Southern Wedding

For my 12th wedding anniversary, which will be next Monday, October 12th, Ive been looking back at the big occasion this past week. I’ve been hooked on my own wedding!

The rehearsal dinner was held at the beautiful (and some say haunted) Crescent Hotel
The rehearsal dinner was held at the beautiful (and some say haunted) Crescent Hotel
The wedding took place at 6 p.m. at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The wedding took place at 6 p.m. at Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
A beautiful place
A beautiful place
My brother Jay walked me down the aisle
My brother Jay walked me down the aisle

Jay was a wonderful brother. My daddy died of cancer in 1992 (he was 54). My brother Jay (pictured above) died in 2001. So happy to have shared this wonderful time together.

My beautiful friends, sisters and niece
My beautiful friends, sisters and niece

Starting from the left is my sister Linda, then my best friend since 7th grade Jay (who died of breast cancer in 2005), me, my wonderful and dear friend Julie and my other sister Tammy. Aren’t they all beautiful? My little niece Taylor was my sweet little flower girl. My bouquet is gardenias, white roses and stephanotis.

The reception was held at the Basin Park Hotel
The reception was held at the Basin Park Hotel

The music was provided by the Jack Mitchell Big Band. They were fabulous. My sweet and talented friend Denise, who sang at the wedding, and I joined them for our version of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. We met when we were both in a singing group in college and have been friends ever since.

Cutting the cake
Cutting the cake with my wonderful husband, Joe B.
The cake was delicious!
The cake was delicious!

I’ve said it before, and still say that my wedding was the most fun wedding I have ever been to! We had such a wonderful time celebrating with our friends and family. Such a blessing to have all of them with us, we were truly blessed, and we knew it. We are still very happily married and are still very blessed.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

1 Corintians  13: 4-8

Today we are joining: Hooked on Fridays at Hooked on Houses and Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.

Today’s Lagniappe: Catfish Pecan Meuniere
Along with the beef tenderloin (see yesterday’s post), this fish was served at the rehearsal dinner.

1 cup flour
4 teaspoons creole seasoning
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
4 catfish filets
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter
1 cup pecan pieces
4 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

1. Combine the flour with 2 teaspoons of the creole seasoning in a shallow bowl. In another shollow bowl, blend the eggs and milk together. Season the fish with the remaining 2 teaspoons of creole seasoning.

2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the fillets in the flour, coating evenly. Dip the fillets in the egg mixture. Dredge again in the flour. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, lay the fillets in the skillet. Panfry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden. Transfer to a warm platter.

3. Discard any oil remaining in the skillet and wipe clean with paper towels. Return the skillet to the stove. Over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter foams, add the pecans and stir constantly for about 1- 1/2 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Add the parsley, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire, and cream. Stir with a whisk for about 15 seconds and remove from heat. Add the salt, cayenne, and remaining 6 tablespoons butter, broken into small chips, and stir until the butter melts completely.

4. Spoon the sauce over the fillets to serve.

Christi’s note: I usually cook the fish in one pan while I am making the sauce in another pan. This does mess up two pans and takes a little bit more effort with the timing but it cuts the preparation time down.



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  2. susan Avatar

    Made your catfish for dinner tonight–delicious!!!

  3. Sam Avatar

    Happy Anniversary! Beautiful!!!!!

    Come over and say hi at my new blog. I would love the visitors!

  4. Artie Avatar

    How gorgeous! Happy Anniversary! I’m hosting a giveaway at my blog of genuine Cross Bottles valued at $175. It ends Monday, so hurry over. I think you’ll love them!

  5. KBeau Avatar

    How wonderful to have such great wedding memories. Thorncrown Chapel must be beautiful. I’ve only seen pictures. Thanks for sharing your wedding and Happy Anniversary.

  6. Eileen Avatar

    Beautiful bride!
    Beautiful wedding!
    Beautiful memory!
    Beautiful post!

    So nice too that you can hold onto good memories amid sadness that befalls. Those precious memories keep our loved ones close to our heart.
    All the best,

  7. Susan Avatar

    What a lovely wedding! Happy Anniversary!

  8. Mary Avatar

    Your wedding was lovely. The chapel is breathtaking beautiful and was a wonderful spot for such a grand occasion. I want to wish you a Happy Anniversary and thank you for your recipe. Have a great day. Oh, by the way…your husband looks like a keeper, too.

  9. Becky K. Avatar

    Happy Anniversary!

    It looks like it was a very special day.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  10. Poppedijne Avatar

    How lovely to see your wedding pictures. Congratulations on your 12,5 years of wedding bliss. How sad that a lots of your dear ones will not be able to be there this time.Thanks for sharing.

  11. SHARI BARNES Avatar

    thank-you for sharing these beautiful pictures.I love Eureka Springs. Please continue to post lovely pictures and info about your life it is very interesting. Sincerely, Shari

  12. Ann Messick Avatar

    I love your wedding too… that was the same scripture that Randall and I had at our wedding. We wrote our vows and added that scripture! I want to stay at the Cresent… have not done that! Here’s to many, many more happy years! Cheers!

  13. honeysuckle Avatar

    Congratulations! Those are beautiful places to make such wonderful memories. So sorry about your loss of so many loved ones. Cherish every day with those that are near. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures it must have been a beautiful day for you!

  14. Amanda @ Serenity Now Avatar

    What BEAUTIFUL site for a wedding! 🙂 You were a beautiful bride. I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer in 1997, when I was 16. His father walked me down the aisle on my wedding day, and it was so special (but heartbreaking) for me. I’m so glad you had that time with your brother. 🙂 Stopping by from Julia’s party. 🙂

  15. Joyce Avatar

    love the wedding pics. you and your sisters are still lovely. what about carol?

  16. Julie Avatar

    Happy anniversary…What a great post…There is a doggie costume Contest going on over at my place do hope you will stop over

  17. Sheila Avatar

    Oh, Christi! That was the perfect venue for a wedding, and what a pretty wedding you had! Love the dresses, and you are just glowing in those pictures. Happy Anniversary to you, and here’s hoping you have many, many more happy years together.

    Thanks so much for the recipe. There is nothing I love more than catfish!


    Sheila 🙂

  18. Julia @ Hooked on Houses Avatar

    Happy anniversary! What a gorgeous setting for a wedding.

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