Lucky In Love: The Cocktail Hour that Wasn’t

If you’ll indulge me for a second, I want to show you the cocktail hour we, um, didn’t actually have. So many people put hard work into details for this part of the reception, and it would have been really pretty, so….just pretend there’s people here. (They’re inside–it only rained for the cocktail hour and then the rest of the evening was very nice. Too late for me, though.)


The cocktail hour and dancing would have taken place on this patio. There were cafe tables and high boys, and even a beverage dispenser (a glass one, not a big orange Gatorade cooler like Shamrock pictured) if guests came early.


The dj would have set up right here (he did. Then he had to move it all. Yes, we tipped him well.) This is just to the right of the picture above–and its covering construction fencing–guess I didn’t need to worry about that. But if you didn’t want to dance, you could explore the grounds or play some of our lawn games. We had croquet (MC’s wedding present), chess, bags (boards made by one of our guests, symbol added by Mama Clover) and tic tac toe (painted by Mama Clover and me).

lawn games

Guests could wander down the paths to find the waterfall or the sundial, or sit on the benches throughout the yard.

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As cocktail hour wound down, the dj would gather all the guests back to the patio for toasts on the stairs and then they would have grabbed their place card from the trellis and headed inside for dinner.

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(Think how much cuter it would have looked outside). Of course, that isn’t quite how it all went down, but we’ll see that next. Thanks for indulging my make-believe cocktail hour with my details no one saw! Up next: all the rest of the reception details!

All photos by Caili Helsper Photography


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