Twisted Together: Shirts-Off Dance-Off

After our photographers left the party just kept going.  The dance floor got crowded, the band was rockin’ and our ushers decided to create a little mischief with a shirts-off-dance-off.  Yes you read that right, a shirts-off dance-off.  I kinda knew this might happen and I blogged about it in January 2010.

Bow ties with suspenders—cute! Ummm no, that thought lasted as long as it took Mr Pretzel to remind me that the probability of Usher B or C (mostly C) removing a shirt a la Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley on SNL increased exponentially with bow ties… suspenders were tempting enough…

…We aren’t entirely sure that straight ties will prevent our Ushers from going shirtless. When I retold this story to my Mom she said, “Well not at the ceremony! At the reception it would be OK, but not at the ceremony.” REALLY Mom? Funniest quote ever!

Yeah, Mama P and I had (months earlier) given the ok for these types of shenanigans to take place.  Usher B and Usher C didn’t forget either.  I took a break from the dancing and headed outside.  I stumbled upon our Ushers in the process of taking their shirts off.  “what are you guys up to?” I inquired.

The shirtless suspects earlier in the day. Photo by Amore Studios

My question was greeted with an “oh crap, we got caught” look.  “But, But, you said we could” they stammered.  They looked so hopeful I couldn’t help but smile and say, “Yes I did. Go for it”.

Ushers B and C rejoined the party sans shirt with suspenders.  Immediately they were the hit of the party. Come on, they were shirtless and they had fabulous dance moves.

Our band brought our shirtless duo on stage for a shirts-off dance-off.

Usher B uses his suspenders well, bonus points!

I think the Dance-Off was officially a tie.  Both guys collected $3 each which quickly squashed any shirts-off career dreams that they had.  Their then girlfriends (now wife and fiance!) shook their heads during the spectacle.  This past May Mr P was an usher in B’s wedding.  C was a groomsman and the Shirts-Off Dance-Off tradition was kept alive by C and Mr P.  Usher C is getting married in December and I hope this tradition continues.

Our band played on last song, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey.

Separate Ways by Journey uploaded by Nymphetamin13 on Youtube

Uncle J approves of all of our music choices!

As the song wrapped up Mr P and I said goodbye to our guests, got into our town-car, and headed to the hotel.  The next morning we boarded a seaplane for British Columbia  which you can read about here, here, here, and here.

*All photos are guest photos unless otherwise noted

Coming up next: A look at some small details and then how did inspiration stack up to reality?

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June 30, 2011 at 8:33 am Leave a comment

Twisted Together: You are my Sweetheart

Photo by Amore Studios

I know what you are thinking… “It’s garter time!”  Except we weren’t doing a garter toss.  Sure I rigged up a bouquet toss for my cousin but i couldn’t produce a garter out of thin air.  So why was I sitting on a chair in the middle of the dance floor?

Photo by Amore Studios

Well you see, some of Mr Pretzel’s buddies wanted to serenade me.  Whohoo!  I had first seen this done at our friend W & V’s wedding.  (V is second from the right in the photo above).  Mr Pretzel was an Evan Scholar at Purdue and its tradition for the  guys to sing the Sweetheart song to the bride of another scholar.

Guest Video

I’m glad that Mr P’s  friends decided to carry on this tradition.  Let me tell you, these guys are the sweetest in the world and three of the four traveled from the Chicago area to be with us on our big day.  For my first serenade experience, it was pretty cool- a little strange having four guys sing to you but pretty cool nonetheless.

Image courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

The sweetheart song marked the end of the time with our photographers but the party continued for a bit longer.  Let me tell you, things got interesting!

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June 28, 2011 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Twisted Together: How to Deal with Wedding Crashers

I would like to take a scheduled break from Pretzel Recaps for a little tutorial on how to deal with wedding crashers.  Before our wedding I did have some fears about crashers.  We had an unfortunate situation where a messy divorce caused us to not invite a couple people after they had already received Save the Dates (horrible I know…).  I was afraid that the man in the relationship might show up and cause a scene (he has a history for being a loose cannon and can do and say some pretty outrageous things).  Thankfully our awesome ushers promised to play double duty and serve as “bouncers” if this person showed up.  I am happy to report that he stayed at home and didn’t cause a problem.

What about crashers that you don’t know?  The random guy stumbling upon your reception and joining in the fun?  How would you feel about that?  Some bees have invited the crashers to join the party and had a blast.  In my last post Mr P and I were curious about the Punk concert going on across the street from our venue so we went over and visited- I guess you could say that we “crashed”.  Apparently some folks in the area were curious about our party too and came to check it out.  Can you really blame them, our band was rockin’!

Guest Photo

I heart my family.  My uncles kept a vigilant eye out during the reception, when there were people walking around our cars in the parking lot they moved outside and kept an eye on things, when Mr P and I snuck off with some mohawked character they concerned.  So when the two guys pictured above showed up at the bar they were concerned.  My uncles immediately pointed them out to me and asked if I knew them.  I didn’t and I figured that I would rather handle the situation myself.  I mozied up to  them as they were getting glasses of our AWESOME beer.

