“Do you wanna come with me? ‘Cause if you do then I should warn you, you’re gonna see all sorts of things. Ghosts from the past; [children in our] future; the day the Earth died in a ball of flame. It won’t be quiet, it won’t be safe, and it won’t be calm. But I’ll tell you what it will be: the trip of a lifetime.”
The Ninth Doctor, Doctor Who
Not exactly the most conventional wedding vows, eh? David and I chose to write our own and exchanged them amidst lots of laughter, family, and friends in the Wasatch Mountains. After promising to agree to disagree on the important things in life, such as root beer and mushrooms . . . and ya know, love each other and stuff, David and I chose the above quote as a way of asking for the other’s “i do.”
Ridiculous? Yes. Serious and real? Abso-freakin-lutely. It is this combination of the ridiculous and the serious that I think makes me most happy and most comfortable.
David and I are both accomplished professionals that don the suits and talk the talk and understand the realities of life in which we operate. But . . . at the end of the day we are two idealistic kids that want our ninja turtle sweat pants, mugs of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, and an epic mario kart battle before snoring in front of a movie. Our incredible friends had the Doctor Who vows framed for us and they remind me every day that I’m living the trip of a lifetime. As my eyes scan the words, I see the mountain forest behind David, Mum and Dad out of the corner of my eye, the calvin & hobbes guest book, the wildflowers, and the super mario fondant covered chocolate turtle cake. The ridiculous things and the serious things that make my life what it is. And I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Chocolate Turtle Cake
Salt Cake City made a truly incredible Turtle Power cake for our wedding. I have always intended to replicate the flavors of our wedding cake since we don’t live close enough to pop by and grab some from cake extraordinaire Jennifer. This chocolate turtle cake has two layers of moist, fudgey chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream, caramel sauce, and chopped pecans in the middle. Then the turtle cake is covered with a thin layer of chocolate buttercream and scraped for a naked effect. Finally, a thick layer of rich chocolate ganache and sprinkles of extra pecans. Chocolate Overload. Chocolate Decadence. Caramel Pecan Turtle Goodness. There is no perfect name that embodies all the flavors of this chocolate turtle cake.