It has been officially one month to the day that I have been a married woman. I couldn't be more happy, feel more privileged, or exude more pride about becoming Mrs. Erica Holan Lucci. Since I'm an academic, I'm planning to keep my maiden name as my middle name for publishing purposes, but as far as the state of NJ is concerned, I'm officially Mrs. Lucci. It's weird, since most people don't refer to me as such (at least not yet anyway).
Anyway, back to the subject matter of this post! This past Saturday, July 26th, we celebrated our wedded bliss with a "Post I Do BBQ" or a Barbadoo or whatever else you'd like to nickname it. Since our family members were the only ones in attendance at our actual wedding ceremony/reception, we wanted to enjoy some hang time with our friends on a separate date, thus this event.
I had all my fingers and toes crossed that the weather would hold out, because we were having the BBQ outdoors at my parents house. Though we bought a tent for everyone to sit under, the food tables were on the opposite side of the yard, which meant that they were vulnerable to rain showers that may have passed through. Unfortunately, rain showers DID INDEED pass through. Lucky for us, however, we did not have the rain stick around for long, and after a 15 minute sprinkle or so, the sun came out to play. Other than a bit more humidity in the air, the weather was overall cooperative, which we couldn't be more pleased about!
In keeping with the spirit of my actual wedding day, I wanted a shabby chic rustic vintage look, while still maintaining the laid back vibe of a barbecue. I think I made my vision work, but I'd love your take on it!
This could not have come together without help from inspirational Pinterest ideas, Amazon, Etsy, TheWEBstaurantstore, Bed Bath and Beyond, Party City, World Market, etc. All of these (and more I can't think of at the moment) led to this party becoming a reality. In addition, not that either of them read blogs, but I want to give a huge shout-out to my parents who helped us host/sponsored this party! My dad was the griller king, my mom made a variety of foods, we all food shopped together, and whatever I didn't prepare myself, they took care of. My amazing in-laws came to celebrate all the way from Worcester, MA, and stayed late at my parents house just to help clean up after the party ended! Hugs and kisses to Mom and Dad Holan and Mum and Dad Lucci!
My husband took all of the photographs I posted above, but unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to take any more once the food started rolling out because company came around the same time. That said, I still want to share with you the menu I created specifically for the day!
- Mozzarella and tomato skewers
- Garlic parmesean pita chips with garlic humus and roasted red pepper humus
- A variety of cheeses on a platter with at least five different types of crackers to go with them
Main Course Eats
- BBQ Chicken (My dad's special recipe - DE-LISH!)
- Ziti (Made by yours truly :)
- Sausage and peppers (to have on a sandwich or on a plate)
- Green salad with Italian dressing (made by my mom)
- Macaroni salad (my mom's family recipe - YUM!)
- Potato salad
- Baked beans with Taylor's Ham (this is a staple if you live in NJ)
- Coffee cake (again, homemade by my momma!)
- Linzer tart cookies
- Fruit salad
- Pink lemonade
- Iced tea (Crystal Light)
- Ginger ale
- Coors Light
If I manage to find any more pictures that friends or family took of our special day, I'll be sure to share them here.
Hope you enjoyed this little peak into our post-nuptial celebration!
Til next time...