Wedding Update- Crunch Time!

We have these blocks that we’re supposed to flip over everyday to help us countdown to the wedding. It’s been stuck at 117 for a few months. We’re just about 40ish days away from our wedding. I got an email from The Knot telling me I’ve fallen behind on several checklist items. Although we’ve continuously neglected our block display and traditional wedding planning tools, we’re ready and so, so excited!

People always say that when you’re with the right person, you fall more in love with them each day. That statement always nauseated me, until now. I’m finding that to be true in my relationship with Ben. I’ve grown so much in the past two years, and I owe a lot of that to him. I’m more self-aware, and I would truly do anything to see him smile. (Except approve of his proposal for white tuxedo jackets)

I don’t consider myself a bridezilla, although my sister may disagree. She may super pregnant and trying to wrangle a toddler, but there are requirements for shoe choices. Come to think of it, our caterer’s event coordinator might disagree with that statement, too. I’ve been told I’m ‘particular’. We all know that’s code for ‘difficult.’ But, hey, I like what I like. I didn’t wait until I was 33 to plan a wedding where the flatware didn’t match the chargers.

It seems like everyday something is arriving in the mail for our big day. My biggest find was gold frames for our table signs. I found them at the Dollar Tree (similar ones linked here). I also decided to order myself a pair of “Mrs” Jack Rogers. I can even wear them in the fall when I return to school as Mrs. Young. I also ordered pajama sets for myself, our mothers, and sisters. They can wear them again (seriously), and it’ll be nice to match as we get ready on wedding day.

It’s all sort of surreal. A year ago, my head was spinning with excitement over our engagement. And now, it is spinning over excitement for our big day and all the days that come after it.

Our engagement photos were taken by the wonderful Brooke Allison Photography, and the top image is by Julia Dags.

My Favorite Restaurant

It’s special when you find a restaurant you love, and it is even better when your significant other loves it just as much, too. Soon after we started dating, Ben and I discovered that we had a mutual love for Cava Wine Bar in New Canaan. Situated on the picturesque Forest Street, it is the perfect scene for a post-meal stroll.

A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to be invited to a dinner that Andrea, the Hangry Italian Girl, invited me to. As I drove to dinner, I kept thinking about how my order hasn’t changed since Cava re-opened its doors several years ago. I always order penne pasta with bolognese sans any dairy. Sometimes I get the Wood Fire Organic Salmon, which is equally as delicious.

Fast forward an hour, and I was sitting at a table amongst some amazing women and incredible new dishes at Cava. Let’s start with the appetizers. We had all three tartares- salmon, tuna, and steak. The tuna was seasoned perfectly and the salmon even had tiny sliced jalapeƱos- so delicious. Since having the best steak tartare in Paris last summer, I haven’t been able to eat it anymore. Nothing seems to live up to my insane expectations. That being said, the steak tartare at Cava was incredibly delicious and the only place I’ll order it stateside. We also tried the crispy artichokes, and they were perfection. I would never think to order crab cakes at Cava, but they were the perfect flavor and texture.

I can now proudly proclaim that I’ve tried every salad at Cava. The Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is hands-down my favorite. (Yes, it’s the one you all messaged me about from my Instagram Stories.)

Since I’m such a creature of habit, I was nervous to try any new entrees at Cava. I like what I like and rarely deviate from my usual dishes. The Grilled Branzino stands out as a favorite dish. The combination of tomatoes, pesto, arugala, and grilled-to-perfection sea bass literally made my mouth water. I will definitely be adding this dish to my rotation. We also tried several pasta dishes, and they were all delicious.

I can’t mention Cava Wine Bar without talking about the wine list. It is extensive. The rear of the restaurant has a floor-to-ceiling wine display that is quite impressive. Since Ben doesn’t drink wine, it is always important that we go to restaurants with great ‘wine-by-the-glass’ options. Cava consistently has an extensive list of wines by the glass.

It is rare to find a restaurant with delicious food, an expansive wine list, and incredible service. Cava Wine Bar has all three.