it’s not every day that you get to plan a close friend’s wedding. carol was a long time friend of the family and co-worker. her sons, sister, brother in law, niece, nephew, and mother were all a big part of my and my family’s lives. my classroom was across the hall from her computer lab and we worked together many years. we had so much fun planning her beautiful wedding at the red fish grill in addition to grading papers and running around our campus. this waterfront restaurant was the perfect place to host an intimate gathering of family and close friends. the ceremony was supposed to be outside, but because of the horrible rainstorms all weekend, we quickly moved the celebration inside. we reconfigured the seating in a flash and had everything ready by the time the guests arrived. it was so gorgeous. the beach themed centerpieces were unique to each table. we filled different vases with sand, shells, starfish, and candles. the most beautiful touch was the fresh leaf as a base for the centerpieces. we made custom menu cards on vellum backed with a rich, sage green backing. the chocolate cigars, provided by sweets by diana, were a tasty treat for the guests as well as m&ms with a special message from the bride and groom. the dancing was interrupted for a short moment to cut the cake! a natural bird of paradise topped the top layer anniversary cake and each cupcake was decorated to resemble a flower. the gorgeous bouquet of cupcakes disappeared in seconds! when it was all over, the blushing bride surprised me with a very special treat from her honeymoon in san francisco…a bottle of my favorite dessert wine from robert mondavi called moscato d’ oro. thank you again! carol & jose, we love you!