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jessica + andrew, married: part II (the reception)

Here’s part II of Jessica and Andrew’s fabulous summer wedding. The reception was held at Spice Street Restaurant in  Chapel Hill.  Tulips are among my personal favorite flowers and these purple ones from the awesome Lyn Graves at Fresh Affairs were just gorgeous!  More gorgeous flower arrangements that added to the decor and ambience. I love when brides use my own florist if for no other reason than I loveloveLOVE photographing his work!  I love when ordinary objects make for cool detail shots….like this wine cooler “topped” with lime slices…

and this metal buckets holding the sendoff sparklers… Waiters passed out champagne for toasting in preparation of the bride and groom’s arrival…
A toast from the father of the groom kicked off the reception…
and was followed by another sweet toast by the bride’s best friend and maid of honor… I love this reaction of the attendees as they listen to the moving toasts… CHEERS…and a celebratory kiss….
The first dance….watching these two just proves that love is truly grand! This is one happy couple! These are among my favorite dance images…

I loveloveLOVE this reaction of Jessica’s girls watching the first dance. I’d say they’re over-the-moon happy for their friend!

Maybe it’s because I’m a daddy’s girl, but I just love father-daughter dances. Especially when Dad’s are beaming with love and pride like Jessica’s dad is here.

A very touching moment during the father and daughter dance…It’s rare for me to tear up when I’m photographing but I just couldn’t help it watching Jessica and her dad dance. More details…Gorgeous light and gorgeous flowers = yum!  Wine racks filled with wine…yes please! Can I have one in my house??
After dinner, the dance floor opened up and the DJ kept it hopping all night! 

The simple and elegant cake….that tasted as good as it looked! Cutting the cake…
Jessica “missed” the mark just a bit and this image of her wiping the icing off Andrew just makes me smile…
Not only did they serve cake to all their guests…they served milk too! I have never seen this at a wedding before but I loved it. And so did the guests.   Having a little fun with the bouquet and garter tosses….
A sweet moment between friends…LOVE this!

And the party continued… I love this one of the cousins and the grandparents getting their dancin’ on!
While the guests were inside dancing, Andrew’s friends were outside….making the car “festive”….

I love an exciting grand exit and after a long night of fun and dancing, the happy couple finally made their getaway….
Congratulations Jessica and Andrew! I thank you for allowing me to play a small part in your wedding day and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

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