I said yes! My boyfriend of 3 years dropped to one knee and proposed on my birthday, just weeks ago. The day started out like any other birthday. I bought a beautiful new dress and headed to my favorite nail salon. I couldn't believe I was turning 29. I remember being 9 like it was yesterday and here I was all grown up. As I rushed to get dressed, we jumped in the car and drove to Simon's restaurant at the Palms. Our friends were awaiting us and greeted me with open arms and huge smiles. We sat down, ordered a drink and chose our menu items. As I enjoyed the food and silly jokes with friends, I noticed Brandon was a little more quiet than normal. I asked if everything was ok and he nodded yes. Soon, the waiter brought out dessert and I blew out my candles. To be honest, I don't really remember what I wished for. I just remember that when the check arrived, there was a coupon for $25 off drinks at Alize on the 51st floor. Alize is where Brandon and I had our first official date. Still, I had no idea of what was in store. As we traveled up the elevator, everyone was aware of what was going to happen but me. Once inside the restaurant, we sat down at the bar and I ordered a glass of vintage Port in celebration of my birthday. I had only taken one sip when the manager of the restaurant walked around the back of the bar with what looked like a giant scroll and presented it to me. After another hard look, I realized it was a massive fortune cookie. He sat it down on the bar and Brandon looked at me with a huge grin on his face. I pulled out the fortune and it read, "Courtney Rich - Will you marry me?" I smiled so hard it hurt! Then, he bent down on one knee and took a ring out of his pocket. "Courtney, you know I love you with all my heart and you know I want to spend my life with you. Will you marry me?" I don't even remember saying yes! It all happened so quickly and as I started to tear up, I was in shock at how beautiful the ring was. He had chosen it himself and the only thing I could utter was, "oh my God!" It was a moment I had dreamt about since I was a little girl only even better than I could have ever imagined.
With planning a wedding comes so many questions. The question I get asked almost more than any other is, "What wine pairs with wedding cake?" To answer that, I employed the help of celebrity cake designers and local boutique cake studio, "Gimme Some Sugar." "Gimme Some Sugar" is unlike any other cake shop you're used to. They can design a cake into just about anything you desire from Louis Vuitton bags to gigantic diamond rings and everything in between. Stars like Kim Kardashian, Kid Rock, Puff Daddy and Paris Hilton have all enjoyed their cakes. Their cakes have also graced the pages of magazines such as "US Weekly" and "InTouch". What makes "Gimme Some Sugar" so unique is the quality and affordability of their work, accompanied by its delicious flavor. And how many of us have seen a pretty cake on display only to be later disappointed by how bland and boring it is? You can choose from not only a variety of cake flavors, but also a variety of cake fillings and create your own combination of flavors. They use nothing but fresh ingredients and bake your cake on demand for you, which I can only imagine is a feat with how many orders they have on the table at one time. Since June is the most traditional month to get married, I chose the Luscious Lemonberry from their "D'luxe Cake Combinations." The wine you should select for your wedding really depends on the flavor and filling of the cake and your budget. Conundrum is the perfect wine for "Gimme Some Sugar's" Luscious Lemonberry cake. It's a blend of several white grapes from California. After a bite of the cake and then a sip of the wine, I immediately love the balance of weight. Both the wine and food are round and creamy, mirroring each other. The lemon flavors found in the cake are heightened by the lime zest in the wine. The tropical fruit flavors play nicely off the raspberries and the vanilla flavors found both in the cake and wine complement each other nicely. Conundrum has incredible acidity which not only works to match the tart raspberry and lemon flavors of the cake, but also helps to cleanse the palate in between bites. For more information on "Gimme Some Sugar" and an incredible gallery of their work, please visit their website: http://gimmesomesugarlv.com/. If you should need help with what wine to pair with a particular wedding cake flavor, please e-mail me: courtney@quitWINEing.com! Cheers!