Brittany’s wedding was at a hunting ranch on the top of a bluff over looking miles of the surrounding area. The ceremony took place inside the walls of the main castle unit. Inside the castle was individual rooms that have everything from hotel-like rooms, restrooms, meeting rooms, and kitchens. The ceremony took place on the well kept green grass lawn with individual white chairs separated by sides for each the respective bride/groom. The bride came in the back from the entrance of the castle and walked about 20 yards on open grass before reaching the area surrounded by chairs. The wedding ceremony was short and with no overly religious overtones besides a scripture reading, the priest, and a large wooden cross behind the priest. The bride and groom both had 5-6 people in their wedding party and were balanced on both sides.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom walked through the chairs out the entrance the bride came in and everybody adjourned for the reception. The reception was supposed to be on the lawn but because of the rain it was held under a covered area with a bar. The tables were packed close together because the change in the area, but there was still sufficient space to move from table to table. To get food, each table was sent to an area on the outside of the covered area to grab a plate, be served the meat dish, then serve themselves. The food was catered by the venue and included brisket, salad, potatos, green beans, rolls, and other dishes, which all were delicious. Each table was set up with a white tablecloth and a cactus-like/East Texas looking arrangment in the middle with each seat a jar of honey produced by Susan Smith’s bee ranch. While in the reception and immediately following the reception, servers walked around with drinks for the guests. After everybody had food, the father of the bride made a speech, had his first dance with his daughter, and the couple had their first dance as a couple. As the night progressed, the bar remained open as it was an open bar with wine, beer, and liquor. The dance floor was in the middle of all the tables and was hardly occupied until the wedding party and friends were well lubricated and joined in with the older people and little kids already on the dance floor. Later in the night, the groom threw the bouquet and the bride tossed the leg thing. The bride and groom did the cake cut in a small meeting room that was hardly large enough to hold most of the guests. When the bride and groom made their exit, all the guests were given sparklers and they ran through them. After a few minutes had passed, the bride and groom came back and partied with their friends the rest of the night as the wedding party and friends all had rooms in the castle.