I'm trying hard not to focus too many posts on wedding plans, because I really don't want to bore you with all the nitty gritty details and after all, this is a food blog, not a wedding blog. But since my spare moments have become consumed with making appointments for dress shopping and confirming times for menu tastings and gathering addresses for save-the-dates and putting together a wedding website, well, it's really all I have to talk about right now. So a wedding post is what you get.
Let's rewind a bit. Did I mention a menu tasting up there? Oh yes I did.
When you're planning a wedding in Michigan and you live in Illinois, things can get a bit complicated. The time difference, for example. Though the lake house where the ceremony and reception will take place is a mere three hours away from where we live, it's in a whole different time zone. So when I make an appointment for a menu tasting at 12:30, we're really meeting at 11:30, which means salmon, beef, and bacon-wrapped shrimp for breakfast. Not that I'm complaining.
One thing the caterer mentioned as we had our morning supper was that at many weddings, the waitstaff ends up clearing away full plates from the bride and groom. As in, the bride and groom don't even get a chance to eat. And I understand that it's a big day and all and there are hundreds of people to say hello to and photos to be taken and all of that but I promise you one thing: I will be eating at my wedding. As long as there is grilled salmon marinated in lemon and thyme, perfectly tender and juicy beef tenderloin, roasted rosemary potatoes, and those lovely grilled veggies in front of me, please don't disturb me. A bride needs to eat, ya know.
In other wedding updates, we're planning on putting up a big white tent next to the house, with white paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling, and tables decorated with apples, baby's breath, and candles held in mason jars. We're thinking of holding the ceremony at the dock, with a perfect view of sparkling water and autumn-tinted trees and (please please please!) blue skies.
These visions are simply jumbled images floating around my head right now, and in the dreary gray of November, can be somewhat difficult to see clearly. But it's all coming together, and with the amount of work already put into it, I just hope I get a chance to stop and breathe in and appreciate it all once the big day comes -- from every forkful of my meal to each glowing candle to his smile when we say "I do."