Monday, March 8, 2010

Reception: Chilean Style

On Christmas Day my parents, Pablo and I, and some of our AMAZING friends all met up at Pablo's church to set up for my reception. Pablo being the amazing groom that he was had set up help and had rented and gathered all of the materials. Now, just to let you know, Chileans stay up until midnight Christmas Eve and open all their presents. We had gotten home from our Christmas Eve festivities around 2 am. So we were all pretty tired! Some of my friends washed all of the rented dishes, others washed the chairs, we set up tables and decorated and dried dishes and did it all. We would not have made it without my parents and our amazing friends Jennifer, Mauricio, Elias and Betsabe who did so much work.

There is your preface to the acutal reception. Pablo's church is a two-story building. On the first floor are the classrooms, offices, bathrooms, etc. The whole second floor is the chapel and the cultural hall (seen above) It ended up looking very nice--even with Pablo's uncle's hideous and dead flower arrangements...but that's another story in itself.

Pablo and I arrived at our reception just in time for the cocktail that was being served. His dad did all of the food and had chicken wings with special seasonings and canapé. After the cocktail and visiting we sat down to a meal of salads, meat and vegetables and fruit for desert. And then the dancing began!
I think my MIL is trying to do the peace sign or something...but doesn't the groom look oh-so-handsome! I love that guy!Our good friend Elias. It gets pretty crazy at those Mormon parties you know...The cutting of the cake--my cake was a non-traditional Mil Hojas cake. It is my FAVORITE in Chile. Basically it is a cake made of crackery-thin stuff and manjar (it's like dulce de leche--not the Mexican kind, the Argentine kind) Anyways, it was yummy! Pablo's dad also made the cake which saved us tons of money!

It was a great evening and a lot of fun! The most important people from my mission and my time living in Chile, were there and I'm so glad I was able to spend that time with them. It was a really hard decision for me to give up having my "dream" wedding with all of my family and friends but to be sealed to Pablo was worth the sacrifice. So hopefully soon Pablo will be here and we can show him what an American reception is like!

10 comments:

'T' said...

I was at your Chilean reception in spirit. Pablo's dad rocked the food. Can't wait for the American reception. I am going to the play Tues. with my favorite daughter (and only daughter). Friday night the hubs is taking me to Red Lobster for a birthday fiesta or I'd go again with you. ♥ T

Merrill Clan said...

What a fun party....isn't that what your reception is suppose to be. You look beautiful.

Kayla said...

I think the Chilean reception looks way more fun!!! You guys did a good job. I'm excited for your reception here though!

Katy said...

Awesome party!!! You are such a beautiful bride!!! and that cake looks and sounds amazing, i love foreign pastries... LOVE THEM!!

Ami Paulsen said...

You guys are so cute! That cake looks pretty darn good.

In the life of DREW said...

BeckI you make for one HOT bride! Looks like you had a great party and I'm sad I was not able to make it.

If it's any consequence had I been there, I would have worn white so we could have matched!

Jake and Tricia Jones: said...

Thanks for posting the pics. It looks beautiful. Your Suegra is cute. I am very impressed with the dancing- bien hecho. It looks just a bit different than the dancing that Jake and I did at our reception. I'm so excited for Pablito to get here. I'm also loving your springtime backdrop to your blog. Te quiero Mija.

Jake and Tricia Jones: said...

Thanks for posting the pics. It looks beautiful. Your Suegra is cute. I am very impressed with the dancing- bien hecho. It looks just a bit different than the dancing that Jake and I did at our reception. I'm so excited for Pablito to get here. I'm also loving your springtime backdrop to your blog. Te quiero Mija.

Brian and Carly said...

I wish I could have been there! Looks like you had so much fun! You did not do Mil Hojas for your wedding cake! TOOO AWESOME! I remember the first time you tried that. Hope he gets here soon. Love ya!

Michelle said...

You said it, girl. What really matters is that you married your man when and where you needed to marry. All the other stuff is just fluff. Sure wish I could have been down there in Chile to get jiggy with it at your reception though. The food sounds amazing (your father in law made so much!!! wow) I'll be seeing you guys in Idaho!!! Any word when Pablo's papers clear???