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I have learned not to worry

The cakes are baked. The pickles are prepped. We’ve got nine cases of wine and 10 cases of beer lining the walls of our bedroom. (We had to store them somewhere, and we figure one room is as good as another, right?) My sister just arrived; my brother David lands tonight; and at least a dozen aunts, uncles, and cousins are already in town. It may still be six days away, but really, our wedding has already begun.

It’s a funny feeling. I hardly know what to say. To tell you the truth, I can’t believe I’m actually old enough to be doing this. How on earth did that happen? I mean, it was only a few days ago, I could swear, that I was fumbling through my first kiss in the foyer of my parents’ house. I can’t possibly be old enough to be someone’s wife, for crying out loud. Sometimes Brandon and I look at each other, shaking our heads, and ask, “Can this really be happening?” Of course it is, and happily so, but it’s a lot to wrap a head around. For me, a wedding means much more than just the starting line for a marriage. It means a lot of hope, and risk, and change, and growth. It means a new family, one that starts from just the two of us. It means walking down the aisle without my father, who has been gone for almost five years now. I never thought I would do it without him.

Lately I’ve been wondering what he would say about all this. He would be beaming, I’m pretty sure. He would have loved to know Brandon. They would have holed up in his office, thick as thieves, listening to Gene Krupa and talking about beer. It’s strange, but sometimes when Brandon laughs, he sounds just like my father. Sometimes I could swear he were still here, sitting right next to me. He would like to know, I think, that my mother gave me his wedding ring, and that we had Brandon’s ring made from it, melted down and remolded. I think he would like that, to be a part of us that way.

There’s an Alice Walker quote that I love, and that we’ve had printed on the back of our wedding program. “I have learned not to worry about love,” it reads, “but to honor its coming with all my heart.” It’s hard not to worry, quite honestly, in our time or anytime, about making this sort of commitment to someone. But I want to honor Brandon. I want to honor the part of me that believes. I want to honor what has come before us. I want to honor us.

I can’t wait to get started.

So away I go, friends, away to get married. I’ll see you in three weeks or so, after our honeymoon. If you should think of us this Sunday, send a little hoot or holler or happy wish our way. We’ll raise a glass to you.


Blogger Hillary said...


I'm sitting here teared up, and it's a little awkward because I'm at work (don't worry, I'm doing work!) heh.

I'm so happy that you found someone that not only makes you happy, but completes you in the way that only you would know you need.

I think I'm only a few years younger than you and I have friends getting married too. It's crazy to think how much time flies.

The quote you referenced is beautiful, and sounds perfect for a wedding program.

As always, I wish you all the best and that this day, this week, this life, is everything you've always hoped for.


12:49 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Brian Gardunia said...

Congrats !!!!!

12:52 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous R said...

Oh, Molly!! Congratulations! As I sit here at MY computer, making calls, renting antique bird cages, signing for my shoes, and still unsure of the song I will walk down to in one month - your post was just what I needed!

Your wedding sounds so lovely and I have so thoroughly enjoyed reading your writings about food and life! You are such an inspiration. Best to you and Brandon! Relish in and enjoy the weeks to come as though they were a fine, rare cheese with a short shelf life! Let every moment be wonderful! Of course you will. I shall try to do the same!

On Sunday I will indeed look to the skies and send a little wish your way! I am the 'fan' from the tea room a couple weeks ago. That was so exciting for me! I will be out of town this weekend, but I will kindly imagine your enchanting wedding in my enchanting town!

Mazel Tov!

12:52 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Courtney said...

Beautiful thoughts of your Father. He is walking every step with you. Thank you for sharing.

1:15 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous DC Sarah said...


All the best wishes to you and Brandon!-I'm so terrible at writing something eloquent for such occasions as these, but I will be sending happy thoughts this week from DC and hope this week, and your wedding day, are extraordinarily happy and full of love (and delicious food!). CONGRATULATIONS! I have to concur with other's comments-your writing is an absolute inspiration and I've so enjoyed getting to know you and your passions through all of your posts.

1:17 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Anita said...

