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Wedding: Ceremony and Reception

Posted Jan 12 2014 12:00am

After the first look and photos, it was time to actually get married.  It all goes incredibly fast the week leading up to the wedding and you really just want everything to go in slow motion so you can savor every moment.  But that wasn’t an option, after our final pictures at Congress Park, it was a mad dash  to the church for the trolley with all the bridesmaids, groomsman, ushers, and my brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.  We had three buses that were picking up guests at four different hotels on the way to the church.


I, on the other hand, had a little time on my hands.  It was fun to hang with my parents in the limo in the moments leading up to the ceremony.


And then it was time, things proceeded as you might imagine they would…


For some reason, I didn’t expect the church to look so packed. It was a big church.  When I stepped in and saw so many people there for us, I was so thankful for all the great friends and family in our lives.


I was extremely emotional going up the aisle.




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And then, it was time to PARTY!

Our reception was at the of Hall  of Springs, which turned out to be everything I’d ever dreamed of and more.

The Hall of Springs turned out to be the perfect venue for so many reasons, for one, it is the only place we looked at that could have fit our 240 guests.   Giovinazzo_0820Second, the food was insane.  We only had one choice of caterers, Mazzone , but they killed it.  The tasting was nothing special, but boy did the more than deliver the day of.  I  wish I had pictures of the food–especially at cocktail hour! There was about 60 different items at the cocktail hour, which was a mix of things they automatically include, in addition to many things that we got to select, such as lobster rolls, filet mignon bites, shrimp mac and cheese, mini philly cheese steaks, tuna tartare cones, and our favorite, a full mexican taqueria station with margarita shooters and sangria to boot.  I managed to grab a lobster roll from the bridal suite, but I was too excited to greet everyone at cocktail hour to spend much time in the suite.

We took a second to check out the ballroom. It’s amazing to see all your ideas come together. Giovinazzo_0822




We also took a moment to practice the first dance. I’m pretty sure I could have taken 20 lessons and not felt 100% ready. Fortunately, our 2 minute rehearsal went well, which as a much-needed confidence boost.


I also got to show Frank his groom cake, which I had managed to keep a secret for 8 months.


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Since we did the first look and Mazzone was kind enough to extend our cocktail hour to an hour and a half, we actually had a fair amount of time to say hello to people at cocktail hour.


After the first dance, we went right into salad and speeches.


After the entrees were served, it was time to dance!


My gorgeous girls…


Jewish or not, the hora is important!


And all too soon, it was the last song of the night…



Happily ever after.

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