Monday, June 3, 2013

The Childers Wedding Bakery

wedding central around here :)
Daniel and Jenny wanted

          *a short engagement (four months), and

          *a beautiful but much less expensive 
            wedding  (Did you know that the average cost
                   of a U.S. wedding is $25,000?)

So ... we have been all working hard for months. It has been exhausting, but so fun and creative. And Jenny is super (super, super, super) organized, which has helped a lot. 

Sandy, the darling gal in charge of the reception, called her "the dream bride."

Our house and Jenny's apartment have been full of piles and piles of wedding stuff ... all purchased on sale, of course. 

Last week, we turned our home into a wedding bakery!

The reception was a Scottish tea (appropriate for our many summer of ministry in Scotland and reminiscent of the wonderful teas provided by adorable Scottish church ladies.) Oh yes, and tea. Our family loves tea.

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First, we baked button wafers ... a light pie crust like tiny cookie. I needed 250, which means 500 all together, as you put two together with frosting.

Thanks for your help, Carol

As a kid, this was Jenny's favorite cookie. The Betty Crocker cookbook calls them Cream Wafers. My girls thought they looked like buttons, so at our house, they have always been button cookies.



I love this picture, because I wrote my sister's flight number on the parchment paper. That is the way you roll, when you are busy.


Next, came our famous White Chocolate Apricot Scones (only I used cranberries, so I did not have to chop piles of apricots.)
250 scones went quickly with the help of my sister, Sue.



Then, the sweetest bit of all ... Dave baked Jenny's wedding cake. This is no small feat, as it had to be gluten free, egg free, chocolate free and sugar free. 



Yup, Dave, the father of the bride, took the challenge and our house smelled amazing. 



How cool is that?



And, the uber cute cake topper was made by the bride.

Well ... the Childers Wedding Bakery is closed ... for a long time. It was all worth it!


Tom DeBruyn photography


 Linking with the Soli Sisters. Thanks for praying for our wedding.
 

49 comments:

  1. You are all amazing. I can't imagine taking that on. So cool!

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  2. Oh, Glenda,I was all smiles rolling through all photos of treats....then I got to the end and saw you and your daughter. And now I'm crying. Priceless.

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  3. How cool is that - I love "homegrown" weddings! For our older daughter's wedding, we did all of the cooking for reception - the whole family got together and spent two whole days on it. It's a great memory for us all!

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  4. I am impressed! Father of the Bride making the cake....I'm speechless! You all should take that well deserved break. Bless you!

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  5. Congratulations, Glenda - what wonderful memories you have, not only of the wedding, but of all the fun you had together amidst all the preparations. I hope you have some days to relax now - weddings are sure busy times for the mother of the bride. But so worth it.

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  6. Good job! Kudos to you all!

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  7. This is just awesome!!! What a wonderful job and applause for doing it on a budget and keeping priorities straight. Blessings to all!!!

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  8. I just got a comment from you on my blog as I was hear reading about your beautiful wedding. Too funny. I can feel the happiness, love, kindness and joy from your family all the way here in CA. So happy for your family.

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  9. Oh my, how yummy! I'm totally craving cookies and scones. And what precious memories you will always have of making these together for her special day. Congratulations!

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  10. Yum! Yum! Yum! What beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!
    Sweet blessings,
    Cindy :)

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  11. Lovely! I think that would be a special special wedding with all of you adding love to everything! And I would have been curious how the cake turned out! Amazing man, her father! Thank you for the stories and the pictures! Patsy

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  12. This post makes me hungry!
    Look at all the memories you made... some day you will tell your grand kids about the wedding bakery. Sweet in more ways than one... :)

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  13. Glenda I am so happy for the bride has wonderful parents; I hope the groom realizes how special his in-laws are. A lovely wedding. Astounding bakers!

    2013 Designers Series
    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  14. What total delight! Lovely, delicious - blessing all around! Congratulations!

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  15. Unbelievably lovely story, Glenda. And, wow! That's a lot of allergies for a young couple to deal with, right out of the chute! Congrats to your husband for his success - and to you and the rest of your amazing family for pulling this off so beautifully. Looking forward to more posts about the great day.

