Written by: Tami

Being the follow up to such an amazing ceremony (seen on our post: Garden Glam Wedding Ceremony) was not an easy feat. However, Phil and my big day continued with many more fun unexpected details. I still am not sure what my favorite part of the reception was; the gorgeous flower arrangements, all the lights and upbeat music our DJ provided, or the amazing food and dessert lounge area. I do know though, that it went by way too fast and that the vision Phil and I had for our perfect day was truly brought to life.

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All areas of our wedding day were thought through fully beforehand including the reception space. Our beautiful inspiration board included photos of a love seat for our sweetheart table, gold sequin linens, a gorgeous cake and other additional sweets, the overall look of the space, and how we want the overall feel of our photographs to come to be. I am pretty confident in saying that we accomplished what we set out to achieve with this look and that we may have even thrown in some other unexpected details …

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Guests found their table assignments at this large round table at the entrance to our reception area. Lauren and I spent countless hours on this DIY project and are so happy with the outcome; sparkly gold borders to match the envelope liner on our wedding invitation, perfectly cut edges, and rhinestones to help the servers know what each guest had ordered. Kayla of House of Magnolias left her mark on this welcome table as well with this gorgeous floral centerpiece in a cut crystal vase.

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The Grand Ballroom at the Universal Sheraton is absolutely breathtaking! The gold mirrored panels on the walls, the over-sized crystal chandeliers, and the otherwise white interior is EVERYTHING! I think one of my favorite aspects we included to the space by far is the Daks signature across the wall. Why not make a statement with the name you are officially taking!

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White silk linens and gold Chiavari chairs were rented from Signature Party Rentals to dress up the space even more.

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The centerpieces consisted of garden flowers in our wedding’s colors (white, blush, wine, and magenta) in gold footed containers, antique glass candle holders in various shapes and textures, and gorgeous acrylic and rhinestoned table numbers all on a large antique glass mirror.

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Our sweetheart table was beyond exquisite with its draped gold sequin tablecloth, flowers right on the table, and a modern white high-back love seat.

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After all of our guests found their seats, Phil and I entered the room to “Uptown Funk” and got the party started.

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An extra long Hora got all of our guests back out of their seats. Our goal was to dance the entire night, and that’s pretty much what we did!

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But first, a couple of traditional wedding rituals … The cutting of the challah (from Wildflour Bakery and Cafe) by our fathers and my grandfather.

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Speeches were made by Phil’s parents, his Best Man, and my Maid of Honor and twin sister (Lauren, of course). They all had such amazing things to say and stories to tell. We could not be more grateful for their words!

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We said a few too!

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Our first dance was to a song that we know is probably played out at weddings right now, but the lyrics are super meaningful to us, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.

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Although some guests never left the dance floor (Thanks to our awesome DJ … DJFX), there were a few other fun activities around the room for everyone to enjoy.

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A photo booth with all gold props was set up for guests to take home a special memory …

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… We all posed for a group photo …

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… and all of our guests were surprised when the music changed mid-way through the party and a large dessert lounge area was revealed. I know, I am such a tease, but more details from this Garden Glam Dessert Lounge will be posted soon. 

From venue to every last Garden Glam detail, this was truly an amazing event … classy, chic, and just plain gorgeous (If I do say so myself!). I am truly proud to say that I not just experienced this event as the Bride but planned every last detail with my husband Phil (who was extremely involved) and my twin and business partner, Lauren. It went way too fast, but I will remember this day forever!

All Photographs taken by The Argus Image.

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