Ten years ago today Josh and I got married! Where does the time go? It was a gorgeous April morning, the high that day was around 80 degrees. While everything turned out wonderful, let’s just say there were some bumps along the way.
Friday was the rehearsal. We went ultra casual and had our rehearsal dinner at the minor league baseball game. We rented the pavilion and let all the kids run wild and have fun. We invited all our out-of-town guests and showed what life in South Carolina is like, many had not been to our state before. It was a small wedding, only about 60 people total. I think that was the best part, being able to converse with everyone and have a wonderful time. No stress, until…
During the game my mom wasn’t feeling well. My dad decided to take her to the emergency room. We were worried, but yet not overly stressed, YET. I went back to my parents’ house along with my two bridesmaids, Jens (a friend from Germany) and Josh. While most brides are supposed to relax a little the night before their wedding, I had work to do.
Among friends and family I, mom too for that matter, am very well-known for my baking. I am also extremely picky. While a pretty cake is nice, it MUST taste phenomenal. Here in sleepy Columbia that wasn’t going to happen. You guessed it, my mom and I made our cakes. I say cakes because a girl can’t just choose one, can she?!
We had six cakes total. One was the more tradition two tiered wedding cake, lemon cake with raspberry filling and lemon cream cheese frosting. We also had red velvet, carrot, strawberry, chocolate with an oreo filling and ganache topping and a Frangelico cake. Remember, this is a SMALL wedding!! Have no fear, we also provided cake boxes for guests to take home samples of any cake they wanted.
So back to my stress, we returned to the house and I still had to frost the two tiered wedding cake, by myself since my mom was in the ER. Stress levels shoot through the roof. With my hands shaking I managed to pull off a somewhat decent basket weave design. Josh calmed me down before he headed back to his place.
It was a rough night, worry running through me since my mom wasn’t home from the ER yet. Frankly, I wasn’t worried about the wedding. I knew I would marry Josh the next day and didn’t care what else happened! Fast forward to early Saturday morning. My mom got home around 5AM! She had a massive bruise on her arm from IV fluids and blood sample needle stabs. Luckily she had a jacket to wear. The biggest problem, lack of sleep. Our wedding was at 11AM. She got a short nap and was ready to help me get ready. She is the best mom ever!
So on to the wedding. It went off without any problems. We had what we refer to the “squeaky reading”, as in my aunt was crying while doing her reading. It was so sweet. Everyone had so much fun, an outdoor wedding on a gorgeous day in the South. We had mimosas, cheese straws and a Southern buffet. The joy of having an early wedding was being done early. We invited everyone to our house to continue the party afterwards. A wedding is an excuse to party and celebrate ALL DAY LONG!!
And now finally to the recipe for this post. We honeymooned in Key West. It was a surprise honeymoon. Josh planned it all, the flights, the convertible rental, the house rental. I packed for warm weather and he packed a few things for me. Anyway, one day we went to a place on the water and had absolutely wonderful mango mojitos. It was the beginning of my love affair with mangoes.
I have since made them several times with mango rum. Unfortunately there is only so much room to keep alcohol in this house. If I had all the flavors of rum and vodka we liked we would be overrun with bottles! Besides, why have an artificially flavored rum when you can us fresh fruit. So here we have it, fresh mint, lime, mango and rum in a glass with my sweetheart. Complete bliss. Happy 10th anniversary Handsome.
2 oz. rum
2 Tbs. mango pulp (can be purchased or pulse fresh/frozen mango in the food processor)
1 oz. brown sugar simple syrup
10 mint leaves
Place everything but the seltzer in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass over ice. Add as little or much seltzer as you please, garnish with mint leaves if desired.
*To make brown sugar simple syrup simply mix equal parts water and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir well until sugar is dissolved. Store in the refrigerator. Brown sugar simple syrup goes extremely well with bourbon and rum recipes, among other things!
Yields one serving