Oh, it's hard to miss my Dad, but there's a lot of comfort in knowing I'm married to a man he loved.

I'm so excited for you! :)

1:19 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous lee said...

I'm so glad that you get more than just one day to enjoy the festivities. It goes by so fast. Reading all the wedding related posts from you and Shauna makes me wish I had been a better blogger last summer when I got married. It would have been nice to have some memories in writing.


1:23 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Carol said...

happy wedding day, molly & brandon!

1:26 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Marriage-101 said...

What a beautiful post! Congrats to you both!

1:28 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Maninas said...

and hug!

1:28 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger bittysid said...

Congrats Molly, its been a treat to be watching in the sidelines while you and Brandon have been falling in love. Thank you for sharing of your life so beautifully with us, your readers (and friends). I'll be raising a glass and breaking off a bit of Barcelona bar on Sunday in honor of your day!

1:42 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you the best!

- Amy

1:43 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger kickpleat said...

no need to worry, it will be wonderful! have a beautiful day, molly!

1:44 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Molly.Your comment is just what I need at the moment.It´s so hard not to worry about love.Someone has written here before that your posts help him to think about a world as a better place or to sleep better at night and that´s just right.It´s so good to know that such people like you and Brandon do exist.I have been hardly ever so much excited about someone I have never met but as you showed to us all a person you have never met may become very important in your life:)I will definetely send a lots of wishes to you both on Sunday here in Europe.Enjoy your big day and good luck!

1:45 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Luisa said...

Ooooh, I'm all choked up. Your dad, that quote, the two of you, and that photograph of The Dress - it's killing me. Hugs from over here - you'd better believe I'll be thinking of you from my box-strewn apartment on Sunday and all week prior, too! xoxo

1:49 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Mary said...

Félicitations! You are right not to worry. Enjoy your day.

1:59 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessings to you and Brandon and your marriage, Molly. You are such a lovely, thoughtful, sweet voice. I too wish that my father could have known my husband. Have a wonderful time! Be prepared to lose you drink, like, 20 times... I'm all choked up, and I've never even met you!

-Martha from Portland

2:00 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Lia said...

Everything you write gives me goose bumps (but then again, I'm slowly realizing I'm a sap!). Enjoy today and the rest of the week and have a blast on Sunday. There's nothing better then having all your friends and family in one place to celebrate you and your love. It's the best thing ever.

2:15 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Aileen said...

Beautiful. Really beautiful. Best wishes to you and Brandon!

2:24 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Christine said...

Man, getting a whole lotta tearful over here.

So excited for you. Congratulations to you and Brandon and your families! Much happiness for the rest of your lives.

2:28 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Matilda said...

Congratulations, Molly! All the best to you and Brandon. The glimpses of your wedding all look and sound beautiful. Your blog is so wonderfully written. Thank you.

2:34 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Caffeinated said...

Congratulations to you both - what a lovely post! I know your father would be very thrilled (and I'm pretty sure he's with you in his way, right?) and I wish you both all the happiness and cake and pickles in the world - a lifetime of them!

Much love,


2:37 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Leah said...

I'd be willing to bet dollars to donuts your dad wouldn't say anything about all this. He wouldn't be able to, what with that lump in his throat, those tears in his eyes, and that grin plastered on his face. He'd be full of joy, watching his beautiful daughter and the wonderful man who fills her heart to bursting. Congratulations, Molly and Brandon. Happy, happy, happy day, and see you peaches on the other side! xo

2:56 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Magpie Ima said...

This is lovely post which beautifully honors the dear men in your life. I hope your wedding day, and all the many years after, are filled with joy and laughter.

2:56 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Molly, thank you for sharing such a tender insight into your week. I too, lost my dad too soon, and find myself wondering what he would think of my life. Always remember that all parents ever really want for their children is happiness; you have clearly fulfilled his wildest dreams. Continue to live with this bliss, and appreciate it as you do, and you will know he is smiling somewhere.

another quote to feather your cap:

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. -Victor Hugo

Congratulations, and enjoy every minute!

