R&S Wedding Reception
A wonderful night, full of love and laughter, spent with Richard, Shauna, family and friends in Medora, North Dakota. Even though there were many that we wished could be there with us, we had an amazing evening, and I was once again extremely grateful for this opportunity. I am so happy for my brother and his beautiful wife.. There isn’t much to be said – I’ll try to make a couple of comments along the way – since celebration photos pretty much speak for themselves. I tried to thin them out, as there were literally hundreds of pictures from the R&S wedding reception, but this is the best that I could do. I’m sure that whoever is reading this post was either there, or wanted to be there, so most of you will appreciate the volume of pictures in this post!
Directly after the wedding ceremony and family pictures, we all went over to the reception hall to relax while we waited for the guests to arrive. I made this Guest Book tree for R&S, so my cousin and I stood at the above table, encouraging everyone to leave their thumbprint and sign. As you can see, it turned out really pretty! I love that they now have something very similar to what Justin and I have from our wedding – Our Thumbprint Wedding Tree.
Elijah and I were seated at a table directly in front of the Bride and Groom… and above is Elijah’s face when they sat down. I had to turn his high chair around because he just wanted to stare at them!
The bride and groom opened up the dance floor, and then this little cutie joined them…
Shauna danced with her father, and then I danced with my brother. We didn’t hear the words to the song playing because we were laughing and joking around so much. We were pretty much trying to avoid crying on each other’s shoulders… haha, I had already put everyone in tears during the speeches, so Richard and I decided that was enough crying for one night!
The bride throwing her bouquet… Once again, “little cutie” (aka, Justina) was right up there!
After that it was time for “the party to begin”. Elijah joined us on the dance floor for most of the night. He fell asleep for about an hour or two, sleeping on the shoulder of one of Richard’s work colleagues, but after that he was up again, and ready to party!
Oh the faces of Eli!
Maybe he gets it from his uncle…
We don’t do “The Dollar Dance” in South Africa. Probably because it would be called something lame, like “The 10-Rand-Dance”, or R20…. hahaha, it could be called the “Depends on the Exchange Rate Dance” – lame joke, I know! Basically, for the South Africans reading, guests pay $1 to dance with the bride and/ or groom. They stand in line and place dollar bills into a hat (sometimes it is pinned to the bride’s dress) – Richard and Shauna had a race to see who could make more money. Shauna won, but really, they both did since they made a decent amount of money!
Eli didn’t like my camera’s flash, but he was pretty excited for his turn to dance with the bride!
After that we danced with Richard too.
Those eyes, that suit, that face. I know he’s my son, but man, he’s freaking adorable!
My god-son was out before the end of the night, and he stayed asleep from then on, even after Eli joined us back on the dance floor. As you can see, Charles had a pretty comfy spot by the side of the hall.
It looks like they are wandering off alone for their first night as husband and wife, but truthful… we all went to the bar a block away. That’s just how things go in Medora. In fact, there were two weddings in this tiny town on that Saturday (Can you believe it?!), so the one bar was PACKED with tons of guest and two newly married couples.
Congratulations Richard and Shauna!!