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My Chowhound Wedding

I took a break from Chowhound (and most everything else) back in March, to prepare for, and enjoy, our wedding. Some hounds had asked me to share some food photos from the wedding, so I thought I'd play around with the new photo story option.

Several Chowhounds helped make our wedding wonderful: mariacarmen came up from San Francisco to be my woman of honor, and she worked like mad doing all the last minute prep: shopping, slicing plating, etc. Neecies went above and beyond the call, making plate after plate of wonderful food. Freida and her husband provided the music. BombayUpWithaTwist and her husband came all the way up from L.A. to celebrate with us. Nightsinge performed our ceremony and filled the room with love and laughter.

It was very difficult to narrow down to ten pictures, and some amazing dishes didn't even make it into the photos. No photo of the porcini-stuffed pork roast, for example. Or the panzanella, the platter of imported cheeses, the Tuscan liver pâté, mariacarmen's mushrooms, the caponata, the many bottles of wine....

The foodish bouquets: Artichokes and herbs. Boutonnieres had herbs and chiles.

Lots of oysters and some busy shucking going on.

Salmon carpaccio, by Neecies.

Giardinera with shrimp, by Neecies.

Garbanzo purée with rosemary squid, by Mr. Nightshade.

Tuna confit with tomatoes and olive tapenade, made by me.

The beautiful cauliflower mousse, by Neecies.

The haricorts verts with pesto, the torrone, the skewered zucchini ribbons, and in the distance, the salumi platter. All by Neecies!

The table.

And the top of the lopsided cake that I was throwing together at the last minute! It had several layers of chocolate olive oil cake, interspersed with ricotta, grappa and berries, and topped with ganache and more berries.

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      1. re: jeanmarieok

        Truly beautiful food arrangements. And I can only imagine the wonderful tastes.

      2. OMG, stunning!!
        Now I need to look up cauliflower mousse recipes!

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        1. re: monavano

          Thanks monavano! This mousse was extraordinary, with perfectly blended fresh mozzarella in it, as I recall. Of course the triangular tin and the decorations put it over the top.

          1. How delicious looking. Lucky wedding guests (and lucky you and your mister)!

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            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

              Thank you Caitlin! We were and are indeed very lucky!

            2. What a beautiful table.

              It sounds like this is belated by a few months, but please accept my many congratulations to you and the very lucky new Mr. Nightshade!

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              1. re: Jacquilynne

                Thank you Jacquilynne, congratulations happily accepted.
                I really would not have known half these people were it not for Chowhound. Now we've been supperclubbing and otherwise hanging out for several years now. All the food was made by hounds. Other hounds and friends of hounds supplied music, wine, and assistance. I am so grateful for this community!

              2. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing. And belated congratulations!


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                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Thank you TDQ! Nice to have you pop up here, one of the first people I encountered when I dipped a toe in to CH.

                2. Congratulations! What a lovely set of pictures. Thank you so much for sharing.

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                  1. re: smtucker

                    Thank you smtucker! You were the coordinator on the first COTM thread I tried out, very welcoming and supportive!

                  2. Maxwell Tov!! What gorgeous photos, thank you for sharing.

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                    1. re: foodieX2

                      My pleasure, and thanks for your good wishes!

                      1. re: L.Nightshade

                        ok, how did I miss that auto correct! Lets try it again.

                        Mazel Tov!

                        1. re: foodieX2

                          LOL, I was wondering about that. I thought it was some inside joke I didn't get!

                      2. WOW!!!!! What an amazing spread for such a special day. Congratulations!

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                        1. re: Njchicaa

                          Thank you Njchicaa! The spread was indeed amazing (even to picky pick me!), and more special than we could have imagined!

                        2. One of few times when the heart icon really is appropriate. Congratulations.

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                          1. re: MidwesternerTT

                            Ha! Love that. So there is a place for the heart! Thanks, and I'm going to heart your right back!

                          2. it was an honor, and so much delicious fun!

                            Linda, this is a great use of this new CH feature! makes me want to play around with it too.... Thanks for posting this!

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                            1. re: mariacarmen

                              Thanks mariacarmen, I loved the photo feature for this, and I think it would be great for travel pics, from one restaurant, or one area, etc. (hint hint).
                              And it was you who honored us by your presence, your help, your support, and your very cool toast!

                            2. Holy moly - stunning! And it looks like you had fun planning. That's my kinda wedding cake.

                              Thanks for sharing the lovely photos and belated congratulations.

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                              1. re: MplsM ary

                                Thankd you MplsM ary! The planning was indeed fun, mostly brainstorming with other Chowhounds, the food, the drink, the plating. And it all worked.

