While we went pretty non-traditional on a lot of things, there were some traditions that we absolutely intended to do from the beginning. We started the reception with cutting the cake right away. As we had a dessert reception (with cookies, mini pudding cups, wedding cake, fruit, cheese and crackers), we didn't want to leave our guests waiting to eat for too long.
I was a little nervous cutting the first slice of cake. I've never been very good at such things, but we managed to cut a decent piece without destroying the rest!
We did the usual feeding of each other...
...along with the usual weird criss cross arm thing to drink some champagne.
We mingled for a few minutes after this as some of the guests start approaching us, but then my mom's friend who was helping to keep things on schedule came to get us for our first dance.
We chose one of our favorite songs by our favorite band - "Steady As We Go" by Dave Matthews Band. We just love the lyrics, and it was perfect for our first dance together. We even practiced a few times so that we could do a spin and dip at the end without looking silly. I'm not sure that we didn't still look silly because we didn't realize just how big my dress was and how it would make a spin and dip harder, but people clapped and we were happy I didn't fall.
After our dance, I had my first dance with Connor. This was just one more thing that felt important to us to do to teach him that he is an important part of our wedding, our marriage, our family and so on.
We chose to use "Ho Hey" by the Lumineers, but we opted for the version from the Nashville soundtrack by Lennon and Maisy Stella. We felt it sounded a little bit younger considering I was dancing with a 5-year-old. We had a lot of fun dancing to the first verse and chorus, and then we had the rest of the wedding party join us for the remainder of the song.
Finally, we had the toasts by the Maid of Honor and Best Man - both of which were funny and sweet!
With all of these things crossed off the to do list, it was time to really get the party started and enjoy the last couple of hours of our big day!