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So we feasted.

When you care about food, and when you’re marrying someone who also cares about food, and when you met this someone because of a particular food, and when both of you spend your days – or the better part of them, anyway – cooking, scheming, and daydreaming about food, well, let’s just say this: there’s a lot of pressure to feed people well at your wedding. Which, quite honestly, is no easy feat.

In most circles, the word “wedding” isn’t exactly synonymous with “delicious.” Usually, it’s just the opposite. Many venues equipped to host weddings – hotels, gardens, museums, and so on – require that you use their (often iffy) in-house caterer, or at least limit your choice to a few companies. That’s part of the reason why Brandon and I felt so picky about our wedding site. We didn’t want to choose a caterer – and, by extension, the food we would eat on our wedding day – just because some stodgy administrator told us to. In fact, the more we looked around, the more we more we found ourselves thinking about the caterer, not just the site where we’d be eating said caterer’s food. In the end, when we chose Bellingham, we chose it not only because it was pretty and on the water and blah blah blah, but also because of Ciaò Thyme. We even changed our wedding date – from July 28 to July 29 – to match their availability. We meant business. We just knew they were right.

I mean, I don’t know about you, but my kind of caterer is the type that claps his hands and gets giddy when you ask him to make fingerling potato chips. I like the kind who, when you tell him – somewhat sheepishly, almost apologizing – that you want deviled eggs during the cocktail hour, grins, rubs his hands together, and starts gushing excitedly about crème fraîche and herbed aioli and capers and caviar and the little, tiny chicken eggs he can get from a farmer nearby. I also like the kind of caterer who calls to ask whether you’d like the mirepoix for your farro salad kept crunchy, or more caramelized. It’s also quite terrific when he calls to tell you, giddily, that he’s been out meeting with his usual farmers, and that your beets have just been picked, and that your potatoes are being harvested on Lummi Island right this minute, and that, you know, he’s been thinking about the blue cheese for the beets, and if it’s alright, he’s feeling kind of excited about a particular Spanish type, rather than one from Oregon. I also like the kind of caterer who dances with you at your wedding, and who hugs you and kisses you and your new husband on the cheeks. I really like that kind. Which, luckily, is just what we got.

I can’t say enough about Ciaò Thyme. It’s owned and run by Jessica and Mataio Gillis, she being the coordinator and keeper of all details, he being the chef and chief forager. They call their operation a “restaurant without walls,” featuring local produce and doing all cooking on-site. Because they deal only in seasonal foods and every menu they make is different, they don’t do tastings, so until our rehearsal dinner – which they prepared, along with the wedding – we hadn’t tasted a crumb of their food. But given what we’d heard from our friend Ashley, who tipped us off to them in the first place, not to mention all the promising meetings and phone calls, I have to say, we weren’t worried in the least. In fact, it kind of made it more fun.

Our rehearsal dinner was held at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale, about 15 minutes north of Bellingham. We reserved a clearing between a big, red barn and the Nooksack River, with a dozen picnic tables. Brandon’s dad strung tiny globe lights around the two white tents we rented, and Jessica and Mataio covered the tables with ivory cloths and kraft paper runners, kraft-colored napkins and Bambu veneerware. Each table was topped with a bundle of flowers in a Mason jar - blue cornflowers, nigella, lavender, and thistle - and a carafe of fresh raspberry lemonade, and three jars of our pickles: finger-size carrots with garlic and thyme, grapes with cinnamon and mustard seed, and cornichons with pearl onions. (Okay, yeah, we didn’t make the cornichons, but we did hunt down our favorite brand, Roland, and repackage them into half-pint jars. That’s got to count for something.)

We were aiming for an upscale picnic of sorts, the kind of thing where the bride can wear jeans and a messy ponytail and her favorite yellow flats, and where the buffet is spread with all sorts of summery things in their finest incarnation. The kind of thing that goes nicely with a bottle of hefeweizen and a game of Frisbee. The kind of thing, let’s say, where my uncle Arnold can sport a ponytail and my niece Mia can sleep in her stroller, parked under a tree.

