We opened our season a little early this year to make and deliver chocolate favors for 160 special guests at the beautiful wedding of Hilary Dees who married Rickey Rodriquez last month on the campus of Salve Regina College in Newport, RI. Yes it is a challenge to make and deliver chocolate in hot weather but for Hillary an exception was gladly made!
The title of this blog is “Perks of the Job” but then there’s the old saying “Find a job you love and never work another day in your life”. Well I guess that means I don’t really have a job! I love what I do and to be able to do it and play a part in such a special celebration doesn’t seem like work at all. Instead it was 3 days spent in lively, historical and gorgeous Newport with old friends and fun people coming together from everywhere for Hilary’s special day.
The ceremony took place in an intimate and lovely chapel right next to the Ochre Court, a perfectly maintained historical building from the days when well-heeled families built their summer homes along the coast. Now famously known as the Cliff Walk. It was here that the reception was held, and walking into the festivities felt like a scene right out of the Great Gatsby. Champagne poured into elegant flutes, delicious hors d’oeuvres passed by uniformed servers on the back lawn sloping down to the rocky coastline.
Here I am with my hubby Peter and caramel maker extraordinaire in front of the elegant Ochre Court on our way into the festivities. It was a fabulous time!
We managed some fun outings during Genny’s visit, walking around, eating good food and exploring some of Newport’s many neighborhoods. One historical home we passed had a sign that read:
I couldn’t resist this photo of Peter and Genny in front of the 1750s confectioner’s shop and home!
It was a perfect weekend full of sweet memories. It was also an inspiration for the start of yet another chocolate season. Season number FIVE! Where will it lead me? Who knows but if it’s more travel to new and fun places, and friends and family that works for me!