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And the finished decorations! We keep most of our glass bottles and jars because we tend to reuse them; when I hatched the idea for these centerpieces, we only lacked 2 out of 9 bottles (and even those, if I hadn't wanted them to match in some sort of pattern, we could have made do with some other shapes we had on hand). Chris got some silver spray paint, we attached blue and silver curling ribbon, the florist supplied the blue roses, and voila, more blue and silver!

The blue and silver on the tables are called table gems, and they're apparently all the rage currently for weddings, or at least that's what the websites that sold them to me told me; I wouldn't know. They are very nice, though, and I'm really glad I got them. They added a little something, keeping it simple and elegant, without sacrificing table space - since those were fairly small tables to begin with. Plus, they provided entertainment...

We had a buffet, and I can't believe no one took any photos of the non-cake food! I was so very thrilled when I discovered that the cook had actually made us what we'd wanted! Of course they'd said they would, but I figured they'd take one look at our recipes and laugh. But no, they came through! We probably found the only place in Britain who'd even try making our menu:

Red beans & rice; Shrimp & crawfish gumbo; Corn bread

Chicken, vegetables, potatoes, gravy

The former part was the "Louisiana" food for the Louisiana-themed wedding. I really wanted to expose everyone to some Cajun, some Southern cooking - but we don't have the capability to have them all over to dinner at the house (or to take them all to Louisiana!), so this worked out great! The latter part was the "English" food; we didn't want to force weird food on anyone, and we knew at least some among the crowd wouldn't like the first part of the menu at all. This worked out well, and I'm really glad we did it.

Most amazingly, the gumbo and red beans & rice were spot on! The corn bread was a wee bit off, but it was pretty close. The cook said he tried the cornbread SIX TIMES! What dedication! The gumbo attracted some new fans, including Uncle Barry, quite a die-hard one! We made the gumbo again for the Independence Day (4th of July) party Susan threw for me/us; it was devoured!

And in the upper right are the favors: we gave out soaps from Coconut Blush, because I figure since those soaps have helped my skin so much (obstinate as it is), they might just help someone else's, too.

Photos by Chris Page.

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