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I’ll admit, I was concerned about our photo booth. I worried that it would be in the way, I worried that our guests wouldn’t be interested, and I just worried all around about the photos that we’d get (or maybe I should say lack of photos?)

However, I am so, so, so glad we did it. Our photo booth photos are some of our favorites from the day, and when we’re looking through them it’s clear that our guests loved participating in it.

As much time as I spent dancing (which was a lot) I spent a ton of time in the photo booth. I wanted to be sure I had photos with everyone I could possibly get photos with, and I’m so glad that I made sure to spend a lot of time there, because I really cherish the photos that we have.

These photos don’t need a lot of narration, so let’s just get to it!

 
Did you/do you plan to have a photo booth at your wedding?
(All photos by She-N-He Photography)

The entire dance portion of our night was amazing, but I will say that there were two songs that stuck out in my mind as favorites of the night.

The first was Bohemian Rhapsody. Kind of a random song to play at a wedding, I know, but it was played at Bridesmaid Audrey’s wedding because we used to rock out to it all the time with our friends from college. Me, Bridesmaid Audrey, and her other bridesmaids stood in the middle of the dance floor at her wedding and screamed along to the lyrics while everyone looked at us like we were crazy. So, it was only appropriate that we played it at my wedding too.

Our guests didn’t seem to mind.

The photos will be taken to a whole new level if you listen along while you look.

At one point, Daddy Cardigan came out to the floor to ask me what in the world we were doing (his taste in music is questionable, at best), so I drug him into the chaos and forced him to dance along for a few minutes.

The other favorite? A must-have at any Aggie wedding.

The Aggie War Hymn. When our dj started playing it, I happened to be outside trying to cool off, but as soon as I heard the first few notes, I sprinted back to the dance floor because I could NOT miss it.

Of course, if you aren’t familiar with the song, you must play it while you look at the photos. And if you are familiar with the song, I know I don’t need to tell you to hit play, because you probably already have. 🙂

(I couldn’t find a video that started from the beginning of the song, so it starts a few seconds in)

These two songs made up just a few minutes of the wedding, but they make up some of my favorite memories of the entire night. We were surrounded by people we love, having the time of our lives. Isn’t that what a wedding reception is all about?

(All photos by She-N-He Photography)

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Need to catch up?

The Week Before
The Day Before
The Rehearsal
The Morning of the Wedding

The Gift Exchange
The Makeup
The Dress
The Somethings
The Bridal Portraits
The Family Photos
The Bridal Party
The Ceremony Details
The Moments Before
The Processional
The Bride’s Walk
The Ceremony, Part 1
The Ceremony, Part 2
The Portraits
The Cocktail Hour
The Reception Details
The Dinner
The Toasts
The Cake
The First Dance
The Father-Daughter Dance
The Dance Party

Once all of the formal dances were over, it was time to PARTY. I kicked off my heels in favor of something more comfortable…

And we were ready to go!

I love, love, love to dance, so I was really looking forward to this part of the night – and apparently our guests were too!

I’m not exaggerating when I say I could probably write 20 posts with photos of the dancing portion of the night. To be honest, we didn’t have a huge crowd on the dance floor, but the people who were there stayed almost all night, and we had an amazing time. These photos are among my favorite of the day, and I love looking back and seeing how much fun we were having.

Of course, there was not only a lot of dancing – there was a LOT of singing along.

And we even got some people on the dance floor that I never expected to see there – like both sets of parents…

And even BIL Cardy decided to join in on the fun (I specifically asked for photos to be taken of him dancing, because I needed photographic evidence that it can actually happen).

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Of course, it wasn’t all crazy dancing. We had a few very sweet slow dances as well.
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And Mr. Cardigan and I weren’t on the floor the ENTIRE night. We took a few breaks for the photo booth (more on that later!) and to visit with our friends and family.
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Of course, not all of our guests had as much endurance for dancing as we did…in fact, our sweet flower girl made her rounds taking naps throughout the reception once she was done dancing.
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And even though Mr. Cardigan and I didn’t stay joined at the hip through the entire reception, we did manage to sneak in several little moments together in-between all of the dancing.
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After Mr. Cardigan and I finished up our first dance, it was time for me to dance with my dad.

When it came time for Daddy Cardigan and I to choose what song we wanted to dance to, it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I e-mailed him a few ideas of songs that we might want to do, and my mom called me the next day and let me know that he had tried to listen to the songs at work but had to stop because he started crying.

That’s right, my big, gruff daddy started crying at work listening to father-daughter dance songs.

He tried again at home a few days later, and picked out one of the songs I had sent him. We were both very nervous leading up to our dance because we both thought we’d burst into tears, but I experienced the same feeling I had earlier that day when I was walking down the aisle – I was so happy and excited that I just couldn’t cry. The song was incredibly touching, and the father-daughter dance was wonderful, but it (thankfully) didn’t bring either of us to tears.

And now that I’ve told the story of picking our song, I’ll leave you with some photos and the lyrics to the song we chose.

Look at the two of you dancing that way,
Lost in the moment and each other’s face
So much in love, you’re alone in this place
Like there’s nobody else in the world

I was enough for her not long ago
I was her number one, she told me so
And she still means the world to me, just so you know
So be careful when you hold my girl

Time changes everything, life must go on
And I’m not gonna stand in your way

But I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breatherd
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep

And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first

How could that beautiful woman with you
Be the same freckle-faced kid that I knew?
The one that I read all those fairytales to
And tucked into bed all those nights

And I knew the first time I saw you with her
It was only a matter of time

I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep


And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first

From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep

Someday you might know what I’m going through
When a miracle smiles up at you
I loved her first

After everyone had their fill of cupcakes, the dinner portion of the night was over and it was time to dance! Our dj asked everyone to move into the reception room, so Mr. Cardigan and I could have our first dance.

