Emma + Trey Wedding Reception

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My sister gave us a heartwarming toast. Trey's best man, Aaron, made his toast into a song (via the theme from Fresh Prince of Bel Air). We danced with our parents to Cat Steven's "Morning has Broken". Our first dance was to Bright Eyes' "This is the First Day of My Life". We had TONS of beautifully made appetizers. I will for sure be sharing lots of the recipes with you all in the coming months. Our dessert table included: red velvet cupcakes (our favorite flavor), edible gold fruit, gold chocolate rocks, diamond shaped sugar cookies and a few other gold candies/treats. My inspiration was King Midas. Obvs. We also had ice cream served from Elle's Patisserie. They even created a special flavor for us—cream soda! As party favors we had bags of gourmet popcorn at everyone's seat (banana, chocolate and peanut butter flavor). We ate well, we danced and we celebrated with all our friends and family. Lots and lots and lots of fun. I LOVE this last photo of me and my siblings. They are my best friends.

Wedding Reception Details
Location: 425 Downtown
Program Design: Doren Chapman

Catering: Kat Montgomery
Dessert Table Treats: Ellie Taylor
Ice Cream: Elle's Patiserie
DJ: Max McCoy
Photography: Arrow & Apple

  • This is one great wedding. I congratulate the couple for having this very successful wedding day. Every detail of this wedding is very well examined and planned. I would love to have a wedding as a beautiful as this. -http://www.alloccasionbanquetcenter.com/

  • What fantastic photos!! The whole event looks so personal to you and Trey!

    Maria xx

  • Thanks for sharing all these wedding photos, it’s just a joy to see! I love all these photos so much, the black and white ones are especially lovely!


  • Just wondering where you found your wooden place settings?
    I’ve had no problem finding cutlery, but am having a devil of a time locating wooden plates…

  • I love all of the little details of your wedding! Those wooden plates and utensils are great, I used them for my wedding reception too!

  • Can I make my wedding exactly like yours?? lol it’s absolutely beautiful. <3

  • This is a very nice wedding. I love the fun concept of this wedding. I would love to have a wedding like this someday. -http://www.alloccasionbanquetcenter.com

  • this is amazing. this reception is incredible!


  • Wow, this looks so amazing and the treats…yummy. You are such a sweet couple :-)congratulations and I wish you all the best.


  • I can’t get enough off your wedding! Your reception looks like fun! I love the dancing pictures 😉

  • This is so nice! I love everything about this wedding! One questions- the dress,- where to buy?
    Hugs from Norway! 🙂

  • looks like a beautiful and happy time, thanks for sharing all the details 🙂

  • Lovely photos, Emma! And I love that your dessert table theme was King Midas! So cool =)

  • Perfection! Stunning reception and seriously you guys are adorable together! Love the last photo of you, Elsie & Doren.

    Lulu xx


  • I think “This is the first day of my life” is the sweetest song for a first dance. And I love your second dress.

  • Beautiful pictures! I thought the gold fruit was for decoration, so fun that it’s actually edible! The gourmet popcorn sounds amazing too 🙂

  • lovely, just lovely! I love the diamond cookies, and this picture (http://abeautifulmess.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8358081ff69e201901eacbdd2970b-popup) is just BEAUTIFUL.


  • Everything looks amazing! It was such a BEAUTIFUL reception. Of course the idea of changing dress is awesome, i always changing dress once on the wedding event (even that the wedding it’s not mine… 😉


  • Pretty, you two! What a beautiful time! (side note: I totally love seeing Lauren cuttin’ a rug on the dance floor!) Congratulations forever and always!

  • Adorable details with the desserts, popcorn, and ice cream! Looked like so much fun!


  • Love everything about this wedding! So perfect!! Your dress is gorgeous!

  • I love all of these photos! All of the different elements are amazing and the little details all seem so special (ie the diamond cookies and the diamond program). Also, I love that picture of just Emma and Trey facing each other at the end! Looks like everyone had such a fantastic time!

  • Oh my goodness I LOVE that song by Bright Eyes! It’s such a sweet song and seems totally appropriate for you and Trey 🙂 Ahhh your wedding reception looks super fun, especially all the dancing 🙂

  • THinking about having my wedding ceremony on a family property out of town, and then moving to down town for the reception, is this what you did? Did you find it worked ok and did you provide transportation for guests? Just wondering! Haha, everything looks gorgeous!

  • So lovely! Looks like a wonderful time. I cry almost every time I hear that Bright Eyes song 🙂

  • So lovely. I’ve always thought “First Day of My Life” would make the PERFECT first dance song!

  • What a great reception! Makes me wanna do mine over! Everyone looks so beautiful and happy!

  • Love the photos of you and all your guests dancing! Those are always the best.


  • So perfect! I love the photos of everyone dancing and letting loose… the best part of a wedding when everyone comes together and loses their inhibitions!
    Char x

  • Beautiful! I love these pics! Two dresses is a must so you can dance. I did something similar!

  • Thank you so much for letting us have a sneak peek into your special special day Emma! It looked beautiful! xo

    Your Daily Break

  • hah! photos look awesome! seems that there was lots of fun! 🙂
    and the reception was very pretty indeed! X

  • We love cupcakes and we want to have got a lot in our weddings!