2:59 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Happy wedding, honey. I think you'll be good for the long haul, but for now: enjoy the moment.
Isn't this cool? Reminds me of mine (26 years ago, and no cake baking or pickle making). Just pure love and fun.

3:08 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Lindsey (Just Recipes) said...

Best of wishes to you both!

3:27 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous ellen said...

have a blast and remember your Dad will be there...in your heart!!

3:28 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Julia said...

what a beautiful post. I miss my dad horribly; I'm sure yours will be watching over you with much pride. Congratulations and enjoy the beautiful day

3:37 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Tokyoastrogirl said...

Heartfelt congratulations to you and Brandon- I'm sure your father is beaming with pride and joy.

Now go forth......and have the best time of your life at both your wedding and honeymoon!!!

3:42 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Deb said...

Sniffle, you've made it very dusty in here, lady. Have a wonderful time, not that it's possible to have anything less. Cheers!

4:24 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Ellen said...

Congratulations, Molly and Brandon! As always, thank you for sharing.

4:47 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger BipolarLawyerCook said...

That lace! My goodness! I can't imagine that any camera is going to capture how gorgeous you will look.

Your Mom's giving you your Dad's ring for Brandon to wear is not only a sign of having your Dad with your on your wedding day, but how much your Mom must love Brandon (and you) to let such a prized possession get a second life.

Congratulations again.

4:54 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous abby said...

oh my!
Crying as I try and type....
what a beautiful post, you will be an amazing wife!
Best of luck in what is to come-I can't say in words how happy marriage has made me-I am sure you will feel the same-have fun! Good luck!!!!

5:16 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Linden said...

Dear Molly,
It is, and always has been, a pleasure to read your wonderful blog. Happiest wishes to you and Brandon.
Linden xx

5:26 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Dee said...

Very best wishes to you and Brandon! Will definitely be sending wishes your way on Sunday :) Very lovely of you to share your wedding journey, its very inspiring!

5:50 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Marissa said...

BEST WISHES! God bless.

6:31 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Anita said...

Congratulations and best wishes to you! Such a hopeful and heartwarming post, I can feel the love in it...thanks for including us in this wonderful time as you begin your exciting new journey:)

7:04 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Alice Q. said...

Cheers!! :-)

7:20 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Andrea said...


congratulations! what a lovely post, and just as many others have said above, it got me all teary-eyed! enjoy the week ahead and many, many good wishes to you and brandon!

7:51 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger MLM said...


I'm happy for you and Brandon. Your blog is lovely, and I hope your wedding is too. What a beautiful idea, to make a ring from your father's. May your marriage be richly blessed.

8:04 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Molly, when you return, please visit ZoomieStation and look for the post that went up on your wedding day. We send love.

8:29 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Eric said...

Molly, may God bless you and Brandon, and may you have a long, happy life together. Somehow, I sense that you will.

8:47 PM, July 23, 2007  
Anonymous Tom in TN said...

Knock 'em dead.

9:00 PM, July 23, 2007  
Blogger Gemma said...

I am sitting at my desk avoiding work and trying desperately not to tear up. You will have a beautiful day and a beautiful life together and I wish you both all of the joy in the world.

Gemma x

2:25 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Faythe, Petite Kitchen Author said...

Congrats, dear. May you both be blissfully happy.

2:49 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Powerfille (Get it?) said...

This is where the fun begins! Enjoy and relish every second of it. Good luck to you both!

5:01 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Cookie baker Lynn said...

I hope your day is wonderful, the start to a beautiful life together. Wishing God's best for you always.

5:26 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Eva said...

congratulations, I hope (know) you guys will have a fabulous day, honeymoon and rest of your life :-)EtpweaCe

5:31 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Nick's Mama Nance said...

You two will be so happy together. Congratulations. May all your dreams come true!

6:01 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Jenn said...

We are so excited for you and Brandon. May your day be glorious and the years ahead be full of love, joy and many wonderful surprises!!

~ Jenn

6:20 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous parikha said...

