If you come from a big family, or just have a bunch of friends, you might find yourself in this boat. You might think to yourself "Do I REALLY have 10 friends/family that I have to include in my wedding? YUP" well at least you know! If you feel like making cuts, you absolutely can. But I submit it's kind of fun to have that many people to hang out before the wedding starts.
I don't typically include the boring formal photos in my blog posts (ie. the ones where you just look pretty, stand in a line, and look at me), but in this case, it was my first time dealing with more than 10 people in a group, and I felt like I did a decent job (remember this is 2017 so I was still getting settled in photography)
This was actually the first wedding where I received a complaint about the finished product. I took no photos during cocktail hour. My defense was that we stayed later to do portraits (posed photos) and then I had to drive and get all the empty room details (place settings, cake, etc) and I missed it all. Looking back, I wish I hadn't spent so much time on those inanimate objects and taken photos during cocktail hour. But I couldn't (and still can't) go back in time, so I was kind of dick and I said "tough. sorry". It wasn't great. But I learned a lot!
Catering by Uptown is the exclusive caterer for the Villa (and a bunch of other wedding venues). Here is my unfiltered opinion of them: as a vendor, I kind of love gigs with them. While the food isn't really anything to write home about, it is consistent, seasoned nicely, and they really care about getting the vendors fed! Any time I work a gig with them, I KNOW I don't have to worry about when I will eat, where the forks are, or where I'll eat. They set me a plate and silverware every time. Oh and the staff is super nice!