Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Boston Part Two: Wedding Planning Whirlwind

Planning a wedding in Boston while living in Houston is not easy. So what was originally scheduled as a vacation (before the engagement) turned into a few days of a frenzy of wedding planning (we successfully escaped for a few days as you'll see in the next post). First up: cake tasting!! Before I would even book our venue I had to ensure that Amy from Hippie Chick Bakery was free to make our vegan wedding cake. We visited her home to discuss the details and of course, taste the cake. Sorry for my photos of half eaten cake. I was so excited about tasting I forgot about photos!!

Here is chocolate cake with vanilla "buttercream" frosting and layered with fresh strawberries....


And a spice cake with ginger "buttercream" frosting....




And finally carrot cake with vanilla "buttercream" frosting....


We also tried lemon cake and a marble cake with chocolate frosting. They were all amazing!! John was thankful, even though he knows vegan desserts can be every bit as good (I think better) than their non-vegan counterparts, he was admittedly a little worried. We are also going to try a pumpkin cake with ginger frosting once they are in season. My favorite was the chocolate, so we've decided that will be the largest of our three layer cake. The second will either be the spice or pumpkin cake with ginger frosting. The top layer John and I will take home (yeah right I'll be able to wait until our one year anniversary to eat it!!) is still up for grabs. Any suggestions? I opted not to have a traditional white wedding cake. Instead it will be shades of green with orange frosting flowers. The style will be similar to this cake.

Next we visited our wedding rehearsal dinner site (although there will be no rehearsal!). We chose the Concord Colonial Inn. John actually washed dishes there back in the days of summer jobs! This historic inn is located near the Old North Bridge, where the American Revolution began.


Here is the a view of the Heritage room where we will spend the eve of our wedding.



And of course, the site of the wedding and reception. This is the house I enter from before heading down the aisle!




A view of the Atlantic Ocean, the backdrop for our wedding ceremony.




And the reception tent and cocktail patio.



Over the week we also met with two caterers and did menu tastings, met with our J.O.P., visited the hotel where we will spend our first night as husband and wife, did a trial run of my hairdo, and met with the florist. Whew!! Sixty days and counting, it will be here before I know it. Okay, enough wedding stuff. I promise to stick (mostly) to good ole vegan blogging. But first one more quick post about our trip, visiting the White Mountains....

12 comments:

Vegan*asm said...

Wow, it sounds like you had quite a week! What yummy sounding cakes, and the design looks beautiful. I think pumpkin for the top layer would be neat, since it will be in season and all.
The location looks so nice and peaceful. I would love to be there to grab a couple of peices of yummy vegan cake. Guess I will just have to drool over the pictures! Good luck with all of the wedding planning.

Tamara said...

Wow Amanda! Everything looks SO beautiful, and that cake is making me hungry! :-)

Selina said...

Just stopped by to say I love your wedding colors (lime-ish green & mango). They are gorgeous together! And to say you must have very thin fingers!

julie hasson said...

How exciting for you two! You are going to have an amazing wedding, between the gorgeous wedding site (with that jaw dropping view), the lovely reception room and your beautiful vegan wedding cake. Wow! Congratulations on your engagement.

P.S. I'm now starting to crave vegan wedding cake ;-)

VeggieGirl said...

oh my goodness your wedding is going to be SPECTACULAR!!! I can't WAIT to see those pictures when the time comes :0)

aTxVegn said...

Awesome, awesome. The wedding will be FABULOUS! And the food post below looks super. Thanks so much for sharing!

bazu said...

GORGEOUS! Am I talking about the wedding space or the wedding cake? Both of course. You guys are so lucky, and your wedding will be so fun (and delicious). I would totally go for lemon cake for the top layer- I've been in a very citrus-y mood lately, but that's just me!

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

Absolutely stunning, all of it. Thanks so much for sharing! So happy for you both!

Judy said...

MM, I want to go cake tasting... sounds like so much fun!

vko said...

So exciting! That cake looks gorgeous & thanks for sharing the tasting- yum. The location is absolutely beautiful.

KleoPatra said...

i'm so glad you are back. What a stellar view of the ocean there. Really nice. i can't imagine planning a wedding, especially not in your geographic area! You are a star. So many cakes, so little time. i would go with the marble, even tho you didn't post a photo of it. All of the ones you did show look SO GOOD! Wow! John is a trouper to put aside his concern for a vegan cake and let you show the way for this very special dessert! Your wedding's gonna be one for the ages, i can tell. That Colonial Inn (1716, oh my!!) looks super cool. The American Revolution began right near it!? That's so wild to think about!! Lookin' forward to your next post about the mountains!!! Glad you are back home... nice to see you again!

Celine said...

I was already dying to visit the Boston area, and now it's even worse! gorgeous pics, great post.