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Tuesday
Oct112011

The Last Wedding Cake

Julia Boschetto and Kevin Brine got married last weekend and I loved everything about their reception.  It was a real expression of who they were.  Her dress from Kleinfeld's looks like it was made for just her.  The chocolate almond sheets and hand dipped chocolate covered cherries that filled their dining room for weeks before the wedding were as delicious as they were thoughtful.  The decorator created an understated yet elegant room to host her guests that looked like magic!  Julia and Kevin even took time to fill out the homework I had assigned them to create an evening that was highly personalized with details about their friends and families.

I also enjoyed getting to know Rino who gave one of the best Father of the Bride speeches I've heard in a long time.  But what went unnoticed by some was that Rino Boschetto also made the cake.  When she was a little girl playing on his shop floor with a styrofoam cake, a spatula and some icing they gave her to keep her quiet was he thinking about the cake he would someday be making for her?  Rino made Rino's Pastry Shop famous and an essential part of so many Sudbury weddings.  Last Saturday he made his last wedding cake, this time for his little girl.  The smile on his face in the picture below says it all.

 

Sunday
Sep252011

This Is Why I Became An Officiant

 

I was so proud to be there for Hailey and Lyndsey Holder.  When we sat down for the first time you could tell they were already married in every sense but the legal one.  They fought like a couple that loved each other, teased each other but never to hurt and they sat together never touching but it was like they were holding hands.  If ever there was a couple that exemplified why marriage is alive and well Hailey and Lyndsey are it.  Below I've included a part of the ceremony I wrote for them which may be short but speaks volumes about a couple and the incredible future thaey have before them!

"Here are some facts you may not know about our couple.  Lyndsey “Linder Hosen’ Holder, born Feb 23 1987 and grew up in Sudbury.  She lists her childhood interests as reading,  TV movies and is a self described dork.  She graduate College Notre Dame in 2005 and then, later, Laurentian University as a nurse. One of her early jobs was at Harvey’s where her boss (or so she thought) was her future wife.  In fact the first impression was that her boss was kinda mean and didn’t know how to handle the breakfast crowd!

Hailey ‘Hail’ Dalaire born May 8th 1987 in Kapuskasing.  She’s a Northern girl and lists her childhood hobby as getting hurt, riding her bike with rollerblades on and cooking.  One of these things she has not given up.  She graduated Lo-Ellen Park in 2005 and also lists one of her first jobs as high volume culinary specialist.  Harvey’s!  She remembers Lyndsey working for her.  She didn’t listen very well.    When asked what she initially thought of the new employee she replied “Didn’t particularly like her, until I got to know her.”

They don’t remember when they started dating.  The first kiss is a secret.  They don’t even remember who said “I love you" first but Lyndsey is sure whomever said it first they made the other repeat it right back!  Hailey is pretty sure it was Lyndsey because ‘she’s the sappy one’.

And it was May of last year, in San Francisco, in what Lyndsey describes as the tackiest restaurant ever that they decided to get married right next to a waterfall, a fish tank and an animatronic gorilla.

Which leads us here today!"

Five minutes later, with a great deal of pride, I pronounced them married.

Monday
Jul252011

The Most Important Parts of the Reception

Jamil and Danielle Malakieh got married Saturday and I was proud to be a part of it.  Combining the cultural and entertainment needs of both French Canadians and Arab Canadians was a new one for me but the dance floor never emptied.  At the Bride's request the slow songs were kept to a minimum (I managed to squeak in two) on top of the First and Father/Daughter Dance.  Rarely do you see a group with so much energy!  Perhaps it was the inspiration of the Lebanese Belly Dancer Carina or the fact that the Bride never left the dance floor that kept them motivated but there were definitely some sore knees the next day myself included!

The picture above was taken at the Caruso Club about 12:30 nearing the end of the party.  It reminded me of something Dave Thomas from the Wendy's chain of restaurants said.  I'm paraphrasing but he said the two most important bites of any sandwich are the first and the last.  The first bite is the satiation of an expectation.  The last bite is the appreciation of a great meal and the promise of another. 

For a wedding reception it's the Grand Entrance that sets the stage.  It has everything to do with an expression of the couple and the guests realizing that this celebration is going to be different.  A great Entrance is a promise of more to come and sets the rules of decorum and level of energy.  It also raises the bar turning the evening into a real celebration instead of just a party.

The last bite of the Reception is the ending.  Finish strong either with energy or romance and sometimes both.  That means pacing the guests, creating flow with a valid plan and an experienced MC that keeps the guests informed about what is going to happen next or soon.  It all leads up to the ending that makes the entire day feel complete and satisfying with just a little regret that it's over.

A special thanks to Unforgettable Wedding's Amanda and Sean for an outstanding job of decorating the Caruso Club.