Forgive me for being M.I.A.. There has been so much going on in the last couple of days that I haven’t had much time to blog or do much else than plan and prepare for the wedding!
On Friday night, after a day of setting up, we all just had a casual and fun pizza party for family and friends. I had two pieces of pizza, one with and one without cheese, and some salad.
It was a really nice and relaxing night, and I got to catch up with a lot of Loren’s family. The next morning, we woke up bright and early to head to the bride and groom’s house to start preparing for the big day. The bride’s dad brought over some breakfast for all of us. I had a plate of eggs with some ham mixed in, and a Kids Cliff Bar (not pictured).
We worked all morning. One of my contributions was decorating the banister outside, so when the bride came down, it would be extra beautiful! I used leftover flowers from the farm that weren’t being used in bouquets.
I just used some ribbon to secure the flowers. I was pleased with the final product!
The wedding ceremony was beautiful. Of course, I started crying. It was very intimate and special, right under a tree in the backyard. The bride and groom make a gorgeous couple.
Loren did a great job as best man! Like his linen suit?
After the ceremony, it was time to eat! The menu for the wedding was incredible- especially because it was all put together by one of the bridesmaids. She is an amazing cook and an awesome friend. The food was out of this world, and all made from scratch at home.
There were buckwheat bread sticks with cheddar cheese baked in.
Rebecca, Loren’s sister, and Alison, a family friend, worked hard on the cheese plates…
They were gorgeous…. and delicious! The cheese was served on slate tiles, on top of grape leaves. How unique is that?
One of the groom’s best friends made a ton of home-brewed beer. I drank a glass of the Apricot Hefeweizen. It was light and refreshing. I loved it! I had some cheese, fruit, and rosemary parmesan popcorn to start. There were also pickled grapes and olives, all homemade, all out of this world.
Once the appetizers were cleared, the main dishes were placed on all the tables. It was family style, so each table had big plates and bowls of the different dishes, and everyone passed them around.
I loved the orzo, mozzarella, basil, and tomato salad.
And the rest of the mains: smoked turkey (smoked at home by the groom & best man), salami, cucumber salad, baked polenta, artichoke and olive tapenade, and roasted eggplant and peppers. The woman who made all of the food also made amaaaazing, tomato jam, chutney, and pesto. They were unbelievably good.
Everything was served cold, which was so smart. That way, things could sit for a little while during the ceremony, and no one was stressing about needing to bring things out at a specific time. Very smart plan!
Before cake, Loren gave a great toast as best man- it was witty, funny, and sincere. People loved it!
We got up to chat with folks. There were lots of great new people to meet and old friends and family to catch up with. I had such a nice time.
I think we looked pretty cute!
The cake was also made by a friend. It was SOOOOO good! And gorgeous…
The inside was chocolate with raspberry cream. Yuuuum! The cake was moist and the frosting was perfect- not too sweet. The bride has some great and talented friends!
We just talked, laughed, drank wine, and enjoyed being with such wonderful people for the rest of the night. It was such a special day.