Way back when we were first engaged, I thought that we would have a choreographed first dance. I wanted it to be unique and fancy and amazing. But then we couldn’t afford the lessons, and while I was disappointed I soon realized that it was almost better this way. We wouldn’t have to stress about having a perfect first dance, and we’d be able to relax, enjoy ourselves, and just bask in the glow of being married.

We chose Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Way I Am” for our first dance (which, if you haven’t noticed, is where my recap title came from!), which is one of our favorite songs ever. It probably also helps that it’s a very short song, so we didn’t have to be in the spotlight for too long!

I’m so glad that we decided to forego the fancy dance. Our first dance was so incredibly special, and we loved those few minutes to just hold one another and pretend like no one else was in the room.

And in the end, I think it’s safe to say that none of our guests missed the choreographed dance, anyways.

(All photos by She-N-He Photography)

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Need to catch up?

The Week Before
The Day Before
The Rehearsal
The Morning of the Wedding

The Gift Exchange
The Makeup
The Dress
The Somethings
The Bridal Portraits
The Family Photos
The Bridal Party
The Ceremony Details
The Moments Before
The Processional
The Bride’s Walk
The Ceremony, Part 1
The Ceremony, Part 2
The Portraits
The Cocktail Hour
The Reception Details
The Dinner
The Toasts
The Cake

Ahh, the moment everyone had been waiting for. Time to eat cake!

I don’t think there are enough words in the world to describe how much I adored this cake. It was exactly what we had asked for, and we were so happy with how pretty it looked – and how amazing it tasted!

We had several cake flavors and we weren’t quite sure how to communicate to our guests which ones were which. Luckily, as has been established many times before, Sister Cardy is a creative genius, and she came up with the perfect plan.

Simple, clear, and cute!

When it came time to actually cut the cake, I realized we had a slight logistical problem on our hands…

That would be me trying to explain to Mr. Cardigan that I am entirely too short to reach the cake! Luckily, we managed to make it work…

We managed to get a small slice, and we (very sweetly) fed each other. I had made it very clear to Mr. Cardigan before the wedding that there was to be no face-smashing!

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if he was going to listen to me, so even up until the last few seconds I was reminding him that I did NOT want cake in my face!

Can you see the fear in my face? I was totally afraid he was going to mash it into my face at the last second!

Luckily, he was very sweet with the cake and didn’t get any on me. What a good husband. 🙂

That’s my “Oh my goodness this is SO GOOD” face. And there’s Mr. Cardigan going in for a second bite, because the first wasn’t enough.

We were oh so happy with the cake…but the important question is, were the KIDS happy with it? After all, they had been anticipating it much more eagerly than us!

I’ll take that as a yes.

(All photos by She-N-He Photography)

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Need to catch up?

The Week Before
The Day Before
The Rehearsal
The Morning of the Wedding

The Gift Exchange
The Makeup
The Dress
The Somethings
The Bridal Portraits
The Family Photos
The Bridal Party
The Ceremony Details
The Moments Before
The Processional
The Bride’s Walk
The Ceremony, Part 1
The Ceremony, Part 2
The Portraits
The Cocktail Hour
The Reception Details
The Dinner
The Toasts

One of the parts of our wedding that I looked forward to the most were the toasts. I always love listening to the toasts at other people’s weddings, and I was so excited to hear what our loved ones would say to us on one of the biggest days of our life so far.

Daddy Cardigan was up first…

He started with the most important thing – letting everyone know that the Aggies were up in the Cotton Bowl against LSU by a couple of points.

Unfortunately, that didn’t last for long. But let’s not get into that.

He talked about how he had been dreading this day for years – the day that both of his daughters were officially married. He talked about how he couldn’t imagine anyone ever loving either of his daughters more than he did.

But then he went on to say that after reflecting on his own wedding day and his marriage to my mom, he realized that he loves her more than anyone else possibly could – more so than even her parents. He said that he sees that same love in Mr. Cardigan and I and that he knows I’ll be well taken care of and very loved by my new husband.

It was a wonderful toast, and it was very touching to hear such sweet words from my usually not emotional father!

And then, it was Sister Cardy’s turn.

Now, I don’t know if you’ve gathered this through my many mentions of her throughout my time posting on Weddingbee, but my sister and I are very close. She’s my best friend in the whole world, and I can’t imagine having a better sister.

She started off her speech by telling the story of how a few weeks after I was born, she asked my parents if they could take me back and get a different baby that didn’t cry so much.

She wasn’t too keen on having a little sister at first.

But then, she went on to talk about how we’ve grown to be so close and how much she misses me now that I don’t live in the same city as her.

She admitted that she’s very glad my parents didn’t end up getting rid of me.

And, of course, the ugly cry face made an appearance.

Up next was Mr. Cardigan’s brother (and best man).

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Mr. Cardigan’s brother lives in Hawaii, so I haven’t had many opportunities to get to know him very well, but he gave a very sweet speech toasting our new life together.
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And finally, my new husband went up to say a few words thanking everyone for coming and supporting us, and to thank our parents for all they helped us with. Looking back, I’m not sure why I didn’t go up there with him!
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Mr. Cardigan couldn’t resist sharing his favorite story of how when we very first started dating, Daddy Cardigan told him (completely seriously) that he was allowed to date me, but it couldn’t turn into anything serious.
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And with that,  the toasts were finished, everyone was almost done with dinner, and it was just about time to cut the cake!
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