I know, I've been gone for a while... getting back to reality after the crazy and amazing week I had last week has been a little difficult, and that includes blogging. But I'm back, and ready with a week-long recap for you! Are you sitting down? Get comfortable, this is going to be a long one, and it may take some time to load, as it's very photo-heavy...but worth it!
Monday, November 23
I worked a normal school day full of meetings and inservices, and got home to find my dad sitting on our couch! I hadn't seen my dad since our engagement party in January, and I was so excited to see him! We sat and talked for a while, then headed out for dinner. We went to Sushi Station for a light dinner, and then to Yogen Früz since he'd never had it (with living in Oregon and all). Then, we went to Macy's to find a tie for him for the wedding, and went our separate ways after that, at least for that day. I had a busy few days ahead of me!
Tuesday, November 24
At about 10 a.m. I left for my mom's house. Why you might ask? Well, when my mom and dad got married, my mom and her mom spent a day baking a challah for their wedding. I wanted to do the same thing! My sister came over as well, and we got to work. After mixing and kneading the dough, letting it rise an hour, then punching it down and rising again, it was time to braid. In the end we came out with one HUGE challah, two smaller ones, and three mini ones:
Wednesday, November 25
It was a hair day! I met my mom at our favorite hair place for highlights, an eyebrow wax (desperately needed) and a professional blow-dry. The result was fantastic, but of course, I forgot to take a picture! I then spent the remainder of the afternoon dodging "Blackout Wednesday" traffic to get our centerpieces and other supplies to our wedding venue, then picking up Lizz's bridesmaid's dress from the tailor. We had sandwiches from Boloney's for dinner, and I believe I was asleep by 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving day! I debated not being a food blogger and just enjoying the day, but I realized that, down the line, I'd be bummed if I didn't document the meal. My mom's best friend put out an amazing spread as usual, and no one was left with an empty stomach. Just a sampling of the eats:
Friday, November 27
Rehearsal day! Adam had to work Black Friday morning at his part-time job, so I spent the morning getting last minute things together and packing my bag for two nights. When he got home, we went for lunch, and then drove down to our wedding venue for a quick rehearsal with everyone involved. The guys left after that, and the girls went to get manicures and pedicures.
Afterwards, we drove like crazy people to the rehearsal dinner at Gino's East Pizzeria for some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, salad, and pasta. At that point, I said bye to Adam until the wedding! We still talked later in the night, but it was odd not seeing each other.
Saturday, November 28
Wedding day!!! I'll let the pictures tell the story... it was truly the happiest and best day of my life so far.
We spent the night dancing, celebrating, and well, it was the best wedding EVER! I'm beyond thrilled with how well it all went, and even MORE thrilled to be married to my amazing HUSBAND (I don't think I'll ever get tired of saying that!) We were beyond exhausted by the time the night was over, and made a rather surprising decision for:
Sunday, November 29
Rather than staying in a hotel for Sunday night, Adam and I opted to go home and sleep in our own bed. We had some friends in from out of town we wanted to see before they left, and the measly 4 hours of sleep Saturday night just weren't cutting it! We both took long naps after brunch, and decided to spend our "hotel money" on a great dinner out to celebrate. We went to Shaw's Crab House near our house for a fantastic meal.
(I know what you're thinking...enough with the wedding stuff and get onto some food!)
We started with a spicy crab california roll:
And shared a cup of the amazingly creamy clam chowder:
We decided to really splurge and get what we REALLY wanted, so I got King crab legs, the best I've ever had:
Adam (the HUSBAND! Notice his ring?!?!) got these Nantucket scallops with spinach:
Rather than getting dessert at the restaurant, we opted instead to have dessert at home. On Saturday, we didn't get ONE piece of our wedding cake! Well, we each got a tiny bite when we cut it, but that was IT! So what did we do? We had slices of our top tier! Instead of saving it for a full year, we had one piece Sunday, we'll have another Saturday (to celebrate one week married) another at one month after the honeymoon, another at 6 months, and the rest at a year.
This cake was alternating chocolate and red velvet with milk chocolate buttercream and white icing:
(Are you still here?)
Thank you for reading the recap of the BEST week of my life... here's to a hundred more years! Adam, I love you more than anything!
Speaking of honeymoons: We leave for our honeymoon December 19, and obviously, I'll need guest posters! Send me an email if you're interested!