Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Day We've Been Waiting For...The Reception Part I

Somehow we made it from the Chapel to the Ridge Club for our reception without getting drenched. Even today I can hear the pine trees at the edge of the woods cracking and falling as we ran into the reception. My wonderful stepfather Noopie escorted me in under an umbrella...all the while wrapping my veil around his leg! Eek!
Everything turned out just fine...

Our guests were greeted with a yummy pomegranate martini.

Peggy McKinney did a fantastic job incorporating the design from our reception invitation into the cake. It tasted even better than it looked!

Our Invitations from Swoozie's:

I wanted Matt's cake to reflect who he is. He's pretty conservative, an Alabama fan and is a drummer. I ordered a custom cake topper reminiscent of the Tide's script A. I also found replica of John Bonham's drums (Led Zeppelin) to display on the cake table. There were also potted pansies courtesy of Jackie in honor of Matt's maternal grandparents- it was their favorite flower.
Matt's only request was a layer of yellow cake with chocolate icing. The cake table (with a houndstooth tablecloth) turned out to be a bit large for the size of the cake but Peggy's bottom layer of peanut butter fudge was the hit of the reception!

He was so surprised by the drums and loved them so much they are now in his law office!

Anticipating August heat and humidity, in addition to the martinis, we served white wine sangria (the Williams-Sonoma mix- it is divine!)

There was also a variety of beer for those not interested in "fruity" drinks. We had some koozies made up that reflected our love of sports: the Colts, the Tide and Roger Federer.

We also served food. Johnny Sullivan of Montgomery Catering and his staff were superb! Thanks to Chef Kelly for his fantastic shrimp and grits, bacon wrapped watermelon rinds and more!

(Note: Although I love how it turned out, I do wish I had listened to Jackie when she advised me to stick with one color- in this case the fuschia- on the table tops. The addition of the green was completely my idea. I just keep thinking about what it would have looked like with solid fuschia in those gorgeous fishbowls!)

Here we are having NO IDEA how to cut a cake! Can you tell???

And here we are REALLY enjoying that layer of Peggy's FAMOUS PB fudge- sure wish I had some right now!

All photos: Kim Box Photography!

ok... that is all I can manage tonight, SO SLEEPY!
More to come later...