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.

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!

Pre-Ceremony Photoshoots

Kyle and I didn’t see each other before I walked down the aisle, so we took our “group shots” with our best friends and family members separately.

Bridesmaids went to the Georgetown waterfront park …

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I wore my mom’s veil – the veil’s lace trim just happened to match, almost exactly, the lace pattern on my dress.

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8 bridesmaids! Each of them are so special to me.

The girls all picked out their own dresses, and I just smile so much every time I think about how great they all looked together, and how lucky I am to have such wonderful girlfriends.

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And the guys hung out in the park across from the hotel in Rosslyn (they looked great in their own suits!) …

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Pre-Wedding Photos – the Girls Getting Ready

It was so much fun having everyone get ready together! Amanda did a great job detaching my mother’s veil from a lace cap and then reattaching it to my hair comb. Nicole did all of the bridesmaid hair (with some help from Emily), we sipped champagne and I gave an impromptu speech (thus the tears you’ll see when you scroll down). One set of photos I didn’t include, but maybe will later since this was certainly of of my favorite memories, are from when we passed around some sports photo buttons of Kyle as a kid and teenager – the photos are adorable and hilarious since they don’t resemble present-day Kyle at all (Kyle used to look like a Backstreet Boy).

Here are the best of the photos from the hotel room with the bridesmaids and Kroeger family:

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And off we went to get some photos!