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Do you know what you get when you throw two Alpha-type personalities in a
kitchen renovation after buying a new house, hand them a couple of power
tools they've never used before, demolish the floors throughout the
entire house forcing them to move into a windowless dungeon for three
months with two smelly cats and a 14 year old, 90lb yellow lab, that
can't walk up and down the stairs on his own, sprinkle in a four-week
engagement and Christmas wedding - all in less than 6 months:

Yoda and Chewbacca!

If you've ever experienced any of these things, then you're probably at least a little familiar with the
conflict that can arise from such chaos; kinks in the budget, hot dogs
cooked by hand-held plumber's torch 'cause you forgot to refill the
propane tank and there's no stove, the occasional electrocution, and
arguments... lots of arguments...

Arguments between two Alpha's who are NEVER WRONG.

It was during one of those arguments on day one million and 82 of drilling cement screws into
cement backer-boards, preparing the hallway and kitchen floors for the
1500lbs of Kale Multi-colored Travertine that I yelled back at my now
husband, for what exactly, I can't say,



Don't call me that!

And Yoda wasn't Master of the Universe - that's HE-MAN!"

I raised my sword-like power drill up in the air, clenched with both hands pointing straight up and


collapsing in a fit of laughter!

And thus, "Yoda and Chewbacca" were born...

My rolling eyes now had a verbal partner: "OKAY YODA!"

"OKAY CHEWIE!" he always responds hoping to get the same rise out of me that he gets out of my Yoda-ing.

Now, to me, that sounded perfectly logical! I mean, have you seen my hairy

Yoda, wasn't a new nickname in our family... We've been calling my little sister Yoda ever since her little pointed ears coined the
nickname as a baby!

Over the summer a fellow More Meaningful Gifts threadmate
had ordered fondant little Yodas for her son's birthday cupcakes as
toppers from fellow
Etsian The Lil
I had bookmarked them for my little sister's birthday!

My brilliant idea was vetoed by my mother, but when I started planning our wedding, I KNEW I had to
order her fondant Yodas for our wedding cake!

Even better, I wrote to Jenn and asked her if she could make a matching Chewbacca!

When I opened up those adorable little cake toppers I couldn't help but squeal in delight! I knew Todd would pee his pants when he saw

They were absolutely PERFECT!

Jenn even covered them in a sparkling finish- the perfect embellishment for a wedding Yoda and Chewie!

And after our ceremony when I brought my new husband to see
the beautiful cake that my little sister had lovingly made for us
on Christmas day and put together just hours earlier, adorned with the
beautiful clay roses from
Diane Phillips of and our special Yoda and Chewie
Cake Toppers, the moment was just as I had imagined; filled with joy and
laughter and even some magical powers with my new Master of the

Photography by Stephen Shadrach.

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