The Wedding

Before we could go on a honeymoon, we got married. Forty-two of our nearest and dearest gathered at Floriole (where else?) to celebrate. It was a small group which meant we actually got to spend time with everyone at the wedding. It was perfect. We ate and drank and danced. Our friends gave the most amazing speeches, I still tear up when I think of them. We have never felt more loved.

People say it is the happiest day of their lives, and I was always skeptical. They are right. It was the best day because so many people we love were together in one place. What could be better than that? We all laughed and cried and just enjoyed being together. It was magic.

Oh, and of course there was amazing food! Cava and manchego gougères to start, enjoyed to the sounds of live accordion music (so rad!). Dinner began with antipasti platters of housemade pickles (zucchini, beet and carrot), salami, potato sourdough bread, and olive tapenade. There was a lovely butternut squash soup with pumpernickel croutons, which was my favorite. The main course was a beer braised brisket with mustard roasted potatoes and raw kale salad. We finished the main meal with a cheese course accompanied by apple jellies and spiced pecans with a glass of pommeau. Then, everyone moved downstairs for dancing and the most spectacular dessert buffet: canelés, buttermilk panna cotta with quince and graham crackers, coffee and caramel cream puffs, raspberry upside down cake and an assortment of cookies. We ate well.

Thanks to our fantastic photographer, Lizz Sisson for all of these beautiful photos. She was an important part of the wedding, and is especially amazing because I never even noticed her taking photos. She is the best.

Thanks to Elizabeth at Asrai Garden (my favorite flower shop) for the creating such rad flower arrangements—better than I ever imagined.

And most especially, thanks to the crew at Floriole, who made it such a special night.

Thanks to all of you for your patience. I am excited to get back to business as usual. But maybe not so usual, I’ve got some fun stuff up my sleeve. Hint: COOKIES.

86 comments to “The Wedding”

  1. I got all teary eyed. You two are so handsome and beautiful. Everything looks absolutely exquisite. Thank you for sharing. xo

  2. ex-Montrealer says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Tim, you know that whatever I write has been written many times before! Congratulations, mazel tov, and l’chaim (to [a long] life)!!
    After I see your photos and prose, all other food blogs are a pale imitation (to yours). As always, your photography is simply stunning. My favourite is the B&W of you and Bryan; can 2 people look any happier or more handsome?! :>)
    May you and Bryan have many more years of happiness and love together. I’m rooting for you, and that your marriage is one that will go the distance. All the best, always.

  3. So lovely Tim! Great place to have a wonderful celebration. We used Asrai Garden for our wedding back in May too. Elizabeth really does FANTASTIC work!

  4. beautiful!

  5. Congrats! Your wedding looks bloody beautiful! When I put it like that it sounds like a bad thing but, trust me, it’s a good thing.

  6. so so so gorgeous & beautiful! i love every image, the vibe, the essence of it all is perfect…congratulations & may there be many of wonderful years ahead for you both! Dayle

  7. You both look very sharp, and the setting–with all its gorgeous trappings–too. Congratulations.

  8. So nice, I love all the details!

    I just posted about my wedding, which was 7 weeks ago… it took me that long to kind of process everything. I’m a tiny bit jealous of the size of your wedding- I definitely felt like I was stretched thin and didn’t get to connect with everyone, but my husband and I both have huge families so it wasn’t really an option. Sounds like you had exactly the kind of wedding you dreamed of. Many congratulations!

  9. Noelle, Your wedding looks so beautiful! So much wedding planning in the blog world lately. We essentially had to limit the guests to immediate family and friends. It was a tough decision. We were either going to have 120 people or 45. there wasn’t really an in between. But big weddings are amazing in a different way! So glad yours was good.

  10. So cute. Congratulations!!

  11. Congratulations! From the pictures (which are lovely) it looks like you had a fabulous time! Many well wishes for the future!

  12. What a lovely, classy, tasteful wedding. Congrats.

  13. Beautiful photos. Congratulations to you both! My husband and I got married last year and used Asrai Gardens too! I love them!

  14. michelle dehaven says:

    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    amazing. gorgeous photos. wishing you lots of love.

  15. Oh oh oh!! So lovely, such beautiful photos, such happy faces. Thank you for sharing! And I’m so glad you felt the love. I think it carries a marriage forward. :) xxxx

  16. Thanks, Luisa! It is a happy year for both of us! xoxo

  17. Wow wow wow! I am completely smitten with the flowers. And what a space for a small wedding. Oh, and the pickles. I’m a big fan of pickles, too. Sounds like you had a wedding that was full of beautiful little touches and just what you wanted, I wish you the same in your life together.

  18. Congrats! Such a lovely celebration.

  19. goldenblind221 says:

    November 6th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Congratulations! It looks so beautiful!

  20. Herzliche Glückwünsche aus Dresden!

  21. A heart felt congratulations! Everything looks beautiful and you two seem to radiate happiness. I wish you all of the best. :)

  22. Thanks for the continued good wishes, friends!

  23. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Your wedding looks amazing, and I wish the two of you eternal love.

  24. Wow. Beautiful, classy, intimate. Congrats!

  25. Hi Tim! I just started reading your blog and became addicted. Me and my fiance actually recently decided to do a food blog together and yours has just been such an inspiration. He’s a web developer & designer so we are still getting the actual site ready :) thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful food and your amazing life! Extremely happy for both of you! Congratulations!

  26. Courtney! Good luck starting up the blog, email me a link when it is up and running!

  27. oh! wow! what a fantastic & beautifully detailed wedding!
    you both look so very happy…best of best wishes for a wonderful life together.

  28. The photos are gorgeous and you both look great! Congratulations!!!

  29. Congratulations!!! What a wonderful day for both of you! Stunning photos and wonderful memories made.

  30. A great wedding for a great couple. I feel I must make pickled beets now.

  31. Beautiful photos! Congratulations to you! I’m so envious of that wedding food…I want to sample all of it right now.

  32. Congratulations – you two look so happy! Your wedding looks so lovely.

  33. You’re wedding photos made me smile. You have a beautiful blog and I just want to thank you for sharing your happy day with all of us!

  34. Josh Middleton says:

    December 1st, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    This is great news, Tim. Congrats to both of you! Smoooooooooooooooch.

  35. Gorgeous, Tim! So happy for you two.

  36. Your menu sounds stunning…truly inspirational. Floriole is on my list for my next trip to Chicago!! And…congratulations!!