Time to Party!

One of the many reasons we loved ACC for our reception - photos on the golf course with the iconic Pennybacker Bridge in the background.

When Thomas and I arrived at Austin Country Club for our reception, we were so ready to hug our friends and family, devour the food we'd picked out at the tasting months earlier, and dance the afternoon away. That's when our day-of coordinator {we love you Kristi!} delicately delivered the unfortunate news that the country club was without electricity.

Say whaaaaaat?

It was one of those moments you try to prepare yourself for as a bride - something going wrong. You can plan everything out as perfectly as you can, but you fear the 'what ifs.' I thought I'd panic if anything happened that was NOT in our plans, but you know what? In the moment, I was completely relaxed.

So maybe we couldn't have the sugar-rimmed frozen pink lemonade as planned. And maybe it was a Texas summer with no AC indoors. But you know what? It didn't matter. I was a married lady! And electricity or not, it was time to party. 

I'm so grateful that a) the storm earlier in the day dropped the temperatures outside so it was only a little warm and stuffy inside, b) that it was an afternoon wedding so we had plenty of natural light, and c) that my coordinator and the country club put out so many candles that the reception hall was so dreamy and romantic looking! Some of our guests said they didn't even notice the power was out. And praise the good Lord above, the power kicked back on an hour after we arrived. 

"life is sweet" jars of honey for guest favors // mr. & mrs. forks, a "something borrowed" from my sister-in-law Clara
flowers and table decor by LisaLyn Designs
food from the "groom's station," chicken, mashed potatoes and a biscuit // shirley temple instead of frozen lemonade
first dance to Hunter Hayes' Wanted // father-daughter dance to Butterfly Kisses // mother-son dance to Rascal Flatts' My Wish
being prayed over by the gentleman of Phi Kappa Chi // listening to my dad's sweet toast // cracking up when my sister Sarah took an unfortunate, completely unintentional pause to wipe her nose when saying "I always imagined Amanda with an amazing man, and then she met Thomas..."
red velvet cake, vanilla cupcakes, and GREEN velvet Baylor cake by Sugar Mama's Bakeshop // and what's a Baylor cake cutting without the singing of That Good Old Baylor Line
[SIDE NOTE: Sugar Mama's will be on this Sunday night's episode of Cupcake Wars on Food Network!! Tune in April 7 at 7:00 central to see Olivia work her magic.]

Well brides, it's true. Before you know it, the reception is over and you're running out the door to start your new life together. Cherish every moment and every little memory of your day. It goes by so quickly!

All photos by Taylor Lord Photography.

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  1. ah! What a lovely reception. I can't believe how calm you were when you heard the power was out... I guess there really isn't anything you can do about it. But it looks like everything turned out so perfectly! I love everything about your wedding. We have such similar tastes, it's wild!


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