Mrs Pretzel: “Hiya! Are you having a good time?”

Crashers: “Oh yeah!”

Mrs Pretzel: extends hand and says playfully “I’m the bride, who the fu©k are you?”

Crashers: “Umm.. yeah.. ummm…”

Mr Pretzel joins the conversation

Mrs Pretzel: “Yeah, you need to get the fu©k out”

Mr Pretzel: “Well, they can at least stay and finish their beers”

Mrs Pretzel glares at Mr Pretzel playing “good cop” and then has a great idea.

Mrs Pretzel: “Ok, you can finish your beers but for payment you have to take some photos in our photo booth”

Crashers: “Oh ok!”

Photo by Usnaps.com

Mrs Pretzel: No, you need to hold this sign.

Crashers read the sign, are none too pleased, but oblige. 

Photo by Usnaps

Mrs Pretzel: K thanks bye!

Let’s be honest, the only reason that I decided they needed to go was that one guy had a messenger bag.  Our gift table was a not in the main area of the reception and the card box was brimming with cards.  The fact that he had a bag made me uncomfortable.  I am glad that I handled it directly and with some humor.  Sure I could have had the DOC or a member of the wedding party handle it but it was kinda fun to call these guys out.  My suggestions:

  • keep calm
  • be direct, let them know that you know that they are crashing. I really love the “I’m the bride, who the heck are you” approach.
  • use humor
  • be flattered, your party looked like so much fun they wanted to join too!

Did you have crashers? What tips can you share with the hive for dealing with crashers?

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June 27, 2011 at 8:58 am Leave a comment

Twisted Together: Sneaking Out

The day of our wedding was particularly warm.  As such, it required that we take little breaks from the busy dance floor to cool down outside.   Our photographer caught some great candid shots of the boys and girls on the steps.

*All photos by Amore Studios unless otherwise noted

While our guests were dancing Mr P and I snuck away with our photographer for some more portraits.  Our departure however, wasn’t missed by my uncle.  He snapped these photos of us through the window because he was concerned about what we were up to.

Guest Photo

What were we up to?  We were curious about the punk show going on across the street at a “private” club.  Death Punch, a LA based punk band was playing and the lead singer was gracious enough to pose for some photos with us.  I am sure to my family Mr P and I disappearing around the corner with the mohawked front man was a little alarming.  For us it was loads of fun.

We all looked tough…

… but couldn’t help but laugh.  I decided to try for a kiss on the cheek…

…as does Mr P.  I think we have reached the edge of this man’s comfort zone!  Our photographer had also scoped out a private club in the back of a liquor store (I cannot make this stuff up people) that had a ton of vintage touches. We had our own mini vintage themed photo shoot.

The complete vintage kitchen was to die for.  Mr P decided to cool himself with an open freezer and I finished up some dishes.

This little excursion was completely unexpected and pretty darn cool.  It was really nice to step away from the reception for a little while and be (kinda) by ourselves.

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June 26, 2011 at 8:03 am 1 comment

Twisted Together: A Rigged Bouquet Toss

We had no plans to do a bouquet or garter toss.  At 32 yrs old I was the last of my friends to get married.  There was only a small handful of un-wed women at our wedding and I figured it was just easier to skip this tradition.

*All photos by Amore Studios unless otherwise noted

My family had other ideas.  Meet my cousin M and his girlfriend A.  Aren’t they absolutely adorable?  Soon after dinner was served my cousin M approached me to inquire when the bouquet toss would be.  He wanted to make sure that his girlfriend caught the bouquet.  I told him that we weren’t doing a toss but this information didn’t compute.  Not doing a toss? Unbelievable.

Previous 2 images from USnaps Photo Booth

M wasn’t the only one inquiring. His step dad (pictured above) also pulled me aside to ask the same question, as did his mom.  I started to get the hint.  I let him know I would rig a bouquet toss just for him and A.  I was off to find a bridesmaid willing to part with her bouquet and to tell all the single women (there weren’t many) that we were doing a toss but to let the red-head catch the bouquet.

Ready, aim, fire!

I love how obvious the other girls are about not catching the bouquet.

A snagged the bouquet, YAY!

Mission accomplished!

My cousin was very grateful.  As far as I know he hasn’t popped the question yet.  Come on cuz, what’s the hold up?

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June 24, 2011 at 8:03 am Leave a comment

Twisted Together: Cake of the Cup Kind

Cuppy Cakes!  I’ve heard stories about kids (and adults) stealing cupcakes off of the table before the bride and groom have a chance to “cut the cake.”  Thankfully our guests were quite restrained. I’m not sure how they managed to do it, look at that cupcake goodness.

Rhienn at Look Cupcake! did a fabulous (and yummy) job.

*All photos by Amore Studios unless otherwise noted.

Our signage detailed the four different flavors of cupcake:

  • La Nina De Chocolate Diablo: Mexican spiced chocolate cake with Kahlua buttercream frosting. Sprinkled with our special Diablo Dust
  • A Formal Affair: Classic yellow cake with a bittersweet chocolate ganache filling topped with a swirl of full tilt chocolate truffle
  • Summer in your Hand: Fresh lemon cake with strawberry cheesecake filling. The perfect complement- strawberry swiss meringue buttercream frosting.
  • Bollywood: Vanilla chai spice cake with cinnamon cheesecake filling. Finished with a healthy dollop of fresh ginger buttercream frosting.

