16 January 2013

our wedding, the celebration

In case you missed it, I'm sharing a little bit about our wedding here on the blog! First, read about our planning and wedding details here and then read about the important part, the ceremony, here.

We had lunch at Creo', a nearby restaurant. It didn't have any particular special meaning to us, but it was fancy enough and had a menu with options to please everyone and so seemed like a great place to host our wedding lunch. They were absolutely fantastic in making our meal special and memorable and we were thrilled with how they handled our mini event.


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.



It was a really nice, easy way to celebrate our wedding. In fact, it was even nicer than I had imagined. We had a casually-paced, laid back but fancy lunch. We all left feeling well-fed and happy. The fact that we didn't have to worry about much was great, but sometimes it actually made me feel like like a phony bride! Isn't that twisted? There were plenty of last-minute tasks and a few worries, but because I wasn't pulling my hair out and cramming in DIY projects, I felt like I was missing out! I can see now, though, that I didn't miss a thing.

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. 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 wait to 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.

19 comments:

  1. That sounds like a lovely reception. You kept it true to what a wedding should be about. Two people making the conscious decision to share their lives and celebrating it with those who truly love them. Mazel tov!

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  2. This might be the perfect wedding! It's intimate private and fun, exactly how it should be! (I want a small pretty wedding like this but have been over ruled by the BF...he wants a big celebration. Well, as long as he's going to help me plan...)

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  3. Fabulous! So, so perfect.

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  4. I just stumbled across your blog, it is lovely by the way, and your wedding may be even more lovely. I went to Creo a few years ago for valentines day and it was amazing. I'm so happy to have found an Albany blogger- I'll be following along :)

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  5. you are such a rock star :) loved this post. thanks for paving the way for 'exceptions to the wedding rules'...

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  6. Simple yet elegant reception! Looking over your pictures makes me excited about my big day next month! I just hope everything will turn out just the way we planned.

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  7. It was a nice wedding reception venue indeed! And I may have to agree with Jasmine, the place looks simple but it gives a touch of being “classy” and “elegant!” The resto caterers did a good job!

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  8. How sweet is that? Seeing couples celebrating their wedding is just one of the tear jerker moment for me. Especially if the couples are commemorating their wedding anniversary, which serves as a reminder that they've been together for years and still going strong, really sweet.

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  9. It's just so romantic to see a couple savoring their sweet times together. What I loved the most in attending to wedding events is the emotion the two united people share, as they take the oath of staying to each other's side for the rest of their lives. Simply sweet and a moment to remember.

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  10. It's heartwarming to read this kind of story. I'll share my experience with restaurants. My significant other and I first met in a restaurant when I was working there, after a few years we would end up being together and we chose that restaurant to be the setting for our reception ceremony because of the role that it played in our story.

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  11. I'm so happy for the both of you. I bet your house will be love-filled, even if how simple it may look like as long as there's passion and love it'll be a happy home.

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  12. The groom and bride look good together; it’s a picture of a happy wedding! This makes me more excited with my sister’s wedding; I’m the one who will be getting pictures of them, good thing I already bought a new camera.

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