So this is what we ate:

Pulled chicken served with salted rosemary buns from Breadfarm, red leaf lettuce, Dijon mustard, basil pesto, tapenade, and sun-dried tomato pesto (and Brandon’s red onion pickles, a big jar full)

A platter of roasted vegetables, including Roma tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, shallots, shiitake mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes still on the vine

Sliced tomatoes, basil, and fresh buffalo-milk mozzarella

Fingerling potato salad with sweet marinated onions, haricots verts, and whole grain mustard vinaigrette

Fresh berry tartlets with honey mascarpone

and oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies with coconut

Now, you know I’m not much of an exaggerator - not compared to my new husband, anyway - but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a sweeter, juicier piece of chicken. My aunt Tina, too, swooned into her roasted Roma tomato. And my brother David told me later that he nearly ate two sandwiches, just so he could have another roll. They were tender, like brioche, with shiny brown tops and flecks of fresh rosemary. Mataio told me that night, as he nestled a gooseberry into the top of a tartlet, that he worked closely with Breadfarm to get the buns just right, size and texture and taste. (You know you’re working with the right people when you want to plunk down by their set-up table and hang out all night, rather than mingle with your guests. Nothing against our guests, of course, but you know.)

And though this is getting a little bit long here - pause if you need to, of course, and grab a sandwich or something - I want to tell you about about our wedding menu too. It just made us so proud.

Before the ceremony, at the park:

Housemade fingerling potato chips with rosemary lemonade

During cocktail hour, as passed hors doeuvres –

Deviled eggs two ways, with crème fraîche and domestic caviar and a chive garnish,

and with herbed aioli and capers

Quartered apricots wrapped in prosciutto and grilled, served on thin toasts with herbed chevre

Little corn cakes with basil aioli, bacon, avocado, and roasted grape tomatoes

And sweet butter on toasts with assorted thinly sliced radishes and salt

The buffet dinner

Alderwood-smoked sockeye salmon with nectarine-serrano salsa or fresh herbs

Thinly sliced fennel with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, tossed with lemon, olive oil, and sea salt

Baby roasted beets with roasted shallot-blue cheese vinaigrette and crushed local hazelnuts

Blanched green beans with olive oil and salt

Farro salad with caramelized onions, carrots, and celery, with feta and a red-wine vinaigrette

and for dessert

My “winning hearts and minds” cake - 20 of them, transported in pizza boxes from our freezer to Bellingham by Ashley and Chris - with unsweetened whipped cream and a choice of three flavors from Mallard Ice Cream: chocolate malt, super vanilla, or raspberry sorbet.

We served the same wines and beers at both events, selected with the help of our friend Renee Erickson of Boat Street Café. They were 2006 Domaine du Salvard Cheverny, 2005 Domaine Joel Rochette Régnié Cuvée des Braves Vieille Vignes, Dogfish Head Raison d’Être, and Hacker-Pschorr Weisse. We were spoiled, for sure.

And so we feasted. Brandon, my budding fish-eater(!), ate his largest piece of salmon to date. My eyes nearly popped clean out of my head. Our friend Sam declared himself “destroyed” by the fennel salad, and two friends have called me to beg for the farro recipe. One reports, too, that she has already tried to replicate the beets at home, with blue cheese and hazelnuts. (Mataio, are you reading this?)

I don’t know when I’ve ever felt more proud - of the two of us, of the people around us, of what we come from, of what we love. I also don’t know when I’ve ever felt more sorry for not eating enough deviled eggs. I’m telling you - and I learned the hard way, people - don’t let socializing get between you and your deviled eggs. Just feast. That’s all I’m saying. And then take the dance floor with your new husband, preferably to Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” and when he dips you at the very end, when the horns are blaring, close your eyes tight and thank heavens - but heavens! - that the planning is through, and the beer is cold, and you can dance, dance, dance.

Thank you to the Ciaò Thyme and their website for the first photo posted above, and to Michèle Waite for all the others featured here. (And on her blog!) She
’s the most fun, most wildly talented wedding photographer we could have ever hoped to find. And yes, she found that red velvet couch on the beach. Bellingham, I love you.


Anonymous Ellen said...

Wow, your food sounds like a little piece of heaven-good luck to you both!!!

3:13 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Karen said...

