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Our Wedding // The Reception


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Style Me Pretty summed it up best as ‘Dallas meets New Orleans meets heaven in wedding form.’ That’s exactly what it felt like for us. Being outside, underneath the stars, with the Dallas skyline as the backdrop as we danced in this historic part of our city. Everything about it.

We ate dinner at a secluded table where we could watch our guests arrive. Then, the horn section of the band lead us to the dance floor for our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery.

J’s first gift to me was records from Justin Townes Earle (fourth date band) and the Fruit Bats.  When we figured out that we both wanted Beautiful Morning Light’ to be the first song we dance to after we’re married, it was, well, just another cheesy moment where we think the same thing.  The only video I have of us dancing to it is from my cousin, from her shaky phone, while she’s correcting her kiddo.  So, if you happen to have a little video of our night and want to share, I’ll bake you cookies.  That’s probably not very enticing, because I don’t like the kitchen, so I’ll….plan your wedding…maybe.  Also, we’re both afraid of spiders (wait. was that relationship code?!) Anyway, check out this awesome band.  You won’t regret it.

I made the bar menu. There were probably four drafts of it. ‘Raspberry’ is really tricky to spell. Spiked Raspberry Lemonade is wonderful and amazing and you should always order extra.

That cake. Schmoly cow. We kinda cheated and ate it as soon as we found out we were moving to Belgium. I mean, we didn’t have an address to ship to and it had been taunting us in the freezer for four whole months and we couldn’t just have THAT cake floating around..too risky. It was delicious. Raspberry champagne filling with white cake (because J would not even hear of having a wedding cake in any other color..on the inside, no less) and the frosting……crap – what are we going to do on Sunday? Wait. Belgian chocolate. Okay, we’re good. Back on track.

In addition to learning our obscure, little Fruit Bats song, our band also learned the Second Line – a brass band tradition in New Orleans. Hence the umbrellas. It was kickass.

The horns lead us out to the tune of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ It was the most incredible, sparkly night of our lives. And we’ve enjoyed sharing it with you this week oh so much.

And that, my friends, (plus a little move abroad) is how MontgomeryFest came to be.

Photography: Taylor Lord Photography | Wedding Planning: After Yes | Floral & design: Bows & Arrows | Reception Venue: Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park | Band: The Walton Stout Band | Lighting: Astounding Sounds | Photobooth: Premier Booth | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Catering: Two Sisters Catering | Wedding Cake: Dallas Affaires Cake Co. | Umbrellas: New Orleans Umbrella Co.
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