Anyone that knows me knows that I’m sort of fond of a little science fiction film called Star Wars. In fact 4 years ago my robot and I exchanged our wedding vows in front of friends, family and a droid on May 4th. I admit I’m a total sap, so when the month of May begins I start getting sentimental about my wedding anniversary. It was a long time in the making , my dear robot proposed to me on our 8 year anniversary and we had a 17 month long engagement. I remember the night he proposed it all felt surreal, you imagine something enough times when it finally happens you’re not sure if it’s real or another daydream. I remember sitting at our anniversary dinner afterward and over dessert he asked, “When do you think we should get married?” We threw a few dates around, everyone gets married in June, both our birthdays are in July, November is our dating anniversary but maybe that’s too close to the holidays. Then he said it, “…well what about May the fourth?” It sounded perfect the way he said it. I was ecstatic over the idea of getting married on Star wars day. When we told our friends and family most simply replied, “ Oh you would.”
Wedding planning was actually fun, having been in pastry industry and therefore working closely with brides over the years I sort of worried that it would be stress inducing; but since planning was spread over 17 months and my robot and I were super organized there were few road bumps. We also had a ridiculous amount of help. I told myself I wouldn’t sweat over the little stuff and as long as at the end of the day I was married to my hearts desire I would be happy. Our friends and family really ran with our theme of nerdy chic (we didn’t stick to just Star wars) and we were really grateful for the results. Things that I didn’t even think to think of such as decorations for the wedding pews popped up here and there. My mother in law tore pearls from her wedding dress to decorate tea light holders for our reception tables. My sister in law and friend Mercedes created signs with the iconic “ I Love you. I know” for our wedding reception chairs. My Father in law organized our wedding party to surprised us with a lightsaber arch as we entered. Like I said I still get sappy thinking of that wonderful day.
As I began to get sappy this year I thought of what I could do for my husband to commemorate that beautiful date. I eventually settled on sugar cookies. They’re fun to make, delicious and I hadn’t made them in a while. Sugar cookies are on that list of items that i was so much better at decorating before someone told me it was something that I couldn’t do. It’s amazing how often we get into our own heads. I admit with these again I was a little rusty and a little impatient but I do really like how they turned out. I got a bit of advice from my cousin-in-law? She makes lovely sugar cookies; not only did she give me some helpful tips but she directed me to some of her favorite cookie makers for tutorials and recipes. That’s one thing that I love about this community, for the most part bakers/decorators are very supportive of other bakers/decorators, and that’s something we need a little more of in this world.
In my day to day life I try my best to have Leslie Knope levels of enthusiasm for the people in my life, because I’m not naturally like that I find that it can be draining sometimes, but looking back on my wedding photos I know that I am love and supported by some truly amazing people and that makes me want to be a person worth that enthusiasm.