As I mentioned in Part III, while the sun was setting on our wedding day, Pande (the events organizer at the Alila Ubud) and his team were busy getting the reception area set up again after the rain had cleared up. Meanwhile our guests were sipping on cocktails and we had a chance to sit down and do the same.
When it was finally time to make our grand entrance, Peter and I were refreshed and ready to celebrate.
We made our way poolside to the beautiful, intimate dinner table and I couldn’t have been happier sitting across from my parents and with my maid of honor on my left and my new husband on my right.
But while listening to the sweetest speeches from my dad, Peter’s dad, my maid of honor, Peter’s two groomsmen, and my new husband himself, I was nothing but a puddle of happy tears again. We have a great video of all of the speeches and I still tear up when I watch it!
After speeches and several champagne toasts it was time for dinner. Making a seating chart for the reception dinner ended up being more difficult than Peter and I had thought it would be but we loved mixing up our friends and family who had traveled from across the US and Hong Kong and giving them a chance to meet and mingle during the reception.
After dinner we cut our wedding cake which ended up being much larger than I had thought it would be and even more delicious. We used the same bakery that my girl friends had used for my bachelorette party in Seminyak so I already knew the cake would be amazing. I was really glad that I had asked the hotel to save Peter and I a big slice of the top tier so I could eat some the next day…and when I got back to Hong Kong…and next year on our 1 year anniversary.
After the cake cutting it was time for dancing. Our first dance was to Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
And of course with this many Aggies together in Bali, we had to have the Fightin’ Texas Aggie War Hymn.
And a very competitive bouquet toss
The reception flew by and after all that dancing, everyone was starting to get a little bit sweaty. Luckily the guys thought of the perfect way to cool off.
And the rest of joined in (in swimsuits) afterwards!
I can’t say enough how special it was sharing our wedding with such an intimate group of friends and family. Even with our small group all together over the long weekend, I still felt like I didn’t get enough time with each of our guests! Best. Weekend. Ever.