Even though a million little things went wrong, we had a great time and it was one of the happiest days of my life. Amazingly, not only did we manage to eat dinner (and cupcakes) at our own wedding, but none of us got glutened!Right off the bat we knew we’d need to keep potluck items carefully arranged so that everyone would know what was gluten-free. We had three separate tables with signs explaining, and a friend who kept an eye on things to make sure the food and utensils didn’t get mixed up. One table was for gluten-free dishes from gluten-free kitchens and certified gluten-free ingredients, one was for dishes with no gluten containing ingredients, and another was for everything else. People were very considerate about making sure their dishes ended up in the right places.
We decided to provide grilled salmon, hard cider, soda, and cupcakes. TinyHands got a great deal on wild-caught whole sockeye salmon at our local QFC a few weeks before the wedding. We froze it, and then took it out to thaw in time.Then we prepped them – half in a homemade teriyaki sauce and half with lemon and herbs. Since we were borrowing grills, we didn’t want to chance contaminating the salmon, so we got aluminum roasting pans for the occasion. We were afraid that we wouldn’t have enough salmon, so at the last minute TinyHands also ordered some guaranteed gluten-free rotisserie chickens from COSTCO.
For the drinks, we knew we wanted a keg, since it’s so easy and would keep costs down. We were bummed to find out that Harvester Brewing only sells in bottles, since we like their beer and thought our gluten-loving guests would, too. Since we couldn’t get their beer in a keg, we decided to get hard cider instead. We went out with friends to Bushwhackers for a fun evening of cider tasting a couple weeks before the wedding and decided to get a keg of Anthem. Unfortunately, the cider place doesn’t rent keg pumps. Friends offered theirs up, but we were worried about gluten cross-contamination. Those things are hard to clean. We decided to go ahead and get our own brand new keg pump. We figured we can always have another party!I’d wanted to provide kombucha for people who didn’t want cider, but we normally brew 2 gallons at a time and just didn’t have the counter space or time and energy to do a anything extra. We decided on Hansen’s soda since it’s all natural and uses real sugar. I can’t drink it without feeling sick, but it was easy enough for me to stay away from.
The last thing we decided to take care of was the cake. I had called around to all the various gluten-free bakeries and caterers in town. While we have a great selection of gluten-free bakeries in Portland, none that I could find had experience with cooking for GAPS. In general, they seem to cater to not only gluten-free people, but gluten-free/casein free, and vegan people as well. While you can make delicious baked goods that are GF/CF and vegan, they were all used to using lots of sweeteners and alternate grains. The cake was one thing I wanted to eat, and I really didn’t want to feel sick for my honeymoon. I didn’t care about it being expertly decorated.We decided we could do it cheaper and better ourselves. TinyHands had the excellent idea to make and freeze the buttercream frosting ahead of time, but we didn’t get around to it. So a just before the wedding she made batch after batch of cupcake batter and frosting. We borrowed a gluten-free friend’s stand mixer so that we could have two batches going at a time. She also bought 2 great big cupcake pans so that we could do 24 per pan. Our neighbors let us use their oven so that we could have two batches going at once. The day before the wedding TinyHands baked 144 cupcakes.
Then, on our wedding day Chris of Lost Arts Kitchen and Melisa of Magpie Eats came over to frost the cupcakes. It was hot and we don’t have AC or extra fridge space. The buttercream frosting started to melt so they found the coolest place in the house – the bathtub, and kept them cool in there, totally unbeknownst to me. They turned out delicious!After the wedding we took a tiny honeymoon. We normally have to pack all the kids’s meals when they go to stay with people, but this time they stayed with the friend who introduced us to GAPS and knows how to be gluten-free. We didn’t have to worry about them at all! We had planned to stay at a couple places where we’d have our own kitchens, but unfortunately we had to cancel our trip because our kitty was very sick. We ended up staying home, then going away for one night only. Since we went to a hotel, we ate out. That was a mistake I’ll tell you all about another time. We still managed to enjoy ourselves, though!
Then it was back to work for me. Summer is busy for a landscaper! Of course we were also busy with the kids, and TinyHands’s job-hunt. She got lucky and found a job, and the kids decided to give school a whirl for the first time ever. So we’ve had lots going on. Now that the kids are settling into school and TinyHands is teaching high school in the next town over, I’m back in the kitchen and back on the blog. I hope you enjoy it!