I just happened to sit down at my computer at just the right moment! I have been checking for your next post all week...and it did not disappoint! Congratulations to you both, thank you for sharing, and best wishes! I found your blog a few weeks ago, and you have inspired me to get cooking again (my husband thanks you). As a beyond full time student, to say I was getting burnt out is an understatement, but your posts have my creative juices flowing again. Thank you again for sharing, your wedding was beautiful! May I ask where you honeymooned?? All the best to you and yours, Karen in L.A. (praying to move to Seattle on day)

3:16 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous megan said...

farro! that fish! those eggs! well done.

3:17 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Christine said...

What gorgeous menus! And what a gorgeous photo of the happy couple. Honestly. Just beautiful.

Congratulations to you guys again, and again, and again.

3:30 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Carol said...

oh my, yum and YUM! congratulations molly and brandon! what a beautiful (and delicious) celebration.

4:00 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger foodette said...

Gorgeous and amazing! I could almost taste it through the computer.

4:50 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Farah said...

oh, molly. it is just all so beautiful.

5:14 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Chicago Sarah said...

It's enough to make me want to get married! Best wishes, and may your marriage remain as delicious as the send-off party at the start of it...

5:16 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Kirsten said...

what a perfect menu for the perfect day(s). sigh, your life is so delightfully enchanted.

I have been meaning to tell you since your first pickle-posting of a trip to Russia where pickles were served with the shots of icy vodka, both in different flavors, very particularly paired. Thought you might be interested in that amalgamation of flavor.

Congrats again, and thank you for sharing.

5:26 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger tammy said...

Wow, now that's a wedding. Congrats to you both!

5:29 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ohh, I'm teary-eyed every time I read your posts...my two favorite subjects, love and food. Thank you, may you live blissfully happy ever after,*sigh*!

5:40 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

I love it! I am really digging that deviled egg board with the holes in it - genius! Congratulations - and thanks for sharing!

5:49 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Lynn said...

thank you for sharing!! Really made it feel like reading this I could taste everything!! The picture is beautiful.
Congratulations again!
P.S. what are the chances of getting the roasted beet recipe?

5:57 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Geninne said...

I'm just speechless with all this goodness :)

5:58 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger B said...

Congrats y'all! What a beautiful posts and great photos to boot. The menu sounds to die for

6:43 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Tana said...

Ciao Thyme looks wonderful, and are far more deserving of the phrase, "a restaurant without walls," than Jim Denevan and his Outstanding in the Field business, for whom I coined it back in 1999, when I first started photographing farm dinners.

Their food (CT's) and photography are lovely.

7:03 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Leah said...

I fell off my chair, got tears in my eyes, heard my stomach growl like a wildebeast, felt my mouth go wild with envy, and bookmarked this page all at the same time. Congrats all over again, Molly!

7:27 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous emily said...

i have goosebumps reading this post. what a marvelous celebration of love and life and food. so carefully thought out and so joyfully recounted.

thank you for inviting us in. i actually feel as though i've participated in the festivities. and i wish you and brandon well from the bottom of my heart.

7:30 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Marce said...

Congratulations to you both. This truly looks like a feast to the senses, and just the right thing to celebrate your love, friends and, best of all, leaving behind all that stress and just enjoying the present and daydream of what´s to come.

7:37 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Lia said...

What an absolutely gorgeous wedding... It looked and sounded amazing and those photos are stunning. If I wasn't already married, I'd want a wedding just like yours!

I'm sure you'll have some bridal mags knocking at your door any day now, since this was one unique celebration. Congrats to you and Brandon!

7:57 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Tea said...

You know what makes me sad--the fact that I was too busy chatting to all the lovely people there that I didn't even see the deviled eggs! (sigh). Not only was the food amazing, the company was lovely, and that red couch is to die for. You and Brandon throw one heck of a "party"!

8:02 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous Abra said...

Beautiful, Molly. The additional photos on Michèle's site are an extra treat, but what you have set forth here eloquently conveys your happiness, for which we all thank you. Not to mention that the food totally rocks!


10:07 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous brett said...

congratulations newlyweds!! that last picture of the 2 of you on the red sofa by the water should be blown up and framed. it's honestly one of the most romatic photos i've ever seen! so sweet!

