A PinterTest Kitchen Wedding Reception

My wedding day back in June was perfect. On August 19, we had a reception in Pennsylvania, and it was even better. What is better than perfect? I don’t know, but that’s how I felt on my “second” wedding day!

I wanted to share with you some pictures from the day. We baked three flavors of cupcakes instead of doing a traditional wedding cake, and our favor was a take-home cookie bar with 11 different kinds of cookies! All the recipes are below. :)

A HUGE thank you to Stevie from Stevie B Photography for being our photographer for the day and allowing us to post photos here. If you are looking for a photographer in Central Pennsylvania, give her a call or send her a message! She is fantastic!

So without further ado… my wedding day…

We started by getting ready at my aunt’s house. She owns a salon where I have been getting my hair cut since I was a little girl. I gave her a tall order for the day: vintage hair! She did an AMAZING job! I loves my own hair, and she also did an awesome job with Jessica’s hair. It was simpler, but 100% “her” if that makes sense. And of course our mom looked beautiful as always.

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We then took pictures at my grandparent’s house and by the river. My grandmother made us a beautiful quilt as a wedding gift!

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We also took some photos at a local garden before heading to the reception.

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I made my own bouquet! It is made from purple paper flowers and realistic-looking red and purple faux flowers. For my flowers, I wanted something that would last forever… or at least a very long time. Both Jeffrey and I believe that cut flowers are a bit of the waste, both financially and environmentally, since they die pretty quickly.

So, we made all of our bouquets out of paper flowers!

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My mom is a flower-making MACHINE! She made hundreds of the purple flowers. Jess helped too of course, and I made most of the red flowers, with Jess’ help. Jess and I also made the mason jar “wine glasses” using the jars, a candlestick, and glue made for glass.

Now that the wedding is over, I will be selling some of the loose flowers we have left over, so you can get your hands on a few if you want! (If you are SUPER interested and just can’t wait, email me at allisonmboyer@gmail.com with “flowers” in the subject line… otherwise, I will post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when they are on Etsy ready to buy!)

But back to the wedding. My uncle works at a dealership and has access to some very nice cars. His boss is awesome and allowed him to borrow one for our wedding. We originally were going to arrive in a vintage Dodge Dart convertible, but unfortunately their was a slight chance of rain. The dart has a manual crank top, which means that if there was a little shower, we’d be at the side of the road cranking the top up! So, we came in a sweet cherry-red charger.

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Note the heart-shaped, polka-dotted sunnies. :) I have a growing collection of heart-shaped sunglasses, and the polka-dot red pair were perfect for the day.

The reception was at an old train station that has been converted into a restaurant and banquet hall. They used two old 1930s train cars to create the banquet hall, which fit our vintage theme perfectly.

And oh yeah… those cupcakes I mentioned…

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We had three flavors: Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream, Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting, and Applesauce Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I posted the red velvet recipe earlier this week and will post the lemon and applesauce spice soon! All three were a big hit.

I got the cupcake stand at Walmart of all place (and it was a steal at just $20!). If you are looking for one, I found it in the cake decorating aisle, not with the other kitchen stuff. It even has a lid for easy transportation. The two silver trays were originally $79 each from Pottery Barn, but I got them at a closeout sale for just $12 each. SCORE! Jess made the cute little signs with the flowers. You can see the vintage train car in the background.

And then… there was the main event… the show-stopper… the cookie bar!

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We had 11 different flavors. Most of the recipes are already on this blog, but those that are not will be coming soon!

Here are the links to the recipes:

We provided boxes so that people could take home as many cookies as they wanted. At the end of the night, there were maybe 1-2 dozen left out of… easily 25+ dozen, probably more like 30-40 dozen!

We also had a vintage-themed photo booth in one of the old train cars, which served as our guestbook. Everyone had so much fun posing for funny pictures. We just picked up a few vintage and vintage-inspired hats from the thrift store, along with some feather boas, purple beads, and of course lots of fun heart-shaped sunnies. :)

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When you walked in the door, we had a place for cards (actually, it was made from my grandma’s vintage hair dryer case), as well as a table set up with pictures of our parents/grandparents from their wedding days and a little display of family members who are no longer with us.

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Oh, and we also had a table with board/card games for people who didn’t feel like dancing, which was a big hit too.

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It was seriously the perfect night. Jess and Jeffrey’s brother, Justin, gave great maid of honor and best man toasts, we did some dancing and played some games, I got to see and chat with people I haven’t seen for years, and there were lots of yummy drinks to go around!

And, of course, I spent the night celebrating with the love of my life and my best friend.

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Allison is one of the co-founders here at The PinterTest Kitchen. She also works as a content marketing consultant and freelance writer - find out more at AllisonBoyer.com.

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5 thoughts on “A PinterTest Kitchen Wedding Reception

  1. Such a cute setting and you look gorgeous!! I don’t know how many times we’ve sat at the kitchen table working on wedding decorations this past year for some of our friends who tied the knot! A Cookie Box favor is such a wonderful idea! Love it

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