Hoppily Ever After: Step Right up to the Ice Cream Truck

I can’t write a post about ice cream and cake without thinking about this old Baskin Robbins commercial:

The video’s caption on YouTube declares “best 16 seconds of my life… ^_^”

…That’s about right. Kind of embarrassing (but really, no shame): whenever we go out for dessert, or even if we’re just pulling a pint of ice cream out of our freezer, Mr. W and I chant, “Ice cream and cake and cake! Ice cream and cake and cake!” Yeah, we’re four-year-olds like that…

Anyway, to refresh you on the dessert sitch: Mr. W and I do not like wedding cakes. We love pretty much anything full of butter and coated in sugar, but there’s something a little…dull about wedding cakes. I think it’s the fondant frosting. And also how many are baked a few days in advance—they always taste so dry. So instead, I thought it would be fun to have a pie competition: to ask all of our local guests to bring homemade pies to the wedding, and we would award ribbons for best pies. Yum, right?! But I realized that many of our local guests are Persians who weren’t brought up baking classic American pies, so asking guests to bake pies would be an imposition.

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Mr. W just last night, sitting on the kitchen floor, eating Nutella straight out of the jar. My soul mate. Also, proof of our sugar addiction. / Personal photo

Enter Mama Wallaby. She felt bad that the pie thing wouldn’t work out, so she suggested we rent—wait for it—an ice cream truck! I don’t think that suggestion was even up for debate. We booked an ice cream truck within, like, minutes.

But we weren’t off the hook with the cake thing. Mama Wallaby’s favorite part about weddings is the cake. Her own wedding cake was a pretttt-ty big deal and she wouldn’t hear of no cake at our wedding. Bah! So Mr. W and I went along with it. We knew just the place to order a cake too. Here’s the thing about Mr. W’s Persian family: If you need anything, there’s a Persian in town who can do it for you. Car problems? Father-in-Law Wallaby “knows a guy” (i.e., knows another Persian guy who will charge us half what anyone else would). Need insurance? You bet there’s a guy who will take care of you. You already know where I’m going with this: We found a bakery run by a Persian family to commission our wedding cake. Mr. W and I went on a little cake-tasting date with my parents, and we unanimously decided on a three-layer cake, each layer a different flavor: carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and tiramisu with buttercream frosting. Are you drooling yet? If you’re not, you should be, because there’s also ice cream in this post.

Anyway, cut to the cake cutting at our wedding. I ordered a cute Kate Spade cake knife and server set, which lived up to its reviews (and cuteness). We had no idea which layer we were supposed to cut into, so we went for the bottom later and dug in. So easy, guys. Probably the easiest thing all day. I’m still boggled by the importance of cake cutting, but don’t mind me.

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Totally about to chop off his arm. Get yo paws off my cake!!!

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We never discussed cake smashing in advance, but Mr. W is a class act. He resisted the urge to throw the cake in my face. Instead, we smeared a little frosting on each other’s noses and called it a day. Cute enough, right?

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We also had an awesome groom’s cake to cut into, compliments of Groomsman J’s mama. She gifted us a tres leches cake, decorated with the University of Houston Cougars logo. Mr. W would probably tell me to tell you all, “Go Coogs!!! (Rawwwwrrrr.)”

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Right on cue, after the cake cutting was over, old-timey music came floating from over in the driveway, where our glorious ice cream truck was parked. Behold:

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Truth: no matter how excited I was to book this super-vendor, I had completely forgotten about it on our wedding day. I was so carried away by the ceremony, the emotions, the sweet toasts, that the arrival of the ice cream truck caught me by surprise. Everyone pretty much swarmed over to it, and Mr. W and I ran over to climb up into the truck and start serving out ice cream pops.

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Shannon, the owner of said ice cream truck, offered a pretty amazing selection of ice cream and popsicles, including Push-Ups, ice cream sandwiches, Skinny Cow truffle bars, Dora the Explorer and Spiderman popsicles, Bluebell Bombsticks, and, my fave, Choco Tacos. She emailed me the week of the wedding letting me know that she even had boozy ice cream flavors for adults—like boozy eggnog and spiced apple brandy cider. Yuummmm.

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Things got a little cray, because everyone wanted ice cream at once and we didn’t know which ice creams were in which boxes. I think Shannon did most of the work, and Mr. W and I just stared at each other with googly eyes. Big surprise there.

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And of course, we got our perfunctory leaning-out-of-an-ice-cream-truck shots.

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In the next 24 hours, there was this flurry of Facebook posts by our guests involving ice cream bars and popsicles. I think it was a hit.