11:09 PM, August 20, 2007  
Anonymous sprite said...

Congratulations. It sounds -- and looks -- like it was a dream day.

11:23 PM, August 20, 2007  
Blogger Zarah Maria said...

:-O :-O :-O!!! Awesome, awesome, awesome! I have no words but AWESOME!;-)

And congratulations, again, for the 153rd time - you still deserve it!

12:01 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger yola said...

I just love how very "local" all of your wedding plans were, the food, the venue, everything just smacks of all the good things in our corner of the world. And I love that you had Mallard's! I went to school in B'ham and just adored Mallard's. Love the red couch photo, what a serendipitous find!


12:18 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Pille said...

What a wonderful spread you had! And I love the windswept bottom photo - really romantic :)
Congratulations on the wedding again, Molly & Brandon!

12:50 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous radish said...

wow, this is lovely and beautiful and a testament that wedding food can be delicious! your photographer was/is amazing - that picture on the couch was incredible. I showed my boyfriend the pictures of food and he immediately got hungry and requested deviled eggs for tomorrow :-) thank you for sharing your lovely celebration with us and many good wishes to you and brandon!

4:55 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous RA said...

So, the food looks wonderful, of course (yay for deviled eggs!), but that photo! I'm so glad you decided to wear your veil after all!

5:06 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Jo'burg Lisa said...

A week ago I did a google search for salsa and stumbled upon your blog! Let's just say you have cut in to my work productivity with your beautiful writing and thwarted my attempts to slim down, by inspiring me to some decadent cooking.

Congratulations - Wedding pics are fantastic - food looks "verruklik" as we say here (REALLY GOOD). The red couch is synchronicity.

5:18 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger hannah said...

i dont even know what to say. it all sounds so delicious, looks gorgeous and you had so much fun. *sigh* perfect molly, just perfect. and do tell a bit more about these yellow flats, hmm? love you girl!

6:43 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous hoodnik said...

Just by reading your entry about your weeding I so wished I crashed it. What a feast and treat to the sore eyes. Thanks for sharing it.

7:54 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Marvin said...

Wow, you were so lucky to have such great caterers. Your rehearsal dinner menu was good enough to be your reception menu! Congrats and best wishes to you both again.

7:57 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so right Molly too many caterers are in too businessy. They don't think that people are concerned about the food as well even though they are in the business of food.


8:13 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Meryl said...

sounds like you had the most deliciously amazing wedding ever. Congrats!

8:18 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Those are the most beautiful deviled eggs I have ever seen. I love it when someone is able to take something kitschy (yet well-loved) and turn it into something elegant.

9:10 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger turtle & dragon said...

Sounds simply divine! Congratulations!

9:48 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Hillary said...

I know this comment will get lost in the hundreds more to come, but I'll say this anyway: Thank you for reminding us all about the beauty in this world - nature, food and love. I think that's all anyone needs, and I'm so happy that you've experienced the best of all three on your wedding day. I cannot thank you enough for sharing with us all! You are truly an inspiration (and I'm sure you've just quadrupled the amount of phone calls both your photographer and caterer receive ;) )

10:14 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous cookworm said...

Wow. I'm fairly new to your blog, but seem to have visited at the right time. What a wedding! It looks so luscious and elegant. From what I see on the photographer's site, you are both gorgeous, too. Congratulations!

10:14 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger ACB said...

Wow, this is my kind of wedding feast!! What a perfect reflection of the two of you, of your story and your passions. Congratulations, and thank you so much for sharing it all with us!

10:34 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Kris said...

Oh man, it's so gorgeous. Congratulations!

10:46 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Sarah said...

Congratulations! The food looks like it was fabulous -- as it should be for such a special day!

10:53 AM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger kickpleat said...

wow, the food and the photos look amazing! absolutely and totally beautiful.

10:58 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Luisa said...

Those photographs are KILLING me with their beauty! How wonderful. And the menues are beyond delicious. I have to agree with whoever already said it - this post made my stomach growl! Thank you for all the descriptions and stories and photographs...I almost felt like I was there! xoxo

11:13 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Sarah said...

