So we were totally out of our minds and had an at home reception just 4 days after returning from our 12 day wedding trip!!! Nuts right? Well we needed (wanted) to have the reception while Pete's parents were still visiting. When we decided to have an at home reception we tossed around alot of Ideas. We wanted a party that we didn't have to cook or clean up. We wanted to enjoy ourselves. I shopped around and found the best location that we could afford. We paid for the reception (and alot of the wedding ourselves). I prepared alot of things for the reception before our trip and then ran around and did last minute things once we were home from Disney. This was the table decor. The reception site did not use enough crystals or enough lime slices....but whatever! This is our Guest Book Table. I borrowed the idea from Lynn. We got our guest book from the Guest Book Store. I loved it and alot of guest really liked it too. This is our Cake. We bought it from a lady who doesn't really do cakes per se, but made my awesome awesome awesome Shower Cake. She made the cake and I decorated it with the flowers that I got at the market the day before the reception. We re used our Mickey and Minnie Cake Topper and used the knife set that was Pete's Parent's. Ok now onto the recap. I woke up and started getting ready. I was so excited. THEN Pete's friend showed up at our house at 10am!!!!! Oh I was mad. I mean we already had four adult that needed to get ready and now his friend and his 2 kids were there. Pete knew I was angry. So I got ready and then Pete and I went to pick up the cake and headed to the reception hall. Pete dropped me off and I went into the Bridal Suite and hung up my dress and then went to supervise the set up! I got them to fix some things, but didn't notice the limes and crystals until it was too late. The DJ got there early. so I was there to go over a few things with him. Then my Aunt and cousins showed up and Laura, Brandon and Alyssa. I was happy to see my sister. She helped me into my dress and we started the debate. DO I wear the sleeves or do I wear the veil. I couldn't wear both it didn't look right. I went with the sleeves since it was chilly! When I was done getting ready I went out to the hall and Pete and his parents were there. I was glad Pete was there as our guests started to arrive. We invited over 200 people and had about 150 people! There were over 20 no shows....which made me mad since we paid per head!!!! I knew I should have fudged the numbers some! We stood near the door and greeted our guests. I was also glad my Great Grandmother came. She is my Dad's Grandmother and is 90 years old. We sat down and they started calling tables to go into the food room. I liked that the hordorves were set up in the main room but the real food was set up in a separate room. We had Roast Beef, Ham, Bake Ziti, Green Beans, Mixed Veggies, Two types of Potatoes, rolls and condiments. We starters we had Meatballs, Cheese and Fruit and Salad. After dinner Laura and Edwin gave their speeches. They were so great! We were touched that people cared about us so much to say the awesome things they had to say. After the speeches Pete and I had a second 1st dance. It was nice! Then I danced with my Daddy and Pete danced with his mom. I walked around and visited with alot of our guests. I don't really know what Pete did. LOL There were so many people. This is me and my bridesmaids. Shannon couldn't make it, but the other three were there wearing their dresses! Here is me and my Grandmother. She has Alzheimer's and didn't know where she was, but I love this picture and I am so glad she was there with me. This is Ryleah, my sweet flower girl and I showing off our princess poses. Now it was cake cutting time! We didn't smash cake on the cruise because I had to wear my dress two more times. This is the last time so we had at it. Now the photographer missed the smash...ugh...but we got some great pictures. This picture makes me ANGRY! I spent a long time making my crystals perfectly random. THEN one of the kids thought it would be cute to ruin them! EverytimeI see these pictures I get mad inside! I couldn't fix them because the kid and his dad were there and I didn't want to hurt anyone's feeling. This is my Best Friend Nikki. We have been best friends since we were 8 years old. 22 years. I could not have gotten through this wedding with out her! Chicken Dance Now some people don't like the Chicken Dance or line dances. BUT the crowds do. They get people up moving and people like doing them. I think it is almost selfish of brides to leave out the fun! I got to spend some time with my friends. My friend Tony (on the left) and I have been friends for 20 years, Bob (on the right) and I have been friends for about 10 years and Nikki and Crystal are my forever girl friends. WE go way way back. We have lived together and been there for each other through everything. I love this group photo! The only thing that makes me sad is that I left some of our old group of friends off the guest list. I would have loved to have had them all there!!! I am not sure what Pete and his guys are doing! My Dad changed into his Tux half way through the night. LOL he is a nut! I am sure you alreamember the Mickey shaved into his head for the wedding...LOL Here is me and my sweet niece before she fell asleep! Then it was time for the Last Dance of the night. We had picked "When You Wish Upon a Star". As soon as it started Ryleah Scream "Disney Song" and ran up to dance with Pete and I. Her Mom kept trying to call her away. To give us a chance for our last dance. I shooed Nikki away. Ryleah loves all things "Dis-a-ney" as much as Pete and I. I wanted her to be part of the dance! Then we went out to leave and my sister, my brother in law and friends had decorated our car! It was a great day. I was glad we got to see so many friends and family, BUT I wish we would have skipped the party. I know I know....But it was alot of work and I was tired and had to go back to work. I had wanted lots of candids and photojournalistic pictures.......Our photographer didn't get that! LOL Oh well, the day was fun and that is what matters!