Monday, July 12, 2010

"This Is Always"

It's the second week of Music Monday being hosted by Kuppy Kakes by Kristin, and her theme today is "Romantically Nostalgic." How perfect, considering that I was proud to be the date of the extraordinarily handsome man pictured to the left, Tom, at his niece's wedding on Saturday ... :)

The ceremony was just lovely! The bride was gorgeous in the most beautiful vintage-style ivory lace dress with cap sleeves ... the groom was clearly genuinely in love with his new wife ... the bridesmaids were so pretty in navy dresses which were each very slightly different from each other, and they carried white roses that were perfect in their simplicity ... the groomsmen looked so sharp in their tuxes ... and the bride's mother, Tom's sister Sandy, was radiant in a mauve gown ... sigh.

Of course, this being a blog about edibles, I must tell you that the food -- provided by local institution Angel Food Catering of Ypsilanti -- was sophisticated and wonderful. We were welcomed to the reception with hors d'oeuvres: a cheese-topped Spinach-Artichoke Dip served with pita triangles, a variety of fruits, and a vegetable assortment served with onion dip. The dinner featured a beautiful salad with almonds and dried cranberries, served with either Ranch dressing or a raspberry vinaigrette; Chicken Cordon Bleu with a rich wine sauce; fork-tender Sliced Beef Tenderloin; roasted potatoes; mixed vegetables; and flaky dinner rolls served with either a luscious Spiced Honey Butter or a Garlic-Dill Butter.

Now, I'm sure everyone is wondering why I'm not offering pictures of the food for drooling purposes. Well, I didn't take any pictures for two reasons: 1) it really wouldn't have been appropriate at a formal gathering, and 2) I was meeting Tom's sister Anne and brother Jim for the first time, so I hardly wanted to embarrass myself (or Tom!) as the flaky chick who takes pictures of her food. That is, in fact, who I am -- there's no denying it! But they don't need to know that just yet ....

There was also the mandatory wedding cake (CAKE!!!), which I did take a picture of; it was on display, so my camera and I weren't too disruptive ... and c'mon -- it's just adorable, demonstrating the bride's and groom's mutual sense of humor and whimsy! (All the guests got to take home rubber duckies, too, which had been floating in glass bowls as table centerpieces. Mine are proudly joining the other two I already had, such that I may need to repaint and redecorate my bathroom to properly showcase them now that I'm apparently becoming a collector.)

Anyway, the cake -- baked by The Milan Bakery -- was a perfectly tender white cake with raspberry filling (one of my personal favorites) and a rich frosting ... sigh. (FYI, for non-Michiganders: the little town outside of Ann Arbor is pronounced MY-len, not mill-AHN like the city in Italy.) And although I did wonder aloud if there were seconds, I didn't go greedily in search of more. I was good ... :)

After indulging in the cake, it was time for the happy couple's first dance, then the introduction of the bridal party, the bride dancing with her proud father and the groom dancing with his charming mother. Then all the cute young women in their 20s took over the floor as a hip-hop song I didn't recognize (there's a shock!) played LOUDLY, and they did some sort of line dance that they all knew the steps to ... they had a ball, while I simply felt old. It was time to leave while my ego was still intact.

So Tom and I went home and danced to a song of our own choosing, since we didn't hear any slow ones at the reception. It's not our song, but it's now on the list of our songs -- there is one particularly special one, and then there are several secondary choices. It's the perfect selection for Kristin's Music Monday, as it is romantic and nostalgic and simply beautiful ... and wedding vows should, of course, be for always ....





A quick note: My son, Jeremy, has started a blog of his own! Much as this former non-smokers' rights worker is loathe to promote anything tobacco-related, she is very proud of her son's initiative and of his passion to educate himself and to become a connoisseur-in-training. So it would be much appreciated if you could go to his site and become a follower, and show him a little bit of love ... :) Johnny's Cigar Escapades



21 comments:

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

MMM, one of my favorite cakes too! Looks like a lovely time. And he is a looker! Insert cat call here...

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Cranberry Morning said...

Sounds like a lovely time! The raspberry filled cake would be tempting right about now - I haven't had breakfast yet.

Good luck to your son and his blog! :-)

Steph S. said...

I love all the little details that go into a wedding... you described it well, I felt like i was there for a second! The cake sounded fabulous!

Have a great week!

Jenn said...

Great pic of you and Tom! I love raspberry filled cake too...my personal favorite!! And of course, love the song choice :) Sounds like a perfect evening!

Kristin Morris said...

Mary, Talk about pin on the head. That song was perfect! And that picture of you and Tom, soooo adorable! The cake was pretty cute as well! Thank you for continuing with me in my pathetic attempt at Music Monday, haha! :)
Going to join jeremys blog, now.
::Kristin::

sandwich365 said...

Awwww... love the shot of you and Tom, and I feel like I attended the wedding with your great discriptives. Your blog is growing in leaps and bounds and it looks beautiful too. I know I've asked you before, but it can't be as simple as joining a lot of other bloggers. It has to be your content. The world just needs a people feeding food floozie and self-described yenta, that's all. Keri

love2cook10 said...

New follower from M&G Monday!

http://littlebishopchronicles.blogspot.com

Hungry For Living said...

Thanks, I am following you as well! Love the cake!

Karen Mortensen said...

Sound like a wonderful wedding. The food sounded awesome.

Judy said...

Hi! Nice picture of you and your date. Im now following back from Admirer Monday. Have a great day.

Sheila said...

Sounds like a lovely wedding and even though I don't have picture of all the food, I found myself drooling at the thought. :)

Robin said...

At least we get a look at the happy couple. So glad that you enjoyed the wedding. The food sounds yummy. I guess that was past tense. Sounded yummy.

Ott, A. said...

Sounds like a wonderful event for such a joyous occasion. And such a cute cake. Thanks for sharing about it all!!!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Rapberry filled white cake sounds divine! And aren't you the cute and tiny little thing!!!!

Midday Escapades said...

I just love the name of your blog and this post was so interesting to read. The cake was adorable. Glad you got to snap a photo. You are one lucky girl with the handsome Tom. Great choice of song also for Music Monday.

I am visiting and now following from Fancy Meeting You Monday. Thanks for linking up!

Lynn
http://www.middayescapades.com

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Love this post!!For a moment I felt like I was there!
The cake sounds fab!
Thanks for your lovely comments :)
Have a great Tuesday!
~B

Heavenly Savings said...

Thanks for joining Admirer Monday! I already follow you! Hope to blog with you again soon!

Rose said...

sounds like a great day for everyone. love that type of cake. it's good to go to a wedding, but feet hurt and homeward bound is always calling.

Mrs4444 said...

Wow-That menu sounds wonderful! Good job behaving yourself :) Glad you had fun.

Cheryl said...

Love me some raspberry filling. I don't care what it comes in but the cake sounds like a fine receptacle for it. That cake is a hoot.

Sharon Cohen said...

So glad you added this link to Saturday Sampling! I felt like I was there . . . minus the delectable food!

I am bookmarking the video! Wonderful song - I think I'll be sharing a dance with my hubby tonight too. And then we'll retire - Behind Closed Doors.

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