“What I” Wednesday: A New Year’s Day Wedding

January 3rd, 2012 - filed under: The Food » Food Styles

We didn’t partake in this particular cake, but it sure was gorgeous. Yay chocolate wedding cake!

What a way to welcome in the new year! We spent January 1st in the adorable little town of Ashland (home of the best co op I’ve ever visited, and you know I’m a connoisseur!), celebrating as two of our dearest friends were married. In a book store! Because they’re both writers! Ahhhhh, I do so adore my friends.

It went a little like this:

Continental Breakfast, Yee-haw!

The Ashland Springs Hotel is quintessential vintage charm. Lovely, impeccable, and sweet as can be. Also very vegan friendly!

For our complimentary continental breakfast (eaten in our room) we had: fresh fruit, vegan oatmeal with raisins + vanilla stevia (from home) + peanut butter (from home) + coconut milk (from home), lots of coffee (not pictured) with stevia and coconut milk, chlorella tablets (from home), and some coconut yogurt for Damian (from the Ashland co-op).

Nothin’ fancy, hit the spot!


After breakfast and a bath, Waits and I ventured out to meet up with the bride-to-be at her B&B. Her sister was finishing the cake, her father was trying to find his notes (so he could perform the ceremony), and her friends were all hanging out. I love love love the getting-ready-before-the-event time. I think it’s my favorite part of weddings! I just wish I could have been more involved. Alas, these toddler days have me taking a step back from the hands-on planning. Waits and I played in the kitchen and on the stairs, chatted with pals, and snacked on pistachios. After a while it was time to head back to the hotel for a very necessary nap.

I made up a lunch plate while Waits was sleeping. All stuff we’d brought: The best bread ever – Dave’s Killer Bread – with hummus, one with cherry tomatoes and pickled garlic, the other with olives and pickled peppers and pickled garlic. Baby carrots on the side. This rocked my world.

Wedding Time!

My friends are both writers and so they held the ceremony in a small book store. It was so beautiful. Waits was completely captivated by the string trio! (he’s a musician for sure, no doubt)

Dinner and the party were back at the Ashland Springs ballroom. Our camera ran out of juice before dinner arrived, so I had to use the iPhone. You get Instagrammed dins!

1) Precious centerpiece. 2) Simple salad with dried cranberries, toasted hazelnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. 3) Roasted acorn squash stuffed with seasoned Great Northern beans with a pesto drizzle; the best microgreens and shaved fennel salad I’ve ever had. 4) Waits ate nothing but fruit for dinner. Lots and lots of fruit. 5) My dessert, a raw tiramisu. (apparently from the Ashland co-op) 6) Damian’s dessert, chocolate cake. (apparently from the Ashland co-op)


We had a great time, but Waits was pretty rascally and either Damian or I had to be up with him through most of the evening/dinner service. He’s not really one for sitting still, haha.

Late Night Snack

We left the wedding pretty early because Waits was verging on a complete meltdown. After such a stimulating, exhausting day, we figured he would crash out pretty quickly. WRONG. Here’s a tip: don’t feed your toddler nothing but fruit (sugar!) for dinner. After trying and trying to get him to sleep, we finally bundled ourselves up and went for a drive at like, 10:45 pm. Thankfully that did it, and he was snoring by 11:30. I was totally beat and by then I was hungry again (dinner ended around 8). So . . .

Peanut butter and banana sammie. Leftover New Year’s champagne. Snuggles and HGTV in bed with my man.

Not a bad way to begin 2012, I’d say.


I’d really wanted to show the outfit I wore to the wedding (mustard yellow tights! vintage 1940s shoes!) but I didn’t get a single [good] full body shot. Oh well. We snapped these casual outfit pics on a coffee stop during the drive home the next day.

  • Black hoodie: thrifted
  • Grey lace print mini skirt: secondhand
  • Black leggings: very very old
  • Looong thick scrunchy socks: Sock Dreams OF COURSE (these ones)
  • Black boots: super old, pre-gan

What did you do on New Year’s Day?