                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                  Thank you scubadoo97! A feast indeed. I think we continued to live on the food through most of our honeymoon!

                                2. Truly inspirational!!! Congratulations and have a lovely life!

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                                  1. re: Terrie H.

                                    Thank you Terrie H.! I appreciate your thought, and I think we are indeed off to a lovely live!

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      Danke schön, lingua! Wish you had been here to sing!

                                    2. The word elegant comes to mind. Beautiful pairings and presentation.

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                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                        Elegant! Happy that is what you found, Ruthie! I thought so too.

                                      2. Congrats! Great looking food!

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                                        1. Congratulations!

                                          What a beautiful spread, befitting the occasion and all the special people involved.

                                          To a lifetime of lovely meals, wonderful times--clink!

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                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman

                                            Thank you mcw! And a celebratory clink to you!

                                          2. Congratulations and what a beautiful spread!

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                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                Wow, and here I bet you thought you had already written all of your thank yous!

                                                1. re: sandylc

                                                  Ha! That completely cracked me up sandylc!

                                                  And you're right, but I've been so wowed at all the people who came here, didn't just click a "heart," but actually said something warm and kind. It made me feel wonderful, so, while I can't catch everyone in one swoop, I'm going down the line, a bit at a time. and letting people know how much I appreciate their kind comments.

                                            1. Looks beautiful! Congratulations!

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                                              1. re: Dave MP

                                                Thanks Dave! Nice to see you here, my DOTM champion!

                                              2. I am in awe of this! What an amazing spread by such talented people!

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                                                1. re: calmossimo

                                                  We were very lucky weren't we? And it would never have happened without my CH community. Thank you!

                                                2. Gorgeous shots! Love the squid one!

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                                                  1. re: Pata_Negra

                                                    Thanks! That squid one was great; it was from the cooking school we went to in Tuscany.

                                                    1. This is simply gorgeous! I wish we could go back in time and eat all that food again. It was all so spectacular and delicious. Your wedding is one of my Top 5 favorites of mine! It was such an intimate evening and having many of your friends contribute to all aspects of the affair made it even more special. The bride making her own wedding cake was quite impressive too. It truly was an honor that we were included in your special day!!

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                                                      1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

                                                        Ah, Bombay, so happy you were here with us! Thank you!

                                                      2. That's one of the most tantalizing, elegant, perfect celebratory tables I've ever seen, LN. May you and Mr. LN live long, healthy, blissful lives together. Congratulazioni agli sposi.
                                                        Con affetto, Gio.

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                                                        1. Ab-Fab Lovely! Much congratulations to you and Mr. Nightshade!

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                                                          1. It appears that you are off to a beautiful start for the rest of your life.

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                                                            1. re: PHREDDY

                                                              Thank you PHREDDY; our friends definitely sent us off on a beautiful start.

                                                            2. Mazel Tov.. what beautiful pictures and how special that so many people came together to add love to your day.

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                                                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                Thanks girloftheworld, you're right, it was very special, thanks to our friends!

                                                                1. Oh this is classy. Just beautiful. The tuna the torrone the triangle all of it and haha I love the "YAY!"

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                                                                  1. re: blue room

                                                                    Hahaha! blue room, you might be the first person who noticed that! Thanks so much.

                                                                    1. Wow. Congrats. And what a great spread And even better that it was and is a community coming together to help you celebrate!

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                                                                      1. re: perk

                                                                        Thank you perk, and you're right, the community made it wonderful!

                                                                      2. Everything looks fantastic! Congratulations!

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                                                                        1. Huge congrats! Food looks so lovely

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                                                                          1. Would love to see the entire menu (in written form).

                                                                            I WANT that cake.


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                                                                            1. re: isabellacat

                                                                              You know I realized when I was trying to caption each photo, that I never had a final written menu! Silly, but things got very chaotic in the last few days. I'm trying to write up that menu, and thankfully I have photos to help clear the cobwebs.
                                                                              Thank you!

                                                                            2. My mouth is watering. What gorgeous food, and what a grand wedding! Any chance of getting the Cauliflower Mousse recipe?

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                                                                              1. re: pikawicca

                                                                                Thanks pikawicca, I will look into getting the recipe. I know she was experimenting, so it may not be documented. (She's a wonderful chef that way.)

                                                                              2. Gorgeous food, gorgeous photos!

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                                                                                1. so beautiful (and delicious sounding)! congratulations to you!

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                                                                                  1. Wow, all of that delicious-looking food is simply gorgeous. It sounds like a fantastic wedding and best wishes for years and years of happiness with the new Mr. L.Nightshade!

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                                                                                    1. re: tcamp

                                                                                      Thank you tcamp!
                                                                                      It's funny, he's been "Mr. Nighshade" in my posts for a long time. But now it's official!

