Showing posts with label Family Style. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family Style. Show all posts

Monday, February 14, 2011

Spotlight: Emily and Pat's Wedding

Emily and Pat were two of my favorite clients in 2010; they are one of those couples that remind me of why I am so passionate about what I do. When I meet a couple like Emily and Pat, it melts my heart - you can feel how deep their love is every time you see them look at one another. I first met these love birds at our sales office at Stonington Meadows, along with both sets of parents. You couldn't ask for a better group of people to plan a wedding with - they are all so genuine and fun-loving, and I knew right away that they would be a blast to work with. We spent most of the meeting laughing at Emily's father's jokes, and talking about good food, wine, and Emily and Pat's vision for their wedding at Saltwater Farm Vineyard.

Planning a wedding can be very stressful for all parties involved, especially the bride, and it is very easy to get caught up in all of the craziness; Emily was definitely one of the calmest brides I had ever met, even when she found out that Hurricane Earl would strike on her wedding day! Most would be frantic, trying to figure out how to stop the storm from coming, or where to buy giant golf umbrellas in bulk. Emily sat in my office and just laughed and shrugged...what could you do?

Well, Hurricane Earl did arrive on that Friday afternoon - in the form of a sprinkling rain - nothing compared to the forecast that was originally predicted! Emily and Pat's wedding day came together without a hitch, and they even got to take some amazing pictures outside! Pat and his groomsmen even embraced the storm, kicking off their shoes and having fun in the vines for their pre-wedding photo shoot!

Emily and Pat really wanted an elegant but fun and comfortable reception. They chose foods that their guests would recognize, but added a gourmet twist. Their Family Style Dinner Service allowed their family and friends to interact at their tables and enjoy a variety of dishes. See their menu below!

For the Cocktail Hour...

Coastline Seafood Raw Bar with a Seafaring Display of Colossal Shrimp, Freshly Shucked Little Necks and Oysters over a Bed of Ice, with Spicy Cocktail Sauce, Orange Mignonette, Habanero Sauce, Fresh Lemon

Butlered Hors d'Oeuvres
Coastal Gourmet's Signature Beef Sliders
Tuscan Chicken Bundles with Roasted Tomato Cream
Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna on a Won Ton Crisp with Wasabi Aioli and Micro Greens
Crispy Vegetable Spring Rolls with Spicy Plum Sauce
Crab and Butternut Bisque Sippers

Family Style Dinner Service...

Fresh Salad of Baby Lettuces, Crumbled Chevre, Dried Cranberries and Toasted Almonds, Drizzled with Golden Balsamic Vinaigrette
Hearth Baked Breads and Sweet Whipped Butter, Pink Sea Salt

Citrus and Ginger Poached Atlantic Salmon with Lime Creme Fraiche
Sliced Tenderloin of Beef with Port and Roasted Shallot Demi-Glace
Steamed Haricot Vert with Carmelized Shallots and Blistered Pear Tomatoes
Oven Roasted Trio of Yukon Gold, Red Bliss and Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Endings...

Three Tiered Traditional Wedding Cake with Layers of Vanilla and Chocolate Genoise, filled and covered with Vanilla Buttercream
Roasted Marshmallows, Graham Crackers and Assorted Hershey's Miniature Chocolates

Wedding Coordinator: Keri Gannon
The Flower District
Carla Ten Eyck (check out more photos!)
Jim Altieri's Vintage Cinema (watch a quick video!)
Bales & Gitlin Music