Monday, June 9, 2008

Matrimonial Frenzy

Whoa. This past weekend was crazy! I headed to the church shortly after my last post--we took several hours' worth of pictures before the ceremony. The service was beautiful though, and I cried like a baby as I came down the aisle. I was sniffling the whole way through the ceremony too--so much for the notion of an elegant maid of honor! I love my sisters so much, so I was a little sad to see the last one be "given away" by my father. My crying subsided when I realized how happy the couple would be together:)

On to the reception! The party was a blast, complete with fabulous guests, crowd-pleasing music, and divine food! I made a particular effort to take a picture of the cake as soon as I got to the reception, because last time I never got to see the cake before it was devoured. This creation was a basic white cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. Instead of a groom's cake, we had cupcakes in three different flavors: chocolate, lemon, and carrot cake. Katie and I enjoyed a few carrot cupcakes together:) PS, Can you tell she likes monograms?

I should probably tell you about the meal I had beforehand too! There were three different stations with unique themes for each one. #1 was Mexican, from which I got a black bean and corn salad, and chips with guacamole and fresh salsa. Other offerings included chicken enchiladas and quesadillas. #2 was Southern cuisine--I loaded up on berries from this station. I wanted to take the whole fruit platter but decided to get my money's worth and choose the expensive blackberries and raspberries. This station also had shrimp 'n grits, macaroni and cheese, and a carving table. I'm not sure what #3's theme was, but I just got some raw veggies and some marinated artichoke hearts. There was some sort of creamy pasta with sausage on this table as well. I washed it all down with a glass (or two) of white wine. Here's a picture of my plate:
Afterward, I headed to the dance floor with family and friends. I was unable to attend the after party with some of the bridesmaids because I was the only one underage. Boo! I was pretty beat anyway, and I don't really drink either, so it was OK actually. I was in bed by 12:30!

The next day we had a brunch for out-of-towners at my house. We had it catered (to keep my mother sane). There were a few egg casseroles, muffins, Danishes, ham, biscuits, and fresh fruit. I ate about a pound of the fruit by myself, but more on that later. It was great to talk to my relatives, but my social battery ran down by afternoon. I ended up chilling with my brother-in-law Ryan for most of the day.

Whew! Here are a few picks of the other grub I ate, in between gatherings:

Lunch was assembled amidst bridesmaid hysteria, with hair dryers and bobby pins flying. Here is my hair:
And my lunch, which consisted of an Amy's Bistro burger on whole wheat, a spinach salad, almonds, and an orange. Lindsay, you'll be happy to hear that I detected no mushroom flavor!

See above for Saturday's dinner...I apologize for the disorganized nature of this post!

Due to my relatively early bedtime the night before, I was able to get up for some exercise before the brunch on Sunday. After an hour on the stationary bike, I headed upstairs for a bowl of oat bran with peanut butter and some more of those amazing cherries.
For lunch, I ate mounds of fresh fruit salad, plus a black bean burger (with salsa) on whole wheat, organic greens, and a handful of cashews.

My mom understandably served leftovers for dinner last night. I opted to make a simple hummus wrap, a side salad with avocado, and some plain soy yogurt with raisins for dessert.
Today was all about getting back into a routine. I made myself a luscious smoothie from Silk Light Soymilk, vanilla extract, and frozen strawberries. On the side I had some Kashis with peanut butter.
Lunch was simple today. I didn't much feel like cooking before class this afternoon, so I heated up another Helen's Kitchen creation. This veggie chili was unlike any other that I have had--the chopped tofu steaks make a big difference, plus there were chunks of real vegetables. Love it! I will definitely buy this in the future. I also had some couscous and some leftover fruit salad. After class, I got caught up in doing homework, so dinner kinda snuck up on me. I had intended on marinating my tofu before assembling some tofu skewers, but I ultimately just grilled them plain, then added seasonings afterward. On the side, I had a salad with sliced almonds, an Ezekiel pita, and some soy yogurt (not pictured).
Well, I'm off to finish some reading for my nutrition class. Enjoy your evening!


Marcy said...

Looks like you had a blast! The cake looks so pretty! What brand of black bean burger do you buy? I have been looking for a good one.

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my goodness that wedding cake is STUNNING!! Love the monograms :0) And your hair looked fantastic for the event as well - such a lovely ceremony, indeed!!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

It sounds like a fun, beautiful wedding! Congratulations to your sis!

Erin said...

I'm glad you had a great time, weddings are so much fun! And your sister looks beautiful. And your food looks tasty, as per usual.

glidingcalm said...

Wow your sister is so pretty! And the cake is so beautiful! Thanks for the review on the chilli, I may try that! All of your meals look delicious though... your wraps, your salads, smoothies, oat bran! Man! Haha, I think we share similar tastes! And your post really makes me want to go to a wedding! They are always so much fun! Congrats again to your sister! Have a great Wednesday Chickpea!

Danielle said...

What a gorgeous wedding and your sister looked absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to her and her hubby! I completely understand the crying :) I am such a softie too, especially in regards to romance. Looks like you had some tasty food to take you through the celebration. Have I ever mentioned how excited I get when you post? Because it's not everyday each post is long and exciting and I just love it :). Enjoy your week!

ChickPea said...

Marcy: I did I have a great time. This black bean burger was by Gardenburger brand-they're kind of hard to find.
VeggieGirl: Glad you like the wedding cake-my mom and sister were worried that it looked to much like plastic (due to the dark hue).
Alice: Thanks! I'll pass on the message:)
Erin: Thank you so much! I should have gotten a picture of the whole spread of food, but I was a bit distracted:)
Gliding Calm: I appreciate your kind words.
I am always so jealous of your uber-cheap produce and your ginormous salads!
Danielle: You're so sweet to compliment the wedding photos--I know you must be busy right now. I'm glad you enjoy the posts-sometimes I worry that no one reads them in entirety besides me!