I just read the post about your Dad for the first time, and it's bringing tears to my eyes and a very large lump to my throat; it's a beautiful piece of writing.

Best wishes to you and Brandon for a happy wedding, and an even happier lifetime together!

6:37 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Kara said...

What a beautiful post. I wish you the best of luck. Enjoy these days, there won't be anything quite like them again.

6:42 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger shari said...

oh molly. this is such a beautiful post. may you and brandon have a wonderful wedding day (and honeymoon, too!). t and i send big hugs and a hearty cheers! your way. xoxo

6:47 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, molly!!! have fun! i'm thrilled for you two. happy wedding!! -aylin : )

7:20 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Burnt Lumpia said...

Best wishes to you and Brandon both! And don't forget to breathe and take it all in on the big day!

7:59 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Felicity said...

More sniffles, from London this time. And more thank yous- for beautiful writing and for sharing with us. You two are a real life fairy tale and I hope that you have the most marvellous next few days. Very splendid wishes to you and Brandon.

8:08 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger iamchanelle said...

you have honored him, indeed. beautiful.

8:16 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous mj said...

Congratulations! I can't wait for mine to start too.

9:47 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Oh, Molly. Have a wonderful, wonderful day and honeymoon. How kind of you to have all of this with us. It's beautiful.

Much happiness to you and Brandon!

9:54 AM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Blame It on Paris said...

All my best wishes for much happiness! Congratulations, relax, enjoy, have a wonderful time!

11:19 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for giving us so much of your heart, molly!

11:44 AM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Gwen said...

Best wishes to you both! It sounds like you're going to have a wonderful time. It's been so delightful to watch your relationship develop through your posts here.

12:15 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous meg said...

My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years, and we still wonder how we ended up being in charge of our own little family. Oh, and we were p-lenty old enough, by the way. ;) I'm not sure how long it will take for that feeling to fade away. Still, I love every bit of married life - absolutely love it. Enjoy your beautiful wedding day, and your honeymoon. It's been such a pleasure "watching" this all unfold; I can't wait for the next chapter!

12:22 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wishing you both a happy happy day on Sunday, and a life full of loving adventures together - you're a great partnership already! with love and admiration from a committed Cape Town fan of Orangette and you both - Elizabeth

12:52 PM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger cchang said...

I only know you through your blog, but I want you to know that my heart swells with happiness for the two of you and I wish you and Brandon the very best. I've been happily married for 5 years now and I can say when you're with someone you love every moment is worth it and fulfilling. Congratulations to you two!

1:19 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous amydiane said...

Molly dearest,
I am teary! This is so exciting - everything culminating! What a wonderful week ahead of you: Savor it all, and every moment thereafter too. So sad we won't be there to celebrate with you, but we'll be raising a glass on that day in your honor! Cheers!!

2:12 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molly and Brandon,

I still can't believe a lemon yogurt cake brought you together. What a wonderful love story. I wish you the best!


4:04 PM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Wandering Chopsticks said...


Just wanted to say how very nice it is to be able to read how very happy you are - about Brandon, about marrying him. Best wishes.

5:13 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best of luck and hopes for lots of happiness.

-- Buffra

6:01 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've been reading your blog for, oh, i don't know how long - months? years? this is my first comment, but i look forward to every new post, and, of course, the book!

it is a privilege to read your stories. thank you for sharing your ideas, your recipes, your humor, your good nature.

all the best to you and your family. congrats!

-dan k., boston

7:08 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous kayenne said...

just wanted to greet you with best wishes for your upcominmg nuptials!

3:53 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Carol said...

Congratulations and best of luck this weekend. I've been reading your blog for a while now and have baked some delicious things as a result. But I have to say...the chocolate cake...your wedding cake...may very well be the most delicious thing I've ever created in my entire life. Thank you!

4:06 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Vanessa C said...

New husband and I will raise a glass (possibly Guinness) to you on Sunday.

My dad said this traditional Irish blessing to us on our wedding day 9 weeks ago, as did his father-in-law at my parents' wedding 36 years ago.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Have a wonderful day, honeymoon, beginning of everything.


