Our dear friend over at Wannabe a Country Cleaver has gone and got engaged to the love of her life. The blogging community could not sit idly by without acknowledging her upcoming nuptials.
So here we are with a surprise virtual bridal shower!
I’m not even sure what that means, but I know it involves lots of food, booze, and love. :) If you haven’t already checked out Megan’s culinary journey on her blog, you should go there now…girl is ridiculously creative and takes fantastic food pics.
I decided to get really crafty for this party (I know, I had a total break from reality and decided to craft. Move over, Martha) by making cheesecake-stuffed strawberries.
Shockingly, these little bites were extremely easy to make. These are perfect for a party because even though they only took 20 minutes to whip up, it looks like you spent all day in the kitchen. Plus, you can easily pop one into your mouth on the way to the champagne bar…I’m assuming all virtual bridal showers have champagne bars, no?
Grab a bunch of strawberries (1 carton), wash ‘em, and hull ‘em out so there is a little valley in each.
Whip together your 8 oz. cream cheese (I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and no one was the wiser), 4 Tbsp. powdered sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Combine them and place in a pastry decorating bag. If you’re like me, you’ll usually put the frosting in a gallon ziplock and ask the nice lady at the grocery store bakery department to give you free frosting tips.
Then grab n’ stuff.
Or just grab your strawberries, dunk them into the frosting bowl, and have a party by yourself. These bites are so good, you’ll want to celebrate!
Megan, I had so much fun with this virtual surprise party. I hope you had fun too! Wishing you the happiest future!
p.s. Check out all of the other virtual party recipes and get to know these lovely ladies!
We got the pics from the wedding!
After the ceremony, Jonathan and I dined alone while our guests had cocktails and appetizers. One piece of wedding advice that stood out to me was to take a few moments to be alone with your husband. That, combined with the rumors that the couple rarely get to eat on their wedding day, gave us the idea to take 20 minutes to grab a romantic dinner for two amid the festivities.
The dinner was romantic, but I was also so grateful to have a few minutes to catch my breath and process what just happened.
Then we joined the dinner reception.
In Chinese weddings, the bride and groom take time during dinner to toast each table individually. I think they usually drink Cognac, but since we had 21 tables, we sipped champagne. I still went through about 3-4 glasses. *burp*
The rest of the night was a whirlwind of dancing, late night tacos, and grinning from ear to ear.
It was the best day of my life. Hands down. I was so glad we listened to the wedding advice we liked and ignored the stuff we didn’t like. It was exactly what we both wanted and I wish we could do it again every single weekend. SO MUCH LOVE!
P.S. All of the labeled photographs are from our photographer, Poly Mendes. I would recommend her to anyone. She was accommodating, fast, professional, sweet, and told me I looked beautiful. You can’t beat that.
It is extremely difficult to write about the best day of my life in a way that shows you how incredible it was for me OR without using a thousand exclamation marks. Instead, please just know that it really was the best day of my life, closely followed by the time I went skydiving in New Zealand–crying tears of happiness mid-air (a different story for a different day).
Anyway, I could not stop smiling or dancing or laughing.
We don’t have our photographer’s prints yet, but I’ll post what we have.
We started our day early with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. It is customary for the bride and groom to serve tea to parents and elder family members on their wedding day. This is an opportunity for the happy couple to express gratitude to their parents for raising them, and to receive marital blessings from family members.
There was a lot of up and down, kneeling and standing. I lost my shoe a few times and almost ripped my dress a bunch of times.
Basically, we serve tea while a lucky lady (our family friend) says a blessing. Parents drink the tea and then give the couple lucky money and sometimes jewelry that the bride wears. It was lovely.
Then Jonathan and I did a private “first look” photo shoot. I hate saying “first look” because everyone gets in a huff about it. Honestly, it was my favorite part of the wedding. Seeing his face for the first time, being able to snuggle up alone, looking at the ceremony room without any people in it…the best.
However, those pictures are still on lock-down with my photographer. :)
Then my daddy walked me down the aisle.
Our friend officiated the wedding, which made it really personal and lovely.
My favorite candid moment shot of the wedding:
We got hitched!
Stay tuned for the rest of the wedding celebration! I promise I’ll post a picture with the full wedding dress.
P.S. Photos courtesy of a few people…Robert, Rich, Sam, others?
Hello Bloggy Friends,
It has been a long time. I’m sorry for my absence, but wrapping up a tough grad school semester, wrapping up my job, planning a wedding, and general shenanigans got in the way. You know how that is.
