Toast Time!

Once we were back from the photoshoot in the park and cocktail hour it was time for introductions, toasts, prayers, and dinner (basically, all of the best parts of a wedding, in my opinion).

First, introductions (to the tune of “C’mon N’ Ride It (the Train)” …

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Dad, giving his hilarious and very moving speech …

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Mr. Zeller giving a very sweet speech …
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Dinner time!

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The Party Between the Parties

While the party headed to the rooftop for some cocktails, we took some group shots and Kyle and I headed to a park around the corner for some time to ourselves and a few photos of the two of us making out.

The entire Kroeger family!

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If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends

I think it’s safe to say that the reception was one big dance party, and the best one I’ve ever been to. All my favorite music, played by my favorite band, with ALL of my favorite people on the dance floor? Amazing.

These are the highlights from the wedding reception, which ended in me on the stage singing Spice Girls with some of my bridesmaids on stage with the band.

Started out with my mom and brother hittin’ the floor with the classic Kroeger moves (raise the roof, push it down, bring it back)…

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Meghan and David, keeping it classy …

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See, the Kroeger-clan likes to raise the roof…

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Not a wedding has gone by without me and my big mouth making it into a photo …

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I love this photo, not because we had so many alumni in it, but because we are MISSING so many more who were chasing down the bartenders serving our “specialty cocktail” (the Tim’s Wall) …

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And, my FAVORITE photo from the wedding: Grandpa stealing food from Grandma’s plate while she is schooling me on something. I’ve never seen a photo that captures them as best as this one  …

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And … that’s IT for wedding photos!! Now, we can move on with being married, haha.

Wide Open Spaces – Kentucky Farm

When we were home last weekend we went down to the family farm for a day and night.

We.Had.A.Blast.

Here are some photos, the highlights however went undocumented 😉

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Thanks to my parents for a great time and fantastic food!

Took a state routes back to DC, came up on Seneca Rocks right before sundown:

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Trip Home & Cincinnati Zoo Visit

Kyle had one more sequester Friday so we took a trip back home to visit – unfortunately probably our last visit until the Holidays.

Friday morning we went to the Cincinnati Zoo with Zach and Jill – I think we got there at the perfect time to catch all the highlights – from a cheetah show, to the komodo dragon feeding, to spotting the new serrogate gorilla mom out with her baby.  One of my highlights: a stop at Skyline.

Saturday we headed to the Kentucky farm for a day of riding around on quads, shooting clay birds, and just hanging out with friends and family who made it down. I’ll put those photos up next (we all need a break from wedding photos).

We were exhausted when we made it back to DC, but it was definitely one of our favorite trips home.

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The Main Event

Now for the main event! When we started planning our wedding we knew we wanted it to be personal and full of love. What we weren’t expecting was just HOW personal everything turned out, let’s just say if you didn’t know “Kyle and Ali” too well before the ceremony, you certainly knew a lot about us coming out of it.

Our officiant, Rev. Bonnie, was fantastic. A few weeks before the wedding we met her for coffee and hung out for an evening talking about ourselves and learning about Rev. Bonnie. To put it lightly, she had used about everything we shared with her about us – from meeting during the Hurricane Ike blackout at UD, to Kyle sanding and painting my old kitchen table a couple months ago. She talked about how “impressed” I was with Kyle’s beer pong playing, and how Kyle thought I was the prettiest of my college roommates when we met (and who were all bridesmaids). So embarrassing but at least we all were able to come clean, right?

Brandon, one of Kyle’s best friends, gave a reading during the ceremony. When we called him to ask if he’d do it, he asked if he could write one himself. It was beautiful and perfect and certainly one of the most special moments of the day.

Rev. Bonnie sharing the embarrassing details…

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Brandon, making us cry…
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Let’s make this official!

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Still more photos and memories to share! Next we’ll post photos from the cocktail hour on the rooftop of Clarendon Ballroom.

The Walk Down the Aisle

I really didn’t think walking down the aisle was going to be as emotional and wonderful as it was.  Being with my dad, and seeing everyone I love most in the world all together in one room, and Kyle at the end of the aisle smiling was definitely the most amazing experience.

Our moms …

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And here we are!

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Next up on the blog: highlights from the ceremony!