Boy Met Girl

by Anne Bennett on February 22, 2011

Brendan and Elizabeth's wedding invitation

I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes lately, due partly to the inclement Midwestern winter weather, which renders daylight in such limited supply that photographing food is beyond my limited skills.

Here is the other, vastly more important reason: Elizabeth, our only daughter, is getting married next month in a casual ceremony in the California wine country. In all, there will be 15 of us. And I said casual, I didn’t say effortless or inexpensive.

I’ve discovered that in planning such an event, however casual, the devil is in the details. Indeed, it’s wrestling with those pesky details that makes the whole affair appear impromptu in the first place, isn’t it?

Thus I’ve spent many hours at my computer and on the phone, helping to assure that Elizabeth’s wedding is unforgettable. I’ve been in charge of the grunt work of making flight and hotel reservations, arranging ground transportation, et al.

Elizabeth has been in charge of all things aesthetic: planning the dinner–a tasting menu of seasonal wine country cuisine paired with appropriate wines–as well as determining the decor of the venue. She has an uncanny eye for the visual, as evidenced by the above invitation. I have no doubt that everything will be stunningly beautiful, yet so extemporaneous that it appears as if we all assembled there on a last-minute whim.

And get this: our son, Corbett, is going to be the officiant! Elizabeth discovered that you can get a temporary permit to perform legal marriages in California. All it requires is filling out a form and taking a 30-minute class on how to perform a wedding  ceremony. Corbett has stepped up and is ready for his big moment, provided he doesn’t flunk the “how to perform a wedding  ceremony” test.

I know what you’re thinking: only in California.

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lin February 23, 2011 at 6:35 am

It will be beautiful and memorable. Wishing you all the best, and most important, have fun! Will look forward to seeing a photo or two of the beautiful bride and her mom. Photos of the food can wait. 🙂

Liz February 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

Congratulations to all. It sounds like a very cool wedding. Enjoy!

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