Last month, J and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we were married in Franche-Comté.
The date fell on a Sunday, so we actually went out the Saturday before since the restaurant we wanted to go to is closed on Sundays.
For anyone who knows us, it’s probably no surprise that one of our favorite restaurants is a pizzeria, so that’s where we chose to go. It’s also in our neighborhood, and you can build your own pizza from a list of ingredients. (If that’s your thing, and you’re ever in Lille, then you must eat at O Ch’Ti B.)
The day of our actual anniversary, we invited some good friends over for a barbecue and shared the last remaining bottle of Champagne from our wedding.
While we were in Franche-Comté after our Budapest trip, we also partook in another wedding tradition – eating our wedding cake.
Freezing the top layer of your wedding cake is definitely not a tradition in France. For one, the traditional wedding dessert is not a cake.
As it was our baker’s first attempt at making an American style wedding cake, he severely overestimated the amount of cake needed to serve our guests. We ended up with two huge layered cakes!
I jokingly said that we should freeze one of the top layers. That received some strange looks from my in-laws. Still, never ones to pass up indulging me and my crazy Americanness, my mother-in-law wrapped up the top layer and froze it.
We didn’t think it would survive the hot car trip back to Lille this summer, so we decided just to eat it a little early (that doesn’t cause bad luck, does it?). The cake tasted about the same as I remember (of lots and lots of butter), but we contented ourselves with just a small slice.
After we left, my in-laws invited other family members over and finished the rest of the cake as they found it to be delicious.
Is this a new spin on an old tradition?
Did you introduce foreign traditions at your wedding or plan to do so?