Previous 3 images courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

I am getting hungry just looking at the photos!  Mr P and I had a discussion about smooshing cake in each others faces.  I was definitely against the idea.  Mr P played nice and fed me a bite sized cupcake.  YUM!

Mr Pretzel, let me help you get that icing off your lips!

Our guests made a bee line for the cupcake table and really can you blame them?

Sadly the cupcakes that we fed each other are the only ones that Mr P and I got that night.  We were too busy dancing and mingling with guests.  Our 1st anniversary is less than a month away

. My fingers are crossed that Look Cupcake! will be able to whip up a small batch for us.

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June 23, 2011 at 8:32 am Leave a comment

Twisted Together: Rock On

We wanted a band… a band who would rock and keep the party going, not necessarily a “wedding band”.  I lamented about it in this post. I wanted to rock out but was conflicted with my desire for some old school hip hop.  Is there a band out there that is both rock and old school hip hop? Probably not, so we focused on a band who would rock.

*All photos from Amore Studios unless otherwise noted.

I think we were successful!  We stayed clear of “wedding bands” and started searching Gig Masters.  We had a short list of 3 bands we wanted to see in person.  On our first excursion out we stumbled upon our band by mistake.  The band that we thought we were going to see canceled and the bar booked The About Face band instead. We weren’t aware of the switch-a-roo and at the band’s first intermission we chatted with the lead singer only to find they weren’t who we thought they were. Whoops!  But we liked them, we liked them a lot. We went to see two more bands but they didn’t compare to the first band.

Image courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

What’s not to love? This four piece plays classic rock and the lead singer Arny sounds just like Steve Perry from Journey.

As soon as they started playing everyone was on the floor dancing.  My Uncle J was very influential in my love of classic rock growing up.  He was in heaven rocking out all night.  We couldn’t have chosen a better band.

When I started to think about this post I kept thinking about the playlist for the night.  Mr P and I chose the songs and created the iPod intermissions.  I emailed Arny  hoping that he still had our playlist 10 months later.  Despite having a crashed computer and losing most of his playlists just months earlier Arny came through and delivered.  That my friends is customer service!
Set 1
  • Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  • You May Be Right – Billy Joel
  • China Grove – Doobie Brothers
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
  • Amie – Pure Prairie League

As soon as they started to play Amie I was surrounded by family.  My aunt and my dad both used to sing this song to me as baby. Everyone sang along as my dad took me for a spin and then handed me off to my hubby.

  • Gimme Three Steps – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
  • Some Kind of Wonderful- Grand Funk Railroad
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Already Gone – Sugarland
  • Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
  • Still the One – Orleans
  • Rock and Roll Band – Boston
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Intermission I: Motown iPod mix:

  • How Sweet it is (To Be Loved By You)- Marvin Gaye
  • You Really Got a Hold On Me – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • My Girl- The Temptations
  • Sherry – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • ABC – The Jackson 5
  • Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
Set 2
  • LaGrange – ZZ Top
  • You Really Got Me – Van Halen
  • Down on the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Day Tripper – The Beatles
  • Holiday – Green Day
  • Long Train Runnin’ – Doobie Brothers
  • Let it Ride – Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • Boogie Shoes – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
  • I’m Your Boogie Man- K.C. & The Sunshine Band
  • Get Down Tonight – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
  • That’s the Way (I Like It) – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
  • Shake, Shake, Shake – K.C. & The Sunshine Band
  • Hotel California – The Eagles
  • Hard to Handle – Black Crowes
  • Jesus is Just Alright – The Doobie Brothers
  • Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin

Intermission II Hip-Hop Ipod Mix:

  • Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
  • I’m on a Boat
  • Show Me- (AKA the Friday Song) – Mint Royale with Pos from De La Soul
  • This is How We Do It- Montell Jordan
  • It Takes Two – Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
“I’m on a boat” gets played at all the Pretzel family weddings now, mainly because Best Man M looks like Andy Samberg.
Set 3
  • Wild Nights – John Mellencamp
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
  • Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
  • Brown Sugar – Rolling Stone
  • Can’t Get Enough –  Bad Company
  • Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  • Hurts So Good – John Mellencamp
  • I’m a Believer – The Monkees
  • Domino- Van Morrison
  • Open Arms – Journey
  • Separate Way – Journey

The dancing wasn’t limited to the dance floor.  A lot of our guests were enjoying the music outside too. Mr P sings to me as we dance outside our venue.

Image courtesy of wedding guest, Mrs Cherry Pie {Persimmon Images}

Our band rocked and Mr P and I danced our butts off.  So much so that I managed to rip the strap to my dress with one of many fist pumps that night, but it all totally worth it.

Going for a non-wedding band really paid off for us.  The band’s rate was totally reasonable and they were a dream to work with.  At the end of the night my Uncle J said to his daughter “When you get married, you’re having a band like this”.

Coming up next: Cake time!

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June 22, 2011 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

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