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. Beautiful! Congratulations again. You both look so handsome. :)

  2. Congratulations! That looks like everything a wedding should be: gorgeous, intimate, and full of personality. So many good wishes.

  3. Congratulations! It looks and sounds like it was a beautiful party! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  4. congratulations, this is so so beautiful, as are the two of you.

  5. LOVE these pictures! Cheers to you both!

  6. How incredibly beautiful! Congratulations!!!

  7. Wow. One of my favorite things about this blog is about how you share just enough. And from what I can see with your wedding, well… really, really well done. Just beautiful.

  8. beautiful wedding! yay for tim + bryan!

  9. YAAAYYYY!!! Congratulations you two!!! What a gorgeous wedding, so happy for you both. The best is yet to come. :)

  10. Beautiful photos! Been reading your blog for a while and seeing this made me really happy. Enjoy happiness!

  11. thanks to all of you sweet people! we really appreciate the compliments and encouragement. xo

  12. How beautiful! Congratulations you 2! XO

  13. Aw, congratulations. Very sweet.

  14. I don’t comment much, but I have to chime in and say congratulations! What beautiful photos, and the evening sounds like it was purely magical. Enjoy newly wedded bliss!!

  15. Tantissimi auguri.

  16. Everything looked so beautiful, a perfect day really. What a great start for your life together!

  17. This looks fantastic, congratulations! I can’t wait until my friends are getting married in December – I love weddings :)

  18. Congratulations – what a great day! And cookies? Bring it on!

  19. Congratulations!!
    I love all the photographs. You guys look so cute and happy!
    And that menu, wow, amazing choices.
    All the best to both of you!!

  20. It looks like your wedding was beautiful and romantic…. I wish you two a lifetime of happiness together!

  21. Congratulations on a beautiful wedding and a beautiful life together. Mazol tov!

  22. What a beautiful wedding! It’s clear it couldn’t have been more perfect. Congratulations and a long life together!

  23. Congratulations! What a beautiful celebration!

  24. Congrats!! Great photos… what is in the clear jar at the top of the page? Looks like preserved oranges or something equally as cool!! Would love to know and did you give them away as gift or just decor??

  25. Hi Gail! Those are pickled golden beets. We had jars of pickles on the tables at the start of the meal, they were beautiful.

  26. I’m am so happy for you. These photos are beautiful. And they prompted me to email the cafe last night to inquire about my own tiny wedding for next year!!

  27. Thanks, Lauren! Small weddings are the best. Good luck planning yours.

  28. Congrats! The photos are gorgeous! You both look immensely happy, may that continue for all your years to come.

  29. Amazing photos. I love weddings– congratulations!

  30. Congratulations. What a beautiful wedding. The beets look delicious!

  31. Magical.

  32. Such a beautiful and memorable night!

  33. emily (floriole) says:

    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for letting us be a part of your wedding, Tim. A lot of love could be felt that night, and I dare say I’ve not been to a better party.

  34. That really does look like the perfect wedding. Perfectly lovely.

  35. Best wishes – forever.

  36. I have tears in my eyes, CHEERS!

  37. You know, I don’t even know you beyond this blog, but I’m thrilled for you. You’ve presented a memory to aspire to. Congratulations to you, your partner and your entire family.

  38. YEAH! Congrats to the both of you. Looks like a beautiful, unforgettable evening, Tim.

  39. Beautiful!

    The pictures alone brought a smile to my face and then I started to read the menu. Wow, wow, wow.

  40. I’m going to copy your wedding! Everything is perfect.

  41. Congratulations to you both! Looks like a lovely event! Best wishes to you!

  42. You have one of the top 2 best cooking sites in my opinion (101 cookbooks is the other.) I am so ALWAYS impressed! And now this – the most gorgeous wedding (food, environs, people, flowers, joy) I have ever seen. You may have to add ‘wedding planers’ to your business now. Much joy to you both.

  43. It looks so beautiful, Tim! I love that you guys had housemade pickles.

  44. Oh my gosh, you guys! You’re all so kind.
    Kasey- it was one of the first things we decided on about the wedding. We knew we wanted pickles. The rest of the menu took much longer to fall into place. We really like pickles. ; )

  45. So beautiful. That is definitely the most inspiring monogram I’ve ever seen. Who designed it (need I ask?)

    Continued best wishes. Love is an amazing thing.

    My best, Pam

  46. Thanks, Pam! We designed the monogram, and then had it letter-pressed onto some coasters. We were pretty happy with the way it turned out.

  47. Congratulations Tim! May your days be happy, your heart be light :)

  48. *sigh* I just love weddings. So much joy, love, hope and promise. Beautiful.

  49. beautiful! what a lovely celebration!

  50. Congrats! Lovely photos! Much love and happiness – always.

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

  52. 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.

  53. 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!

  54. beautiful!

  55. 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.

  56. 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

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

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. So cute. Congratulations!!

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

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

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

  64. michelle dehaven says:

    November 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    amazing. gorgeous photos. wishing you lots of love.

  65. 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

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

  67. 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.

  68. Congrats! Such a lovely celebration.

  69. goldenblind221 says:

    November 6th, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Congratulations! It looks so beautiful!

  70. Herzliche Glückwünsche aus Dresden!

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

  72. Thanks for the continued good wishes, friends!

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

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

  75. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  83. 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!

  84. Josh Middleton says:

    December 1st, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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

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

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

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