4:52 AM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Figs Olives Wine said...

Molly, it feels like quite a privilege indeed to have followed the approach to this wonderful time. What a wise quote, and how serene life would be if I learned to live like that a little better. You honor your father most beautifully, and he will be with you as you take that walk, I'm sure of it. I wish you and Brandon joy.

4:56 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Molly,

Only the best wishes for you and Brandon on your special day as you embark on your new life together. Blessings and all things good. I am sure your father is watching over you - proud as only he could be of his daughter.

Ivonne aka Tisane for One

6:57 AM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger hannah said...

oh sweet molly! congratulations to you and brandon! i know your day will be lovely, your honeymoon fantastic and your life just plain good together. hugs to you friend!

7:06 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post made me cry for its tenderness, simplicity, and all things beautiful. Wishing you and your betrothed a lovely start to a new beginning.

7:11 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Sam said...

Dear Molly & Brandon,
Have a wonderful time and many best wishes for your future together!

7:16 AM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger rebecca said...

happy wedding! happy bliss! i love your blog and read it frequently, have it in my bookmarks. as a matter of fact, am planning to make "Megadarra" today and i wanted to look through your notes. my daughter, who lives in ballard, got married in 1999. they had a fantastic, original, and very artistic wedding in seattle. now she, my son-n-law, and 5 year old granddaughter are "temporally" leaving seattle for bellingham, up north. i love seattle, i lived there in the 1990's, now i live in the north of portugal.

7:39 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous gemma said...

Congratulations! I just came to this website because my lovely friend luisa (wednesday chef) told me to try one of your banana bread recipes. I just had a baby and am trying to lose the baby weight but the banana choc-chip recipe was so good I CANT STOP EATING IT. Anyway, I digress. I wanted to say thanks for the recipe. When I read this post I got teary eyed - I think your father would be very proud. Enjoy every second of your wedding day and my advice is dont look for Brandon when you walk down the aisle - you will be able to look at him through the whole ceremony. When you walk down the aisle look around at all your guests. The memory of their beaming smiles will last a lifetime. I hope your wedding day is everything you wanted and that it keeps getting better from there.

9:32 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Max said...

Congratulations to you and Brandon! Enjoy this whirlwind week for all it is! I wish you guys the best!

10:26 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck and great blessings to you and Brandon for a happy, well-fed marriage.

10:39 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's been such fun getting to know you through your writing and your recipes: thank you for sharing the preparations for your wedding.

Wishing you a wonderful wedding day, a blissful honeymoon, and a long and contented married life together.

We'll raise a glass to you on Sunday and look forward to many more inspiring posts on your blog.


10:41 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous amy dawn rose said...

congratulations molly and enjoy your day. it's funny, but after 8 years of marriage i still feel funny using the word husband- getting married seems like such an adult thing to do!

10:48 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Su-Lin said...

I wish you both all the best for Sunday! Congratulations!

11:29 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Molly,

What a lovely post. Congratulations to you and Brandon. Mayb this just just be the beginning of a wonderful life together.


12:12 PM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Lady What Lunches said...

Molly - you have so many comments already and I'm sure one more won't register, but... congratulations! I wish you and Brandon all the best for your future together. If you're a solid, loving couple, meant to be together, marriage won't change anything really. You will just sound a bit more grown up using the words 'husband' and 'wife'. We got married almost 2 years ago and those words still sound very strange to us!

Another quotation for you (my husband used this in his speech about me!):

"She's the puzzle piece behind the couch that made the sky complete."

Love, luck and happiness to you Molly.


4:14 PM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture of the lacy hem of your dress. Congratulations. May happiness ever live with you.

Eve Harris

5:19 PM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Roo said...

All the best to the both of you!

5:24 PM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Michelle said...

And enjoy your day!
I really like Alice Walker and loved the quote.
Michelle from Oklahoma

6:19 PM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Susan said...

Hi Molly,

Congratulations, I am so excited and happy for you :) I will be thinking of you as my fiance and I run the San Francisco marathon!


