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Caution, wedding porn ahead. So, here’s the story of the wedding as told through the lenses of friends and family. The gorgeous Owen Carey professional pics are still to come- but this will be a great start for all of you who have been begging for pics.

Where to begin….

How about in the ladies lounge?

ladies lounge

Shhhh…. Flora’s taking a nap.

Meanwhile, here’s what the space look liked before we tackled it:

before the beginning

Rehearsing in the field the day before…

Then the preparations began…

There were a few last minute dishes to be done in the stream….

Briana stream washing

Mocha was worn out before the ceremony even started…

Briana mocha napping

kira setting up

Kira helped get the tables laid out…

morgan setting up

Morgan worked on alcohol (his speciality). The bright blue one we found in a cocktail book- it was called Windex, but we called it “Peacocktail.”

setting the table

Each table was put together to have a mix of styles for glasses and dishes and silverware. It ended up looking like this:

Briana cocktail glasses

more more table setting

apothecary and jelly bellies

place setting

shadowy place settings

setting the table

The hurricane glasses of soups made beautiful centerpieces strung out like jewels along the tables. My dad made the tree trunk trivets, and they turned out beautifully!

The ceremony was set up under the tree…

ceremony chairs

When people first arrived, they got to find their rock from the table…

rock table

Briana rock table tall

The rocks were painted by over a dozen of our friends and family. Each one was unique. On the back of the rock were people’s table assignments.

I was in the tent getting ready…

getting ready

…while the cocktail hour was kicking off up under the trees…

Briana peacock napkins

cocktail hour

alyssa and buchino

After about an hour, everyone was feely buzzy and we were finally ready to start the ceremony.

final prep

our wedding party was busy finding their right places in line…

setting the table with mocha

Morgan’s mom Debi and my son Jack got things started by laying the wedding table. Mocha helped.

morgan and the boombox

We had a little fun with the audience by starting with the traditional wedding march and then scratching over to Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” Morgan was a trooper and held the boom box up in true Say Anything style.

coming down the aisle

We asked each set of parents to come down the aisle and leave something on the wedding table that symbolized their contribution to our relationship. Here’s Jim and Christina (Morgan’s dad and stepmom) just finishing their bit:

christina and jim at the altar

Our bride and groomspeople filtered down the aisle, each dropping off something for the table…

The wedding table

and ended up looking something like this:





I tiptoed up behind everyone (but we fooled them by having the bridal party look the other way)…

Then the ceremony began…

The ceremony

It was bright! Thus the parasol…


Look how beautiful my sister and my sister-in-law look!

Owen taking pictures

Owen snapped some pictures…

being with each other

We took a moment to be with each other


before the ceremony began, while our community was asked to share their own advice and commitments with us on little cards we had scattered on their seats…

Then we made a commitment to Jack…

vow to jackvows to each other

And to each other…

vows to each other

Then we exchanged rings…

ring ceremony

And then, thanks to the powers “invested” in him by “the internet,” Ben pronounced us husband and wife…

kissing the bride

There may have been some kissing involved….

Afterwards, there was much rejoicing:


twin kiss

With many beautiful people…

Beautiful Holly

zoe and lisa

Beautiful alyssa

the aunts

Beautiful Ileah

Beautiful Troy

Happiest sibs

winking chris and troy

dad and chris

Chris and the worm

And some beautiful critters…

Bernard the groomsman

Flora got started on her painting…

Briana painting in progress

painting in progress

People snuck a peek at what the menu had in store…

russ and the menu

We toasted the day with soups…

toasting with soups

green soup toast

savored ahi mango avocado stacks…

ahi mango avocado stack

(with wonton crisps fried in coconut oil)

Then dived into the main course (although without the pig… poor sad piggy)

Briana main course arrives

Briana head table funny

Briana arts powerhouse table

Briana Steph table

Briana head table digging in

Later there were some toasts….

Toast part one

toast part three

Ileah toast better

holly toast

family toast

And then cupcakes…

Cupcake tower

And more drinking…


Ben shook

sipping cocktails

And then these guys….

Tapwater guys

Got the dancing started…

first dance


Tapwater led a little drum line through the crowd…

drum line

And little by little people trickled away into the night.

Some folks stayed and joined us beside the campfire…


In the morning was the aftermath…

leftover rocks

wil the day after

cheese aftermath

Briana Basket of soups

The aftermath good

The peahens snuck down to the ladies lounge to see what all the fuss was about…

pea hens checking out the ladies lounge

A good time was had by all….



