Out in the Open

'It was a pure exercise in fake-it-till-you-make-it': Food writer's favourite dish nearly ruined her wedding

A lobster dinner had some serious consequences.
Karen had to change out of her wedding dress halfway through the day. (Nordica Photography)
Karen in a dress that saved the day. (Christine MacAvoy)

For this week's show, we put a call-out to the show listeners to share their wedding stories—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Host Piya Chattopadhyay talked with writer Karen Pinchin, whose wedding day nearly got derailed by one of her favorite foods.

Two days before the ceremony, Karen got severe food poisoning from the lobster her soon-to-be mother-in-law brought all the way from New Brunswick to Vancouver.

Karen recounts the events that followed, including an emergency dress change, a painful photo session, and her fiance being forced to "fake marry" both her mother and her sister at the wedding rehearsal.