Wedding Reception Snippets

Hi friends! Pardon my silence on here this week, but I’ve been busy back home spending time with friends and family, which has equated to some time on the lake and lots of late nights and adult beverages! Anyway, my trip is winding down, as Jesse and I head back to Portland on Saturday. Meanwhile, I thought I’d share some photos from our wedding reception. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of the food or paleo cakes, but it was outstanding. There were bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, raw veggies and fruit, smoked salmon (that Jesse’s uncle made and brought), local whitefish fillets with tomatoes and capers, rosemary garlic chicken breasts, roasted vegetables, roasted redskin potatoes and Mediterranean kale salad. For the (paleo) cakes, there was a lemon, orange pineapple, honey almond and banana. We had local wine and regional beer (even a gluten-free one), along with a couple specialty cocktails.

We did have some more professional photos taken and I’ll share some of those once we get them back, so there is more to come!

Also, even though I haven’t been doing many blog posts this week, I have still been active on Facebook, so make sure you check things out there!

Dancing with my mom and sisters to Neil Diamond's, Sweet Caroline. It was dedicated to grandma and we know she was dancing with us.

Dancing with my mom and sisters to Neil Diamond’s, Sweet Caroline. It was dedicated to grandma and we know she was there dancing with us.

Our surprise bike chariot that took us to the reception. My brother in-law and friend wore matching outfits and rode us all the way there. There was a "newly married" sign and cans hanging off the back.

Our surprise bike chariot that took us to the reception. My brother in-law and friend wore matching outfits and rode us all the way there. There was a “newly married” sign and cans hanging off the back. Unforgettable and a surprise I didn’t expect!

My beautiful reception, which was held at Art in the Loft in Alpena.

My beautiful reception, which was held at Art in the Loft in Alpena. It was a bike/recycle theme with the colors being yellow and gray, and milk glass pieces used on all the tables. It was amazing!

Another sisters and mom shot during Sweet Caroline.

Another sisters and mom shot during Sweet Caroline.

Some more decor. The bike spokes had various photos of Jesse and me, along with wedding pictures of our parents.

Some more decor. The bike spokes had various photos of Jesse and me, along with wedding pictures of our parents.

My sister, sister in-law and brother in-law doing their washtub dance with the addition of props. I don't know where this tradition came from, but it's been in our family that if a younger sibling gets married before an older sibling, they (the older siblings) have to dance in a washtub at the wedding. As you can see, my crazy bro in-law took off his pants. He even changed his shirt for the dance to a wolf one because it was wolf week. Also, none of them knew about this beforehand. It was pretty epic and people were even giving Nick money. He made over $20!

My sister, sister in-law and brother in-law doing their washtub dance with the addition of props. I don’t know where this tradition came from, but it’s been in our family that if a younger sibling gets married before an older sibling, they (the older siblings) have to dance in a washtub at the wedding. As you can see, my crazy bro in-law, Nick took off his pants. He even changed his shirt for the dance to a wolf one because it was wolf week (pretty sure he made that up). Also, none of them knew about this beforehand, so they were pretty surprised. It was epic and people were even giving Nick money. He made over $20!

This decorative bike is where guests put gifts and cards. Cool, right?

This decorative bike is where guests put gifts and cards. Cool, right?

Bike wheels hanging from the ceiling were part of the decor.

Bike wheels hanging from the ceiling were part of the decor.

The guest book table. The backside had photos of grandparents and a gift for each guest. I didn't get a photo, but the gift was a magnet made from a bike chain with a picture of a bike inside that said, Live Simply. There was a tag attached to each one that said with love, Alisa and Jesse.

The guest book table. The backside had photos of grandparents and a gift for each guest. I didn’t get a photo, but the gift was a magnet made from a bike chain with a picture of a bike inside that said, Live Simply. There was a tag attached to each one that said with love, Alisa and Jesse.

The bike decoration above the bar.

The bike decoration above the bar. My mom borrowed it from a local bike shop.

Another decor shot.

Another decor shot. We had the extra bonus of some of the artwork being part of the display.

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About paleoinpdx

Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, I moved to Portland (PDX) in 2008 after graduating from Michigan State University. I reside with my husband, Jesse and our two cats, Mila and Dutch, in inner NE Portland. I am a yoga, fitness, health and nutrition enthusiast, and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.

10 responses to “Wedding Reception Snippets”

  1. Megan says :

    I love your theme!! So unique!

  2. Craving4More says :

    Love it! Looks like so much fun :-)

  3. Heather Dailey says :

    Looks like you two had a great time! Congrats again!!!

  4. Naz (@CinnamonEats) says :

    Wow I love it! Looks like you had a fabulous time! Congrats! :)

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