Hitched: The Reception

Our reception was everything I had dreamed of. Everything came together perfectly and everyone had such a blast!

Before entering our reception, Matt and I snuck downstairs of our venue where we had a quick private dinner. Not only did this give us the opportunity to eat our delicious food, but we were able escape the chaos and really enjoy our first few moments together as husband and wife!

Our table centerpieces consisted of white and pink shades of flowers {peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, hydrangeas, tulips, and more}, lots of mercury glass, mason jars, and of course BURLAP!

 A few details, including our sweet fur baby Charlie, koozies, and our DIY burlap monogram found {HERE}…

Our first dance was to Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis

Dad and I danced to My Girl by The Temptations

Matt and his mom danced to half of What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and he danced the second half with his Grandma!

My favorite cake layer – Vanilla pound cake with chocolate chips + raspberry filling. The top layer is sitting in our freezer for our first anniversary!

The bouquet toss was hilariously aggressive. I tossed the bouquet to Going to the Chapel by The Dixie Cups.

lots of dancing!

The Common Clay Band was unbelievable and kept the party going all night!

A Kappa Delta tradition, my sorority sisters and I had a special candlelight ceremony.

 and more dancing…

 The bridesmaids snuck out of the reception to decorate the getaway car

At the end of the night, guests picked up sparklers for the sendoff…

and DONUTS for a late night snack!

  Sparkler sendoff!

Best day of my life.



  1. megan
    January 20, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    shut upppppp that's what we're doing our first dance to! and your centerpieces are exactly what i had in mind! mercury glass, mason gars + some milk glass! are we the same person? 🙂

  2. megan
    January 20, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    I commented too early because I got way too excited when I saw your first dance song. Mine and my dad's song is also "My Girl," but I'm thinking of mixing it up and having us dance to "Baby Girl" by Will Hoge b/c he is my fave. I love that the groom danced half of the song with his mom and the other half with his grandma. Cameron is really close with his grandma so I think it would be really special for him to dance with her, too. Love your cake – simple and beautiful.

  3. Ashlee @ They Lived Happily Ever After...
    January 20, 2012 / 1:31 pm

    Love that you had so much fun!!!

  4. Courtney
    January 20, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    I love it! So pretty!

  5. Sarah
    January 20, 2012 / 2:17 pm


  6. May
    January 20, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    Christina, your wedding day was beautiful. I am so thankful and honored that I could be a part of your big day becoming Mrs. M! Your reception was absolutely perfect – a perfect blend of you and Matt, both lovely and extremely fun. I could not be happier for you that your wedding day was everything you dreamed of, and more!

  7. Sarah
    January 20, 2012 / 2:57 pm

    I am just LOVING these posts! Absolutely everything about your wedding was gorgeous! So, so, so pretty! I love all of the burlap! I really love that you and your husband had a private dinner together! I've never heard of that & I love it!

  8. Mel
    January 20, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    I am literally crying right now looking at the bouquet toss. NOT EVEN OK. THIS IS HILARIOUS. This was THE best wedding I've been to hand down. Love you and the hubby and so happy that I could share this special day with the two of you!

    • Courtney
      February 2, 2012 / 3:16 am

      Wait you never told me you caught this bouquet too!!!?????!!!! hahaha weird we have a similar picture of you!

  9. Ryan
    January 20, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    great pictures! so happy for you!

  10. Channing
    January 20, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    LOVEEEEEEE beyond words!!!!

  11. Whitney
    January 20, 2012 / 7:08 pm

    Your wedding is everything that I wanted mine to be. The cake, the decorations, the colors. If I could have replicated this, I would have! I didn't find out about your venue until after we booked ours, and I was SO sad. I love the idea of your private dinner. SO cute!!! My dad and I also danced to My Girl 🙂 and your cake was exactly what I told the cake maker to do (which they DID NOT). I did a candle passing too! You are so totally my new bff and wedding twin. haha! (sorry for the long post! lol)

  12. The Presutti's
    January 20, 2012 / 8:39 pm

    Simply gorgeous. Every single part of it. 🙂

  13. Elizabeth
    January 20, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Oh my goodness! You're wedding is so cute! Great pictures and your dress is beautiful! I love that style and am definitely keeping one like that on my list! Definitely following you now!

  14. Jordan Streetman
    January 20, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    Not even kidding anymore…pinning this entire post and copying. LOVE the dinner idea, what a sweet moment and I see you drinking my favorite sparking wine for Trader Joes…holler!