  • http://healthifulbalance.blogspot.com/ Shannon (Healthiful Balance)

    That wedding cake looks amazing! :)
    Yay for vanilla stevia, love that stuff!

  • Scandifoodie

    The photo of you and Waits at the wedding is gorgeous! Gosh he is such an adorable little man (can you tell I have HUGE baby fever!?)!

    We had a pretty quiet New Year’s Day. Here in Sydney it’s traditionally spent out on the beach or in a park having a picnic with family and friends. Summer is here so we’re just enjoying the outdoors.


  • http://twitter.com/keephealthstyle Laura Agar Wilson

    What a gorgeous wedding! All of what you ate looks utterly amazing, especially that stuffed squash!

  • http://www.celeryandcupcakes.com/ Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    The wedding looks amazing and so much delicious food…yum!

  • Coco

    I love the pick of you and Waits at the wedding- beautiful :) I just love the way you dress.. you always look so adorable!

  • http://www.parsnipsandpears.blogspot.com/ Ami @ parsnipsandpears

    ahhh what I beautiful wedding and the food looks delicious! I always thought New Years weddings were so lovely… such a nice sentiment, starting a new year and new life together :)

  • http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ Fran@BCDC

    Looks like the wedding was great fun! Happy New Year!

  • http://callofthe-wild.blogspot.com/ Francine

    Peanut butter and banana = basically my favorite sandwich ever.

    I love the bookstore idea! So fitting.

  • Adrienneaudrey

    A bookstore wedding! How romantic! Your little boy is so super cute, love his little wedding outfit.
    Happy New Year!

  • Taylor O.

    I worked on New Years Day, sadly. But when I got home, I made chard (from my boss’s garden) with black eyed peas for dinner. We have been house-sitting from the first until tomorrow, so this is like a staycation! Hope you had a good one!

  • Jen Cywinski

    My two pairs of Sock Dreams socks are my favorite things ever. I can’t wait until I have a little spare change to get another pair.

    A bookstore sounds like a great place for a wedding! A very contemplative and fun atmosphere.

  • Amanda

    New years day we went on a glorious wintery hike! It was such a nice way to start the new year. Natural scenery and fresh air in our lungs. I have a question about your boots! Are those Doc Martin’s? If so, how did you break ‘em in?? I’ve had a pair for over 5 years and still haven’t managed to do it. They make my feet bleed when I wear them. Booo!

    Anyways, thanks for sharing your awesome outfits and new years funtimes!

  • Chelibw

    as opppossed to baby fevered scandifoodie, i think i have baby overlead. i read your post with two thoughts popping in and out in my head: god, she’s tall and leggy and i want long legs to dress like that; and oh lord these poor people and their uber demanding little kid! i commiserate. i have two. neither of them knows about sitting still, on a chair, at a table, for more than 2 minutes in a row. that feeling of ooh i would love to be involved but i have to go eat pistachios on the stairs, and oh let’s take turns eating adn chasing the critter around the room. and then NOT going to sleep… oh jeeeeeeeesh! you sound surprisingly accepting and up beat about the whole thing. i guess you have a nice outlook on life in general, huh? i m glad it doesnt get you down, the incessant demands of waits. he does seem like a cute kid, full of happiness, interested in things. they still do take every minute of your day and make it their own, though, don’t they?

  • Tenise Rae

    Oo, oo, oooo!!!! I totally know what bookstore where the wedding was held. Is it the one with the little cafe upstairs?? I SO love that bookstore! :D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    They’re not Docs, but they’re a similar brand, called Gripfast. I broke them in by wearing them pretty much every day for years! =D

    But if you’ve worn your boots a bunch of times and they’re not loosening up, they might just not jive with your feet. I had a pair of Docs in high school that I could never break in. But other sty;es have been great for me. Maybe try switching to another type?

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Well I work hard at my attitude, but a lot of the time I do fail, to be honest. It ain’t easy! I also suffer from anxiety, but I’m always trying to stay positive, to see the upside. Life’s too short. =)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Hey girl! I was just thinking about you a few days ago, wondering whatever happened to you. I was going to shoot you an email. It’s good to hear from you!