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We had debated renting a photo booth for our wedding. But believe it or not, the cost of the ice cream truck was half the cost of a photo booth—and I think it was the perfect surprise for our outdoor wedding. After we stepped out of the truck, I savored every single bite of my Choco Taco. Remember how I said I was too nervous to eat more than a few bites of cornbread? Yeah, the Choco Taco was pretty much the only substantial thing I ate all day. Perfect. :)

*All photos by the dreamy Mustard Seed Photography, except where noted

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Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012
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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 pm

    wow, you have such adorable pictures from the ice cream truck! What a great idea!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:17 pm

    OMG I’m so jealous!! I wish I could be as cool as you guys :)

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    bridesmomma 450 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    BEST IDEA EVER!!! :-)

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 1:28 pm

    So fun and your are right….so much better than a photo booth. I mean, everyone at the wedding is bound to get their picture taken but ice cream??? heck yea! The pics are awesome and the cake table (er…dresser) is fantastic! great idea!

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    mmle 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:40 pm

    Love, love, love this!! My husband does not like cake either and… people are always pretty offended by it! :)
    http://newyorkremix.blogspot.com/

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    Courtney, Guest @ 1:41 pm

    Mrs. Wallaby, I have been waiting for this post ever since you started your recaps! I love this idea and I am definitely going to look into this for our big day as well. The pictures from the ice cream truck are so sweet. Pictures I bet you and Mr. Wallaby will cherish forever.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:58 pm

    AHH, I love the pics so much it’s tempting me to rent an ice cream truck! LOL

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    MissSpark 180 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:02 pm

    I second Miss Blue Whale!

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:05 pm

    I had SO wanted to hire some sort of food truck for our wedding, but due to our venue, it just wouldn’t have worked out logistically :( I was so bummed! So I will live vicariously through your ice cream truck :) Looks awesome!

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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 2:20 pm

    I wish I was doing this but getting married in the middle of winter guests would probably think I’m strange plus we hav a dessert buffet n a candy bar with a gelato bar at the reception n a three tier wedding cake. Wow reading that made me realise how much we love dessert lol. Loving your recaps mrs wallaby

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 2:43 pm

    I love how you compromised by having cake *and* an ice cream truck!! The photos (as usual) are awesome. :)

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    mrshollinger 1013 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:22 pm

    So cute!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:49 pm

    The cake looks gorgeous, and I am craving ice cream so bad now! It doesn’t matter that I’m wrapped up in a blanket complaining of how cold it is.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:26 pm

    These are the most adorable pictures from a wedding. Ever.

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:12 pm

    You are one of the most gorgeous Bee brides ever! I love how classic your cake photos came out, and also the contrast with the ice cream truck photos, which was brilliance. Keep the recaps coming – can’t get enough Wallaby wedding!

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    Red Poppy 21 posts, Newbee @ 8:52 pm

    So cool! Good choice over the photo booth (although I kinda wish I had a photo booth at my wedding, haha). Your cake flavors sound awesome, too.

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:40 pm

    The ice cream truck looks like so much fun! And I second the greatness of Nutella.

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 8:07 am

    Very Very Awesome! The pics from the truck are fantastic! Much better $$ spent. (Even though I’m DIYing a photo booth, I think) Super cool. Also I LOVE wedding cake! But most of the cakes I have eaten are buttercream and not yucky fondant. And I’m in love with your cake stand. I keep look for a substantial one to rent…..

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    xjamit 42 posts, Newbee @ 10:28 am

    So cute!

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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:54 pm

    You totally made me google ice cream trucks in the area! Even though we’ve already planned out our dessert & there’s no way it would fit into the budget ;) but it looks so good!!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 3:33 pm

    SUCH a cool idea and I love that you and Mr. W got into the truck to help serve, so sweet!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:24 pm

    OMG That is genius! I want to go back in time and be a guest at your wedding. ;-)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:40 am

    The pictures from your ice cream truck are adorable! I especially love the one of you guys just staring at each other with the crowd around – it’s so perfect it almost seems staged, but it totally wasn’t and that’s awesome. Love!

    Also – my FI and I are both Italian from a small town and we have the same experiences with the ‘knowing people’ thing. Cars, food, desserts, insurance, houses – the works. There is no need to do research when it comes to these people, haha.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:41 pm

    This. Is. AMAZING!! The pictures of you guys are classic and it looks like the best time ever, for you *and* your guests!! I love that you also did the cake, but I’m with you… ice cream cake ftw!

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