  • aww such pretty photos! The reception was really fun! Love the decor and everything <3


  • Beautiful pictures, they look so happy! The bride was ever so gorgeous!
    Mafalda ❤

  • What a fantastic wedding reception! I loved the diamond
    menu and cookies, everything looked so tasty and sweet!

  • These photos are so beautiful, looks like you all had an amazing time! X p.s. salted caramel is my all time favourite ice cream x


  • Everything looks so perfect! Your dress is so beautiful, and I love your dessert table! xxx


  • Everything looks perfect up to the smallest details!


  • This looks so beautiful, I love the gold. Um, I need to try cream soda ice cream immediately. Wedding receptions are the best for pictures because everyone is a little looser (more intoxicated?) and the candid ones in this post are my favorites. Congratulations!

  • Wow, this all looks absolutely beautiful. Love the gold themed food and the ‘costume change’ especially.


  • This looks like such a beautiful celebration! My cousin just got married and had her first dance to the same Bright Eyes song. It’s kind of perfect first dance material. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!


  • this is so lovely! nothing happier than having a good time with family, friends and loved ones 🙂


  • Wow, what a beautiful wedding! Such happy pretty faces 🙂

  • What a beautiful reception! You have such interesting and unique ideas!

  • I love your style, and reception décor. Everything looked beautiful!



  • Wooooow! So lovely! I hope to start planning for a wedding soon *wink wink nudge nudge to boyfriend* and all these pics are so inspiring!


  • So fun and such eyecandy 🙂
    I was wondering if you could post a clear picture of the ‘What’s going on” or maybe elaborate a little more on that? I am in the middle of figuring that out for my wedding and would appreciate any inspiration 🙂

  • you guys are too awesome! love all the shots! you guys throw such cute weddings!

  • This looks so amazing! I just got engaged two days ago! Congrats yall!

  • What a beautiful wedding! I would never have thought of Gold as a prominant colour for a wedding but I think it works really well! 🙂

    Rowdy Fairy

  • This is absolutely amazing!!! I’ve got my wedding coming up in 19 days (who’s counting? ;))
    and I can not wait!!! So many amazing things happening in one day!!! It’s going to be a blast!!!!

    You’re day looks wonderful!! I wish you guys all the best!!!!!



  • Beautiful! Love the gold! And appetizers are such a fun idea for the reception. Can’t wait for recipes! 🙂
    Also, you are rockin that reception dress! Stunning!


  • I love that the best man used the fresh prince song to create his toast haha

    xo Jennifer


  • absolutely stunning and vintage chic. i love it all! what a fun dessert reception… i love all the gold tones throughout too. 🙂 Congrats!

  • All of your wedding photos look so beautiful and I love that most of it was DIY too. I would have cried my eyes out dancing to Bright Eyes!

  • Beautiful wedding and reception! Today is my one year wedding anniversary and I also won the BHLDN contest you guys had in July! I want to officially thank you for the giveaway and share the blog post I wrote about it. Thanks guys.


    -Brittany Ruth

  • Wow incredible stuff, looks like a truly magical evening 🙂 xx


  • Love all the pictures! Especially the one with the ice cream flavors…Salted Carmel Ice Cream! Yum

    Chase Miller
    The Smell of Summer – A Boutique Surf Lifestyle Blog

  • Those treats look amazing!


  • I love this so much!! The food looks so great!! I actually walked down the aisle to “The First Day of My Life!” We love that song!

  • The food looks amazing and love the photos. Looks like a great paery! Xx


  • Oh my goodness these photos are so fun! You definitely win the award for cutest reception… if that’s even a thing. 🙂

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • extraordinarily pretty 🙂 i’m really happy for the two of you 🙂

  • Absolutely perfect and cannot wait for the recipes you will share. Plus the ice cream looked heavenly!! 🙂

  • The gold fruit was edible? Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding photos! You have inspired me to share some of my wedding pics on my blog…even though it’s a dog blog, but who cares! 😉 I can call it “Life Before My Days Were Covered in Fur”! With all the negativity that is spread on a daily basis on the interwebs, it’s so refreshing to see some love and positivity on my computer screen!

  • I LOVE your first dance song. Such a lovely song by Bright Eyes and so appropriate to begin your new adventure. Congrats!

  • I love all of the gold accents! Where did you find those gold confetti placemats? They are fantastic! Congratulations to you both, again! 🙂

  • Oh, it all looks so perfect! Love that photograph of you and Trey dancing. Such a wonderful picture x


  • I love the dancing shots!
    Love the use of “costume change” hahahaha. Perfect phrase!!!

  • I hope that when I get married my reception would be as lovely as yours! Congratulations! BY the way, I can’t get enough of those gold polka dots placemats, very gorgeous.

  • Aww, congratulations! This looks like a perfect wedding. Wishing you lots of happiness!

  • Aww, you look so adorable, and happy! Lovely photos 🙂 The food looks great as well, can’t wait for all the recipes 🙂


  • Such beautiful photos 🙂 I love that you had a costume change, I love that Bright Eyes song and I love the ice cream/popcorn combo. Many congratulations again – for the zillionth time!
    Rosie x

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