As cocktail hour wound down, it was time for the reception and dinner!
There were twin highchairs for the two baby Emersons who attended our wedding, one on each side of the family! They were the queens of the night.
Our tables were dressed by our florist, Sandy Goodson of Verde Natural Florals.
I used my grandmother’s vintage pitcher collection for the floral arrangements, along with the wooden cheese boxes that my mom and grandmother passed down to me over the years.
The lanterns and burlap table runners were loaned to us by our friends Erin and Ben from their wedding!
Each place also had a custom napkin I ordered from the Dot and Army Etsy store. (The same store that did the custom napkins for my sister’s wedding!) They spanned five different patterns in a similar color palate. They make such a great keepsake for us as well.
Thomas gave a short toast to kick off the dinner. As always, he made everyone laugh.
Dinner started with a plated salad with arugula, ricotta, and pears.
The main course was served family style, which is my favorite type of food service! Everyone was seated and served together, yet there were options to choose from. We had shrimp and grits and maple pork tenderloin as our two entrees. Both came with sides – mushroom risotto and red grits, plus balsamic roasted vegetables and fingerling potatoes. We thought the food tasted delicious, and I loved the red grits!
After dinner came toasts from Thomas’s brother and Sarah. My sister decided to let Sarah do the talking and passed the torch on to her for the evening. Both of their toasts were heartfelt and so personal and had us all laughing through tears.
I’ll be back tomorrow for the final post of the week – cake + dancing!