Our Cocktail Hour

Happy Tuesday, Friends! It’s about time for another post in our wedding series. Last month, I shared the details of our first look and our wedding ceremony, which brings us to cocktail hour!

Our Cocktail Hour - Kyla Mary

all photos by Ruth Eileen Photography

Our wedding ceremony concluded around 5:15pm, followed by a 20 minute drive from the church to Dillon’s family home. It was the most beautiful drive through the country with bright sunshine coming through the trees the entire way. I felt so giddy realizing we were married and was in awe of how beautiful our ceremony experience was. We are so grateful for the love we felt being surrounded by so many family and friends in one place!

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We arrived to Dillon’s family home around 5:45 and snuck into the house from the front. All the guests were arriving to the pavilion across the property behind the house. We peeked out the windows at the party while we waited for our dinner to be served. We coordinated with the caterer in advance to enjoy our meal inside before joining the party outside. This was the best decision ever because it allowed us to slow down, be present, and have quality time just the two of us.

I was so excited to dig into our Southern fare! The caterer prepared a sampling of all the foods we were serving to guests and our sweet family delivered it to us inside. Our menu included barbecue chicken, pulled pork, mac and cheese, broccoli salad, and pimento cheese sandwiches (my favorite!) to name a few. It was such a treat to enjoy a full meal while looking out upon our loved ones outside. I remember feeling so completely grateful as we watched our closest friends and family straighten details and welcome guests to the celebration.

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While we were inside enjoying our meal we treated guests to a biscuit bar, a nod to my Southern-loving heart. My sweet friends Sam and Amanda baked all of the biscuits the day before the wedding. Meanwhile, my dear bridesmaids arranged the table to fit the vision I had in mind. It was surely a crowd pleaser and a great alternative to crudités.

Our Cocktail Hour - Kyla Mary

To honor our families and delight our guests, we positioned family photos throughout the reception space to view. We also gathered wedding advice from our parents and grandparents to display with their wedding photos on a board. Even though this was a bit of a last-minute project, the words preserved are worth their weight in gold.

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We had many little belles and beaus in attendance at our wedding so they were free to play, something very important to us both. It brings light to my heart to see them having so much fun on our day and having a place to be kids among the formality of the day.

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For our guestbook, we purchased a Bible engraved with our names for guests. My dear Auntie Laurie and cousin Michelle cut spools of beautiful ribbon and sewed tags onto the ends for guests to use to write love notes to us. This idea was inspired by Callie and Jamie’s wedding and we are grateful to preserve the Bible and notes as an heirloom for future generations!

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Y’all, these pictures of our loved ones mean the world to me. Our wedding photographer, Ruthie, is a dear friend of mine. In one of our final phone calls the week of the wedding, I encouraged her to snap as many candid pictures of our family and friends as she could during the day. Community is so important to us both. We wanted to capture the joy of those who have poured into us. She did an amazing job honoring this request!

Married friends, did you include a cocktail hour in your wedding day? Share below!

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