Long before I met my amazing farmer, a previous engagement ended about six months before the wedding. When I left, it was the most freeing and also heartbreaking experience of my life. I had not been happy for some time and was fortunate to find the strength to walk away from the relationship. After that chapter came to a close, I began to shed many layers of complicated emotion over time, only to discover that my hope for a life of commitment and love with another person was somehow still miraculously intact.
Now I am engaged to the man I want to grow old with and suddenly the world seems full of marital bliss. Within the past year I have celebrated the union of my uncle and his partner, witnessed the marriage of my cousin, congratulated another uncle on his engagement and two of my oldest friends on theirs. And as of June 26th, marriage is now not just a privilege for some, but an opportunity for all. Marriage in my country is finally what it should have always been: a human right. Now all of the people I love can exercise the fullest expression of their love for each other.
My Uncle Brian and his partner Earl got married in a small ceremony a couple of months ago after same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania. We had a mini-family reunion over the Fourth of July and decided to take that opportunity to celebrate. It was wonderfully serendipitous that the Supreme Court ruling happened just a little over a week before the festivities. I made them a small, three-tiered wedding cake and I was so nervous about it because I had never used dowels to stack a cake before. Plus we had to transport the cake two hours away – but it worked! I decorated it with fresh flowers from Sarah Berndt who runs Lacksmirk Manor, a lovely vendor that attends one of the farmers' markets with me.
Now all I want to bake are wedding cakes!
The bottom tier of the wee wedding cake was chocolate with swiss meringue buttercream, which seemed to be the overall favorite that night. I used the buttermilk chocolate cake recipe from Molly Yeh and the buttercream recipe from Sweetapolita.