A Cooking Class for My Brides

If you know me, then you know I love some good girl time.  I can think of all sorts of reasons for my girlfriends and I to get together.  This particular occasion was no exception. When I reflected midway through the 2012 wedding season, I kept thinking about how blessed I am to have such fantastic brides.  My brides were not only clients, but they had become friends too.  It's no wonder why we were a good fit from the start.

Well, I am thankful for my brides and the new friendships we have created.  They make my job that much better.  So, I wanted to celebrate their first year being married and the start of new friendships.  I thought of many different things we could do.  You know the girly type things that boys would want no part in.  Pedicures, Manicures, Massages, Drinking Wine (of course!).  When I had gathered a list of a dozen different ideas, there was one that really kept popping out. A COOKING CLASS!

If you know me, then you know it couldn't just be "a cooking class."  It had to be a really AWESOME cooking class.  So I made sure to partner with all of the right people, stalk pinterest for months, and it would all pull together into awesomeness.

I decided (after stalking pinterest) my Brides just had to have "I love you" boards.  Although what I ended up creating wasn't exactly what I had seen on pinterest, it was the same concept with a DIY touch. The final product is pictured below.  If you would like to do something like this check back later. I will create a post on the "how to."

If you haven't already figured it out...

My brides can insert a picture inside the shadow box of them with their honey. Then they can take turns, using a dry erase marker, leaving sweet messages to each other.

So sweet, right?!

Now let's get to the cooking class part!!  Thank you to all of the brides that came out Sunday night.  I really enjoyed reminiscing about your weddings, laughing, and trying new foods together. Thank you for driving from hours away to be there. For all of my brides who could not attend, we missed so very much!!!!

We were all smiles.... then Miranda says... "Awwww, it's like a MTV reunion!"  I pretty much lost it.

... and couldn't stop laughing.

We enjoyed spinach & artichoke dip for an appetizer. We had an apple vinaigrette spinach salad. Followed by squash filled ravioli (the ravioli we handmade) in sage butter sauce.  We finished off the evening with chocolate mousse and candied citrus peels.  Ah-mazing! Oh, and lucky for us, Gina sent us home with the recipes!!

Now, I am really looking forward to 2013!!!

I would like to give a HUGE thank you to my friend Kayla!  She agreed to join us and photograph the fun so I didn't have to worry about that part.  I am so thankful for her because I was able to enjoy this time with my friends.

It was an easy choice to have Gina Guthrie of Bocca Felice teach our cooking class.  Gina believes in healthy cooking using foods that are made with locally produced ingredients so we can support our local farmers.  Gina is full of love, life, energy, & a passion for healthy eating. She was the perfect fit for the awesomeness I wanted!

I chose to host the cooking class at The Loft at 14th.  It is a beautiful event space in downtown Concord.  We had plenty of space to gather for drinks and appetizers downstairs. Then we headed upstairs for the cooking fun!

The beautiful Save the Dates & Invitations were done by Susan McRae of Sweetest Beginnings.  She is super creative & provides outstanding custom invitations. I have had the pleasure of working with her on several occasions and I highly recommend her.