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Sunday, June 28, 2015

A wedding to remember...


One of my best friends, Sarah, got married this past December.  I was lucky enough to get to do all of her cakes and desserts for the reception and gift bags. It was the biggest order I've ever done, and it was so amazing and wonderful to get to be a part of Sarah and Jeffs' special day.

My frIend, Ashley Rutland, who owns Ashley Rutland Photography, did the photos for the wedding.  She is an amazing photographer in the DFW area and if you're around here you should really check her out!

www.ashleyrutlandphotography.com

Ashley had a friend of hers, a blogger named Kim, do a write up of the wedding.  Kim's an amazing mom, wife, and blogger, and you can read her blog here at:

http://adventuresinimperfectparenting.blogspot.com

I wanted to share her write up with you.  It really encompasses the atmosphere and feeling of the wedding, and Sarah and Jeff as well!!

Winter weddings always seem to capture a certain type of elegance that can only be enhanced by the magic of the season. High School sweethearts, Sarah and Jeff, took this magic and simplistic elegance and transformed it into something that truly made their wedding nothing short of a fairy tale.
The holiday season always makes me nostalgic. It embraces tradition, family, friends and love into this special festive time of year. How appropriate that Sarah and Jeff decided to choose their December 14th wedding date as their day truly captured the love that is felt between lovers, family, and friends.  The intimacy felt among the wedding guests enhanced the love and excitement of the event at the Stonegate Mansion in Fort Worth.  I was blown away by the beauty of their venue: not only did it foster that atmosphere of intimacy, but its elegance enhanced the details so carefully chosen by the couple.  Its years and years of history made it a unique but perfect choice for their wedding.
The personal and intimate aspects of the day didn’t stop with the venue.  The ceremony incorporated carefully selected  details: from a hilarious family friend officiating the ceremony, to the sweet details in their vows, and their processional to Florence and the Machine. The guests enjoyed every moment, and I did too!



At the reception, the intimacy of the day’s preparations took on new form as beloved friends were able to showcase their talents.  Sarah’s best friend Jennifer, a talented baker, made not one, but seven individual cakes to celebrate the occasion.  Jennifer’s son was the MC and kept the guests entertained all night long. Reata catered in a fantastic dinner, which everyone declared to be one of the best they had ever eaten.  Sarah and Jeff treated their guests to even more of Jennifer’s delicious baking, giving all of them individual chevron cookies and wine glasses as favors.  It was the perfect sweet treat to top off the night!



Drinks, dancing, and well wishes for a happily ever after were showered with a sparkler finale exit, as the happy couple made their way to their limousine (which subsequently took them straight to Whataburger for a late night snack!).  It was a magical day and a fantastic evening that perfectly captured the happy, laid back couple.



Jeff and Sarah, thank you for allowing me to capture your memories! May you always be surrounded by friends, may your memories continue to be sweet, and may the magic of your wedding day follow you forever!

Congratulations Sarah and Jeff, on your first 6 months of marriage, and if your life together is as half as fun and unique as your wedding and reception, you guys are going to have one heck of a time! I can't wait to watch it all!!  I love you both!!

Happy baking,
Jen


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recipes and tips

I get asked all the time, like what's the best way to cook a chicken breast, or how do I make pie crust?  So I thought that I might try posting a recipe or a tip once a week to start answering some of those questions.

So my question to you all is, what do you want me to post about first?  Are there any recipes, tips, or tricks you need help with?  Or just any subject you'd like me to write about?  Just let me know in the comments below!

Happy Baking,
Jen


Easter weekend

This past Easter was a really special one in my family.  My youngest nephew, the baby of the family, received his First Communion and Confirmation.  It was an amazing time and it went by way too fast.


His parents are my husband's brother and his wife.  They are very special to my family and I.  My sister-in-law's family, her sister, brothers, and parents are very special to us too.  I am very blessed.  Some people are lucky enough to have in-laws that they are close to, but I get 2 sets for the price of 1.  Sometimes my sis- in- law jokes that I was a member of her family before I was even a member of my hubby's...  There are not enough words for how much I love them....


Getting to be a part of our nephew's special day, and spending Easter with them, was so amazing and special.  I loved getting to do his cake and some cookies for him, and I also got the opportunity to make some cookies for his CCD teachers.  I think that making religious cookies and cakes is my favorite to do!


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter too!


Happy Baking,
Jen