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Brady-Arroyo Wedding Weekend: The Reception

After a year and a half of planning, a busy few days leading up to the wedding, and a beautiful but hectic day, I was ready to let loose and have some fun at the reception.

I had finished my Maid of Honor speech about a week before the wedding, and was feeling decently confident about it: not too sappy, not too funny, and I had it mostly memorized. I told a few stories about my sister growing up, as well as some about Bryan.

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Not long after they got engaged, I went to visit Erin and Bryan in Virginia. The three of us went out to dinner, and when we returned to their apartment, Bryan had gotten out two shot glasses and was opening a bottle of tequila (my liquor of choice) before I could even take off my shoes. Best brother ever! So I told this story during my speech, and Bryan and I toasted with shots of tequila. Well, they were supposed to be shots, but I’m pretty sure they gave us like triple shots, and I’m pretty sure “Oh, s***” went through my mind as I stood in front of 130 people taking a shot I was confident would spill all over my face. Ten minutes and no food later, I was definitely feeling it. Oops!

The food was spectacular! After I ate I made my way around to visit friends and family. It was so great having all of them in the same place!

Soon it was time for cake-cutting and all of the standard dances.

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Then it was time to PARTY! I had so much fun dancing the night away with my sister, friends and family. I actually went to college with the DJ, Rockin’ Ron, and was definitely not disappointed by the tunes he chose for us to jam to. This was actually Ron’s last wedding, as he is going on to pursue different things, and I’m so glad he could be there for my sister’s wedding–he is awesome!

With the newlyweds

With the newlyweds

With my "little sister" and "baby" cousin

With my “little sister” and “baby” cousin

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My Papa is a stud!

My Papa is a stud!

Stella and Penelope

Stella and Penelope

My loving parents

My loving parents

Did I mention that there was a photo booth?! We had so much fun with all of the props, and the photo strips definitely made for an entertaining guest book! Those pictures should be on the photo booth website soon and I can’t wait to share them!

Overall it was such a fun night, and I truly enjoyed celebrating such a happy occasion! Erin and Bryan are currently on their honeymoon in Punta Cana (jealous!), and it’s killing me that I can’t talk to my sister! I hope they are having tons of fun, but I am looking forward to them coming home tomorrow so my sister and I can resume our daily G-chat conversations and FaceTime dates!

 

Brady-Arroyo Wedding Weekend: THE WEDDING

Saturday morning began bright and early. As soon as her alarm went off, I turned to Erin and said “Happy Wedding Day!” Scout immediately came in the room, jumped on the bed, and wagged her entire butt when I told her that Erin and Bryan were FINALLY getting married!

After dropping Erin off at Portage Country Club, the location of the wedding, I did what all good Maids of Honor do: went on a Starbucks run!

Did I mention they gave us 2 of our drinks for free?!

Did I mention they gave us 2 of our drinks for free?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After arriving back at the country club, we relaxed and ate some breakfast, drank some mimosas, and listened to love songs while getting hair and makeup done. I absolutely LOVED my hair and makeup (hair by Jolene, makeup by Erica of Beauty Therapy)!

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One by one all of the bridesmaids arrived, along with the flower girls, and my very best friend (and hot date for the evening), Mo! Mo is learning more about photography and she came to get some shots of us getting ready! She’s the best!

Clearly this was BEFORE my makeup

Clearly this was BEFORE my makeup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After hair and makeup were done, everyone got into their dresses, and I got to help lace my big sister into her wedding dress! It was such a surreal moment for me, and she looked absolutely stunning.

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Photo by Mo!
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Once we were all ready, we went outside for some photos with the bride. After that it was time for my dad’s first look at the bride. It was pretty emotional watching the two of them see each other for the first time. It was just me, my mom, my sister, my dad, and the photographers (S and B Photography, who were awesome, by the way!) in the room and it was so nice to have a moment with the family on such a hectic and beautiful day. I’m pretty sure we all teared up at some point, and the photographers snapped a couple family pictures while we were in there (can’t wait to see them!).

After a little bit of waiting, it was time for the ceremony!

Leaving my sister alone with my dad before I walked down the aisle was emotional for me. I hugged my sister, teared up, and began my walk. As soon as I saw Bryan waiting at the end of the aisle I got even more choked up–I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face when he saw my sister!

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Erin walked down the aisle to the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (and yes, I had to Google that spelling) version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The ceremony was beautiful. Short and sweet.

Cutest ring bearer ever? I think so!

Cutest ring bearer ever? I think so!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Being given away by Daddy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Before we knew it, Erin and Bryan were husband and wife and the newlyweds were making their way back down the aisle!

Is this not the best picture?! Good work, Mo!

Is this not the best picture?! Good work, Mo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was time for professional photos! There was some downtime between pictures, which was the perfect opportunity to snag some photos with my BFF!

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We got rained on a bit, but moved inside for indoor pics and were able to go back out shortly after. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and I see nothing but sunny skies for Erin and Bryan in their future together!

After pictures it was time for the PARTY! Stay tuned for my reception post!

ALSO, a huge, big, special THANK YOU shoutout to Mo! Seriously, she was like my right hand woman on wedding day and was willing and eager to help however she could. I am convinced that I have the BEST best friend!