The wedding – part 2

Cindy, Tara and I did an excellent job designing the cake. OK, the cake lady helped too. A very simple yet elegant cake. Top layer strawberry champagne, 2nd layer chocolate with chocolate cream filling, 3rd layer yellow cake with a cream cheese filling.

The bride and groom were having an excellant time at their wedding. I love this photo of Tara. She is having so much fun!

And here you can see why! Kathy and Jack causing Tara to laugh hysterically.

I really do not know what was making Tara laugh so hard here. The photographer was a woman who works for her. Rene said it was the only time she could boss her supervisor around.

The toast

Oh, oh, I see mischief brewing here.

Yep! I told you!

Tara said she had to go inside to wash her face because she had frosting up her nose.

Kelly with his man boobs,the form from Tara’s dress.

Whose are bigger?

Tara, her aunt Dee-Dee and cousin Allie who both helped so much getting ready the day of the wedding.

The wedding day was perfect. Pretty much my entire family attended and everyone got along. That’s not always the case with a big family like mine. Tara has a special place in all of my family member’s hearts after not one but two cardiac arrest and near death incidents.

The only screeching that happened was when I saw my 21 nephew Max taking a bottle of champagne to their table. It was opened and I yelled across the entire yard at him about not drinking the champagne because it was for the toast. He said ‘it was opened and it was a wedding so what the hell?” I sent one of my sisters over to take the champagne out of the ice tubs until we were ready for the toasts. I had to talk Tara into buying champagne to start with because she doesn’t like it. I told her we needed to buy a few bottles for the toast so she agreed. The only other incident was when my sister Pam who was quite toasted tried to cut through the heavy cardboard separating the cake layers. I guess she destroyed the cake and bent the heck out of my niece’s wedding cake knife. Tara’s friend Cindy told Pam to let her cut the cake. Cindy tried to cut one slice and the blade broke off from the handle. Pam blamed Cindy for breaking the knife. But we survived Tara and Kelly’s day with no major issues.

Tara told me again today how much she loved the wedding and that she had so much fun. A bride should enjoy the special day and laugh a lot.

In an email from one of my friends after she viewed the wedding photos “a couple of my favorites are 57 and 71…even though Elva was in the family photo it is great of all of you. and the other one with Tara laughing is wonderful. What shines through to me is that Tara was having a hoot at her own wedding and that doesn’t happen all the time. I’m happy for them.”

Wedding cake and decorations checked off the to do list

Tara, her friend Cindy and I had an appointment with the cake lady on Sunday. The cake lady, Amy has been making cakes for celebrations for thirty years. After quite a bit of discussion and looking at photos the decision was made to have a three layer cake. The bottom and top layers look like packages and the center layer looks like a box with a lid. It is going to pretty simple with dots on one layer, lace on another and kind swirls on the third. There will be thin ribbons around the bottom of the lower two layers and a bow on the top layer. The smallest top layer will be strawberry something, middle layer chocolate and the third will be a yellow cake. All layers will be iced with a butter cream frosting.

Tara looking at photos of cakes

Really Cindy, it’s nothing to cry about

After finishing up at Amy’s we went to my sisters where the wedding and reception will be held. We spent about four hours working on decorations, place setting cards, wrapping the silverware in the napkins and tying with ribbon. Tara kept saying “we can do that the day of the wedding” and we all kept saying “no, let’s get it done now”. Tara was relieved that we got so much done so she can relax some now.

The sample chair cover Tara’s cousin Erika made for the plastic rental chairs

Place setting cards for the tables

The plastic champagne glasses will be filled with jelly beans

Saturday Tara’s friend Kim is hosting the bridal shower at her house. After the shower the girls are taking Tara out for her bachelorette party. Tara is thirty fours years old. She and Kelly have been together for over 5 ½ years. Ever since Tara met Kelly they talked about getting married and having children. This is just one step closer for her to fullfill those dreams. I am so happy for Tara and proud to see her moving into this next phase of her life.

Now the big question is “how will I not cry at the wedding if I get teary eyed just writing this?”