The whole day was my favorite, but I especially loved the reception. The hard part was over- I had just gotten married yo! I felt like a champ and was ready to enjoy some good food and good dancing.
We walked into a (mostly) standing ovation (holla!)....
... And then sat down to feast. I must say, I can't remember the food much, but I've heard from friends that it was good so there's that.
At the prompting of our pastor's wife Kristen, we went and made the whole thing legal. We definitely almost forgot this minor detail.
Then it was time to nicely feed each other cake. This picture is deceiving. Alex started it. Promise.
Then came the moment that I had been anxiously waiting for... mostly because I wanted to get it over with. Watch below. (If you're on a mobile device, click here to watch the video.)
Alex and I had discussed doing a surprise first dance even before we were engaged. I gotta tell you, though, it almost didn't happen. It was two weeks before the wedding, we basically didn't have any moves together and I was stressed about other things. Thanks to Alex's persistence (he said a fun first dance was one of the only things he cared about in our wedding), we choreographed and got the whole thing ready in less than two weeks.
And I'm SO glad we did, because it was probably in the top 3 moments of my wedding. What made it awesome was that we told no one.
The photographer (my brother) and videographer were told and sworn to secrecy at the rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding. The DJ found out a couple days before the wedding and agreed to play along (what you don't see in the video is him scrambling as the disc is skipping acting like he's trying to fix the problem). Other than those three people, no one had a clue, and therefore expected nothing.
The entire crowd was surprised- one of my bridesmaids even told me later, "Sarah, I was so mad at that DJ for letting the song skip. It was your first dance! And then I realized..."
Everyone loved it, and the best part of it for us was watching everyone's faces as they reacted to each new song.
Moral of that story? Do a surprise dance at your wedding. It will probably be one of the best moments of your life.
The dancing continued...
And then the party really got started as I was stolen by a few cousins, had a drink at a local bar, and came back in time to participate in possibly my favorite thing ever- La Marcha (read about both of those traditions here).
In case you haven't picked up on it by now, my wedding was really fun. All the Hispanic traditions that come into play just make it a big, fun party. If you've never been to a Hispanic wedding, you should probably become my friend so I can take you to one!
You can't have a dance party without including the Dollar Dance or my personal favorite... La Macarena.
One of my best friends (and bridesmaids) caught the bouquet and following tradition (for the first time I've ever heard!) got married next... about a month later.
And you can't forget the fierce fight that transpired over the garter. The winner of that one was my maid of honor's boyfriend... now fiance!
We danced and danced, until we could dance no more. Sometime during the night, all the groomsmen disappeared for quite a long while. We later found out why...
Our getaway car!
Well, all good things must come to end and September 14th most certainly had to too. There's only so much party and celebration to be had in one day.
Every little girl dreams of her perfect wedding day. And mine was exactly that- perfect. Miracles surrounded our wedding day from the rain, to God's hand clearly orchestrating September 14th to be our wedding day. God was glorified and I spent the day laughing, smiling, and joyfully celebrating the beginning of my journey with the one whom my soul loves.