Monday, January 10, 2005

For Better, For Worse

The Quiet Man worked for me for a few years as my first web assistant, taking over our department pages from me and giving them a whole new, streamlined look and keeping them well-organized. After he graduated, he headed to grad school in Philadelphia and dropped a line occasionally, even asking for an occasional recipe (couscous comes to mind).

He announced a little over a year ago that he had gotten engaged to his college sweetheart, a charmingly warm-hearted young woman, and on Saturday, the two of them were united in marriage.

You'll forgive me for being a sentimental type, I know... but it was a lovely, simple ceremony held on campus, and the whole day resonated with the love that they share.

But of course, I wouldn't go on about this on a food-related blog if I weren't going to tell you about the reception, right?

Suffice it to say that the campus catering service came through in style, setting up the smaller dining hall with small tables, spotless white cloths, flowers and candles, bottles of wine at each table, and two buffet lines laden with delectable appetizers from the obligatory cheese and crackers and crudites to smoked cheddar puffs, vegetable spring rolls, bruschette, chicken satay, crab-artichoke dip, and much more. They also created a gorgeously simple three-tier wedding cake (which tasted just as a wedding cake should... moist and light with a sugary icing) and offered a decadent chocolate cake, a traditional cheesecake, and a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake as well. Whew!

The whole day was well-planned and -organized, thanks to some excellent scouting by the bride and groom-to-be back in the fall. As a rule, I'm not all that crazy about weddings as they can be so overdone, but this... this was about as close to perfect as you can get.

If you're wondering, given the title of this post, what I might consider to be the "worse" bit, I would offer only this... that two of the Quiet Man's cohorts from our department weren't able to make it. I know they'd have been thrilled to be there and see how happy our friend is with his lovely new bride.

A health to the Bride and the Groom... long may they live, long may they love!


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