So, friends, here’s the thing. I have tried to minimize the impact of the wedding planning on the blog this year, but now that we are just three days away from the wedding, it’s going to be all wedding, all the time. I just can’t focus on anything else! And after the wedding, it’s going to be all honeymoon photos all the time. At least I can promise that some of those photos will be of food, because I just can’t help myself. Sometime in the next two to three weeks, I might post a recipe. But for now, wedding favors!
I am super excited about our wedding favors, and I should be, because they were the first thing we decided on at the very beginning of the planning process. Before I had a dress, a venue, a photographer or a caterer (heck, even before I had a budget), I had the wedding favors all picked out. Kyle and I are thrilled to be giving our guests little packages of locally roasted coffee from Blanchard’s Coffee.
We had a blast getting these together. We wanted something custom made, so we visited the roasting lab earlier this year for a tasting. We watched them roast the Dark as Dark blend while we were there and learned a little about their equipment and business. We tasted several varietals at different roast levels, then blended them together to see what worked together. We ultimately chose a blend and roast that we loved. It was so much fun and so personal!
Unfortunately we recently found out that one of the coffees in our blend is unavailable due to a limited crop. But on the bright side, we got to taste more coffee! Blanchard’s sent us samples of similar coffees and we had a tasting at home to come up with the next best thing. We had a great time again, while tasting in the comfort of our own home, and we feel that we picked another winner. I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as we do!
I am so excited about this because it is just one of the many ways we have been able to use a portion of our wedding budget to support a local business and feature a product that we believe in. Our vision for the wedding celebration is to convey our personalities and interests, while showcasing a well curated collection of products from local businesses, and we aim to get there by making sustainable choices along the way. Blanchard’s is a great local Richmond business and working with them has been awesome.
So would you like to try out our special blend for yourself? I’m giving away one 3-oz. bag of our wedding coffee to one lucky reader. To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post, about anything at all! Tell me how you take your coffee, what you do to support local businesses, or why you love Richmond. Give me some marriage advice. Tell me a joke. Introduce me to your cat. Whatever you want!
Because I plan to tell you whatever the heck I want to for the next few weeks. Then, when the wedding stuff is over, maybe I’ll give you a recipe for Three Sisters Soup, or tell you about my first time using habanero peppers, or show you what a Turks Turban squash looks like.
Leave your comment by 11:59 PM on Saturday, October 20th for your chance to win.
This giveaway is not sponsored by Blanchard’s Coffee; I’m just feeling generous.