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  16. It seems me so special as children marry! I love your blog today. ( and thanks for your comment on mine) Beautiful photos. These cookies are funny! The cake is magnefiek.

    How is it to let go your children?
    Does it feel like: "put them in God's hands"?

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  17. How wonderful! You are all amazing...

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  18. I won't go so far to say your wedding needs no prayer, but it already has the most important ingredient - love. These young people are fortunate to be held in such a warm and loving embrace. It's going to be perfect! Hugs and blessings...Mary

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  19. Oh my goodness. I am so impressed and amazed at what you did! Not sure I would attempt it but you handled it like a pro. Love the way those button cookies look!

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  20. So sweet it brought tears. Such a special time for your family. I'm sure you'll cherish the memories.

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  21. Love this! My niece just got married last weekend. It was an outdoor wedding, and it rained and rained for a couple hours right before. :-( My niece was in tears. BUT, the rain stopped 15 minutes before wedding time, so it went off without a hitch after all!

    You all are great cooks, I must say. And I love that the flight number in the pic too. :-) That's real life.

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  22. Wow, Glenda...how inspiring and yummy looking...your daughter must feel so loved...Congrats :) I am very impressed with all of your baking skills and creativity :)

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  23. You've been incredible! I don't know how you managed it all - and the awesome updates on Facebook!

    That photo at the end is priceless - so special.

    Huge congratulations to your whole family!

    ...and now you can relaaaax!

    Love,
    Sarahx

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  24. Ah, what a great job by Dave! These are great pictures and with love everything comes out amazing!

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  25. Glenda - love all the photos... especially that last one! How sweet.

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  26. Glenda, you have actually been on my mind. I was wanting to find you again as I knew you had been busy planning for a May wedding. Sounds as though it was beautiful! If you don't remember...I'm from the Chicago area. :)
    Love all your photos. Look forward to seeing more.
    When life settles down for you, I'd love to meet.
    Blessings, Beth

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  27. We made all the food for our wedding and it saved us a ton of money! I cannot believe how much money is spent on the average wedding ~ we were on a budget as well and I would not change a thing.

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  28. How sweet of you to share this precious time on your blog... What a happy father of the bride picture and I can only imagine the other face in the momma daughter hug.
    Lovely hospitality... hope you can put your feet up now.

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  29. Oh, you've been so busy making sweet memories! I can just imagine how wonderful your house smelled with all that baking going on. Dave did a fabulous job on the wedding cake... Yes, treasured memories!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

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  30. How awesome is all of this Glenda, you will have such wonderful memories of this time for the rest of your life. We had fun doing much of the same kind of stuff when both my daughter and, years later, my son got married. It was definitely a crazy time but so sweet. Thanks for sharing all your joy and delicious creativity! Your husband rocks! The cake is beautiful.

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  31. How wonderful! I love the theme of her reception. And yes, weddings are really, really too expensive these days. So nice that you had this lovely theme. Congrats and best wishes to the couple.

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  32. Wow. Amazing. Especially that Dave made the cake. What a wonderful dad and mom you two are!

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  33. what a sweet time...to celebrate each other
    and i would have gained 10 lbs! those button cookies i could totally eat:)
    happy to read a bit about the wedding. it all seemed so fast didn't it?
    where are they living now?
    hugs friend..thank you for always lifting me up and for bringing me before the throne ... all is grace
    xo

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  34. I loved it all! Every single word! What a wonderful wedding it must have been. Thank you for sharing your bakery with us!
    ~Adrienne~

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  38. Wow...simply lovely and adorable.
    Congratulations and many blessings to you and your family~ (Missed your posts during the prep time :))

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  40. LOVE all of this! We have wedding fever over here, too, but it's mom of the groom so much less responsibility. Enjoy!!

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  41. Wow, that was awesome!!! LOVE, love, love the button cookies and I can't believe your Dave making the wedding cake!!! Some uber hubby you've got there, Glenda!

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