It looks like your wedding was a stunning affair. A feast for the eyes, mouth, and heart. Thank you for sharing it with all us strangers. I can almost taste the food as I imagine you and Brandon dancing.


11:19 AM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Maija said...

Oh my oh my! That looks like my dream wedding. I love how local all your food was - and really focused on simplicity to bring out the best flavors. I truly believe fingerling potatoes are quite possible one of the most perfect foods, and I am so glad you got Mallard ice cream!

On another note, this is kind of funny - I was in Bellingham in mid-July strolling around the area near the food co-op, just down the hill from campus, and saw a free sofa on the curb that looks suspiciously like that red sofa! It was an old sofa that had been covered w/red velvet fabric, and really caught my eye with its loud color & fancy fabric that was a bit worn & coming up in parts, like a lovely old woman you see on the bus wearing her best costume jewelry & full red lipstick. Hmmn...how many red velvet sofas could there be floating around B'ham???

12:03 PM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everything looks positively gorgeous and stunning! the pictures of you and brandon on your photog's blog are breathtaking. you both radiate so much heart and soul and it was only made more obvious through your wedding. thank you for sharing these moments with us!

12:18 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Stephanie said...

What a fabulous menu, and what an amazing caterer! Congratulations!

(New reader, first-time commenter. Hi!)

12:36 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Kerrio said...

Reading this, I feel like I've just died and gone to heaven.

Utterly fabulous. Thankyou for sharing!

12:48 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Kerrio said...

Oh - and congratulations to you both, may you have many long and happy years together!

It's our 12th anniversary on tuesday, best thing we ever did!

12:49 PM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Jen said...

I'm never homesick for the west coast until I read your beautiful posts about the scenery and the foods-- now the Caribbean where I'm living seems all too boring and I long for the Pacific!

12:56 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Brian Gardunia said...

Wow! What a shindig! From the picture of the onions I was so hungry I had to grab a bite to eat before continuing. It was like going food shopping on an empty stomach still though. I am going to have to try that salad this week.

Congrats again.

12:59 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Christina said...

Congratulations and all my best wishes. :)

1:24 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Sarah McColl said...

Wow, this all does look heavenly. I am starting the caterer hunt as we speak and it does look bleak indeed. Your story gave me hope, Molly, that wedding food can be divine!

2:49 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Figs Olives Wine said...

Well goodness Molly, it all sounds so darn perfect it brought a tear to my eye (ok, maybe 2). Food was something I had to sacrifice a bit when I got married on a small island, but this looks like the best wedding food ever! Forget wedding food, this "restaurant without walls" is the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen. Except maybe that stunning picture of you guys on the couch. What a great photographer! Congratulations again.
Now how much do you LOVE calling him your husband?

3:10 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Half Baked said...

Congrats! what beautiful food the pictures are so lovely! It makes me want to do my whole wedding again...well without the major stress! Congratulations again!!!

3:43 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Vincci said...

Molly! The photos on Michelle's website are so so so beautiful! I love the picture of you and Brandon dancing by that big window overlooking the water. Gorgeous! I also noticed that you use Benefit, it's a great brand, isn't it?

6:52 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Blair said...

First of all Molly, I do hope you are getting the red couch photo of you two blown up and framed, it really is wonderful. And the food! Ah, the food!!!

Hi Brandon!

9:38 PM, August 21, 2007  
Anonymous Eleanor said...

The food looks fabulous, the couple doubly so.
I've never met you or Brandon, but I can truthfully say that I have rarely been so happy for a couple. I hope the coming years bring both of you all the happiness in the world; I can hardly think of a couple that deserves it more.

9:42 PM, August 21, 2007  
Blogger Shauna said...

oh molly, dearest, it's all so beautiful. but the day itself? even better.

those eggs were fantastic, i have to say.

8:31 AM, August 22, 2007  
Blogger claudia said...

i was crying at the end of this. i know that sounds silly but i was just so happy for you. the food sounds over the top incredible. what a start to your marriage.

9:07 AM, August 22, 2007  
Blogger Anali said...

What a beautiful, dramatic, heart pumping, drool inducing post! Perfectly wonderful!

9:20 AM, August 22, 2007  
Anonymous Joy of Cooking said...

