Figs, Almond Filling, Engagement Photos


I was ambitious. I bought a bag of flour, brown sugar, and a block of butter hoping to make some fig tarts during our time back in Canada. My father in-law grows five different varieties of figs. He is mighty proud of them and he knows I love to eat them. Everyday there would be two to three figs waiting for me freshly picked nearby my makeshift wedding DIY station (the dining table).

Cherries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches and figs are what Si and fill up on during our short trips back home and then it’s back to our endless supply of tropical fruits in Vietnam.

Last year for our engagement session, I made fruit tarts. Even then since we were short on time, I bought the mini tart shells at the grocery store. Sure the fruit tarts were photo props, but I still wanted it to be edible to enjoy afterwards. I quickly made the almond filling and added our favorite summer fruits. The almond filling puffed up while the blueberry and cherry juices saturated the almond filling with jewel colored plum and burgundy hues in the oven. We didn’t get around to eating them because the field spiders also thought the tarts were delectable.

We love looking back to our engagement photos. Jesse, our photographer, did an amazing job with our urban and outdoor shoot. Victoria has many picturesque natural settings and he knew all the bests spots. When Si took me through Beacon Hill Park to get ice cream, I saw areas of golden fields and knew that we had to have our outdoor shoot somewhere there. Jesse found the perfect location away from the foot traffic. Our travel themed setup was actually last minute, and we found most of our props at Si’s house and at thrift stores. With Jesse’s paper umbrellas, travel trunks, and vintage camera, everything just fell into place.

We were lucky to have Jesse also take shots of our wedding a month ago. We can’t wait to see them when they are ready! The day was honestly such a blur and we were so grateful to get an awesome photographer and videographer to capture our day. Jesse knew how to keep me calm and collected throughout the day, and our wedding party loved striking many poses for him.

Our next trip to Victoria should be much more relaxing than the past couple of trips back.  Then, I will finally get to make my fig tart.

All photos are courtesy of Jesse Hlady Photography

P.S. I can’t believe it, but our wedding grand entrance has hit almost 45k hits on YouTube!

Almond Filling for fruit tarts
(Recipe adapted from from Smitten Kitchen

2/3 cup almond meal
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

In a bowl cream the sugar and butter. Add in the the almond meal and flour and mix until combine. Stir in the egg and almond extract. Chill the filling for a couple of hours until ready to use.

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