January 8, 2009 in Uncategorized
On Tuesday evening we attended the wedding of a long time young family friend. She and sweet daughter have been friends since early school days and she was one of SD’s bridesmaids almost 8 years ago when she got married. This time it was SD’s turn to be bridesmaid, along with 3 other lovely young women. The wedding was held at Suikerbossie Restaurant, outside
The bride chose purple, silver and green as her colour theme. The bridesmaids dresses were a rich purple, white orchids and purple lisianthus made up the bouquets and table decorations and the cake…well the cake, as demanded by the bride, was dark moist chocolate with French buttercream and raspberry conserve filling and covered in a white chocolate frosting…..sounds so simple doesn’t it….decorated with silver organza ribbon, white roses, gypsophyla (baby’s breath) and…you guessed it….purple lisianthus. It was
a bitch very difficult to work with the white chocolate in the current heat wave that we are experiencing. Browniegirl did the frosting at night when the weather was coolest so ended up working on the cake until 2am in the morning. When she woke up early the next day to carry on her working she discovered to her horror that she could not walk upright…her back had gone into spasm from bending down for such long periods at a time. Remember that she has had 2 spinal fusions in years gone by……..so it was Sweet Daughter to the rescue bearing a gift of a Voltaren 75mg Ampoule, 5ml Syringe, Large bore needle and a swab! One naked butt cheek was presented, duly swabbed and then said large needle plunged into browniegirls waiting gluteus maximus!!!! Relief started coming after a while lying on the bed when I discovered I could walk reasonably upright again. I did all my things here at home, paid a quick visit to my favourite hair stylist who has the beautiful views and gentle hands for massaging stressed out heads…..I got double treatment that day and came away feeling like a zillion dollars.
The View from the best Hair Salon in the Valley - looking towards Hout Bay
Hubs took the afternoon off work so that he could drive to Suikerbossie while I sat in the back of the car with my baby, the cake, and panicked, and chewed my nails, and hyperventilated and started having those fainting flashes when you breathe too fast you know what I mean?? was a bundle of nerves by the time we finally got the cake transported over the great distance from my kitchen to Suikerbossie Restaurant. Up until we left I had 2 fans blowing cool air onto the cake and then all the way there we had the aircon on full blast in the car and still the icing started weeping silent tears in the heat. I told brownieboy, who was driving soooo carefully and avoiding all bumps and potholes, (who knew how many of those there are in the roads????) that if that cake collapses and dies I am dying with it!!! It had been a masterpiece of engineering to re-inforce the cake so that it would not collapse with the weight of the 2nd tier on top of the first. The 3rd tier had to be completely dairy free as the bride is lactose intolerant….so thankfully it did not, in the end, have to go on top of all as a third tier, It rather was relegated to the kitchen who had strict instructions that the bride had to eat from that cake only!!!
Brownieboy had to cut 3 sections of plumbers piping into the right sizes so that I could sink them into the cakes at intervals so that the next layer could rest on the reinforcing pipes and not directly on the cake. Those pipes shifted with the movement of the car and I had visions of the two tiers parting company as the top tier started to come away….Anyway, once I got it onto the table and did a bit of faffing and fiddling, did last minute dress up with flowers and butterflies etc. it looked like a bit of alright. At least the bride and groom loved it, it tasted marvelous and all the guests complimented me on it. I was so relieved….but NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! Well, not white chocolate in summer anyway hehe…. Unless I have a fully equipped cool room to keep it in……..
Anyhooooo dear bloggers, I present to you without further ado, because so many of you asked to see photos of the cake and the wedding, a few photos…………..……
The Gardens where the ceremony was held under the gazebo
the Table Setting Bride & 4 Maids arriving in the big yello taxi
The Starters were delicious breads and sticks with pates and dips
The main course was a buffet with 4 different roasts and all the trimmings
The Cake all gussied up with soft fresh flowers
Maids awaiting………………….bride arriving on dads arm
A little bit of dress detail for those who like to know….
Mr & Mrs O’Leary – the Kiwi Groom had to be initiated into the Bokke ranks during the wedding reception……..I kid you not!!!
The dessert buffet was amazing………….about 8 different puddings to choose from and also the cake was available to eat as well……
The serviettes had these words embossed on each one.The beautiful little heart shaped silver dragees with chocolate centres were the little gifts for each guest to take home.
A lovely wedding all in all…..
Browniegirl is off to the eye specialist in the the morning to have her eyes checked. There is something large floating around in one eye since I woke up this morning. The optometrist was concerned that it may be a bit of retina that has broken off so we have to get it properly checked out.
So……I will see you when I see you all …
Have a good night everyone.
May tomorrow be the start to a marvelous weekend for you all,