Ali + Cesar: Reception!!

What do you get when you mix 1 Canadian international do-gooder, 1 Peruvian who’s up for just about anything, and all of their family and friends from around the world gathered in a super fabulous tent by the Maine coast? One hoppin’ reception, that’s what!!

Ali and Cesar put so much thought and effort into the details of their Biddeford Pool reception! Beginning with the ice cream truck meeting their guests outside the church after the ceremony, they left no detail un-thought of!! What I really really love is their attention to sharing things that are meaningful to each of them and to who they are as a couple! The music, the food, the drinks…everything reflected their multi-cultural home and brought bits of their travels and interests into their wedding day! I LOVE it!!

With that in mind, I want to start you off with some of their awesome details!

Ali handmade her own bouquet using Peruvian wedding lilies…beautiful!!

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Can I tell you how much I love a tented reception by the sea?? Gorgeous!! Ali and Cesar rented their tent and tables through Marshall Rentals!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

I’m a huge fan of the recent trend to have flip flops on hand for guests! As someone who wore flip-flops under her own wedding gown, I suppose I’d think all occasions benefit from comfy feet!:)
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

I’m absolutely in LOVE with Ali’s fabulous purple engagement ring! It is made of a stone that can be mined only in South America…so special and utterly unique!!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Can I get a huge cheer for handpainted signage?!?!? Yayyyy!!!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Justin grabbed this shot of the party from across the Pool…love it!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Ali and Cesar brought in beer from Peru, Canada, and locally from Maine…and can I tell you how much I love the sailboat?
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

The event was catered by Mountain Caterers and the food was amazing (and gorgeous!)!! The ceviche shooters (right) were especially popular! Just another taste of Peruvian influence!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Rather than a traditional guestbook, Ali and Cesar had their guests write messages on the back of assorted Maine postcards that will later be mounted into a book!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

I’m obsessed with these cupcakes!! Seriously- I shot approximately 150 images of them!! They are so fun and colorful!! And the light! Oh that scrumptious light!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Ali’s parents began the toasts!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Told you I was obsessed with those cupcakes!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Cesar’s dad just has the biggest heart!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Yum!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Ali and Cesar impressed us all with a seriously awesome first salsa dance…it was AWESOME!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Ummm…coolest dip ever? I think so!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Their first dance was followed by a pisco sour tasting…a traditional Peruvian drink!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

I’ve never seen a dance floor fill up and get hopping SO fast…it was amazing!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

And, to round out the night, Ali and Cesar hired Rickey Hines to teach their guests some salsa basics to keep the floor bouncing through the night!! So cool!!
Maine wedding photographer, Biddeford Pool, Hatties restaurant, tent reception

Ali and Cesar- thank you guys so much for sharing your incredible day with us!! I see ice skating in Ottawa together in our (hopefully!) not-too-distant future!!

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  • […] Ali & Cesar came down from Canada for the event. Diana & Luigi came up from Manhattan. Kerri & Phil got their families involved. Josee brought her entire family to be the cheering section for everyone! And donations poured in from all of you who couldn’t make it. Former clients. Parents of clients whose weddings I shot years ago. People I’ve never met. We even had a 2014 couple go through the team roster and donate to each person so that every single member of our team would make the participation minimum and be able to take part on race day, donating several hundred dollars in total even though they couldn’t personally make the event. […]ReplyCancel

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  • Meredith PerdueOctober 19, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful! I love the (relatively?) new background on the blog, Cindy!ReplyCancel

  • Linda BrownOctober 18, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    Such a beautiful couple…so much love!! Besos, LindaReplyCancel

  • StephanieOctober 13, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    Gorgeous wedding, and you really did an awesome job with it. You’re getting so great at the details!

    Hope you’re well. Talk soon.
    StephReplyCancel

  • Ali & CesarOctober 13, 2010 - 12:18 am

    Cindy, your comments make the photos so much more fun to look through and re-live the day! You are so so so talented and I am so thankful to have found you to be part of our wedding!ReplyCancel

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