                                                                                    2. Congrats! Fabulous pictures, sounds like an amazing wedding!

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                                                                                      1. Wow, fantabulous!! That much outstanding food presented so elegantly could almost make my wittle brain implode.
                                                                                        Congratulations on your wedding! So nice that mariacarmen played such an important role, we adore her over on WFD.
                                                                                        Thanks for sharing the pics, and all the best!

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                                                                                        1. re: alliegator

                                                                                          Thanks alliegator! mariacarmen is indeed a treasure; it was wonderful to have her here.

                                                                                          1. This is a dream wedding, intimate yet spectacular, and exactly as it was at first intended - to come together with the community to announce the union. Love everything, especially the presentation!

                                                                                            May your life together be as delicious and chic as your wedding day!

                                                                                            Are you up to posting recipes? Would love squid and cauliflower ones :)

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                                                                                            1. re: herby

                                                                                              I'm trying to connect with the cauliflower recipe, keep your fingers crossed. I can share the squid but don't have the recipe with me right now. I think it actually called for octopus, which we couldn't find.

                                                                                              Thank you for your very kind wishes, herby!

                                                                                            2. Thank you for sharing this. Looks absolutely perfect!

                                                                                              Best wishes to you both for long, healthy lives filled with love, laughter and good eating!

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                                                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                It was pretty perfect.
                                                                                                Love, laughter, and good eating, that's pretty much what it's all about, isn't it? Thank you!

                                                                                              2. What a beautiful looking table, LN. Congratulations and wishing you many good years ahead!

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                                                                                                  1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                                                                                    Beautiful! I still remember what a lot of work it was to plan our wedding *mumble* years ago, and I hired caterers to do the food heavy lifting. Well done.

                                                                                                    1. re: grayelf

                                                                                                      Thanks grayelf. I'm not sure how much I'll remember, it's already a bit of a blur!

                                                                                                    2. Absolutely gorgeous and so quintessentially chowhoundish. You married in such style! Thank you so much for posting these fabulous photos. Very best wishes to you and Mr. Nightshade for continued happiness!

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                                                                                                      1. re: GretchenS

                                                                                                        Thank you Gretchen! And thank you for your honeymoon advice; we're glad we stayed on the west coast. East coast, another time!

                                                                                                      2. What an amazing spread! Lucky, lucky guests.

                                                                                                        You could have sneaked in a picture of the dress!

                                                                                                        And congratulations - may your lives together be long and happy.

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                                                                                                        1. re: greedygirl

                                                                                                          Thank you greedygirl, so nice to hear from you!

                                                                                                        2. And to think I would have missed this if your post had not been given as an example of the perfect use of the new Photo Story option over on Site Talk.

                                                                                                          Congratulations, and many happy returns of the day to you both, L. It all looks so beautiful, and obviously prepared with a great deal of love.

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                                                                                                          1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                            Thanks Joan. We were indeed lucky to have friends who supplied both food and love.

                                                                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                It reminds me of an elegant meal from Downton Abbey!

                                                                                                            1. Beautiful and love the uniqueness!

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                                                                                                              1. Absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

                                                                                                                And warmest congratulations to you & Mr. LN!

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                                                                                                                1. Absolutely stunning in the caretaking, simple perfection of this glorious abundance.

                                                                                                                  The friendship and love and know-how and the artistry of those talented, wllling hands---the sheer joy of the day and the task and of creating something so elegantly wonderful just shine through every inch of that shining, welcoming table.

                                                                                                                  No froth of lace or snowy Battenburg, no hothouse blooms imported from faraway places just for the cachet of it, and no towering, imposing, garnished-within-an-inch-of-its-life garde will ever stay in my memory like this first photo of such a sublime, meaningful, lovingly-prepared meal.

                                                                                                                  All toques doff.


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                                                                                                                  1. re: racheld

                                                                                                                    Thank you rachel, for your lovely words!

                                                                                                                  2. Tanti auguri et félicitations de la Petite-Italie de Montréal!

                                                                                                                    How I crave that squid. I get the impression that this is an "adult" wedding, no of course I don't mean as opposed to arranged marriages between small children, but that you aren't 20-year-olds.

                                                                                                                    And obviously you had to have a salmon dish for your Pacific Northwest Potlach.

                                                                                                                    I hope you have many happy years together!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                      Yes, salmon of course. And you are quite right, we are in our 60s! You just never know when it will happen. Thank you!

                                                                                                                    2. gorgeous spread! congratulations on your marriage.

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                                                                                                                      1. Just lovely, so creative, elegant yet simple and wonderfully eye appealing with a menu I would adore. Thanks for sharing.