Anyway, the wedding was an absolute blast! It was easily the best day of my life, and I’m still riding the wedding bliss high this week. *le sigh
It will be a week or two before my wedding pictures are ready, so in the meantime, I’ll tell you about the week leading up to the big day.
Jonathan and I flew out on a Saturday…
We spent a lot of time with family, napping, stuffing our faces, and drinking on patios. If you live in Minneapolis and haven’t been to the new Psycho Suzi’s patio, please run there. They have super strong drinks served in shrunken heads. Plus, you can’t beat the view of the riverfront.
A few of our friends flew in a day early, so we got to spend some time exploring the city with them. We had burgers at The Bulldog in Northeast Minneapolis. I had to practice major self-control with the tater tots, which obviously worked really well and I totally did not finish off the entire basket. *cough* *cough*
Then we walked across the Stone Arch Bridge, which has fabulous views of the city and the Mississippi River.
I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable pre-wedding week. We toasted to “WEDDING WEEK” with champagne every day and watched On Demand movies every night. :)
More wedding stuff to come!
The wedding draws near. I meant for that to sound crypt-keeper-esque, but I don’t think that translates through the internet. It’s not so much scary, as it is insane. Especially when I think about how quickly 3 and 1/2 months flies by. Couple that with the fact that we haven’t even picked out our invitations? It’s bananas.
I had bananas for breakfast. Not the same.
There are a billion things they don’t tell you about wedding planning before you dive into it headfirst. You always hear things like, “blah blah blah bridezilla”, “blah blah blah so much work”, “blah blah blah crazy family drama”, but nobody ever gives you specifics. And I have a sneaking suspicion that’s true for childbirth too, but we won’t go there today.
In the spirit of keeping it real, here are some things they don’t tell you about wedding planning:
1) Nobody gives a crap about your DIY table numbers. Will they look fabulous and make people go “aww”? Maybe. Will anybody care that you didn’t spend $200 and 15 hours of your life hot glue gunning the shit out of your living room? No. They will not be missed.
2) The free catered tasting is the best part of wedding planning. Shoveling your face with 5 different entree options and chugging back 4 different wine options puts you in a happy place. Would you like a mini margarita to start your meal? Yes, yes, I would.
3) Your future husband has opinions. Crazy, right? This is a bummer to women who have been planning dream weddings since they popped out of the womb. However, this is a really cool thing for women who haven’t given any thought to their wedding (i.e., me).
4) Bridal magazines will become useless the moment you actually start planning your wedding. You quickly realize that you could endlessly plan magazine weddings, but nothing you find in there is actually realistic. It also becomes quickly apparent that you don’t have to listen to the advice of others.
5) It’s important to register in the store rather than online. Why? Because they give you free stuff! Sometimes just registering for cutlery gets you a free knife, etc. Also, registering in the store will save you a ton of time. Trust me.
6) Shop around. With everything. Love that understated hair comb at the bridal boutique? Save yourself $300 by buying it on Etsy for $12. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it really can be a lifesaver.
Ultimately, do whatever is fun and easy for you. If you are a crafter and nothing would please you more than to origami your invitations, then do that. If you want to wear a blue dress because you look stunning in blue, then do that. People will be more comfortable and happy at your wedding if you are comfortable and happy at your wedding.
The best part in all of this madness is that I get to marry my sweetiemonkeypants. The rest of it is just a big fun party dedicated to us! How totally cool!
7) Don’t lose sight of the big picture. Stop and take the time to be engaged and happy.
What do you wish you would have known before planning your wedding? What did you have at your wedding that was totally “you”?
The engagement pictures are in!!!!
Before the engagement photo session, I honestly had no idea why people took engagement pictures. I mean, Jonathan and I already have a ton of pictures together. Why all the fuss?
Then we met the photographer, Poly. She was the sweetest thing and made us feel right at ease. Jonathan was looking particularly dapper, and we were instructed to giggle the afternoon away and smooch from time to time. SO. MUCH. FUN.
She had a knack for making the mundane look incredible!
Despite my initial skepticism, I ended up checking our mailbox three times a day in anticipation. haha I’m such a hypocrite.
It’s things like this that remind me why we are in the trenches of wedding planning. I love that handsom dude.
I can’t wait to work with Poly again on our wedding day! She was wonderful!
Did you (or do you plan on) have engagement pictures? What was your favorite moment captured on camera from your wedding?