Last weekend, my family and friends hosted a bridal shower for me at Fruitlands Museum. It was a warm, sunny day and we had the pleasure of enjoying each other's company and the wonderful view.
The "planning committee" orchestrated every detail with thought and care, right down to the local mini-cupcakes from Honeybee Bakery in Princeton and DIY honey pots as favors.
By far the funniest gift that someone bought (off the registry!) was a rain barrel! I've wanted one of these forever and since I plan to have a little garden this year (blog post to follow!) I felt it was necessary.
Yup. Just me and my rain barrel.
Question of the Day: What sort of funny/weird/unique bridal gifts have you seen at showers?
Just thought I'd show you some photos I took from my kitchen window recently. We filled the bird feeders and mistakenly put the containers on the wrong hooks. Well, this little guy found he could reach the delicious one with ease.
Question of the Day: What would your captions be for these three photos?
A few weekends ago Tim and I met up with Shane of Shane's Wedding Photography for our engagement shoot. We were excited to have the opportunity to work with the photographer and get comfortable with his style before the big day.
Can I just say (and I can vouch for Tim, too) that Shane is a cool guy. First off, his photography is beautiful. He maintains the utmost professionalism while still being fun, casual and keeping it low stress. I was impressed that in another life, he was a professional skateboarder and his father was a stuntman. What a background!
We started our little session down in York on Wiggly Bridge, the smallest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. It is really quite adorable and in a way brings in a wisp of memory of my days in San Francisco.
It’s prom season. If you are a 16 year-old girl, there
may not be a more exciting time in your life. I however, am not, and really couldn’t care less about hot
pink and highlighter yellow dresses with straps and lace. I am a 30 year-old guy who
just wanted to get fitted for my tux with my groomsmen and then go
golfing. I was rather concerned
when I clicked on one of their two links when looking up the phone number to
make our appointment at Madeleine’s Event Central. The first website was www.madprom.com. Clicking on the link, I was somewhat worried at first glance
that my DeLorean had gone up to 88 miles an hour without my knowing and that I
had mysteriously gone back in time and now needed a prom date before finally
realizing and remembering that my name is Tim and not Marty (that was a Back to
the Future joke for all of you under the age of 25).
Eventually remembering how old I
was, and that I needed a tux because I’m getting married on July 8th,
and not going to the Prom, I clicked on the other link http://www.madeleineseventcentral.com. This was much more my style (and age)
and what I had expected. After calling my groomsmen and Madeleine’s, our
appointment was made for last Saturday, April 21st. This just happens to be the
busiest Prom dress buying weekend of the entire year and I will say that there
was some lingering fear of being overrun by hundreds or thousands of overexcited
teenage females, desperate to buy the last Tropicana orange colored dress in
stock. Luckily, Jay of Madeleine’s
Tuxedo in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, quickly alleviated all of my fears and
made our experience as quick and painless as possible. Even with all the pre-prom excitement
going on around us.
In all seriousness, Jay was extremely professional and
helpful and answered any questions we had; whether it was about the type of
tuxedo we should choose, euro tie or bow tie, or about the black and white
shoes that I picked out (which are the sweetest tux shoes ever, just so you
know), Jay was more than happy to help and put us on the right path so I didn’t
make us look like a bunch of meatheads (thankfully, for Jessica’s sake as the
camouflage tux was tempting). Madeleine’s also practices green dry cleaning and
tries to schedule group drop offs and pick-ups whenever they can, which makes
them even cooler if that was even possible.
All in all, we had an excellent
experience at Madeleine’s and would highly recommend them for wedding tuxes (or any 16 or 17
year-old girl looking to get a prom dress!)
Question of the Day: Are you a wedding suit or wedding tux person?
Mind you, before we entered the Green Wedding Giveaway contest, Tim and I had not
been engaged for very long, so we hadn’t had the chance to do anything
wedding-related including cake tasting, engagement photos, dress shopping or,
for that matter, wedding shoe shopping.
Cake tasting was definitely on our must-do list, and we were
thrilled when we found out that we’d be working with Amy from Hippie Chick Bakery. Amy’s values of a
business owner aligned with what we were hoping for as customers. Everything is
prepared from scratch and her ingredients are local and organic when possible.
In addition, Amy says, “We try to accomplish this
through charitable giving and being a green business – using green energy when
possible and using carbon offsets when we can’t, composting waste, sourcing
local ingredients, to recycling, and much more!” She is also well-known
for her egg-free, vegan and gluten-free masterpieces. As a Registered Dietitian
who knows first-hand from client experiences, this is a wonderful and special
service to offer those with special dietary needs.
of the most valuable things that Tim and I are grateful for in this journey is
that much of the legwork has been done for us: that is, finding vendors who
have the same set of values that we do when it comes to having a green wedding.
This was the part of wedding planning that I was looking forward to the least,
but now we don’t have to!
the cake tasting. I’ll admit it; I’d take ice cream over cake any day. But, the
cakes and frosting fillings that we tried jetsetted cake to the top of my
“Favorite Dessert List” very quickly.
After much deliberation, we finally decided on the following cake
flavors to try:
And the fillings:
We gobbled up each sugary morsel, hemming and hawing about which was
our favorite. In the end, we decided on two flavors on alternating layers of
Question of the Day: Any guesses as to which two flavors we chose? Of the options listed
above, which would YOU have chosen?
Last week I traveled to St. Louis for work. Much of the days were spent indoors but we did have the pleasure of dining at Salt (delicious ricotta gnocchi!), yoga under the arch and a a fun walk around town to see the sports stadiums... and a public display of love!
When I returned home, I was greeted by these beautiful tulips!
Spring is definitely in bloom around here. Our local farmers market began this week, too. I was able to snag a dozen cut tulips, a half dozen duck eggs and some spicy cress for salad.
And you can't escape without a recipe. This week I made Bob's Red Mill wheat berries into a delicious spring salad adapted from Wheat Berries and White Bean Salad. Wheat berries take some time to cook. I used a 3:1 ratio of wheat berries to water and cooked for 1 hour before adding them to the recipe.