wine

So Much Love

Over the weekend, Michael and I got to witness a wonderful wedding between two friends. My good friend Samantha married the love of her life at the East Fork Estates, with rolling country hills and Mount Hood in the background. It was hands down, one of the best weddings we’ve ever been to!

Logan was home with the grandparents so we could go out and have some fun. We arrived a little bit early because I wanted to get a good seat (and take some pictures!). I was SO excited for Sam’s big day.

They were still taking photos when we arrived. I go a sneak peak at the happy couple and it was so cool. I absolutely loved her dress and could not wait to get a closer look.

The venue was so cute. There was an indoor area, a covered patio with trellises and fairy lights, there were trees with lights on them, too. There were table set up underneath some tents, which was nice because the sun was pretty hot. Thankfully, despite weeks of 90+ degrees and hazy smoke from wildfires nearby, the Big Day was clear and hot but not miserable. I was so worried all week that it would be smoky for the wedding but it wasn’t.

The cake and bar was set up inside. I loved their cake! If Michael and I were going to have a traditional wedding cake, this is exactly what I had wanted to have to go with our fall/rustic theme. It was so pretty:

And they had some gluten free vegan cupcakes, too. Sam thought of everything. She’s very considerate and cares that everyone is catered to.

I absolutely LOVED her flowers. They were so gorgeous. There were sunflowers and dahlias, both my favorites, in various shades of red, peach and orange.

Sam and John met through friends years ago. They were both Timbers fans (Sam had season tickets) and finally met at a game. I remember back when Samantha first told me about meeting John and then after I met him in person, I knew they were a good match. Samantha is the wittiest, funniest, smartest person I know and John is her equal in that regards. They both have a wicked sense of humor. I am so happy they found each other!

The above scarf is a Timbers Army thing, in case you didn’t know. The chairs were set up in the field. It was such a picturesque place to have a wedding. I definitely recommend that venue if you are in the area and looking for an enchanting place!

Okay, so I knew I’d be emotional during the wedding but when I saw Sam and how beautiful and happy she looked, I got very choked up. Her dress was perfect and a friend of hers did her hair and THAT was perfect, too! She looked like a princess. She was truly glowing. Just looking at the photos now, I get choked up. <3

I cried quite a bit during the ceremony. It was a sweet, romantic, and FUNNY ceremony and they also paid tribute to Sam’s mom’s memory in a sweet way. It was absolutely perfect.

After the ceremony there were appetizers passed around. One was a little tiny biscuit with a candied bacon topping (SO DELICIOUS) and a chorizo/pizza flavored appetizer. We all mingled and had drinks and snacks. It was nice to see old coworkers, too, and catch up on everything. It was also cool to see the ladies I got to know at her bachelorette party.  🙂

It was finally time for food. It was a buffet style that had chicken, a mac n’cheese bar (!!!!!), a salad bar and veggies. The presentation was nice. I was too hungry to get a photo of the buffet. 😉 The mac n’ cheese was fantastic! They had bacon, fried onions and jalapenos for toppings, if you so desired. It was a build your own salad because there were a lot of vegetarians and vegans at the wedding. The salad was great. I got lettuce, walnuts, blue cheese, and cranberries for my salad.

I told Michael that we need to renew our vows just so we can have a mac n’ cheese bar. WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT FOR OUR WEDDING?!?!?!

After dinner there were the toasts and then the first dance. Then they cut the cake. It’s funny because when Michael and I were planning our wedding we knew we didn’t want chicken because chicken at weddings is ALWAYS dry and not very good. AND we didn’t want a traditional cake because again, always dry and the frosting is gross. Sam and John nailed it with both the chicken and the cake. Both were moist and delicious. They changed our opinions on wedding food. 😉

The cake was lemon and to die for. Michael and I had some cake and then went back outside to dance the night away. It was so much fun (and the DJ was the same one we had at our wedding, so it was nice to talk to her).

The wedding was perfect. We had so much fun. I wanted to stay until the end and keep dancing with my hubby but we had to call it a night and relieve the babysitters! 😉

Playing Hooky & Celebrating

On Friday I took a vacation day at work and we played hooky! It was a planned hooky…It was our friend Shawna’s 40th Birthday and she planned a day of wine tasting to celebrate with friends and family. Her parents were visiting from California.

So I took Logan to daycare, went to the gym, and then Michael and I drove out to the Gorge to meet up with everyone!

The first stop was at AniChe Cellars in Underwood, WA, just across the bridge from Hood River. Ironically, it was about a mile away from the little house we rented last 4th of July and we had no idea there was a cute winery nearby!

I really liked this winery. Shawna was a member so we all got complimentary tastings. Yay! And we got a tasting plate that paired with each wine tasting. It was different kinds of dried fruits, cheese and chocolate.

My cousin Anna, her husband, her sister Carrie and their parents came, too, plus some friends.

I ended up buying a bottle of the “Lizzy” (Southern Rhône styled blend of 62% Marsanne and 38% Roussanne). From their website: This dry wine elicits a more complex palate of chamomile, dried herbs, honeysuckle, beeswax and green tea. Enjoy with fresh fig, salty proscuitto, and baked chicken with Provencal herbs.

I liked how crisp and slightly sweet it was.

I also bought a bottle of “Be Holden” (a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, from the Horse Heaven Hills and Rattlesnake Hills).  Bold quince and blackberry followed by rich vanilla, tobacco and spice. YUM!

I loved that they named all their wines references literary greats. After the tasting we ended up buying a bottle of red and white to share with everyone outside. It was a drizzly, cold day in the Gorge but the firepit area was covered and the firepit was warm. So we all hung out and snacked on the pimento cheese, crackers and the sheeps cheese Michael and I brought.

Then it was time to hit the next place. Michael and I made a pit stop at a random taco truck. He got a small burrito and I got a street taco. It was really good! We will definitely stop there again in the future.

The next stop was Syncline. We used to be members there but suspended it last fall. I hope to start up again in the future. It’s a great place for the summer. It definitely looked different in the winter! No hammocks, corn hole, bistro tables…but there was a great fire pit!

It was raining a bit. But somehow it wasn’t miserable. It was just fun hanging out by the fire, doing our tastings, chatting, celebrating Shawna.

There weren’t a lot of people there, either, so it was quiet and peaceful.

Shawna brought a bunch of cheese, bread, crackers, fruit and Anna brought an amazing pasta salad. I did half a tasting but we were short on time and had to leave to get back to Portland in time to pick up the munchkin from daycare. Hugs and well wishes and then we went home. The rest of the group was going to head to another place and then out to dinner.

It was an excellent day. PLUS, Michael and I were kinda celebrating, too, because….HE GOT A JOB!!! As you can guess, we are SUPER excited and relieved. I might tell you guys in the future where, because it’s pretty awesome. 😉

It’s a contract-to-hire type of thing. So hopefully like at his last place, it was a 30 Day contract and then they hired him permanently. We’re crossing our fingers for this time.

We picked Logan up from daycare and the other big news: we converted his crib to a “big boy” bed by taking one side off. He’s been successfully climbing out his crib for a few weeks now. It was definitely time!

So that was our exciting weekend! How was yours?