Wedding Photos

Jonathan and I are home in Windsor.  We are getting everything organized and resting up after such a wonderful wedding.  It was beyond perfect – there was so much happiness, joy and love!  Thank you to all of our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and families for making everything perfect.

I will share a few highlights and some of the photos of the food.  We had the reception at the Kingbridge Centre in King City, Ontario.  The food was absolutely delicious.  I had the salmon and Jonathan had the beef.  The fresh seasonal veggies on each plate were flavourful and delicious.  The wedding cake was absolutely perfect.  It was carrot cake and made by Christina at Cocoa Cakery.  All of the flowers were so beautiful and with five layers I can only imagine how much work it took to create!

Getting Ready for the weddingMy BouquetFlowers from the ChurchNewly Weds1044297_10151752104642323_1008248124_nThe CakeSalmon with Asparagus, carrots, spinach and yellow zucchiniCHicken with AsparagusBeef with Seasonal VegetablesWedding Favours Blueberry Grand Marnier JamFather Daughter DanceDancing with JonathanWearing Wedding Sado

Groomsmen Cookies – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

IMG_5140Wedding is tomorrow!  So, I can’t help myself but to bake.  I am making some cookies to take over for the groomsmen.  Tonight is the rehearsal dinner.  It should be lots of fun!  Everyone is just relaxing at the Chapman house.  The neighbours sent over some beautiful flowers, so I will share the picture.

Currently, Jonathan is on the road from Windsor.  I called him last night to make sure that he packed the wedding rings!  They are (kind of) important.  I am so excited to be marrying my best friend.  He makes me happy each and every day.  He is the kindest, most generous, loving and smart person I know!  All of the wedding planning has been done, and now we just relax and enjoy.  It is going to be a beautiful day.  I can’t wait to put on my wedding dress, and see all of my bridesmaids in the deep eggplant purple dresses.IMG_5143IMG_5139

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup sugar

1 egg

¼ cup maple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and oats.

In your mixer bowl beat the sugar and butter.  Then add egg, vanilla extract and maple syrup.  Slowly add in flour and oat mixture until combined.  Add chocolate chips til just combined.

Use a 1 inch cookie scoop and place cookies on baking sheet.  Flatten slightly with your fingers.  Bake for 9 minutes until they are just slightly golden around the edges.  Let cool.  Enjoy!

Busy, Busy, Busy (Convocation, Bachelorette Party & Fudge!)

This week I graduated from Queen’s University with my Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/ Senior divisions).  This means I am certified to teach high school in Ontario, grades 7-12.  Mom, Dad, Jonathan and I drove to Kingston, Ontario for the convocation ceremony.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and it felt great to walk across the stage and accept my degree.  In whatever job I end up doing I hope to use the skills I have learned in teaching.  Every job needs people who can read, write, communicate and show empathy and compassion.  I also saw a few friends from the Trent-Queen’s concurrent program, which was awesome!  My friend Kirsten spent some time in Northern England teaching, so it was great to catch up with her and share some stories.

After the ceremony we went to Woodenheads, which is one of Kingston’s best gourmet pizza establishments.  I ordered a pizza with onions, meatballs,  Gruyere cheese and white truffle oil.  Jonathan got a pizza with apple butter, blackened chicken, cheddar cheese and caramalized onions. Needless to say it was absolutely delicious.  I was dangerously wearing a white dress, but did not spill anything on it (yay!)  It was perfect weather for a sundress. Mom had been wanting to try the pizza at Woodenheads for a long time.  I had told her about the amazing fresh ingredients and perfect crust.

In other news, this weekend we had Laura’s bachelorette party in Toronto!  We went out for a lovely gourmet Italian dinner, martinis and dancing.  The next day – we made the wedding favours (Hence the title ‘busy, busy, busy.’)  Mom invited her wonderful friends Ophelia and Heather over to help.  Alison (Laura’s fiance Chris’s Mom) also participated in making many batches of fudge.  Cutting out the fudge, assembling boxes and doing dishes were the main jobs.  Mom had it all planned out so it was a well functioning assembly line.  Auntie Andrea came to help with all of the packaging and cutting and it was quite the project.  The fudge mini wedding cakes look spectacular – I just know everyone will love it!

*I did not personally make the fudge (Mom, Ophelia, Healther and Alison get all of the credit.  Mom used a recipe from Martha Stewart.

 

Wedding Fever

There are two weddings in two years in my family with Laura and I getting married a year apart.  Laura’s wedding is all planned and is going to be spectacular. The flowers, the dress, the first dance and of course my Maid of Honour speech – it is a very exciting time.  My Dad is very excited about the weddings.  We are all wondering if there will be a little tear in his eye during the father-daughter dance.

There are so many cute ideas on the web, so I thought I would share some of my favourite pictures and wedding ideas so far.  My wedding is a year away, but I can’t help collecting pictures and ideas.  These photos of course include lots of pictures from Martha Stewart and from Pinterest.  Let me know what you like and if you have any suggestions.

Here are my wedding bouquet favourites so far:

My favourite wedding cake inspirations so far:

Recently I saw the movie The Five Year Engagement in theatres.  It was hilarious, there were lots of moments where I thought, this has happened to us.  The one part I found particularly funny was the part where Jason Segel’s character says to Emily Blunt’s character, “I’d like to be alone.  Wait where are you going?  I want to be alone with ‘you’.”  Since Laura and I both getting married a year apart, we have been loving the wedding romantic comedies, The Five Year Engagement, Bridesmaids, and of course Bridewars.  There are also some classics out there like The Wedding Planner.  So in this blog post I would like to know what is your favourite wedding movie?

Laura’s fiancé is in the film industry and he is also doing movie reviews on Youtube, so check it out!