Mr. Onion and I joined the ranks of newlyweds who have saved the top of their wedding cakes to enjoy a year later. I have to admit… it tasted pretty darn good (more on the cake later)!
Cake made by Alison at Mirabelle’s Cafe in Burlington, VT.
Mr. Onion and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary by heading back to Burlington, VT, where we were married last September. We stayed at the Willard Street Inn where it all began. We enjoyed the weather and being outdoors in such a beautiful part of the county.
Here we are on the steps at the inn on our wedding day.
And here we are on the steps this past weekend. We asked a very kind guest at the inn if she’d mind taking our picture, and we explained our story and connection with the inn. She told us that she and her husband had been married for almost 60 years, and assured us that our love would continue to grow!
The breakfast at the Willard Street Inn was a major highlight! Not only was it delicious (they have a chef who comes in every morning just to make three yummy breakfast choices—usually an egg dish, a sweeter dish like pancakes or french toast, and a granola and yogurt for a lighter breakfast), but also their breakfast room was stunning!
You might remember that Mr. Onion and I had our “first sight” here on our wedding day.
There were even more dahlias at reception and on the breakfast tables. I thought this would make a lovely wedding reception or cocktail table decoration. It would be such an easy DIY flower project and could also be made in advance.
That night we had a romantic celebration dinner at Leunig’s—the best restaurant in town! When our waitress approached our table, she smiled and said, “You guys got married at Adriana’s last year. I served your party, and it was an amazing wedding!” Burlington is such a small town and we were pleased to see a familiar face.
The next morning we got up early to enjoy the day. We drove out to the Grand Isle, a small island in Lake Champlain that is quite close to Burlington.
On the waterfront is Splash Cafe, where a wedding reception was going to be held that evening—we saw many well-dressed guests on their way in, but sadly, there were no bride and groom sightings!
At the end of the day we headed back to the inn to try our wedding cake and to see how it held up to being frozen for a year. MIL Onion did a fantastic job freezing our cake. If you plan to freeze the top of your own wedding cake, here are some tips.
1) Know the size of the top layer and get a Tupperware that is a little bigger than it. The Tupperware should be round or square, depending on the shape of your cake.
2) Talk to your reception site’s staff beforehand to let them know that you plan to save the top layer of your cake, so they don’t serve it to your guests.
3) To preserve the cake, put in the fridge so it sets up a bit (that way it won’t get too squished), then when it has chilled for a while, bring it back out and wrap it in plastic wrap (two layers), then tinfoil (two layers), THEN place it in the Tupperware.
5) Prepare your freezer beforehand so you know that the Tupperware will fit, and you should be able to keep it frozen for a year.
We had a fantastic time and enjoyed remembering our wonderful wedding day. The best part of the trip was being able to reflect on our first year of marriage, and also being able to spend a whole weekend of downtime with each other with no distractions. No cell phones, no work emails, just us! We both feel so fortunate every day and are sure to tell each other as often as we can. I look forward to all of our future adventures, including closing on our first home (more on that later).
Have you told your partner that you love them today? Don’t forget… it never gets old!
P.S. A very happy anniversary to my date twins—Mr. & Mrs. Corn and Mr. & Mrs. Emerald!