Weekend, Wedding + Workout {Video}

by Jenn (eating bender) on June 8, 2010

I loved hearing what all of you had to say about Insanity and summer workouts. I hope my posts continue to be helpful! Stick around for a video at the end of this post. It’s…sweat-tastic :)

What a whirlwind weekend! Tonight (Tuesday) is honestly the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write. I’m not complaining though – it was fabulous. Last Thursday, Bobby and I drove up to Minnesota for a wedding. A fact you may not know about me is that although I love Arizona, I actually grew up in Minnesota and spent 12 years of my life there. It’s where I went to grade school, where I truly have called home the longest and where I met Bobby.

This weekend’s wedding was for Bobby’s cousin, who also happens to have played on my golf team in high school. Her mom is also good friends with mine, so my family was in town for the occasion, too!

The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. It took place at Our Lady of Lourdes in downtown Minneapolis. The bridesmaids wore a stunning wine shade of purple – and the bride looked gorgeous!

After the ceremony, we headed to Nicollet Island Pavilion for the reception. The setting was absolutely picturesque – shades of pink, purple and ivory. We started with a cocktail hour outside, complete with a photo shoot :)

Then we headed indoors for dinner, which was accompanied by some very touching speeches from the wedding party. Look at the gorgeous handmade menu!

The first course was a mixed greens salad with pear, walnuts, stilton and champagne vinaigrette.

It was delicious! I’m a big fan of blue cheese and walnuts in a salad.

For dinner, I chose the chicken roulade with spinach, asiago, pine nuts and port mustard cream sauce.

This was incredible – the sauce was creamy and rich, but not too much so. The roulade stuffing of spinach, asiago and pine nuts created an intense burst of flavor and complemented perfectly with the asparagus and mashed potatoes served on the side. I enjoyed every mouthwatering bite.

Of course, there was still room for wedding cake! There were two varieties: chocolate and a vanilla with a rich layer of jam in the middle. I chose the latter and was not disappointed. It was amazing!

The rest of the night was filled with dancing. The reception included a live band that was very talented! It was so nice to see some Minnesota friends and many of Bobby’s family members. Seeing my own family was also an added bonus :)

We spent the rest of the weekend catching up with more old friends. Then on Sunday, I was honored to be thrown my very first wedding shower by Bobby’s side of the family. The shower was held at Bobby’s aunt’s house and it was spectacular – complete with mimosas, good food and good company.

I will definitely share more “people pictures” as soon as I have them! For now, I hope you enjoy my foodie perspective of the beautiful shower :) The entire spread was phenomenal!

I took a little bit of everything. Clockwise from the top: cheese and spinach quiche, fruit kabob, spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, scallions and pine nuts, and a cinnamon-pecan bun.

For dessert, I sampled a chocolate mousse-filled tartlet. And by sampled I mean devoured 😉

All of the gifts we received were so wonderful. We are rapidly filling up our kitchen with some amazing new toys – and I can’t thank Bobby’s family enough for putting together such a wonderful shower.


The weekend went by in a flash, but there was plenty of fun to be had!


Insanity: Week One

As promised, I wanted to check in through video following week one of Insanity. This workout has definitely lived up to the expectations thus far – and I’m loving it! I wrapped up day two, week two tonight and thought what better time to record a video than when I’m disgustingly sweaty? Ignore the shiny face and frizzy hair and focus on the cheesy chica chatting instead 😉

Hope you enjoyed my 1 minute and 12 second locker room chat. There’s more to come as the weeks go on, that’s for sure! I’m glad that you are all excited about it!

What has been the highlight of your week so far? It’s almost #WoohooWednesday!


1 Jessica @ How Sweet June 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

1. Love you dress! and 2. I hope you make videos for each part of Insanity! I am so tempted to get it now!

2 Brittany June 9, 2010 at 4:37 am

Hooray for such a fun weekend. It looks as though the wedding and your first bridal shower went really well! And, of course, the food at both looks delish.

I love that you did your insanity week 1 review video while you were still sweaty from a the workout session. As well as reading/watching your insanity reviews, I’ve been going back through and reading your P90x reviews – I watched an infomercial at the gym and now I’m hooked. :)

Have a great week!

3 Lauren June 9, 2010 at 4:42 am

What a wonderful weekend. I love weddings! The emotions, the romance, the food…it’s just such a fun night. :)

Great reviews on the Insanity. Ive been so interested to try these but its always nice to have other people’s opinion before I buy.

Hope you are well!

4 Jenny June 9, 2010 at 5:17 am

Gorgeous! Everything :-) Enough said.

5 Erica June 9, 2010 at 5:33 am

Love the dress you wore to the wedding! It fits you so well and has a great shape! Glad you had so much fun. Its always so much more fun to attend weddings once you’re in the process of planning on. You see all the details :) And the food at the shower looks awesome. I want to try this insanity! Everyone is buzzing about it. Hope your week goes well

6 John June 9, 2010 at 5:54 am

In a nice dress or sweaty you look good! It’s not bad when the weekend goes so fast when it’s that enjoyable right?!

7 brandi June 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

What a beautiful wedding! And I love your dress 😉

Glad to hear you’re enjoying Insanity! i’ve heard some great things.

8 Heather June 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

Hey!!!! So glad you enjoyed your shower & are enjoying some new goodies!!!!

Thanks for the review of Insanity too! I just ordered & am waiting (not so patiently) for it’s arrival!!!! Can’t wait for the change in pace with cardio!

9 Jessie (Bites and Pieces) June 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

Now I really want to try Inanity! The most appealing thing to me is that it is short and really seems to pack in a lot in a small amount of time. It seems like I would be more motivated to do it knowing that it is 30-40 minutes long. An hour can be too much sometimes! Love the video. :)

10 Heba June 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

I’ve been wanting to try out P90X or Insanity, so I’m looking forward to hearing more feedback about how it’s going for you! :-) By the way, we still have to meet up since we’re both in Chicago this summer!!

11 Kelsey June 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm

girl, can someone please inform me of why i havent found ur blog until now!!!!


12 Melissa S. June 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

hehehe…love the video!

and what a fun time at the wedding w/ your family! the eats look AMAZING!!!

lets chat soon!

13 Pure2Raw Twins June 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Wedding looks beautiful :) And tart I would have devoured too!! YAY for insanity. We are coming up to our month two. Crazy that one month has already gone by. I am so glad you are enjoying it too! You are so cute in the video

xoxo The Twins

14 BroccoliHut June 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Congrats to Bobby’s cousin! I am a huge fan of weddings in general, but that one looks truly lovely. I am attending one this weekend, and I am already getting excited for it:)

15 She-Fit June 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Sounds like you had a great bridal shower. Enjoy the celebration and planning… it goes by so fast! We are about to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and it feels like just yesterday I was going into my first bridal shower. Congrats!

16 Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover June 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Wow – you look amazing, girlie!
Wish you a wonderful week and summer :)
Brazilian XOXO´s,

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