By the time we joined our families there, they had set up a few more decorations and flowers. My sister picked up our wedding cake for us from Crisan, a bakery in our neighborhood. We thought we ordered a small, simple chocolate cake but we ended up having a gigantic, white-frosted cake! We don't know how that happened. We always love picking up treats from Crisan and the cake was delicious, with enough for everyone to take some home. (We saved our leftover piece to eat on my birthday, which was just a few days later.)
My mom wow'ed us with incredible, hand-painted wedding cake toppers. They may be the most adorable cake toppers I've ever seen. We brought them with us on our honeymoon :) She painted them to look exactly like us, miniature C&C. The cardigan! The pearls! The tie and my fascinator!
We toasted with champagne and then had a lovely, relaxed lunch with everyone. I hear stories about how couples rarely even get to eat the meal that they have planned for months because they are so busy running around at the reception. If you value food like I do, listen up: have a reception of 11 people and I guarantee you will have a chance to eat. I probably ate a bit too much, if you really want to know.
I think a few people were surprised when they heard about our wedding and especially about our relaxed fancy lunch afterwards. They might have expected that we would rent out a Vermont B&B or marry on a mountaintop with luxurious white tents set up for everyone to sleep in. Instead, we chose a small wedding in our city with a lunch at a nice restaurant instead. Reason 1, it was late November. Outdoor weddings and mountaintops were not really in the picture and our preference was to be married now rather than to not be married until those options became available to us. Reason 2, we wanted it to be easy and comfortable for us and for our families. Once we decided we would have our wedding locally, we knew we wanted to wed right here in Albany. It was a great day and we are so thrilled to be husband and wife, although those titles will take some getting used to.
Right after lunch, we packed our bags and drove up to Burlington for our honeymoon :) Thanks for indulging these wedding posts. If you like, you can read about the planning here and the ceremony here. That concludes the wedding posts, but I have much to say on many more topics so please do ask if there is something we should chat about more. (Ex: wearing nontraditional dresses and not feeling like a princess in them but feeling really lovely and pretty, why small weddings are awesome, how to suppress DIY urges in the name of sanity, making sure to have a beer in your hand when you tell people about your short engagement so they stop wondering if they spot a baby bump, why you should wear that crazy hairpiece on your wedding day, how to defend your long-term committed relationship from those who think it must be broken because you aren't married yet, etc. Like I said, I have lots on my mind.)
Photos, again, by Heidi Benjamin.