Will you be my....bridesmaid?

A couple of weeks ago I made a plan to ask my bridesmaids to, in fact, be my bridesmaids. I wanted to be thoughtful and creative so I looked to Pinterest as well as TheKnot.com to assist with this. I was able to glean a few ideas and here is what I came up with:




My cousin, Kayla is practically my sister. She is 3 years younger than me and we really grew up together. As adults we have become even closer and I am so grateful to have this lovely girl in my life. I know she will always be there for me and is supportive and me and Tyler, making her the perfect bridesmaid. Plus, her 2 1/2 year old daughter, Addison will be the most adorable flower girl- win-win!!!
My cousin, Danyel is another family member who I have grown up with and especially become close to as an adult. Her and I both love running and have done multiple races in the past year or so, which has really helped me stay motivated and supported. She used to babysit me as a kid and I always had a lot of love and respect for her. She is also great at getting things done and making sure everything is well organized and that the guest of honor enjoys their event, in this case, I know she will have my back as the bride.

Lastly, my maid/matron (as she is married), is my best friend Jessica. Jessica and I lived together for 3 out of the 4 years of my undergrad studies, and we instantly became very close. Over the years she has been there for me and I know she always will be. She makes me want to be the best person I can be and pushes me in a way that is supportive, loving, and real. I am so grateful to have her in my life.


So what is in the pictures above? Well I bought a fall themed tin, as Tyler and I will be getting married in the fall of 2014. In each tin there is a picture of me and the bridesmaid. There is also a card that I wrote personal notes in for each of them. I put some yellow tissue paper in it to make it a bit prettier. The tin lid had a print out on it with our wedding colors. And lastly, I made zucchini bread for each of them as I love to bake and wanted to show them some love. 
This was the loaf that Tyler and I got to share as it had walnuts on top.
These were the individual loaves. Each bridesmaid got 2 and the other two were eaten by Tyler and me, as we had to taste them ;)

The recipe:

Vegan Zucchini Bread
Lightly adapted from here
Serves: 2 loaves OR 1 loaf and 8 mini loaves

Ingredients
  • EnerG egg replacer-follow instructions for 1 egg replaced
  • 2 c turbinado sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 1 cup all natural apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 to 2½ c grated zucchini (~3 medium-sized ones)
  • 3 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c chocolate chips, walnuts, or raisins, optional

Instructions
  1. Grease two loaf pans.
  2. Mix EngerG egg replacer
  3. Add sugar,  applesauce, and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add grated zucchini; stir 'til combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients.
  6. Add dry mixture to wet and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened and everything is incorporated evenly; some lumps are fine. If adding additional mix-ins, fold them in now. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  7. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes, or until knife inserted in center of loaf comes out clean. Let cool a few minutes before slicing.



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