It seems as though Spring and the start of Summer have completely passed me by...that is in terms of being prompt and regular with my writing. But - I do have a pretty good excuse this time...The Motown Maiden became the Motown Mrs. on June 11!
Yes, with all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, I got all wrapped up in plans and details to ensure a perfect day and a rockin' party. I suppose I never realized how much work was involved or even how busy I'd be close to the date (even though I am a ridiculous planner). When Jonathan and I were figuring out what we wanted, we laid out a few requirements: Good music (Rick C., you Rock!), good beverages (we picked a venue that allowed us to bring in our own beer, wine, & liquor which allowed us to have anything we wanted), and of course, good food (I had our reception venue make this recipe from Food and Wine and source their bread from here). We also had a great photographer who has just started offering wedding photobooths in addition to their wedding photo package (a huge hit with our guests...we can't wait to see the photos from Crystal and Brandon).
Once I get back some photos, I promise to share - as well as some recipes from the cookie table - everything was homemade by family and friends (my mother made two wedding cakes!). The only dessert items we outsourced were some tasty Michigan pies from here.
I'll be taking a few more days to recover from a wonderful weekend and reveling in the joys of married life. But I promise I'll post something delicious very soon and not keep you waiting. In the meantime, you may want to check out this recipe for a great use of fresh-from-the-garden asparagus and healthy soba noodles. We had it a couple of weeks ago and it was a nice change for a breakfast-meets-dinner entree.
In case you're planning a wedding or a party or helping a friend research their's, here are some of the key vendors and etsy sellers we used for our event. I would highly recommend all of them!
Wedding Ceremony: Our Lady of Good Counsel Church - Plymouth, MI
Wedding Reception: Earhart Manor @ Concordia University - Ann Arbor, MI
Photographers: Toole Art Photography
String Quartet: Go 4 Baroque
Live Music: Rick Canzano
Custom Items from Etsy (my all-time-favorite shopping site):
- Custom stamp from Terbear Co
- Book Safe (for the rings)
- Bridal Bolero
- My something blue that we sewed in the back of my dress
- Personalized matchbooks from DIYLasercut
- Fun photo booth props (the chalkboard thought bubble was a major hit!) -This, This, and This
- Burlap banner from sherisewsweet
- Chalk tags to use for table numbers