It’s been 5 months now since Shawn and I got engaged so it’s probably time to share my experience with wedding planning, vendors, and other stress that comes with weddings.
First of all, I’m always the one making plans, booking trips, and organizing our free time… So naturally, the day after we got engaged I jumped right into the planning phase. Since we live so close to wine country and love spending our free time there it was not a question that we will be getting married at one of the wineries. But which one?!
We discovered Brasswood on one of our getaways and fell in love with the atmosphere, food and location. On our tour, Karen was amazing and showed us all parts of the venue that we would be able to use for the ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, bridal suite, etc. We were in love with the place already, however, after receiving the quote for the venue rental itself it didn’t make sense to go “wedding poor” and spend all that money plus more on actually food, drinks, flowers, and other necessities.
Or next stop was Cline. To give you a little background on this venue – one of our first dates happened there, Shawn proposed to me there on our second anniversary… Many, many amazing memories have been made at Cline. After taking the tour with one of their planners, we realized that it was just meant to be.
The venue represents our style and taste, and holds a special place in our hearts. I hope our guests will see that and enjoy our special day with us next year.
A quick summary of the amazing tasting experience my fiancé and I did for his birthday back in July.
Silver Oak is one of the best wineries in Napa county that specializes in Cabernets. We wanted to do something more interesting than just a wine tasting so we opted for the wine and food pairing experience.
Not going to lie, I expected a simple cheese and meat selection, maybe a main course… BUT the experience we received was so much more.
We got there about 15 minutes early and were greeted by our amazing host. She asked us to browse for a bit since we were waiting on 2-3 more couples to arrive. At 11 o’clock, she asked us to meet her at the tasting station to start with our first pour. She didn’t make anyone wait for the people that were late and we went right into the tour. We learned a lot about the history of the winery, the owners, their processes and culture.
After a little tour, we went upstairs for the actually food pairing. We were seated in a large rustic room decorated with black and white photos of the people who work there. The winery definitely seems like a family run operation and feels comfortable and inviting.
The chef presented us the first course – Hamachi Crudo. Amazing start! Complemented by Twomey Sav. Blanc.
Cauliflower Risotto – not usually my thing, but it was delicious. Paired with Twomey Pinot.
Followed by A5 Wagyu steak which was my first time trying this grade of steak. Juicy, melts in your mouth… I will never forget. The steak was paired with two of their Cabs – 2013 Alexander Valley and 2013 Napa Valley.
For dessert, we had an interesting take on a classic cream brûlée made with gouda cheese. Again, couldn’t get enough.
The tasting menu is seasonal and I am very excited to go back for a different experience. Perhaps this winter?
Today I want to share how I’m getting used to the Whole30, failing it, and starting again.
First of all, one day I realized that my wedding is in about 8 months, I’m 15 pounds over my ideal weight, and I’ve never felt less comfortable and confident in my life. Adding 3-4 SoulCycle classes per week and lifting weights was not really doing much… One last thing left to do was actually take a look at my diet and nutrition.
When I started, everything was going according to the plan… Of course, I felt like I was starving for the first 4 days. Then, on day 5 I couldn’t even get up from bed and had zero energy to function at a normal level. After that, things started to get better – I got more energy, discovered more products that I like to eat, found brands that are Whole30 approved (Primal Kitchen).
On day 13, I had lost about 6-7 pounds (I know, I know you’re not supposed to check on the progress during the program) and was feeling amazing. Then, I made one of the worst mistakes – Labor day feast! All my work basically went to shit. After spending two days eating carbs and drinking wine, I came home feeling miserable.
Not only did all of my progress went away, I also realized it’s even harder to go back to the original diet and keep at it. It took me another two days to get my mind set on following the diet again.
Today, I am fully committed to the diet and getting my life back on track. Physically and mentally.
Menu for the day:
Coffee (no milk)
Cucumber sandwiches with prosciutto
Lettuce wrapped Beef sliders with bell peppers.
Eggs and Potato hash
I will keep my progress updates here to keep myself accountable and committed. After all, that dress needs to fit perfectly.