7:39 PM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I shall be thinking of you both on Sunday, all the way from London.

Jenny, UK.

5:09 AM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous Meg said...

Molly -

Just discovered your site courtesy of an NPR story on pickles...so glad to have found you, and the pickles - I'm going to make them this weekend! Best of luck this weekend - I'll check back soon.


6:23 AM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger mary said...

Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain,
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
and rise and sink and rise and sink again.
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
pinned down by need and moaning for release
or nagged by want past resolution's power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be. I do not think I would.

- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Congratulations to you both!

7:09 AM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger Laura said...

Congratulations Molly! I just read your kitchen window pickle story on npr.org, wonderful!

7:22 AM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger Kelly said...

The stories you share are so genuine and beautiful that I know your wedding will follow in the same truth.

This Sunday will be my six year anniversary, and I will send a toast to you that night (over Tango Tapas' amazing Diablo Cake).

I have faith that your wedding will be an amazing begining to a new chapter in your and Brandon's lives!

- Kelly

10:52 AM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous Kris said...

All the best to the two of you as you start your journey together. :) I love that Alice Walker quote, and if you live by it, it'll serve you well.

Have a magical time. Be sure to take one moment in the middle of the dancing, eating, congratulating, and merriment to find your beloved, take him by the hand, and just be still and see everything around you.


1:11 PM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger Julie said...

Happy Wedding!

1:49 PM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous reya said...


What a beautiful entry. I'm so happy for you and Brandon. Love is a beautiful thing, and I wish you and Brandon all the happiness in the world.


1:50 PM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a very beautiful post indeed.Writing such as yours fills me with so much joy.Thanks for sharing your life with us.

Marrying my husband is the best decision I ever made for myself in my life and I wish the same for you.

Will be thinking of you both. All the best!!


2:01 PM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger Wendee said...

This is a powerful post. And the link post about your father is very touching.

I too am a daddy's girl through and through. I too had to walk down the aisle solo, just a year and a half after his terminal bout with cancer. I panicked though, and couldn't put together a wedding without him. So I did the next best thing in my mind - picked my parent's anniversary as my wedding day (they had 31 years together) and went to the same place they were married. Vegas, baby. We had a huge farm-style BBQ for the family later in the summer. I'd like to think it was the sensible type thing a farmer would appreciate.

It hits me sometimes, how much my husband and father are a like and soothes my heart - I definitely picked the right man for my life partner.

Enjoy your special day! The best is yet to come.

2:50 PM, July 26, 2007  
Blogger Jen said...

I hope you have a wonderful day, Molly. You deserve it! xx

6:29 AM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous Meryl said...

what a beautiful post. all the best on your wedding day - enjoy every second!! post lots and lots of pictures when you come home.

6:38 AM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous Mandy said...

What a touching post. I wish you and Brandon a lifetime of happiness and the most golden of years together.

7:25 AM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous june said...

hey molly, all the best to you and brandon! your story makes me smile, and certainly restores my faith in so many things!

10:39 AM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger Monkey Wrangler said...

A hootin' hollerin' happinessin' yell to you lovebirds embarking on that yellow-imbricated brick road to the land of.........wherever you so desire.

Congratulations and good wishes on your day. We'll be enjoying a beer for you.

Hugs from the foggy bay area,
Dylan and the monkeys

12:06 PM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Molly! I was in the same boat as you regarding wishing my dad was at my wedding. It's been 10 years. Whenever I thought about my dad not being there, I used to get teary about it, but when I actually got married last summer, I was not sad at all! I was so happy because I know my dad was there in spirit.

I'm so happy for you two!! Wishing you all the best, and a lovely, magical day.

12:21 PM, July 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to add my own congratulations to the chorus :) The best to you and Brandon!

2:22 PM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger charis said...


a reader of your blog

8:37 PM, July 27, 2007  
Blogger Chuck Law said...


3:35 PM, July 28, 2007  
Blogger ioyces said...

Congratulations Molly and Brandon! Hope that the wedding went exactly as you had envisioned and that you will have an extremely blissful marriage! Cheers!!

