The Happy Couple: My friends Jun & David!
(Photo by Linda Y, Jun's co-worker)
(Photo by Linda Y, Jun's co-worker)
Congratulations Jun & David! This beautiful couple were married last Saturday, November 6th in Los Angeles. I met Jun while at UCLA's Library School in 2003, and we hit it off immediately and have had a great time the last 7 years.
Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. It was a very touching ceremony conducted in both English and Japanese. The priest had asked Jun & David to write letters to each other, and he read them during the ceremony. They didn't know he would do that when they wrote the letters, so they were honest and funny. After dating for 12 years, everyone was so excited to witness the ceremony. Jun wore her mother's beautiful wedding kimono!
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. It's a historic 1914 Carnegie Library (the former LAPL Eagle Rock branch). They have art classes on the bottom floor and rent out the top floor. I think the bar area was the information or circulation desk! How perfect is that?!
I'm one of those people who loves to receive and give handmade gifts. So my gift to Jun & David was the dessert bar at the reception.
(Jun & David, don't read this part) But what was I thinking? I'm a freaking librarian with a small refrig and basic oven. I've only make food for my library, and this was a 125 person reception. Thus, I got 5 hours of sleep in two days. But it was so worth it! The wedding and reception was so much fun!
Daruma dolls turned bride & groom figurines. Daruma dolls are sold with both eyes blank. You fill-in one eye in when you set a goal/wish, and fill-in the other when the goal is attained. During the reception, Jun & David filled in the second eye.
Oh, you poor mini cake. I made it at 4 am on the day of the wedding (yes, I was a bit behind schedule. And before all you kids who finished a week's worth of homework in one night tell me I could have frozen items prior to the wedding, that just didn't happen.) It got frosted by Helen (Cook's Illustrated Basic Buttercream) and we were off to set up at the reception hall.
When we arrived, Helen lifts up the cake carrier and notices that the cake completely shifted and is smashed against the side of the box. We call Alison, Helen's awesome daughter, and leave this voicemail: "Alison. Go to the grocery store. Buy a boatload of white canned frosting. Stat. Please. Thank you." Then, I carry in the sad cake carrier and I proceed to Drop. It. On. Its. Head. Yes, we dropped the darn thing twice! Luckily, the Daruma figurines were not on the cake. Finally, we shellac the cake with canned frosting, but you can see some of the bad bits coming through. Luckily, no one was planning on cutting or eating this cake. On their first anniversary, I'll bring over cream puffs and cupcakes to celebrate. No one wants to get near this twice bruised cake.
Menu (I've included links to some of the recipes/posts)
- Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting
- Chocolate Mint Cupcakes with Andes Baking Mints and Peppermint Buttercream Frosting
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Honey Frosting
- Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake
- Coffee Jello
- Raspberry Jam Shortbread
- Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies (replaced raisins with dried cranberries, used old-fashioned oats)
- Lemon Bars (Barefoot Contessa recipe)
- Lemon Tarts with Meringue
- Fruit Tarts with Vanilla Pastry Cream
- Vanilla Cream Puffs
- Chocolate Cream Puffs
- Brownies (Sono Bakery)
- Fruit kabobs
- Fresh Fuyu Persimmon
- Mochi from Sakura-ya in Gardena, CA
- 1,040 pieces of dessert and fruit
- 8 dozen eggs (Next time, I'm getting myself a chicken. Hee hee. There will be no "next time.")
- 30 sticks of butter (I looked like a mad woman checking out of Trader Joe's with 8 boxes of butter in my cart)
- And so much cream cheese, chocolate, lemons, sugar and flour...
Special Thanks to...
- My friend Helen and her daughter Alison who helped sooooo much!
- My mom and auntie who came over on Thursday and Friday to do all my dishes and help organize the treats.
- My cousin who filled up my car with gas the morning of the wedding and ran errands for me.
- My friend Socrates and his boyfriend Jesus who helped plate the desserts and prep the dessert bar.
- Jun's co-worker Linda who was able to take awesome photos of the dessert bar while we were setting up (you can totally be a food photographer!)
- My friends JustJenn, Diane, Jessica, Fellow Mary, co-workers, and blogger friends who supported me via txt message, email messages and twitter.
- mary the food librarian
Photo notes: Food photos and top wedding photo by Linda Y, friend of Jun's.