Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Garden Chic Sayen House Wedding

This Sunday wedding at Sayen House and Gardens was charming from start to finish! The blue skies and gorgeous landscape of Sayen Gardens were a perfect backdrop for our B+G's ceremony, and cocktail hour on the lawn was festive and quaint. Guests enjoyed Gazpacho and Crab Claw Shooters, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets, Fig Marscapone with Candied Bacon atop Tuscan Toasts, and Skewered Blue Cheese Stuffed Mission Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto, while sipping on Belini, Freshly Brewed Iced Tea and Lemonade, Izzy Sodas, and full bar cocktails. Upon finding their escort cards clothes-pinned to an antique window strung with twine, guests took seats at their tables, which were overlayed with Jute fabric (which is a burlap like material that is soft and does not shed). They dined on a buffet including rack of lamb, a summer seafood grill (of scallops, shrimp and mahi mahi), cous cous, grilled vegetables drizzled with basil pesto, and panzanella salad. Dessert was a perfect pairing of wedding cupcakes and seasonal pies.

Our bride's choice of details for her wedding, including fresh seasonal ingredients and classic summer fare, along with perfectly adorable blue glass mason jar centerpieces, farm flowers (Dahlia Floral Concepts) and jam jar favors covered with brown butcher paper came together beautifully! The inherent charm of Sayen House, which has classic craftsman style woodworking and pretty rooms overlooking an exquisite garden, set the stage perfectly for her whimsical touches.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Family Style at a Barn Wedding

Here are some photos from a recent wedding that we catered in a restored Barn on a farm property in Bucks County.

Following a tented ceremony outside, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvre in the front section of the barn, which is divided into two, spacious sides.

Guests then found their "Escort Card" tied on a flower in mason jars, and made their way to tables marked by centerpieces of the coordinating flower (loved this touch by Dahlia's Floral Concepts!)

Dinner was served in one of my very favorite styles - a plated first course salad of Baby Greens with Sliced Jersey Peaches, Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese and a White Balsamic Vinaigrete - followed by family style main fare. The one long (90+ feet long) table lent itself perfectly to an easy passing around of yummy comfort food dishes including Lemon Chicken, Roasted Sausage with a Fennel Pepperonatta, Baked Ziti, and Panzanella.

I love that this couple chose to mirror the rustic barn setting with deliciously fitting comfort food. Both were jazzed up, the barn with unique square lantern lighting and burlap table runners...and the food with flavorful local ingredients and thoughtful presentation.

This wedding was a great example of a perfectly laid back ambiance pairing with just enough elegant touches to create a unique guest experience and super fun party!