As the wedding weekend approaches, you may be asking yourself, “Gee, all these fun people are gathering this weekend for Morgan and Trisha’s wedding. I wonder what fun things they will be doing that I also could do.”

Well, here’s the plan of events and activities, along with who’s invited to join us at the various things. We can’t wait to see you!

Friday Day

dahlia_orange1:00 pm Ladies of the wedding party, out of town guests (and anyone who has the day off) are invited to join us for a trip to the Sauvie Island Farms to pick flowers for bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres plus fresh raspberries to go with the cheese course. We’ll meet at our house at 1 pm and head out from there. If you haven’t been to Sauvie to pick your own produce, I highly recommend it. The drive is GORGEOUS and Friday will be perfect weather for it (sunny, not too hot). Here’s the map to the farm.

Friday Night

Morgan and Kira’s Birthday. Celebrations to be decided, most likely happening out at Horning’s Hideout. Everyone’s invited. Check the blog Thursday for details.

Saturday Day

disc golf 1All: Disc golf at Horning’s Hideout. Come join us for their 18 hole disc golf course. OR head in to the Willamette Valley for wine tastings in Newberg, Forest Grove and etc.

Food Committee: Cooking and prepping wedding food.

Decoration Committee: Make bouquets and boutonnieres. Collect ferns and peacock feathers.

5:00 pm Wedding Rehearsal at Horning’s Hideout. Invited: The wedding party and parents of the bride and groom. We’ll test run the ceremony, test the sound cues, freak out, melt down, then end up with tape in our hair and even less idea than when we started how its all going to turn out. You know, a rehearsal.

6:30 pm Rehearsal Dinner at Horning’s Hideout. Invited: The wedding party and all out of town guests. Morgan’s dad Jim is preparing Short Ribs and other deliciousness for our rehearsal dinner under the picnic structure at Horning’s. YUM.

may17eventflyer19:00 pm Cheesy Wedding Music Dance Party out at Horning’s. You know all that stuff you always have to dance to at weddings? YMCA? Lady in Red? The entire pop catalog from 1984? Black Eyed Peas? Yeah we’re going to dance our little booties off to all that stuff the day before the wedding (get it out of our system!). Who’s invited: EVERYBODY

You are also cordially invited to camp out with us at Horning’s (less driving for the wedding day, right?!?) It costs $4 a person to camp. Bring your camp gear and your wedding clothes.

Note for the girls: We will have a “ladies lounge” set up out there where you can dress/prep in privacy and comfort, with mirrors, beauty essentials, and warm water for washing. Just ’cause we’re in the woods don’t mean you can’t look all pretty y’all.

Sunday Morning

Decoration Committee: Get the wedding site prepped, lit, and decorated. 20 boxes of dishes. 16 strings of twinkly lights with vietnamese fairy balls. 10 tables, table clothes, table runners. A dozen chinese lanterns… you get the drift.

Food Committee: Finish the wedding food, transport it to the wedding site, get it into the chiller/warmer. Set up prep tent.

Saturday Afternoon

3:00 pm Wedding party gets cleaned up and dressed for the wedding.
Showers. Champagne. Nerves. Chakra realignment. You know. The usual.

4:45 pm You all start to arrive out at Horning’s. There’s plenty of parking, but the last bit of road is SUPER downhill and curvy. Leave early and take your time.

deer5:00 pm You are in your places with bright shining faces. Trisha rides in on a deer. Magic ensues. Some people cry. Some people laugh. Some people squirm in their seats and wait for the mushy stuff to be over.

5:30 pm Cocktail Hour.

Lemongrass Ginger Cocktail
Pomegranate Lime Gin Fizz,
Classic Champagne Cocktail

Fresh Tortilla Chips with Mango Jicama Salsa
Pear, Tangerine, and Blue Raspberry Jellybellies

6:30 pm Dinner

First Course

Quartet of Soup Shots from Briana and Troy
roasted pepper and tomato with cumin, coriander and smoked paprika
beet with horseradish, dill and crème fraiche
carrot and orange lentil with indian spices
vichyssoise with watercress

Ken’s Artisan Bread

Honey Thyme Compound Butter

Second Course

Ahi Mango Avocado Stacks
Arugula Salad with Grilled Pears, Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts
Wild Rice Salad with Almonds, Scallions and Craisins

Third Course

Traditional Hawaiian whole Kalua Pig
Bacon-wrapped Chicken Breasts with Cippolini Onion Marmalade
Hawaiian Baked Butterfish
Roasted Sweet and Savory Potatoes
Grilled Seasonal Veggies

Fourth Course

Cheese Course “Wedding Cake” with Morbier, Cablanca and Cambozola
Fresh Sauvie Island Raspberries
Trio of Mini Cupcakes from PastryGirl:
Marionberry Sage
Cardamom Spice

8:30 pm-ish Dancing with Tapwater under the Stars

Midnight: Wait, who are you again???