1:13 AM, July 29, 2007  
Anonymous Mia said...

Hope you have a beautiful, wonderful day.

1:33 AM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger Mercedes said...

We are thinking of you today and I'm going to make pickles (cauliflower-saffron) in your honor, a little wedding favor if you will. Wishing you and Brandon all the best for many years to come!

6:05 AM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I hope today is the best day of your life, as it was mine on my wedding day. Thank you for putting your special moments in words for us to enjoy with you.

9:46 AM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger Rose said...

Hi Molly,
It is Sunday and I guess this is your big day. The funny thing is, I am in Antigua, Guatemala, and for some reason, walking around early this morning I saw someone I thought might be you and heard someone call the name Molly. I thought, no, couldn´t be, but decided to check up on you since I haven´t visited your site since coming to Guatemala. So, now I know you aren´t in Guatemala, but at your wedding! How lovely! I hope it is a joy that represents all the joys to come.

11:09 AM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger Mrs. Delicious said...

Thinking of you today, Molly! Congratulations and cheers to you both, and to your families and friends.

3:25 PM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger Emilie said...

Yea! Happy wedding!

4:12 PM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger tannaz said...

a hoot, a holler, and many happy wishes.

7:25 PM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger Baking Fiend said...

Congratulations to the beuatiful bride! Here's wishing you a blessed and long marriage!

10:21 PM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger J said...

It was an honor to be a part of your very special day. Truly an honor.

11:52 PM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger amy said...

Have a great time! I've been married for 1 year and 8 days now :) It was the best day of my life - seriously!

I hope you have a great day too and best wishes for your married life together.


4:38 AM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Erika said...

Congratulations Molly and Brandon!

6:18 AM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Heleni said...

Congratulations Molly!
You will be the same person in three weeks. The same person, and someone new at the same time.
All the best.

9:28 AM, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous courtney said...

Congratulations! I hope you enjoyed every moment of it!

10:11 AM, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous Reminiscer said...

I'm thinking of you today, a little teary. I've been married for 13 years, and sort of forgotten what it was like to be in love, I mean really in love, because I know I was there once. Your entry made me remember, thank you.

11:36 AM, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous Madame said...

What a beautiful post.
Best of wishes to you on your wedding day!

2:02 PM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger JW said...

May your future together hold many laughs, few tears, and lots of wonderful dishes! I hope you had a wonderful, magical day.

4:45 PM, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous phyllis said...

coming out of lurkdom to say congratulations! i wish you and brandon a lifetime of love and happiness =)

7:08 PM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Patricia said...

That was such a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing that. I hope you have a lovely wedding and that it will be all that you and Brandon have ever imagined it to be and more.

7:59 PM, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous Jen F. (soon to be Jen H.) said...

Dearest Orangette,
My day is soon to come, on October 13, and it has been wonderful to read of the love that you've found. I'm so happy for you both, and even more envious of the personal touches that you've been able to give to your wedding...the cakes, the pickles. I hope to be able to do that myself, even in our little wedding in a suite in Vegas. Thank you for sharing it all with us. Congratulations!

11:01 PM, July 30, 2007  
Blogger Michèle said...

Just adding to the long list! You are already married now and I just want to congratulate you both--I wish you a fabulously romantic and food-filled life together. Your love is truly inspiring!

2:31 AM, July 31, 2007  
Blogger B Dunlap said...

I hope you had such a blessed time on Sunday. Congratulations to you both, and may your marriage be such a gorgeous one throughout the years.

11:59 AM, July 31, 2007  
Blogger Molly said...

I just stumbled onto your blog, and I have found a quick connectedness: I am another Molly on the verge of marriage (Really?! so soon?!). Best wishes and I look forward to exploring here!

8:23 PM, July 31, 2007  
Blogger Poonam said...

Hi Molly, Congrats!

7:27 AM, August 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Molly and Brandon! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness and food adventures.

