Well, well, well... where did we leave off? Oh yes. After the luncheon we headed straight to the Lacey's church building in Heber for the reception.
The cultural hall looked lovely and the wedding party was ready to greet all guests who were able to navigate the snowy roads. Some roads were even closed.
The next two pictures tell a funny story if you know what you're looking for. Anyone who knows David at all knows that he has no patience for waiting in reception lines. He hates to wait. At most receptions we attend, if there is any sort of wait to greet the couple, he bypasses the receiving line and heads straight to the food table. His limit for waiting in lines is about 5 seconds. No lie. Wouldn't you think that his own receiving line would be different?
Look at the picture below. David and I are on Kristy's right and we have just greeted a guest and there are obviously more coming but - oh no - there is a gap... and it looks like it is possibly more than 5 seconds long. Oh dear! Can he make it? Is he older and wiser and more couth now that he is the father of the bride for the second time? 5... 4... 3... 2... 1!
And... he's off! Notice David exiting to the left? Mind you, this was in the first 15 minutes of the reception so it's not like he is exhausted or starving or anything like that. It's just that his 5 seconds were up and he lost interest. You gotta love him!
LuDeen was there in Utah for all the festivities and she seems to get younger every year. How is that possible? Please don't tell me it's hard work because I don't plan to work as hard as LuDeen does at her age. I have a lot more sitting and relaxing in mind. Dare to dream!
The Dance! As we were planning the wedding, we talked about whether we should have any dancing or not. We had dancing at Kacey's reception and it was really fun but it was a different set up and crowd that lent more to dancing. (And by crowd, I mean Tom's family - instant party!) So we talked about maybe just doing a wedding waltz. Then I got the idea of maybe doing a reception dance with the whole wedding party. It was a random thought considering that Kristy is our only non-dancing daughter in the family and Trevor was not a dancer either. The more we talked about it, the more it sounded like fun. I thought it would be a longshot to get Trevor to go for it, an even longer shot to get my boys to go for it, and an even looonger shot to get Trevor's brothers to go for it.
Well, it turns out that I did not give the Lacey men enough credit! (I'm talking about their bravery, not their dancing skills!) They came through with flying colors. With the help of Courtney, who is our resident ballroom expert, she choreographed a waltz for Kristy and Trevor. (In her defense, she did not have a lot to work with!) So we had the idea for this wedding dance for some time but actually getting around to doing it was another thing. We started on it only days before the wedding and the one and only practice with the wedding party was in the Relief Society room just minutes before the reception.
We had sent some of the moves out on Flip video so the rest of the family could learn them and join in at the appropriate time. We had Doug's family (and Corbin) representin' in Heber and we had Angie and Qiana representin' in Moses Lake. (We also had Kelsey who was pulled in at the last minute after just having returned from her honeymoon and had no idea what the hec we were doing but she was a good sport and just tried to follow along.)
The group we had was pretty good, but if we would have had all the Earls in one spot, we surely would have totally rocked this reception dance! And if we would have had time to practice with our wedding party, that would have helped too!! As it was, it was still so much fun. I am so proud of Brad, Bryan, Collin and Cameron for being willing to do this for Kristy and Trevor or for me or for whoever was bribing them to do this. What great guys!
The Waltz - "Fascination"
The music change - "I Gotta Feeling"
The guys. (One important thing to keep in mind is that these boys did not have the benefit of alcohol to help them lose their inhibitions and find their groove! So they get double kudos!!)
The wedding party.
The whole gang.
Note to Brad's future wife: He has a long list of things he will not be doing at his reception. I told him, "Good luck with that" because you actually get less than 50% of the vote! He is such a good son, though. He does so many things for me that he would never do otherwise. What a good guy! Or maybe he is trying to atone for the time he told me that he hated me when he was 8 years old. (Oh yeah - he was accountable!) Whatever his reasons, it makes me happy to know that I can always count on him.
Courtney caught the bouquet!
Looks like the wedding party has lost interest! Must be time to go...
Time for the couple to make their getaway.
What is this? Oh those crazy Mormons and their non-alcoholic shenanigans!
Kristy and Trevor finally get away! They spent a couple of nights in Utah and then stayed in Boise on their way to the Moses Lake reception. It was a good day!
Stay tuned for Part 5... the crazy cake lady!
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