August 12, 2013

The Wedding

A fine wedding it was.

It had an international flavor... the bride and groom met several years ago in Oman, where they both travelled to teach English.  They will be returning there after their honeymoon!

I had the honor of sitting at the piano, so there are no pictures of the ceremony.  But following are some reception pics to share.  The bride's mother (my incredibly gifted cousin) catered the event...a crazy idea, but it was her gift to her daughter and new son-in-law!

The bride's gown was stunning.  Cream and gold.

Holy cow, those people in the kitchen worked so hard!!  This was the assembly line for crostini with strawberry topping.  I wish you could have seen the energy.

You know me, I can never resist shiny things.  =)

There was an abundance of food, only some of which I was able to capture with my camera.  Lighting was an issue and people were digging in...and I was hungry, so I had to hurry!  (There is a reason I was not the wedding photographer.)  =)

The fruit and vegetable trays were gorgeous.

 Tray upon tray of salmon kept coming out.  Have to love that we live in the Northwest!

And of course, there had to be some kind of honorable mention to the humble camels, who are everywhere in Oman!

A family friend did the flowers, using lots of Northwest flowers, plants, and grasses.  They were very different and absolutely lovely.

And of course, the naked wedding cake thing.  These cakes were made by another friend...delicious and creative!  The bride and groom both hate frosting, so it was a nice touch!

There was something for everyone, and age did not define choices.  Brownies, lemon bars, and another amazing creation that involved pistachios, rose water, mascarpone cheese, and phyllo dough were all highly popular!

All of this was a delicious and memorable way to celebrate a wonderful marriage. There was so much love that more than one of us had to wipe away a tear or two.

To my sweet cousin:  You did an stunning job this weekend - it could not have been more perfect. And you raised one beautiful daughter.  Now put your feet up, pour yourself a good cup of coffee, and revel in your blessings.  =)


  1. Thanks for the great post, Nancy. It was wonderful day and I was so glad that you were a significant part of it. I don't think that I would have changed a thing except to gather in the dearly-loveds who couldn't be there. Happiness abounds (in English, French, and Creole)!

    You are right about the energy in the kitchen--they are my A-Team. Quite the thrill to have total confidence that they could carry the job while I was visiting and having a great time. They are the best.


  2. What beautiful photographs! The colors are as delicious as the foods must have been. Those fruit and veggie trays are works of art. Your mention was the first I've heard about naked wedding cakes and I like them! My son always scrapes off the icing from any cake He'd rather have birthday pie.