Those deviled eggs looked so good I just had to cook some up. What a timeless nibbly. I added some anchovy paste and capers, salty but not bad.

10:34 AM, August 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stunning, simply stunning. It all looks so delectable. I'm also loving your dress and hairpin. Do tell where you found those gems.

10:37 AM, August 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uncle Pigtail writes:
It was a grand time all around, and I cannot remember when we've had so much fun at a party, never mind that it was a wedding too. The love that you and Brandon have for eachother is truly awesome. Awesome in its true meaning, as in filling one with awe.
And we love your blog. Somewhere along the way your dad and I both developed a love for food and cooking. Photography, of course, came from our dad. And I am so pleased and honored that you carry on both traditions.

1:25 PM, August 22, 2007  
Blogger shari said...

destroyed by fennel salad. i love it! such beautiful photos and what an amazing spread of food!! i'm so so happy for you and brandon. hugs!

6:22 PM, August 22, 2007  
Blogger Michelle said...

What a beautiful event! I say that because it was much more than a wedding, it was an event. Something your friends and family (and those of us lucky enough to have stumbled across this web site) will treasure for a long time. You have such style! What makes me think you got some of that from your down-to-earth Oklahoma roots? (Perhaps, because I'm from Oklahoma too?) Anyway, it's been a real treat. I think there's a Nora Ephron movie in your future.

6:39 PM, August 22, 2007  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Congratulations to you both. And that menu looks absolutely fabulous!

11:16 PM, August 22, 2007  
Blogger landa said...

What a beautiful post! Congrats!!!

7:41 AM, August 23, 2007  
Blogger mascarah said...

Dear Molly,

I know it's all about the food but I really want to see you and Brandon in your wedding day finest!


9:46 AM, August 23, 2007  
Anonymous Neal said...

I literally got up and did a little dance at my desk while reading this. Congratulations!

1:29 PM, August 23, 2007  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

you are so cool, so beautiful, and so happy... good work!
... and to think, you once ate smoked sockeye at my wedding...

2:31 PM, August 23, 2007  
Anonymous David said...

Although I would have been utterly happy with just lots (and lots) of those fingerling potato chips...and would have been very content to have stopped right then and there, it looks like everything else was equally delicious that came afterward.

Including the bride!

congratulations on a great wedding feast...

4:35 AM, August 24, 2007  
Blogger Catherine said...

Your wedding sounds wonderful. I'm getting married at the end of Septmeber at a restaurant in Philly. We are thinking of heading out to the Pacific Northwest for our honeymoon. Any adorable suggestions in Seattle or Vancouver?

8:40 AM, August 24, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

The pictures! The food! Oh...heaven.

10:17 PM, August 24, 2007  
Blogger Wendy said...

Speechless. :)

12:27 AM, August 26, 2007  
Blogger Mevrouw Cupcake said...

sigh....you just make me tear up every time i read your posts, even when you're writing about your how much you love your caterer. how folks can not prioritize food at a wedding is beyond me, but i don't think anyone ever doubted that you both would do yourselves proud. congratulations for pulling off such a momentous event and all my well wishes for your long and happily married life!

7:29 AM, August 27, 2007  
Anonymous Artisansweets said...

I have the pleasure of working for Ciao Thyme. We were honored to cater your wedding and are so thrilled that you guys were so pleased. Thanks for the kind words!!

1:32 PM, August 29, 2007  
Blogger woof nanny said...

Wow. What a beautiful entry. It made me cry. You painted the perfect visual. Have you written a cookbook yet? If you have, I can't wait to order it. If you haven't, I can't wait until you do. Write it just like this entry. Perfection.

9:41 PM, September 02, 2007  
Blogger Sam said...


8:59 PM, September 04, 2007  
Anonymous Kristina said...

I just got into cooking recently, and I found your blog today, and I have to say that I love your blog, mostly because the current posts are about your wedding/honeymoon! The reason I'm commenting is that I LOVE your wedding dress. L O V E. Could you tell me who designed it?

Thanks if you do, if not, I understand=)

5:20 PM, September 06, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I stumbled on your site at the end of my first REAL trip to Frawnce, and it was the best way to end our (my best girlfriend and my) just-over-a-month-long time there...it had just gotten rainy and cool, and we holed up in our rental house and cooked with every last hard-bought ingredient the kitchen could offer us and listened to each other reading from your blog.

