Even though Dave and I didn’t technically attend most of our cocktail hour, it was ironically one of my favorite parts of our wedding to plan! We loved the location–the courtyard outside of our reception venue barn–so we decided to keep the decor simple, focusing instead on the food, drinks, and atmosphere. That said, a few of my favorite details of the whole wedding showed up at cocktail hour: our watercolor welcome sign my friend Morgan made, a gorgeous calligraphy bar menu by Moya Minns (we kept our names and the date off of it, and now have it hanging up in our home above our bar cart!), and my dream escort card board. I have a weakness for classic calligraphy escort cards, and was in love with the way ours (also lettered by Moya) turned out!
While Dave and I did our portraits, our guests mingled and enjoyed our two passed appetizers (a mini BLT and a potato fritter with truffle creme fraîche), our bar options (we served white wine, red wine, four beers including three that were brewed in North Carolina, two signature cocktails, and raspberry citrus punch), our cheese table (my friend Natalie snapped a picture of it, here!), and the bluegrass playlist Dave had put together on Spotify. I was super inspired by the cocktail hour our friends Callie and Jamie had at their wedding, and we ended up following their format almost exactly. At the end of cocktail hour, my dad welcomed everyone to the celebration, and then announced us. Dave and I then stationed ourselves at the entrance of the barn to hug all of our family and friends as they made their way inside for dinner! I’m SO glad we did–we got to love on every single person, and then relax and enjoy our reception with them rather than worrying about who we hadn’t talked to yet. Receiving lines sound old school, but I highly recommend considering them :)
Thank you so much for these special photos, Ryan Ray!!