Hannah and Cole Wedding, a five part adventure Part 5..

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The Reception as told by Heidi…

Simple elegance was the theme of the evening.   The reception had Hannah and Cole written all over it.  They wanted things to be understated yet elegant, simple yet warm.   Hannah and Cole created the atmosphere they wanted through their choice of decorations, food and music.  They chose to have an open house at the Manor in the Riverwoods in Provo.  The venue is gorgeous and accommodating.  Each table had different sizes of mason jars filled with river rocks and water with floating candles.  The runners were blush pink tulle along with various kinds of greenery embellishing each table.  The chairs were wrapped in chiffon with a sprig of greenery as well.  Hannah and Cole wanted pictures from their engagement photoshoot hanging on the walls.  The florist added greenery hanging in between each picture.  They chose to serve Hruska’s Kolaches, Czech-Texan  pastries that were filled with savory or sweet items.  I have amazing friends that asked how they could help so they brought several fruit platters to serve as well.  We had fruit infused water with limes, lemons, oranges and strawberries.  Big Hit!!!!   There may have been a few diet cokes served.  My good friend Colette oversaw the food and kept things running smoothly with the help of my friend Stacey and her daughter Abby.  They couldn’t have done a better job.  Colette was also on standby all day to handle any last minute needs.  NAKED was the cake!  In keeping with the simple but elegant theme, they decided on a naked cake with succulents adorning it.  Just look at the picture.  The evening would not have been complete without a DJ and great music.  There was dancing and more dancing.  Then we sent them on their way as a married couple through an archway of sparklers.

Tip number 5 is about surviving the months leading up to the celebration.  There may be emotions and an occasional meltdown.  My first child was getting married and I wasn’t sure I had prepared her for what’s next.  LIFE!!! So many emotions came to the surface that caused me to evaluate myself as a parent, wife, and friend.  Allow yourself to have those moments of tears and pondering.  Make sure everyone else allows you to have them.  Once you do, you can move forward.  In turn, allow the bride and or groom to have them as well.  Be kind and welcoming to the in-laws to be and remember you are merging 2 families that probably do everything different.   Different isn’t wrong, it is just different.  Enjoy every moment possible because it is over in the blink of an eye.  Whew!!!!

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In case you are interested…
The Manor $1500, Hruska’s Kolaches $875 for 1000, The cake by Stacia Ross $275, Table décor Michael’s and Tai Pan $30, The linens by Budget Wedding Rentals $150 for 12 tables, the DJ Jocelynn Murray $250, sparklers $90, the serving pieces from Heidi’s and Suzanne’s stash, flowers provided by Cole’s family from the Flower Patch, photography by Brooke Bakken and the never ending help from friends and family PRICELESS!!!!!

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