PaC Man & Wife: Banana Pancakes

After months of anticipation and planning, including a tasting, it was time to dig into our wedding food. Eating at our own wedding was a BIG deal to us. Aaaaand as it turned out, I was too excited to eat and only pecked at my entree. The special champagne and sauvignon blanc we ordered? Glad we shared it with the wine-drinking tables because I didn’t finish my first glass. Thinking of the pear and blue cheese salad makes me salivate now, but then I had to force myself to eat. (Apparently, this is not uncommon!) Anyone who knows me knows that NEVER happens. I love food. Often to the point where I’m thinking about my next meal while eating the current one. Foodie-bees, raise your forks!

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In between forcing myself to eat bites of my entree, I sat back and people watched. Eventually I just gave up on the salmon and champagne.

Then the glass-clinking started…

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Ohhhh no. There’s only one way to stop the clinking.

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Mr. PaC wasted no time in planting a dramatic kiss that satisfied our guests enough so he could finish his meal in peace.

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Our photographer didn’t get any detail shots of the food (we didn’t ask and it wasn’t a priority), but a friend familiar with my tendency to photograph everything returned the favor and captured the food at her table. I was thrilled someone thought to take pictures of food and share it with us!

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First course: Pear and blue cheese salad with toasted hazelnuts and white wine vinaigrette

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Second course, option one: Grilled filet of beef with red wine demi-glace and roasted fingerling potatoes with Parmesan and truffle oil*

*We, or should I say M, our best man (and professional chef), provided the bottles of truffle oil as it’s an expensive ingredient GCC’s kitchen doesn’t stock. It was his suggestion to swap from mashed to fingerling potatoes and add cheese & truffle oil. The fingerling potatoes wouldn’t have been the same without the truffle oil!

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Second course, option two: Coulibiac of salmon with mushroom duxelle and spinach wrapped in puff pastry (aka “Salmon Hot Pocket”)

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Our third option, not pictured, was vegetarian spinach gnocchi with roasted fennel, baby leaf spinach and roasted garlic. We didn’t sample it at the tasting but our vegetarian contingent was thrilled not to be an after-thought for once and raved about the flavor of the meal.

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Once Mr. PaC ate his fill, we visited the tables to thank our guests for coming. We skipped the traditional receiving line, so catching up with each guest at some point during the night was a priority.

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When you have 85 wedding guests, dinner service moves quickly! No one had to wait more than a few minutes for their meals…which meant more time for dancing and photo booth shenanigans.

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Much later in the night, the dessert bar opened. Our guests were treated to crème brûlée, lemon squares, petit fours, chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheese cake bites (again with chocolate), and more. We flirted with the idea of providing fresh cannolis, but nixed it when we found out the scale of the standard dessert bar.

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Slices from two tiers of our cake were also set out.

By the time I heard whispers of dessert…Dessert, OMG! Where!?!, most of the goodies were gone. My “X” ballon, liberated from the photo booth, and I waited patiently in line for a shot at tasty goodness: a lemon square, crème brûlée spoon (which I was told not to miss), and several slices of cake!

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A sugar-happy bride with her mom and balloon.

And now, true to form, I am craving crème brûlée!

When we were planning the wedding, I was adamant about having time to eat dinner. What I didn’t count on was that eating part would be more difficult than finding the time. What are you doing to make sure you eat at your wedding?

(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)

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Location:
Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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    warbler 249 posts, Helper bee @ 2:00 pm

    Um, can I jump in a delorean, time travel back in time and crash your wedding? That foods looks AH-mazing!

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    epalmisano829 453 posts, Helper bee @ 2:03 pm

    Fork raised!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:03 pm

    I did eat at our wedding but not much! We had a buffet and they made a plate for each of us. There was so much food on the plate I got a little overwhelmed! I ate as much as I could. Also- just have to say I LOVE anything with truffle oil! I bet those potatoes were so good!

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    almostmrsj 3243 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:32 pm

    I didn’t stuff myself, but my husband sure did (stuff himself, not me, at dinner anyway – ha)! We just sat down and ate. The food was good, we made sure we got plenty of it (our service was family-style and they gave us HUGE bowls of the sides and two little servings each of the main courses, it was hilarious).
    Your food looks super good!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:07 pm

    Your food looks amazing, and your dessert bar is my dream, yum!

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    doily 1720 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:09 pm

    I am totally with you! I kind of picked at my food too! I had just a small plate. Mr. D totally had seconds, but I was too into seeing the sights and such that I wasn’t all that hungry. Now at one in the morning: Totally starving! Haha!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:11 pm

    @warbler: If you’re time-travelin’, then I’m coming with you! I wanna go back… and eat for real this time!!!

    @epalmisano829: I knew we had a foodie or two in the bunch! :)

    @Mrs. Castle: Our venue made up plates for us, but they got left behind in a car overnight (see: pretty buzzed best man). There were a few unopened truffle oil bottles that were oh so kindly gifted to us. Now that it’s getting cool out, we’ve been tossing and roasting potatoes with it pretty much non-stop.

    @almostmrsj: bahahahaha at your stuffing joke! :) I would have taken more salad, definitely.

    @Mrs. Pony: Those dessert selections were all the venue’s choosing. They did a great job. Half of our guests didn’t know about the creme brulee spoons or cheesecake bites because they were so popular among the earlier dessert bar visitors. And now I want dessert.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:13 pm

    @Mrs. Doily: I hear that! My appetite returned at the after-party and I scarfed a bunch of pizza!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 pm

    Wow that food looks delicious. You guys made some fabulous choices, but I’m sorry you couldn’t enjoy it! Also, I’ve been following your posts for a while and I just want to say how much I LOVE your dress. So beautiful and unique! Oh and your freaking amazing homemade centerpieces with the moss and the wine bottles.

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:36 pm

    @Miss Camel: Awww, you are too sweet!! :D I love my dress (obviously, right?) and our DIY vases. Both processes, searching for my dress and all those hours invested in the DIY, gave great results so we wouldn’t change a thing about the journey to get there. Also our vendors made our choices look good… because they’re awesome like that.

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 11:39 pm

    “Often to the point where I’m thinking about my next meal while eating the current one.”
    Wow, this is so me! If I’m not currently eating food, I’m thinking about the next time I’ll get to eat food.
    All of your food looks so good! And I love your X balloon.

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    MaggieL 494 posts, Helper bee @ 6:36 am

    Lemon Squares are my favorite dessert ever. My aunt specially made them for my wedding because I requested them…and then I was too busy and didn’t even get one!!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:04 pm

    @Miss Manatee: Great stomachs think alike? We had fun choosing our menu items. The tasting is one of the best parts of planning!

    @MaggieL: I am a huge lemon square fan too. We intended to have a lemon filling cake, but it just wasn’t as good as the other options… and really nothing quite matches the intensity of a good lemon square.

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