All photos by the incredibly talented and wildly hilarious photographer, Ralph Alswang, former Clinton White House photographer.
On December 17, 2011 Sharon and Anthony were married at Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School where they met over two years ago. Sharon was radiant, gorgeous and glowing. Anthony was handsome–no, dashing! And their wedding was the most joyous celebration of their union.
This was the most beautiful wedding service I had ever witnessed – complete with carefully selected readings, a choir, a blessing from the father-of-the-bride (not a dry eye in the house) and a masterfully-crafted sermon that likened their relationship to a recipe, to them as powerful and strong ingredients blending, marinating, and sauteing to create the perfect dish. If you know Sharon and Anthony, you know how appropriate this is (as I type, these two are making chili at 8:04 AM).
There was only one way we could celebrate these newlyweds: with a feast! Sharon and Anthony took great pride in the menu (obviously). Their wedding was catered by Caseus, their favorite fromagerie and bistro in New Haven. Caseus‘s food is the best in town, but Sharon and Anthony particularly love their local, sustainable mentality regarding food and the environment. Here’s what we enjoyed that night:
Hors D’Ouevres: Cheese and Charcuterie Boards, Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Local Blue Cheese Sauce, and, the piece de resistance: Tomato Soup Shots with Grilled Cheese Croutons (Sharon was most proud of this item on the menu).
Buffet Dinner: Roasted Free-Range Chicken and Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Winter Vegetable Ratatouille with Herb Egg Noodles, Braised Tuscan Kale with Smoked Ham Hocks, Stove-Top Mac and Cheese with aged American Cheddars, and Crusty Bread with Roasted Garlic & Fresh Thyme Butter.
Dessert: Homemade Cookies, Brownies, Bars (made by Mom), Pizzelles (made by Anthony’s grandmother) and Cypress Grove Chevre.
The compostable dinnerware (made from fallen leaves and twigs!) came from the Brooklyn-based supplier, Sustyparty.
Neither Sharon nor Anthony are big on sweets, so the idea of “cheese” cake was far more appealing than a 4-tier tower of sugar and butter. And they both love Cypress Grove Chevre. Their philosophy was: who needs cake when you can have a Cypress Grove Chevre Cake? The cheese arrived in layers and our family friend, garden guru, and florist, Karen Hughan, decorated it with bay and magnolia leaves, winterberries, lavender, and a rose. Guests enjoyed looking at the cake but loved it even more when they were sent home with big slices of Humboldt Fog and Truffle Tremor. At the end of the night, the bridal party swooped in and grabbed a few slices for late-night munchies. Mom even used some of the cheese in a salad she made the night after the wedding.
Unlike most couples, Sharon and Anthony actually took time to eat and enjoy the food they had so carefully chosen for their wedding. Sharon had to have been starving; she hadn’t eaten anything all day! I essentially had to force-feed her half a veggie wrap at the hair salon.
After eating well and hearing a few heart-warming and side-splitting speeches, they danced the night away. We all joined them after they swayed and twirled to Ray LaMotagne’s “You Are The Best Thing.” The dance floor was packed from beginning to end–the true sign of a good wedding.
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
So sweet! The couple looks so happy!!! Congratulations!
Patty Ann says
Heartwarming, beautiful, spiritual, delicious!
Aimee @ Simple Bites says
Congratulations to them both!! I am LOVING the cheese cake. Brilliant!
Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing the day with all of us. Sharon looks beautiful and Tony is as described – dashing. congrats to the whole family!
Mal @ The Chic Geek says
oh my goodness, I love the cheese cake, that’s so cool!
Aww, congratulations to Sharon and Anthony! It looks like it was a beautiful wedding and the perfect beginning to a wonderful marriage.
Souffle Bombay (Colleen) says
Thanks for sharing! Sharon looked radiant! What a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple!!
What a beautiful couple! May they have many, many happy years together!
Lori @ RecipeGirl says
Beautiful- all of it. I just love your family. Congrats to Sharon & Anthony!!
So nice to see so much happiness – Blessings- Greg
Helena Mouta says
Beautiful, everything, particularly the bride. And what a way to finish off the year! Just out of curiosity, my parents got married on Dec. 17, 1972! I wish all the best to the happy couple and a wonderful 2012 for the whole family!
Well, you had me going teary by the third sentence. Beautiful bride, beautiful post, beautiful family! that Anthony is one lucky guy!
mary ann says
Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says
Congratulations to the bride and groom! Gorgeous pictures. 🙂 And it looks like a wonderful time!
Elizabeth @Mango_Queen says
What a lovely recap of a beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing your family’s special event with us, Maggy! Happy New Year!
Congratulations! It looks like a beautiful wedding, and I might have to steal the cheese “cake” idea when I get married since I don’t actually like cake.
Congratulations and blessings to the beautiful couple!
erika ericson (yes, that one) says
Beautiful, Sharon. I wish you all the happiness in the world. You look radiant.
Congratulations to you both! Your grandmother told us how beautiful you were, and it was great to visit her in PC. Here’s to a life-long marriage full of love and happiness!
What a stunning wedding!
So lovely! Sharon looked simply radiant! Congratulations to the beautiful couple!!
Beautiful! Congratulations!!! And, FYI, I love the cake!
What a great memory the wedding was! Sharon was a gorgeous bride — radiant yet you could tell she was having the time of her life! And that cheese cake — I couldn’t get enough of it!
Emily ~SoDomesticated~ says
What a lovely post!
To Sharon and Anthony,
May your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humor, a touch of romance, and a spoonful of understanding. May your joy last forever.
Beautiful! They look so happy and the food sounds over the top tasty. So happy for your whole family!
Looks like a very special day! Congrats to the happy couple! Great food choices too!!
Congratulations to the beautiful couple! After reading the menu, I would say that a road trip to Caesus is in my near future!
All you have to do is look at the pictures to see how happy Sharon and Tony are! What a fabulous, memorable occasion!
Magali Ruiz says
So happy for you all! Congratulations and may the LORD continue to pour out His amazing blessings on your marriage.
Torrie @ a place to share... says
So beautiful and such a happy time- for them, and for your entire family… Congratulations!!
Samantha @ Bikini Birthday says
Congratulations Sharon and Anthony! What a beautiful wedding 🙂
I love that the ceremony was surrounded by a circle of seats. What a great idea.