Well Wed (And Fed)

5 May

Well, hi there everybody!

I’m back. Another year older and with a new prefix: Mrs.  It feels amazing! Can I say “Best Spring ever?” Yeah, I think I can.

I have no idea how much you want to hear about this whole wedding thing, so I’ll try to keep it to one thought: Getting married is awesome!  I know you’re going to think I’m crazy, but I was really dreading it. I have no idea why. I saw it as an ordeal that needed to be survived.  I was dreading our parents meeting. I was dreading the emotional bomb that the ceremony was going to be. I was dreading the reception and dinner.  Turns out, I’m a freak.

Our parents seem to genuinely like each other, and while I did find the whole thing incredibly emotional (I was so busy crying during the ceremony I have no idea if it was emotional for everyone else, but I think it was) I felt so light and bright and buoyant afterward. And then it was time to eat, drink and be merry. And eat and drink and laugh we did.

There was champagne and beautiful Burgundy. A pretty little salad, a perfect pea soup, lamb with ramps, mint pistou, spring vegetables and roasted potatoes and raspberry cake with lemon curd and buttercream frosting.  There were stories and tales and even a few toasts.  My bouquet was full of tulips, anemones, hydrangeas and sweet peas.  It was as springy as Spring can be. It was the perfect way to start a new life.

And now, finally, we can get back to just that: living. Back to digging in the dirt and grilling and hanging out and chatting with friends and making potato salad. (Yep, potato salad. Again.)  But this is a potato salad with a twist.  For my birthday Isaac grilled us oysters, asparagus and steaks (N.B. mignonette is good on oysters, but it is outstanding on grilled hanger steak).  And then, after dinner, washed down with a fancy bottle of Spanish wine, we tossed a few foil-wrapped potatoes on the still-glowing coals and left them there while we watched the sun set and lounged about, blissfully not thinking about getting married.  And then, before bed, we grabbed the potatoes, unwrapped them and tossed them in the fridge.

On Sunday night when we got back to the city I chopped the sweet, smoky potatoes and tossed them with thinly sliced celery, a finely minced onion, chopped olives, a handful of slivered basil, a spoonful of a blood orange and fennel tapenade that was lingering in the fridge and an aggressively sharp vinaigrette with a pinch of pimenton de la vera (to enhance the smokiness) and served it next to broiled fillets of mackerel.  And boy oh boy was that good!  The salad is great and unusual, but even more than that I loved the mackerel. Me, a fish-hater, loving mackerel! It really is a whole new world!

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10 Responses to “Well Wed (And Fed)”

  1. heather May 5, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    yay! congrats on your lovely wedding! where did you end up getting the rings?

  2. Jennifer Hess May 5, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    Oh, how wonderful, and what beautiful photos! You’re radiant :) Congrats and welcome to Team Married!

  3. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) May 5, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    Lovely! Congratulations — may you enjoy a long lifetime of potato salad together.

  4. Christine May 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Oh you guys are just lovely! Congratulations!

    Beautiful, beautiful. So so happy for you both.

  5. Will B May 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Sounds like the perfect event. Enjoy and congratulations!

  6. Anne May 6, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Congrats, Anne! You are so right. Getting married is so awesome. And as I’m sure you now know, being married is even awesome-er

  7. Julia May 8, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    How beautiful! That wedding meal sounds stellar. Congratulations, and welcome back!

  8. Christina May 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    You look beautiful and happy, Ann. What fun. Getting married was the “funnest” day of my life, but like you, I cried through the whole ceremony. It’s such a strange swirl of emotions in a day.

    Mackerel, huh? I’ll have to try that on my fish-avoiding man.

  9. ann May 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Well, goshgollygee! Aren’t you guys the nicest! THANK YOU!!!

    Heather — My mom ended up giving me a beautiful ring that her aunt owned, and we got Isaac’s ring at the jewelery store in Chatham, RH Van Alstyne.

    Jenn — A few friends tell me there’s a gang sign. Are you aware of this?

    Lydia — Thanks! That’s the sort of statement that’s music to Isaac’s ears :-)

    Christine — Thank yooooou!

    Will — It was! And next up, the party! Whoop!

    Julia — The food was beyond my expectations, the chef was so awesome!

    Christina — It’s taken years to get me to this point. I suggest a trip to Croatia, that will surely help him get his fish-legs :-)

  10. tasteofbeirut May 15, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Congratulations! Wishing you a lot of fun together and as little stress as possible!

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