October 2010 Archive

Pumpkin Seeds
In my opinion one of the best parts of carving pumpkins is getting to season, roast and eat the leftover seeds. Each year, I silently hope for my pumpkin to be chalk full of plump seeds when I cut open the top. Luckily for me this years pumpkin yielded an impressive amount of yummies. And I have to say, I am nibbling on the seeds as I type this that’s how tasty they turned out. If you haven’t roasted your seeds yet, lucky for you here’s the recipe I used for mine. And if you have, I’m sure you could get some discount pumpkins on your local grocery tomorrow just to make a delicious new batch of seeds :)
1/4 cup of olive oil
few dashes of balsamic vinegar
1 spoonful of sugar
salt and pepper to taste
sprinkle of bread dipping spices
Rinse and wash your pumpkin seeds in a strainer to remove large pieces of pulp and pumpkin. Let dry on a dish towel before seasoning and baking. In a large bowl combining all of your seasoning ingredients, stirring to combine. Taste to make sure the mixture tastes according to your likes. Pour in dry, raw seeds and stir to coat seeds completely. Line two baking sheets with coated seeds, making sure to spread the seeds out evenly. Bake in a 250 degree preheated oven until seeds are lightly brown and toasty. Cool and enjoy. Keep in a seal tight container for up to a week. Happy Halloween! 
The Perfect Pumpkin

Isn’t always the prettiest.

Have a safe and festive Halloween everyone! Apb is here and it’s fabulous to be spending a longer than normal chunk of time with him especially over a holiday weekend. After a busy two days of pumpkin picking, a double date dinner with some friends, a cookie baking endeavor and some finalization of Hey Gorgeous Event’s website, I’m very thrilled I have the whole day to just relax. We have some pumpkin carving lined up for this afternoon plus some scary movies and candy-handing-outing tonight before he heads back to the Windy City tomorrow. I’m feeling grateful for being able to find the joy in the little things in my life. Here’s to hoping you’re all doing the same. xo P.S. I’ll be back this week to catch up with everyone and get back on track with regular blogging! 
Wedding Cake

