My step-dad is a very talented photographer and Brian and I were so excited to have him do our engagement session. There was a storm off in the distance the day that we wanted to do our photos. In the end this worked in our favor and made for some amazing background shots, but my curls got completely windblown. This photo shoot was the moment when it all hit me that I was going to marry Brian and be with him for the rest of my life, it was an amazing feeling and I think these photos capture our love for each other. So enjoy 🙂
Sometimes when there is nothing you can do, you just have to laugh at yourself.
I encountered this reality on Saturday when I tried to be the best wife ever and make Brian his favourite dessert, a fruit pizza. He had worked 19 hours on Friday and woke up from 4 hours of sleep to work another 5 hours. I have no idea how he does it but while he was sleeping I decided to surprise him with the infamous fruit pizza.
I decided to get creative and use up a Tenderflake pie crust that we had sitting in our freezer and instead of the regular sugar cookie crust, make more of a fruit pie than pizza. I also tried a new recipe for the filling part and made an orange glaze (with freshly grated orange zest) instead of the regular pineapple one that I make. I know, I was getting fancy but he is worth it 😉
So my fruit was cut and neatly arranged, the glaze actually turned out really nice so I eagerly spooned it on top of the fruit pie and placed it in the refrigerator to set. I didn’t say a word about it to Brian so a couple hours later when he went to get a glass of milk he sounded like a little kid at Christmas, high pitched voice and everything (sorry babe…).
We were having friends over for a potluck dinner and cards that night so everyone who arrived got to see my fruit pie in the fridge. After we stuffed our faces at dinner, we waited a little while to digest before diving into my masterpiece. But as I was cutting it, I was noticing that something wasn’t right. I felt the crust and it hit me. I didn’t bake the pre-made crust (looking at the photos now it is pretty obvious but at the time it didn’t even cross my mind).
So in front of everyone, I had to explain what I did and laugh along with everyone else about my error. I mean it was pretty hilarious but I was mortified that I had bragged so much about my amazing Susie Homemaker skills. We all decided that I should still serve the pie and everyone would just scoop out the filling and leave the raw crusts. My sister, the people pleaser, saw that I was laughing but kind of upset so she tried eating a bite that included the raw crust. Bless her heart for trying but she immediately started gagging and had to spit it out.
The mistake was a the running joke for the rest of the night, and I drowned my sorrows in
one several cocktails to ease the embarrassment. We played a drinking game called Socialables, have you ever played it? If you make the right rules, it can be pretty hilarious. Did you all have a good weekend? Anyone have a major fail in life like I did?
Happy Monday and hopefully your weekend culinary adventures turned out better than mine!
So I thought I would give everyone (namely me) a bit of a break from the continuous wedding posts that I have been bombarding you with this past week. I am just excited to have my pictures and visually relive every moment of that day! That’s normal right? K just one more…
Anyways I am interrupting this wedding recap to tell you all about my workout last night. Awesome sauce eh? In truth I will probably still publish a wedding recap post later on but we will see how I am feeling 😉
Last night was a huge milestone in Brian and I’s marriage. I FINALLY made him something manly that did not involve any “weird” ingredients. I didn’t realize my obsession with kale until I tried to make something without it. It was hard. Not going to lie.
Anyway I made these pulled pork taquitos but dinner sized and then we had a green salad on top that we added a massive amount of tomatoes to because we are still trying to get through the batch that Brian’s boss gave us from his garden. The good news though is that we only have half of a zucchini left! I also made an easy peasy dipping sauce for the taquitos that was basically just plain greek yogurt mixed with A LOT of sriracha (somehow I spelled that right on my first try!). The most amazing thing about this dinner was that I just plopped a pork roast in the slow cooker in the morning and when I got home all I had to do was shred it and wrap it into tortillas! I always forget to use our slow cooker, but when I do I remember why I love it so much.
(Photo from Iowa Girl Eats)
I was going to do a run last night but long story short I just can’t run on the treadmill without watching Netflix or else I get super bored (#firstworldproblems am I right?). So Brian invited me to do a circuit that our friend Rod showed him when they had a weight date on the weekend with our new weight set. It starts off by doing 30 man-makers in 15 minutes. What is a man-maker you ask? Well it is your lucky day!
1 man-maker =
– start in push up position holding on top of your dumbbells (I used 10’s Brian used 30’s)
– do one push up
– spread legs hip distance apart while still in push up position
– lift right elbow up
– lift left elbow up
– hop to standing
– place feet hip distance apart and do a squat while lifting the dumbbells above your head
That is one man-maker. We did 30 in 10 minutes! I’m going to blame it on the endorphins but these gave me massive amounts of energy. Like enough energy to be rapping while I was doing them. Brian just looked at me and said, “next time we will give you heavier weights”.
We then did an ab circuit. Each round consisted of 10 full crunches (the crappy ones where you have to bring yourself all the way up to your knees), a 30 second plank (again for some reason I was rapping through these too), and a hold where you lift your legs straight up in the air and try to touch your toes for 10 seconds.
It was a good workout! If you are curious, this is what I was rapping.