9:09 AM, August 01, 2007  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

I've just stumbled upon this blog and it's now 1:46am - I've been reading for three hours! I've been through your relationship with Brandon, the proposal - even looked through all 300 of your pictures on Flickr! Beautiful, I might add :)
I can't tell you how wonderful it is to hear such a touching story about life, love, laughter, food, family and friends. All key ingredients! As a fellow Northwesterner (I'm in my late twenties from Portland) I relate to you in this way that I can't really explain. I feel as if we are friends already and I want to invite you to the bbq my roommate and I are having on Sunday - haha! Thank you for bringing your beautiful story, eloquent writing and delicious recipes to us!! You are truly a gift indeed.
I wish you and Brandon nothing but love, laughter and a lifetime of delicious food together!
Much love and admiration,

1:52 AM, August 02, 2007  
Blogger Nandita said...

Dear Molly,
Wishing you and Brandon a very happy married life, filled with delicious food, fun and togetherness. Heartfelt wishes coming all the way from Bombay, India and I shall be sending you some more on Sunday!

9:52 AM, August 02, 2007  
Anonymous Taryn said...

You two seem so happy together. I wish you lot's of love, I'm sure you won't need any luck. Just don't ever, EVER forget what you wrote here. Don't forget the feeling.

2:39 PM, August 02, 2007  
Blogger Catherine said...

Just read this post! A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!! Married life is wonderful. Enjoy the rest of this summer - and the rest of your lives - in the eyes of each other. Love Love Love

3:09 PM, August 02, 2007  
Anonymous Andrea Liou said...

congratulations. I want to add my good wishes and hopes for you and your husband to the pot :)
I've loved your blog for a long time and I'm glad it's been able to bring such joy to your life and everyone else's!

12:09 AM, August 03, 2007  
Anonymous jenC said...

My very best wishes to you both!

11:58 AM, August 03, 2007  
Anonymous wendy said...

Mazel Tov!!

8:30 PM, August 03, 2007  
Blogger bugheart said...

hope it was
you could
have ever dream of....

1:59 PM, August 06, 2007  
Blogger Zarah Maria said...

I know it myst have been gorgeous - how could it not have been? All the best to the both of you!


1:29 AM, August 07, 2007  
Anonymous amanda said...

well, by now you are married! and i wish you many, many congratulations and blessings as your journey together continues! And right now - I hope you're just soaking each other up. xoxo.

8:12 PM, August 07, 2007  
Anonymous Sherri said...

Aloha, and Congrats! What a beautiful quote. I'm engaged myself and looking forward to "the big day" about three months from now. Hope you don't mind if I borrow the quote, but I'd love to fit it somewhere in the celebration.

12:31 AM, August 08, 2007  
Blogger Verito said...

♥ i hope you have a long life together...

1:33 PM, August 08, 2007  
Anonymous kristin said...

I saw the little piece on FoodNetwork that they air during comercials about you and Brandon. It took me a moment to realize it was you, until I saw the shot of you reading the blog. Brandon is such a cutie and you, dear Molly are so very lucky. May you botht have much happiness and be blessed with many children.

8:00 AM, August 13, 2007  
Blogger Lisa said...

Heya - I've wanted for a long time to say how much I loved this post. I remember reading it last summer and deeply appreciating how honest it was - about the hugeness and seriousness of what you were doing. Rereading it I'm grateful again. It helps remind me that all these details really will get worked out and become something very lovely indeed ... and also, well, I can't think better how to say it ... how you say it really resonates with me.

(Welcome back!)

11:36 PM, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Lisa said...

Apparently it really resonated with me - what I wrote under the just-posted photo of Ali and me matches the mood and pace of your ruminating here in this post very closely! And then the final words are so similar! Wow, I didn't mean for that to happen -- milestones do get us all thoughtful, don't they?

Thank you SO much for your excitement and encouragement!!

11:37 PM, May 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was married this past August(08) and wish I had read this post before my wedding. You summed it all up so perfectly I felt a tightness in my chest. You are a beautiful writer. I'm fairly new reader to this blog, and I look forward to reading abt all your future accomplishments! Best wishes.

10:28 AM, January 30, 2009  

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