  15. Flip Flops on Fifth
    January 21, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    Love the donuts! What a fun touch. We did that late night after our wedding too. It was the best man's birthday at midnight, so we did it as a light night snack + birthday treat. So cute!

  16. Miss Lindsay
    January 22, 2012 / 3:36 am

    I'm catching up on all of your wedding posts…. you looked absolutely gorgeous!! I love love love your dress. (I thought I had commented earlier, apologies if that is a repeat.)Everything turned out amazing. Congratulations!!

  17. Miss Southern Prep
    January 23, 2012 / 2:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, your reception was gorgeous! I love your dress, and I love that you and Matt had a private dinner together–that is such a wonderful idea! I love all of the pink, too!

  18. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    January 25, 2012 / 12:56 am

    How adorable is your blog and wedding for that matter! I'm stopping by from Pink Lou Lou (I read your comment love on my LOL Designs business) I love that you two had dinner by yourselves before hand that was such a good idea!

  19. Pamela
    January 26, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    What a gorgeous bride, groom, receptions, everything!! Love the banner on the car! Too cute! Love, love, love everything!!

  20. Stephanie
    January 30, 2012 / 1:32 am

    OMG I just loved ALLLLLL of these. You definitely did not miss a single detail girlfriend. You looked beautiful (as always!) and looked like you've never been happier!!! Congrats!!! xoxox

  21. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty
    January 30, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    I missed this post… HOW ADORABLE and what a perfect ending to the best day of your life! I adored all of your little details… from the perfectly placed donuts, "M" monogram, flags, etc… it was perfect! Y'all are precious! xo

  22. betterwithfreckles
    January 30, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    I LOVE your wedding dress…and the dinner idea is great! Too bad I'm already married. 🙂

  23. Hailey
    February 7, 2012 / 5:14 am

    I am sure I have missed it somewhere but where did who did you go with for the koozies?!

  24. Samara
    March 20, 2012 / 3:45 am

    OMG, I too love the posts and all the pictures you posted! What a perfect reflection of the both of you! I will also be a "Mrs. M" in less than seven weeks! Ahhhh!!! 🙂 (Morgan) 🙂 I wish you lived nearby–you are fab, fab,fab! 🙂

  25. Amy {Fresh and Fancy}
    March 28, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    I love so much about your reception! Your wedding cake, flowers, donuts…just everything! So fun seeing all your pictures – makes me feel like I was there 🙂

  26. Celeste
    March 28, 2012 / 1:48 pm

    I love, love, love this reception! It's got pure joy written aaaallll over it. I adore all the little details and yalls private dinner together — what a nice time to just enjoy each other. Perfect!

  27. Kim
    March 28, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    I remember seeing some of these when you originally posted them. I love the idea of having a private dinner and that is quite possibly one of the coolest reception venues I've ever seen!

  28. Amanda
    March 28, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    I love absolutely everything about your wedding! Gorgeous!!

  29. Britt
    March 28, 2012 / 10:50 pm

    Absolutely lovely! The flowers and burlap choices were perfection.

  30. Stefanie @MusingsofaMrs
    March 28, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    SOOOO beautiful! I wish my wedding photos were ready so I could play along!

  31. Katie
    March 30, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    Love your photos! I particularly love the one of your private dinner, and your getaway at the end of the night looks awesome! Beautiful!

  32. Kaity
    April 16, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    Love the baby's breath bouquets! I'm not a big flower person, but it's so sweet and simple!

  33. Dee Stephens
    April 24, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    We did donuts as our favors too. We had a box of two for everyone to take home with them.Krispy Kreme!

  34. Samantha
    April 29, 2012 / 5:25 am

    Beautiful!! I'm getting married in late July and am in LOVE with your koozies. My fiance & I consider ourselves koozie connoisseurs (we've collected 100+ since college!) and have high standards for the one we'll customize for our own. Yours have ALL the "must haves": high quality neoprene, stitched sides vs. glued, and high-quality personalization vs. cheesy wedding bell clip art 🙂 Would you mind telling me what company you ordered them through? I've done some researching and haven't found ones as close to what we're looking for as yours are 🙂 Thanks!!

  35. Colleen
    May 24, 2012 / 4:40 pm

    Your wedding looked like such a blast and I am DIEING over those centerpieces. Your bridesmaids are so cute decorating your car. Make me laugh out loud.

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