We made our food decisions a while ago, but I realized I never blogged about that process. It was right after we secured the venue, and I only contacted a few caterers because I was still a little frazzled from my “gotta catch ’em all” approach to the venue hunt. All of them except for one required a signed contract to schedule a tasting. I couldn’t believe that—what’s the point of the tasting then? It sucked but I completely wrote them off for it.
Amit from Spilled Milk Catering not only offered a tasting before we signed—he came to our house to do it. He heated up some stuff in our oven and left a bunch of leftovers. And it was GOOD. So good.
We didn’t really have any ideas about what should be on the menu. I love food—like a lot—and I guess you could say I’m an equal opportunity eater. So, I care that what we serve is delicious, but I don’t care that it’s anything specific, if that makes sense. So we just said “whatever most people like” and Amit brought over a sampling from the menu we ended up crafting.
Buffalo chicken wontons served with a spicy buffalo blue cheese sauce
Mini grilled cheese sandwiches served with creamy tomato soup shooters (I’ll never get tired of these.)
It’s no secret that I am a huge bookworm. I listen to audio books to pass the time on my commute to work, and I have somewhat of an obsession with F. Scott Fitzgerald and other Jazz Age writers. For Christmas last year, Maid of Honor N gave me an A Tree Grows in Brooklyn tote bag for grocery shopping. I would say that my general philosophy in life is this:
Sorry, Mr. K. Good thing the Beast is fictional. / Photo via Books Direct
Mr. Wallaby doesn’t exactly share this interest. He loves to read—about technology, cars, and current events. I don’t think he would be caught dead curled up on the couch reading Jane Eyre. So it wouldn’t exactly be fair to have a major book/library theme at our wedding. Too bad, because I have a large enough book collection to easily create a whole ceremony backdrop:
The 2013 wedding runway offers the modern bride more sparkle than shine with its lovely and ladylike details, from elegantly refined silhouettes and hints of color to exquisite embroidery and sophisticated embellishments.
And so it’s time to focus on the (sometimes) little things that can make a big difference. A perfectly placed bow, a bit of embroidery, some fancy fluff, or a beautiful back can all elevate even the simplest dress to the superb. Because while the devil may be in the details, we saw only the divine on this years wedding runway!
Here are a few of our next-to-impossible to choose favorites:
After a nice drive out of Austin to Driftwood with my girls and my mom, we made a quick stop to pick up my wedding dress from a friend whose house is pretty close to Pecan Grove (thanks PJ!) Shortly afterward, we pulled into Pecan Grove, met up with our photographers, and headed inside to the bride’s room to finish getting ready.
The florist also arrived shortly after we did, and when she brought the bouquets into our room, I started crying happy tears! They were so beautiful, and exactly what I’d hoped for. (More on the flowers later!)
Recently I set out to create an ombré-dyed fabric ribbon display for our engagement shoot later this month. Because that is what crazy brides do these days. I also want to use it as some kind of backdrop at the wedding and possibly for our engagement photos. Here’s the inspiration:
Seriously, when did ombré become a thing? Because it’s apparently a thing now, and now I need it and I don’t know why. I also know that I want to try and recreate the last photo (seen above) for our engagement shoot, so sign me up for some ombré. But instead of the chandelier, I’m thinking of something more practical like this:
Having the major sweet tooth that I have, I knew that we would be jumping on the trend of having a dessert option at our wedding in addition to our cake. After a significant amount of research (I think at one point “wedding frozen yogurt bar” was my most popular google search), we landed on mini gourmet ice cream sandwiches. As if I wasn’t happy enough when I saw the adorable cart that the Sugar Wagon offers, I was completely sold after we had our tasting with them. I nearly melted when I tried the gingersnap cookie with lemon ice cream. That immediately made the menu. We also went with chocolate chip with salted caramel ice cream (their staple) and brownie with peanut butter ice cream for my chocolate and peanut butter loving hubby.
Needless to say, I was very excited when the sugar wagon pulled into our reception.