Our guests seemed to really enjoy the passed hors d’ouvres too – sadly I didn’t get to try any!
I loved seeing people use our photo frame too!
Meanwhile, our photographers took some beautiful pictures of all our wedding reception details. Our florist Amy Wilkins brought these amazing rustic doors for us to use for the escort cards – I just love how they turned out!
And here’s the reception space – we worked with the wedding coordinator at the Wye River Conference Center and the florist to come up with this design. We used a mix of round tables and rectangular ones and had a whole mix of flowers for the centerpieces. We were going for sort of a garden theme, but I didn’t want anything too matchy-matchy. I love how it all turned out!
This super long rectangular table seated most of the bridal party and their dates, and it was really nice for me to have everyone together!
And Fabio and I got to enjoy a beautiful sweetheart table!
And check out this AMAZING dessert display – our florist Amy provided all the different tiered structures, our cute little dessert bites are from Peace of Cake, and the Wye River Conference Center people helped set everything up. I could NOT be more pleased with how it all turned out!!
Also since Fabio is allergic to shellfish but we wanted to include crabs in our wedding since we were on the Eastern Shore, we included some adorable crab sugar cookies on the dessert display!
So cute, right? We also had a bunch of to-go cardboard boxes for our guests so people could take these treats back to their rooms after the wedding. 🙂
I mean, I clearly love treats, so this was the perfect dessert option for me. 🙂
And then we had a small vanilla buttercream cake to cut!
I think everything came out so beautifully!
As the sun started to set, Fabio and I snuck away for a few husband and wife portraits. I love how these came out too!
After that, it was time to party! Next recap will be the reception!
Question of the day: Cake at weddings or other treats?