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The Reception

When the site coordinator asked what we wanted our wedding to be like, I responded with "FUN". Sure, I wanted it to be pretty and have a vintage-vibe, but most important was that everyone had a blast.

The reception was held in a rustic, renovated barn. The huge sliding doors were open at all times to let in the natural light and night breeze, and allowed guests to easily wander.

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Flowers overflowed out of vintage silver pitchers on each table

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           The bar was nestled in the corner of the barn and lit up from the base

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  custom made tree (guests added fingerprints as leaves on the branches) and wine stopper guest favors
                 
Our first dance was to "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding. I was worried about feeling awkward in front of everyone, but once it started playing I wrapped my arms around Kevin's neck, we put our foreheads together, and everyone else just disappeared.

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My dad and I danced to "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. We laughed as we ungracefully swayed across the floor, and he kept asking, "How long is this song?" "Do we look awkward?" "Am I going too fast?" "Should I twirl you?" I had to keep reminding him that it didn't matter; it was just about us.

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One of my favorite memories from the entire day was my sister's toast. As an English teacher, she's always had a way with words and her speech was no exception. She knows me better than anyone, and she concocted the perfect blend of teasing and praising that had everyone choked up by the end.

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We couldn't choose between our two favorite cake flavors, chocolate orange and champagne lemon, so we ordered mini cakes in an assortment of both and our guests got to pick. We also had a small cake for cutting, which we displayed on a small tree stump with handmade bird cake toppers.

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I told the baker I loved birds, so she created these little birdhouses on the top of each mini-cake

The best part was the photobooth, which my siblings gave us as a wedding gift. At all times there was a line of people in silly hats waiting their turn. Two copies of each photo strip were printed, one for the guest and one for a book which everyone then signed for me and Kevin. Flipping through the book on our honeymoon was so much fun, and the photos and comments got more hilarious as the night wore on.

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A few of my favorites from the photobooth

The photographers left before the night really got cooking, but there was a lot of dancing and lip syncing. Seeing all of our friends and family in one place, all smiling and laughing, made it the best night of my life. Having guests tell us it was the most fun wedding they'd ever attended was the biggest compliment.

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