Weekend Update: Wedding in SoCal

This past weekend, we drove down to celebrate a wedding of one of my college friends. (So happy for you two, EK and J!)  It was fun seeing old friends again; though this time around, I had to interrogate a special someone of a special friend. :)  She won’t allow pictures on FB, so I’m posting them here, (hehe).  One day, when she decides to tell her family, maybe she’ll post it herself, but until then…

Of course, we always start our trip to SoCal with a trip to the beach.  During the short time we had on the afternoon of the wedding, we visited Newport Beach and Fashion Island.

It’s funny, all the beaches look and feel the same, and nostalgia hits me every time.  The ocean feels like home, and home is what I miss.

There’s a photo of me, my sister, my brother, and my mom sitting in front of a fountain at Fashion Island. I think I was six or seven.  In the photo, my sister and I are wearing outfits that resemble something out of The Sound of Music, and my brother is too busy playing with the water to notice the photo being taken.  I remember the photo because of my mother.  She sits poised wearing her wide-brimmed hat while her three rambunctious children make funny faces.  I miss my family.

When my husband and I stopped by this weekend, there was a lot of reconstruction/renovation going on, and Fashion Island was surprisingly big, so I doubted that I’d find the same fountain; also, there were many fountains around the plaza and I didn’t have the photo, so I could only recall certain details.  But when I found it, there was no doubt, and I even remembered the escalators leading up to the fountain area.  I think I’m sentimental. ;)

I Cook: How to Make Cake Pops

One of my bridesmaids, Hannah/Kyusun, taught (i.e., forced) me how to make cake pops for my own bridal shower favors. (I know!! >:I)  keke. jk. I wanted to learn and I also wanted to share the process since cake-pops have been a trend.

Step 1: Bake a cake (flavor of choice). *Tip: make the batter less sweet because you’ll mix in frosting later in the process.

Step 2: Let it cool.

Step 3: Crumble it apart with a fork or large spoon.

Step 4: Mix in frosting (flavor of choice) until the batter is sticky in consistency (like play-doh).

Step 5: Take a generous pinch of the batter and roll it into a ball (~1″)


Step 6: Insert popsicle sticks.

Step 7: Cool it in the freezer for 1hr+

Step 8: Melt chocolate (flavor of choice) in a bowl.

Step 9: Prepare decorations (e.g., sprinkles)

Step 10: Take a cake-pop and dip it into the melted chocolate. *Note: Chocolate can get messy. Don’t hold the cake-pops upside down. Make sure to remove the excess chocolate before decorating.

Step 11: Decorate.

Step 12: ENJOY!!

Summer time, Wedding time.

Five weeks till the wedding and I’ve been planning, calculating, making, purchasing, and sweating quite profusely in the inferno that is my room.  I didn’t think my to-do list would be so lengthy at one month prior, but the list keeps on expanding and my sanity and emotional stability is tested every day. Today I read an instruction manual for screen-printing and I might as well have been reading German; es machte überhaupt keinen Sinn (“it made no sense at all”).

Stressed, yes, but I’ve been trying to enjoy the process. It’s our very own wedding, and since he left the aesthetics to me, I have had complete freedom in choosing everything (most things), within the budget of course. But the truth is, working within the budget has been the most stressful part.  Everything is money and money gives me headaches.

How do you compromise quality.

I found that the answer is research and creativity.  You must research thousands of wedding blogs, narrow down from millions of options, choose a couple of options (which is difficult when there’s so many great ideas), calculate cost efficiency and total sums, then choose one option (or mix a couple), plan, purchase, and execute with creativity.  My head swirls with ideas and procedures. Don’t be surprised if everything turns out haphazard.  I decided at the very beginning, as a preference (and precautionary measure), that my theme would be “organic.” Organic is supposed to look haphazard, and I am trying my best to make haphazard look like a wedding.

Enough rambling about wedding planning, huh?