, Newburyport, MA


March 6, 2012

There's no place like home

To the editor:

I questioned our sanity when my fiance and I planned our home-wedding for the end of January. The insurmountable snowdrifts of 2011 were still vivid in my memory. But, aging parents' health and kids' crazy college schedules firmed our choice. With a growing interest in local sustainability and community-supported agriculture, nurtured by our budding involvement with the Transition Newburyport movement, I decided on a "go local" wedding. At least, I reasoned, the food could be delivered to our Amesbury condo by snowshoe ...

Phat Cats Bistro — Paul's first challenge was satisfying my need for a half-carnivore, half-herbivore dinner selection. One-fifth of our guests (including myself) ate plant-based, aka vegan. Coconut risotto with tofu, haddock potato cakes, beef short ribs — everyone wanted doggie bags. The smiling faces of Dee and Adam magically appeared to service any guest's need. Christina's awesome carrot wedding cake — way too good, and I'm sure it was vegan ... carrots ... right?

Ovedia Artisan Chocolates — To complement my snowflake theme, Barbra researched and created unique snowflake favors with organic mint-flavored white chocolate flakes on dark. And, to make my future in-laws feel at home, constructed both five- and six-pointed lollypop chocolate stars with mint trim. OMG!

Real Bodies — Clothing from Bali — My wedding outfit — flowing ivory silk! Nancy's guidance was invaluable, as was her taste in accessorizing — earrings and necklace. If you drop by her store, you can see my wedding photo.

Zemanian Jewelers — Aram should receive a medal for his patience as my future husband ruminated over numerous plain gold band variations. I was easy, only needing adjustments to my grandmother's heirloom ring.

Carriagetown Wine and Spirits — Patti went out of her way to order our favorite Pinot Grigio and turned us on to a very affordable and tasty bubbly. Many thanks!

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