I especially love the first few entries. It's good to see someone who is talented and really a neat girl (!) who started something at the end of what was supposed to be a Ph.D. We don't know the story, but feel so...heart-warmed...because we are 25 and feel nauseous about the future.

A N Y W A Y:

I never thought I'd comment, but I have to tell you that

I cried - I C R I E D - when I read this post.

I love your last paragraph, and am so very happy for you and that you make it sound like real life and REAL LOVE exist!!!!! and i believe that they do, because testaments like yours.

thanks, molly. you're a winner. :) :) :)

hugs from virginia, and happy tears and even squealy joyful noises for you,

christina ramon!!!!!!!

4:57 PM, September 08, 2007  
Blogger Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Belated congratulations! That is one very cool pic! Your wedding sounded absolutely perfect!

4:26 PM, October 08, 2007  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I am a new comer to your site, and my first read was the day prior to your wedding, reading about pickles and stress. I didn't revisit your site until this weekend, which I have spent catching up, kind of like when you're sick, and they are showing a marathon of Project Runway.

Anyway, I, myself am a newly wed (two months now) and so enjoyed reading the details of your day. But your final paragraph summed it all up so nicely. I remember the moment when we were able to sit down to enjoy dinner, and sitting at the head of the room, I was able to take in everything; the lighting, the bundles of sunflowers streamed everywhere, the music and all our friends and family surrounding us. I never felt so relieved in my life. It was a success; the planning was worth it all. But it was also all done, and now, we were going to be able to continue on with our life together...and I was so excited.

Thank you for your note, and reminding me of that moment. Good luck and congratulations! You sound like a match made in heaven!

8:25 AM, November 25, 2007  
Anonymous Jessica said...

So beautiful! Where did you find those gorgeous cake stands? The entire effect is so much more elegant than an over the top tiered fondant cake, in my opinion.

2:14 PM, December 07, 2007  
Blogger Molly said...

Thanks, Jessica! I loved the look of the cakes too. As for the stands, I wish I could tell you where they came from, but they weren't mine. They belonged to our caterer. So sorry about that!

1:12 PM, December 09, 2007  
Anonymous Glad Doggett said...

I adore your blog. Lots of great info, pictures and recipes.

8:25 PM, August 04, 2008  
Blogger Botacook said...

This seemed to be a fantastic wedding, with loads of good food but also fun and love. Happy 1-year anniversary :)

1:17 AM, August 25, 2008  
Blogger mb said...

i just love that i stumbled upon this...looking for a granola recipe to make today. not only did i find one, i found your lovely words and photos and food energy. i live in bellingham and adore all the places and people and food you mention here. yummy. just yummy, all of it. best of luck and thank you for all the food inspiration!


9:50 AM, October 20, 2008  
Anonymous Ann Nordquist said...

Hello Molly...it is wonderful reading about your wedding & Ciao Thyme. We are now on the beginning of summer 2009 and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you last night up here in Bellingham at Ciao Thyme. The corn cakes with bacon/tomato, the meatballs & the french lemon yogurt cake all were delicious. As I told you when meeting you, your sharing about your Dad touched my heart down to my soul as it was as if I was hearing about my Father who passed away in 2003 in his early 70's and loved cooking, traveling the world & food/wine. This Bellingham gal thanks you & your hubby, Brandon, for sharing of your life & passion for food.
In peace~~~Ann

12:51 AM, June 06, 2009  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Hi there, I just recently was assigned to do a project on your blog for my journalism class, and let me tell you - I am SO EXCITED! I love food blogs, and yours is amazing. I've only gotten to this post in my "research" so far, and I love it. And, actually, I go to university at the University of Victoria, and it is very nice to see that you love British Columbia (or, should i say, our beer?) I can't wait to get to the rest of your blog entries, and you really are quite an inspiration to bloggers! Thanks for being so lively and captivating!

9:59 AM, January 06, 2010  
Blogger Zonia Cruz said...

Wow! those food perfect to serve for my wedding I request to catering to add those menus. Thanks for the idea. :)

4:47 AM, February 11, 2013  

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