In the past few days I’ve had two of the most exciting conversations so far about the wedding, all about cheese and cupcakes.

Remember a while back when we were trying to decide what to do about wedding cake? And we were going back and forth between doing a yummy yummy cupcake tower (which would be convenient because it would require no additional plates or forks to serve):
cupcake tower

or a wedding cake out of cheese wheels (to go all European and have our last course be fruit and cheese, rather than cake):


We’ve decided to compromise and do both! So I chatted with my good friend Laura (aka PastryGirl), who in addition to being a wicked professional stage manager is also the former pastry chef at Higgins and SouthPark. She’s working on some ideas for savory and herbaceous cakes and is going to create some mini cupcake versions of them for the wedding.

Right now we’re talking about a sage cupcake with a marionberry buttercream, a cardamom spice cake (maybe with a crystallized ginger flecked icing of some kind?) and a simple vanilla cupcake with something citrusy on top. And maybe some thyme. She’ll make them all mini so that you’ll have the chance to sample a couple of different kinds.

Debi (Morgan’s mom) was gifted an amazing 4 tray antique brass serving tower (basicly a perfect cupcake tower) that she is passing along to us. We spent last weekend with the brass polish getting it all shined up and ready to…well… shine.

But, I couldn’t let go of the idea of a wedding cake built out of wheels of cheese (and the idea of having a cheese course in general). I mean, think about it- cheese wheels are just exactly the perfect shape to stack on each other for a wedding cake. Plus, if you know me, you know I’m a massive cheese freak. I have yet to resist a restaurant’s cheese plate (and I particularly recommend the plates at Ten01 and Urban Farmer- Ten01 is really good cheese that’s very well priced on the happy hour menu, and Urban Farmer has a whole cheese cart run by Morgan’s friend Amanda, which I’ll get to in a second).

So, Amanda. Morgan and I had been to an industry wine tasting a few months back where we ran into Amanda, who used to work with Morgan at Bluehour. Turns out Amanda is the official cheesemonger for Bluehour and for Urban Farmer. She’s got great cheese connections. When we told her our idea for a cheese wedding cake she got super excited. We played phone tag for a while trying to get something to gel, and I started to worry that she might just be too busy to help us out.

but no- got a call from her yesterday with her cheese recommends, which are:

1. Bottom round: Morbier
mp morbier

This is a raw cow’s milk cheese that has a line of ash running through the cheese (totally edible ash). Originally this line of ash would separate and protect the curds of the morning milking until the curds of the evening milking could be brought in and placed on top of the bottom layer. “Morbier,” according to a cheese site I found, “has a pleasantly pliant texture and a rich farmy flavor.” I think it also has a nice hint of green flavor- like the smell of fresh mowed grass but super subtle.

2. Middle Round: A Cablanca. This is a dutch fresh goat’s milk gouda described by its maker as having “a delicate, citrus tanginess and firm but creamy texture.”


3. Top round: A Cambozola. A mixture of creamy triple-creme style
Camembert and italian Gorgonzola, this one combines the moist, rich creaminess of Camembert with the sharpness of blue Gorgonzola. So think of it as a super mild, creamy blue or a triple creme with a bit of a kick. (for the uninitiated, triple creme is brie-like in texture, but often milder in flavor that your grocery store brie).


If any of these sound a little intimidating, don’t worry- we’ll be serving two cheese plates to each table on these adorable cut glass (of course) luncheon plates and letting you choose which cheeses to try and which to pass on.

Left to do for the dessert course: Find the perfect cake topper (or maybe make one?) and go to sauvie to pick fresh berries to serve with the cheese. mmmm berries.

First, I have to tell you that I have officially found my wedding doppelganger. We don’t look anything alike, and she lives in London, but seriously: Peacock themed wedding, peonies from a local peony farm, and now, get this, Cheese Round wedding cake!!
Morgan and I have been joking about the idea of forgoing traditional cake in favor of a series of stacked yummy cheese rounds (because I am completely cheese obsessed, and because there’s something so elegant and pre-fixe about the idea of ending the meal with cheese, wine and fruit rather than sweet crumbly cake). And yes, I was mostly joking about it.

Although, the thought of doing a nice sauvingon blanc reduction to drizzle over a slice of ash streaked Morbier, with some nuts and a few fruit compotes really does sound utterly….delicious….

Still. Just a joke. Right?