Alena + Phil's Wedding Reception

On the weekend following their private ceremony, Alena and Phil hosted nearly 200 people at a lovely outdoor wedding reception.  Mother Nature surprised us all with a chilly afternoon in the mid-50's (Brrr!), but guests certainly didn't seem to mind.  The cold weather forced everyone to stand a little closer, hug a little longer, and certainly didn't affect the warmth and love that guests showered on this special couple.

The celebration included countless personal touches, combining Alena's Italian heritage with Phil's Chinese background.  Phil, who is an Executive Chef, even prepared a fusion of Italian and Chinese dishes for dinner.  It was de.lic.ous.

There were cute little details everywhere you looked...
The happy couple.
The dessert table when on, and on, and on, and.... you get the idea!
All of these treats were handmade by Alena & Phil's families.  I have about a dozen pictures of different desserts, but I'll only post these three or you might get hungry.

After dinner, we all found this message in our fortune cookies...
Q: So what is Flubs, you ask?
A: Only the BEST ice cream this side of the Mississippi!  Okay, maybe that's going a bit far... but it's pretty darn good. Which, is why we all got ice cream despite the 50 degree weather.
The ceremonial first dance...
They had a clever area set up for do-it-yourself photos with the chalkboard.
Alena and some of her gal pals.
The Father of the Bride took his daughter for a twirl around the dance floor.

Time to cut this beautiful cake!
Not only are they good looking, they're gracious, too!
Wait!  Before you go home, don't forget to take home your favor!
Alena and Phil:  Thank you for trusting me to capture one of the biggest events in your lives; I am truly humbled and honored.  


pizzathehut said...

I love it! They are beautiful Shell!

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