There is a story behind that song and album but that is for another day 😉
Since almost all of our wedding party was from out of town and Brian and I both have pretty large families, we knew that we wanted to do something low-key and inexpensive for our rehearsal dinner. We decided on a back yard BBQ at our house with in-town family and friends bringing food potluck style. Including kids, we had around 30 people crammed into our house but I think it worked out really well! Brian and his friend Jeff made 45 burger patties (from scratch!) ahead of time and froze them so all we had to do on the day of was take them out and put them on the BBQ! Easy peasy. My mom brought the best potato salad I have ever tasted in my life (she added bacon…I think that was the kicker) and our MC’s Duncan and Erin brought a storage bin full of salad! I think they were under the impression people would only be eating salad ? 😉
The rehearsal dinner was also the time when Brian and I gave our wedding party their gifts. For my bridesmaids I got each of them with the same line, “Hey, I really need your opinion on the photos for the seating chart.” Worked like a charm and one-by-one I tricked them into coming downstairs with me so that I could give them their gift. Each bridesmaid got a handmade lace design makeup bag that I got off Etsy that was filled with a bunch of goodies. Each bag had in it:
– lip gloss
– hand lotion
– nail polish
– and a personalized compact mirror that had each of their names on it (for me and my sister, Windy, this is a big deal. Nothing ever had our name on it growing up)
Each of Brian’s groomsmen as well as both of our Dads got a pocket watch (also ordered off Etsy, that site is AMAZING). The watches were engraved with each of their initials.
For Brian’s two nieces who were our flower girls, they each got a necklace that had a little pink rose on it and a charm that had their first initial.
And finally for Brian’s two nephews who were our ring bearers, they each got a miniature baseball bat that said “Genuine Ring Bearer,” their name, and our wedding date on it.
The actual rehearsal was pretty seamless as we lucked out and had an amazing Justice of the Peace to conduct our ceremony. We did a couple run throughs of the ceremony but at that point I don’t think the reality of the situation had really sunk in yet.
Since we did not have a wedding planner, the main contact person for everything was myself. I had a lot of things organized a head of time but the rehearsal was just draining with questions that I hadn’t planned for. To help with this, I put certain people in charge of parts of the room. My little sisters were in charge of decorating the seating chart, my bridesmaids were in charge of decorating the head table and cake table, my dad, Windy’s dad, and other handy type guys were in charge of making sure the arch didn’t fall over on us during the ceremony, and friends that came to help out were given tasks such as putting the programs on the seats and setting up the centre pieces on the tables.
Naively, I was under the assumption that I would have all this time to be hands on and make everything “perfect”. But it turned out that I needed to be available to answer any and all questions from the hotel people, photographer (my step-dad), and the wedding party, friends, and family who I had delegated tasks to. I think it is important for Brides to have trust in the people around them and understand that they want your day to be perfect just as much as you do. And when it comes down to it, the guests are not going to be able to tell that the candles on the guest book signing table were supposed to be on the right and not the left. Just delegating tasks was exhausting and I remember standing and talking to the hotel coordinator and everything she was saying was going in one ear and out the other because I just couldn’t focus anymore.
For all the soon to be brides out there, I will fall under the cliche to say this, but honestly just relax and breathe. Everything will turn out great because you are surrounded by people who love you and will do anything to make sure that your day goes off without a hitch. I was very open with my wedding party and I gave them all an itinerary of what was happening on the day so everyone knew what time the flowers were going to be dropped off, and where people were supposed to be at a given time. You can coordinate all you want but when it comes to the day, just throw your hands up and let people help you. They know what you would want and they only have your best interests in mind. I was fortunate to have some fierce girls behind me and they handled a lot of stuff that went down on the day that I had no idea went on. Look how on top of everything they are!
Moral of the story: you can organize as obsessively as you want, but things are still going to happen that you didn’t plan for. The best thing to do is trust in the people around you and know that no matter what happens it doesn’t matter because you are going to marry the love of your life.
Besides the actual wedding vows, and reading the letter from Brian, the only other time that was very emotional for me was when I gave my Dad his present. His reaction when he first saw me is one of my favourite memories from the day.
I then put on his boutonniere for him even though I had no idea what I was doing (after we hugged it promptly fell to the floor and my sister had to redo it!).
I then gave him a present I had ordered from Etsy. It was a linen handkerchief that I had custom embroidered to say “Dad, Today a Bride, Tomorrow a Wife, Always your Little Girl. Love Tawny. June 15, 2013”
I tried to stay away from the overused Pinterest wedding ideas, but one of the sentimental things that I really wanted to do before the ceremony was for Brian and I to write a letter to each other. Brian’s brother and bestman, Scott delivered Brian’s letter to me and my sister and matron of honour, Windy delivered mine to Brian.
Yeah, it was mine. Whoops!
We didn’t talk about what we were going to write in the letters but somehow we ended up writing close to the same things. I am so glad that we decided to do this because even though it made me emotional, it made me even more excited to marry Brian.
Brian stayed at our house the night before the wedding and had some friends over to help him celebrate his last night of singledom. One of his groomsmen did the 5 hour drive from Edmonton the morning of the wedding and arrived just in the nick of time to get ready with everyone!
Brian picked out his groom’s gifts and we ordered them off Etsy. His two brothers, his best friend, and both of our dads got a pocket watch to go with their suits. Each watch had their initials engraved on the front.