I have to admit my lovelies, our wedding cake was probably one of the best investments we made and by far one of the loveliest details of Apb and I’s big day. When I picked the cake up the morning before the wedding, I think I may have squealed like a little kid in a candy store when I laid eyes on it. I was kind of like my cake dreams and sugar fantasies had been brought to life as Olivia of I Do Wedding Cakes went above and beyond to create the  most beautiful cake for us with a price tag that was absolutely amazing and well within our budget ($250 for the above masterpiece, oh happy day! Be sure to check out Olivia’s I Do Collection, a phenom selection of gorgeous designs with set prices any couple can afford). Originally we had decided on a pale pink fondant to cover the entire 3-tiered cake, yet after considering how it would look on our blue ceramic cake stand, settled on an off white shade instead. Thank goodness; it was truly perfect (thank you for the photo Amanda :)
Inside the bottom layer was a Lemon Truffle flavoured cake. Layers of velvety rich butter vanilla cake with a lemon filling and creamy buttercream. Never have I tasted such incredible cake before in my life and this is coming from a girl who loves cake like a fat kid. The top tiers were Chocolate Ganache flavoured; layers of rich chocolate cake sandwiched between a creamy and oh so delectable chocolate ganache and buttercream. The delicate and very real looking sugar roses were truly works of art as was the extremely detailed piping design along the base of each tier. Olivia, you are a rock star. My mom and I to this day, sneak a little piece of cake out of the freezer when we’re in the need for a little sweetness. And in case you’re wondering I will 100% recommend I Do Wedding Cakes to any of my future brides :) Cake on bloggettes!
Our Wedding Day, From the Groom
When my new wife asked me to write my personal perspective on our wedding day for her I was curious as to why. Yet, quickly I found out that this would end up being a part of her amazing blog. While I don’t claim to be a blogger, designer or even a very creative person, one of the reasons I love Rhiannon is because she is my missing half. Divulging from the traditional ‘man-view’ of weddings I’d love to share my true feelings on our wedding.
When we first started our adventure into wedding planning, I told Rhiannon there was only one thing I wanted control of and that was the food. I understand approximately 99% of the people who read this blog are women, and I can reassure you that it’s next to impossible for a man to get excited about the little things during the wedding planning process. And that’s why I left most of the planning up to Rhiannon and thank goodness I did because I can’t even imagine what our big day would have looked like had I of been the one making all of the decisions.
Sure, I agree with Rhiannon. Not everything was perfect. But I couldn’t have imagined our wedding being anything better, especially considering out budget and available resources. When I first arrived at our venue with all of my friends, the first thing I wanted to see was the dining room as this was the center point of my wife’s hard work. I can remember walking up the stairs and as soon as I turned to the right, I noticed our candy bar. Considering how much web searching Rhiannon does you can imagine I’ve seen my fair share of candy buffets. Yet in my opinion ours was the absolute best. It wasn’t the largest, and it didn’t have the most expensive treats, but it was us and it was perfect.
I walked into the dining room with one of my groomsmen where we both stood in awe of the perfect table settings and flowers. I can admit I’m not a flower kind of guy and when my wife asks me if I like a certain kind of flower, I tend to just say “Yes babe they are beautiful,” even though I have no idea what she’s talking about (sorry Tiny!). But I can confidently say I thought the flower selection and arrangements were just perfect.
As you heard, the food that we were provided was different than what we originally tasted. But I am proud to say that most people finished each and every last bite and that included my Dad who informed me after the dinner that the chicken was ‘kick a**!’. One of my fave parts of our dinner service was actually the dessert; a rich chocolate mousse covered in chocolate and finished with a raspberry sauce that I honestly could have eaten two or three of. And we still had our amazing cake to eat after that!
Everything that night seemed to blend together. I wish we could have slowed things down to fully enjoy every last minute. Except looking back on the entire night, I am so proud of my wife’s hard work and dedication to everything. Sure it rained a bit, Rhiannon was kind of stressed out the morning of, she lost her camera battery that day, we left a few things to the last minute, and some of my friends got a tad out of hand thanks to the numerous rounds of shots at the bar, but in the end I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Because in the words of my beautiful new wife our day was ‘completely and perfectly ours.’
In case you’re wondering, the best part of the entire day was our first look. Being able to see my wife dressed up in her beautiful gown will always stay with me as one of the most special and beautiful moments of my life. You rocked that gown babe and may I say you looked out of this world. I love you.

Could I get any luckier? I am entirely blessed to have married the guy who wrote the above for obvious reasons. And just to keep you on the edge of your seat, above is a photo from Amanda of our first kiss as husband and wife. A moment in time I will never ever let escape my mind. Love you more than words xo
Head First.
Diving that is. Diving head first into something that has felt so right for so long. This week I finally did it and bought the certified rights to the domain name www.heygorgeousevents.com. And I have started my journey into the wedding planning industry, destined to be the rad-est, most unique, hardest working chic slash coordinator any bride-to-be would ever want and need. I have a shoot in the works right now too. And some lovely and very talented vendors willing to work with me to make my visions come to reality. I also have a few potential clients and this makes me incredibly excited. Oh and the website which will live at the above listed domain, is 65% done. I am really quite excited to finally get it up online and live for all to see.
I read an article on the top 5 things elderly people wish they would have done differently in their lives. And one common response was that most people would have taken more chances; they would have done what made them happy mainly in their professional lives rather than working in pointless jobs that simply filled their days with meaningless work. They essentially, would have gone for their dreams and made those dreams into their reality. So here goes nothing…
And because our wedding photographer is so amazing (and pretty cute too) she was kind enough to send me a detail shot form our big day, just for the purpose of this post; thank you tons Mrs. Wilcher! I guess you could say I love this photo because it represents everything I’d want my business to represent. Heavenly goodness, a bit of glam and a whole lotta love. 
In case you’re wondering, I loved my bouquet of ivory garden roses, cream vandellas and white ranunculus hand tied with two giant black lace bows. The vintage hummingbird pin was a special touch in memory of my best friend, my Grandma who thankfully was there all day with us in spirit. And my gray nails, were my way of giving traditionalism (and white tips) a big punch in the face. Standing out is so beautiful. Happy Friday my lovelies. Without you all I couldn’t be the inspired woman I am today. Keep dreaming big xo