    Not sure if there was a cafe upstairs because I didn’t go upstair, but there *was* an upstairs so I bet it’s the same one. Totally cute place!

  • Tenise Rae

    I kinda like that they’re not Docs. ;) ;)

  • Tenise Rae

    Well, to be honest, I tend to fall back to the shadows if a crowd (or community) becomes large enough. Social anxiety can be a bitch sometimes….even online. I tend to be more social when there’s only a handful of people around. Rest assured I’m still lurkin’ around here though. PLUS, I’m now in second trimester mode. Soooo, I haven’t been sittin’ down to the ol’ laptop like I used to. Chasing my 3 year old around and doin the whole nesting deal (cleaning & organizing EVERYTHING) generally takes up most of my days now. :) I’ll always be a Bonzai groupie just so long as you keep posting. :D

    So, I haven’t been in that bookstore for years but long ago in my high school/college days friends and I would gather there for bagels and strong black coffee. If I remember correctly we were allowed to smoke in there too. Good times. So weird to see you in that store! Kinda feels like a celebrity came to town or somethin’. Hehehe. *wink wink*

  • http://bittsblog.blogspot.com bitt

    pretty pretty cake and eats. what fun to have a wedding in a bookstore. feels so very oregon. i am sad i missed the health food store when I was in ashland. i guess i need to go back.

  • Amanda

    Word. I might just have to re-gift these things. They’re so lovely though! Thanks for the input!

  • http://mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/ Sara @my less serious life

    your lunch is so fantastic. i really have no words. except. fantastic.

  • http://babygottoomuchback.blogspot.com/ Ty

    Your son is so adorable and that sounds like a fabulous way to ring in the new year!

    Such a cute wedding too.

  • Lou

    Love the outfit, you groovy mama you :)

    Wedding outfit sounds amazing… especially the shoes – the side on crouching shot of you looks beautiful.

    I hear ya when it comes to little boys-who-are-a-handful…. mine seems to want to climb and launch himself of anything that looks dangerous these days, sigh.

    What a beautiful (and delicious) looking wedding :)

  • http://www.feudfood.blogspot.com/ FoodFeud

    The raw tiramisu sounds so amazing and I’m happy you got such a beautiful, filling, delicious meal at the wedding when it can be hard to be catered by others – yet somehow I’m still lusting way more after the Killer bread with hummus and various pickled and brined topping! Genius.

  • Amy P

    I had pre-ordered your cookbook a while back and it just came in the mail! It’s beautiful! I cannot wait to try some of the recipes and I’m thrilled to begin adding more and more raw food to my diet. I recognize some of the pictures from this blog… how exciting!!!

  • Rebecca

    That cake is gorgeous! And homemade?? All the better : )

    Ok..I have to say I have major gam envy..(hope that’s not creepy! But from a pear-shaped gal…jealous!)

  • http://www.lawnstogardens.com/ Bon

    What camera do you two use to get those great shots?

  • Jessica @ Whatwouldjessicaeat?

    Those dessert are almost too beautiful to eat!

  • Spirallingwords

    Awesome socks!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Hmm, somehow I totally missed this comment when you left it a few days ago. Sorry!

    But anyway, I know exactly what you mean about the social anxiety. I’m actually the same way! I’m extremely introverted, and I get super shy especially in large crowds. That always surprises people, I guess because I dress sort of “loud”, but yeah, super shy!

    I’m glad to know that you’re still there though. And yay second trimester! Actually for some reason I thought you were even further along. Are you nearing the third tri? Must be so fun!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    It really was epically fantastic!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yaaaay! So exciting! I can’t wait to hear when you cook from it. =D

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, thanks Rebecca. I’ve forever been envious of curvy, “womanly” bodies, with my stick-straight 12-year-old boy hips. The grass is always greener!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Canon 50D!

  • http://aspoonfulofsunshine.wordpress.com/ Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine

    PB and banana sammie never fails!

  • http://twitter.com/VeganHostess Jaclyn Webb

    Ah, you look so Portland! I love it.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland!

  • christina

    The picture of you and Waits at the wedding is about to make me cry. He looks like a little man…so intrigued with the things he’s seeing.