We celebrated last night with the happy couple and the parents of the bride.
We began, of course, with Rule #1: the obligatory champagne toast. According to Alexandra and Andy, this was at least the dozenth one they’ve enjoyed, with friends and family popping champagne corks on both coasts to fete their engagement.
Ashleigh made another incredible dinner – French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, and a Cauliflower Gratin (from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon cookbook – amazing even if you’re not a big cauliflower fan!). She also whipped up a separate vegetarian entree of gnocchi for Alexandra and we paired it all with a bottle of Seasmoke Ten which made the happy occasion just that much happier. For dessert, Ashleigh served a holiday Panettone Bread Pudding and we all drifted into a contented food coma.
The food and wine made it just that much easier for us to launch Rule #2: pepper as many personally-invasive questions as possible at the newly-engaged couple. We made them recount their engagement story: Andy presented Alexandra with an album of photos chronicling their courtship and on the last page, instead of a photo, a message read “Will you marry me?” Good job, Andy! And yes, since I know you’re all wondering, he did get down on one knee.
We also covered Rules #3; offer lots of unsolicited advice on matters we know little to nothing about (too bad I don’t have video of Kirk and the CE contributing to a discussion about wedding dresses) and Rule #4; dredge up embarrassing childhood stories about Alexandra to share with her future husband.
Alexandra forgives us for all the transgressions, however, because we properly followed Rule #5: say YES when the bride asks you to host the wedding! It will be here, in July. We are so happy for the happy couple and their family!