Monday, November 19, 2012
Well, it's official: the knot has been tied!
The wedding was absolutely wonderful; it was even better than I had imagined it could be.
Friday morning, my sweetie went to get his ring while I cleaned the house. Mom arrived first, followed by my sister and her family. Us ladies went to get the wedding cake.
Oh, man, the wedding cake! The deal with the baker was that I would get a very steep discount on the condition that I know NOTHING about the cake. I did not pick the flavor, the color, the filling, the size, even the topper. So, we get there to pick it up, and are feeling a bit apprehensive. I should have known better; she's the best cake artist in town!
Three tiers, about twice the amount of cake than I had been expecting for the price I paid. It was decorated with pretty red ribbons and pink handmade sugar flowers, as well as some sort of sparkly metal bits and bows. The topper was a ceramic couple in very old fashioned garb; perfect, because she knew that I first started coming to her bakery while I attended school at Salem College, which was founded in 1772! Anyway, my sis and I got all teary-eyed and my evil mother filmed it.
So, we get back home, get everyone ready, and head on to the courthouse. Since it is downtown, we left almost an hour early to allow for parking and general traffic delays. We ended up walking in over 30 minutes early, and the magistrate was already available! So, we all crowded into her small office, my sister and her husband served as witnesses on the documents, and we got married! Of course, I cried like a baby I was so happy, and even P was getting teary eyed!
We go from there, straight to Salem College to take pics. My bro-in-law is an amateur photographer, so he had us walk all over the beautiful gardens to take pics. I'm going to try to get him to send me a few so I can post them on here. We also took pics with the kids, then headed home.
We got there, and the tamales arrived! I had ordered them for my brother-in-law; he's addicted to them, but they don't sell them where he lives!
Finally, we went to the restaurant. Just fabulous! The place was deserted at 5:00, and we were set up in the very back of the restaurant. Our waitress did the expected "ooohs" and "aaaahs" over the cake, and we sat down to two bottles of wine. We ended up ordering several appetizers for the table; the best calamari I have ever had, some sort of sampling platter, and fried zucchini (which is what the kiddos ate; they loved it!).
For entrees, we had such treats as veal parmigiana, lobster ravioli, veal marsala, and all sorts of seafood bits including scallops, shrimp and clams. It's tradition in my family for everyone to have a bite of everyone else's food, so I got to try everything, and it was all outstanding!
We finished up with the cake for dessert. To my shock, the bill came in about half of what I had budgeted, which was a major bonus! We ended up having all of that amazing food for less than it would have cost taking everyone to Applebee's, and we supported a local business that uses local ingredients whenever possible. We also supported the local bakery.
After dinner, we went our separate ways. My HUSBAND and I ran off to our hotel for our one-night honeymoon. I'll spare the details- it was fun! In the morning, we were served omelets loaded with spinach, cheese, mushrooms, sausage and bacon. There was french toast, fresh melons, all sorts of yummy bites!
On the way home, we picked up the popcorn that I have to deliver for Scouts. So, I ended up spending the rest of the weekend at the different Masses in two different churches with my step-son.
Poor guy... my husband went to use the leftover money to put an alarm on his truck (as some of you know, he had tools stolen from his truck days before the wedding), and they messed it up! Luckily they were able to fix it, but it was a lot of stress for him to deal with. Luckily he has taken it in stride!
Anyway, if you made it this far, thanks! It was exactly the type of wedding we wanted.