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Paul & Kate’s Wedding

November 1st, 2011 · 8 Comments

On Saturday Paul Baker and Kate got married. The ceremony was at St. Vincent de Paul Church in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. I hadn’t been inside an old Catholic church for so long, and this one was gorgeous. Tons of stained glass and sculpture and carvings. The ceremony was about 45 minutes long, just short of the hour we’d expected. A Catholic wedding in less than an hour!? Wow! It was a beautiful ceremony, though, and didn’t really feel like that long.

Kate & Her Mom


Alden, a groomsman

Jessica, Alden, Rachelle

Outside the church everyone gathered and chatted. Paul and Kate had some photos taken at the church. Look how gorgeous Kate looks! Her hair was so vintage Hollywood, but still modern. And when she was walkign down the aisle and passed us, Jess and I couldn’t get over how gorgeous the back of her dress was. Between that and her hair, I apologize in advance for how many photos I took of her facing AWAY from me! Also, her mom made the bouquets for Kate and her bridesmaids and the boutonnieres for Paul and the groomsmen and table decorations at the reception. They were so unique. No flowers. Peacock feather accents. I loved them. Very subtley fall-like.

We caught up with some FeedBurner coworkers from back in the day. We had about two hours before the reception was to begin and were figuring out what to do. Eric and his wife were going to check into their downtown hotel. Jon was headed home to get his wife before the reception. Alden was a groomsman and had wedding duties to attend to. That left me, Jess, Dallas, Chris and Lisa. We dropped off Jess’s car and then Chris and Lisa were nice enough to drive us to Old Oak Tap for a drink and then to the reception. Side note: Jess and I had a delicious cocktail called The Champfleur, made with Champaigne and St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, that was so good!

Salvage One

Rachelle, Paul, Dallas


Salvage One

Jessica, Rachelle, Lisa


Salvage One

Jessica, Kate, Lisa

Rachelle, Jessica, Kate, Lisa

Salvage One

The reception was at Salvage One, which is this amazing space filled with salvaged materials. Anything from a bowl to a stone column to couches and lamps and windows and bath tubs. Everything you could ever think of. This stuff is all for sale, but Salvage One is also an event space. I can’t think of a better business model: Let’s sell merchandise and on the off hours we’ll charge people to use the stuff that’s not sold yet!

Salvage One is so unique and gorgeous inside, though. I loved how it was not just one wide-open room. There were so many nooks and corners and different seating areas. When we arrived drinks and hors d’oeuvres were being served on the first floor. We ran into Paul right away and gave our congrats and talked to him about the ceremony and the party. He said that Kate had been to Salvage One years before with her uncle and knew then that she wanted to someday have her wedding there. Dallas and I spent some time just walking around. There’s so much to see. I wanted to redo my whole condo with vintage, antique things. Later on we talked with Kate, told her how gorgeous she looked. She told us about the things her mom made. And how she was wearing her grandmother’s jewelry. So nice. Oh, and see her shoes in the dragon photo? We learned later on during a toast/speech that those were the shoes Paul proposed with. He gave her the shoes for a gift and the ring was tied in the shoelaces. So awesome.

Rachelle & Alden checking out the reply cards

Masquerade masks & candy

Eric & Christine before dinner

Chris trying his mask on

After a while we were ushered to the second floor where there would be dinner and dancing. There weren’t seating assignments to pick up, but we were still greeted with a table of goodies. There were masquerade masks and later on Halloween candy, for Halloween weekend. Paul and Kate had a doodle area on their RSVP cards and they displayed all the cards with doodles. They also had a “wish tree” where people could leave wedding wishes and advice and then hang it on a small tree.

Food Stations

Mashed Potato Magic Bar

Pasta Station

Harvest Martini Salad Bar


Wedding cake

Cutting the Cake

Cutting the Cake

Paul and Kate coordinated a very unique wedding dinner. Instead of a meal served family style or a buffet, they had stations. There was a carving station, a pasta station, a salad bar, and a mashed potato bar. At each station, except the carving station, you could customize what you wanted. So, the potato bar had regular mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and you could pick your toppings. At the salad bar you told the guy what you wanted and he mixed it up in a cocktail shaker and served it in a martini glass. Mashed potatoes were in a martini glass as well. At the pasta station you could choose from several kinds of pasta and pair different sauces and toppings. So fun. I never saw so many people excited for mashed potatoes.

For dessert, they had a funnel cake station! You could choose whatever kinds of toppings you wanted for your own customized funnel cakes. There was also two different cheesecake shots, fruit and wedding cake.

FeedBurner reunion! Chris, Eric, Joe, Rachelle, Jessica, Jon, Alden and of course Kate & Paul

I know Paul from when I worked at FeedBurner.. and Google. Paul is still at Google, but only a few of us are left there. It was so fun to see some of my old friends from those FeedBurner days. A couple I see often, but it was fun to have a mini reunion of sorts. I mean, even just getting eight of us together is like getting a third of the whole company together!

Marveling for the 100th time over Kate’s hair & dress.

Alden & Chris’s Thriller zombie dance.

Taking a rest after a long night of dancing.

Rachelle, Jessica, Alden

I don’t know who Paul and Kate’s DJ was, but someone told me he once played with Moby? I don’t know if that was just a wedding rumor, but he was good. He had people dancing all night. Except for one song that I didn’t like and the wine made me tell Kate I didn’t like it. Oops. Otherwise I had so much fun dancing it up with Chris and Lisa and Jess and Alden. What a great party with so many fun and unique details. Congratulations to Kate and Paul and thanks for inviting us to share the day with you!

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Kate’s Bridal Shower

September 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

On Saturday Jess and I went to Kate’s bridal shower. Kate is getting married to Paul Baker in October. We’ve know Paul for about 5 years, from our FeedBurner and Google days (Paul is still at Google), and we’ve known Kate for almost as long.

Similar to my bridal showers, Kate requested no games. We had lunch and visited. I’d met several of Paul and Kate’s friends before and Paul’s sister, Jen, a few times. It was nice to see them all again. At the end Kate opened gifts and Paul came in to join her for that. Jess and I were shocked to see Paul Baker wearing a blazer! What are we going to do when he’s in a tuxedo in October? Also funny – Paul’s sister got Kate a cookie press and decorating kit and said “well, you ARE going to be a Baker.” Yes, after the wedding we can finally officially called her “Kate Baker,” though we’ve been calling her that for some time now. Baker is just easier to say than her actual last name!

Can’t wait for the wedding in October. I think it will be a fun one!

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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments

finished 08.30.11

In 2004 I came across a copy of A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain. I loved the book. I’m sure I knew who Bourdain was before this time, but this my first solid memory. I think I’d heard of his popular book, Kitchen Confidential, but it was Cook’s Tour that I read.

Since that time I’ve become a big fan of Bourdain. Dallas and I watch No Reservations on TV all the time. Bourdain spoke at Google once and he was one of my favorite speakers I saw in my time there.

Anyway, I finally went back to the book that started it all, Kitchen Confidential. Actually, I got it on audiobook and listened while exercising. Bourdain reads the book, which is really cool. I thought this was a great book.

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