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Friday Instagram of the Week!


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Utah Valley Bride who posted this GORGEOUS pic of the food we created for the “Plum Romantic” Inspiration shoot in the 2015 issue of the mag!  This shoot, which was styled and designed by Michelle Leo Events and photographed by Jessie Alexis Photography was drop-dead beautiful!  [Side note, we’ll be showing you more of the shoot next week!  So stay tuned!]  Thank you so much to Utah Valley Bride for sharing this pic – and remember to add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

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A White Brick, Organic Inspiration Shoot!

Today, we here at Culinary Crafts decided to share the other shoot that we did in conjunction with yesterday’s Modern, Geometric shoot!  Equally lovely, but with a softer, more organic flair, this shoot was a blast!  With many of the same vendors, it’s so fun to see how these artists are so versatile and make EVERY SINGLE DETAIL just stunning.  Check it out!

So PRETTY!  It’s all about the details people!


What a welcome!  Cobalt & Dash also created this AWESOME chalkboard signage and we came up with a beautiful signature beverage table, with the design expertise and florals both by Scenemakers, that really created a jaw dropping entrance to this “event”.


The signature beverage was a Rosemary Sparkling Pear Soda in a gold glitter rimmed glass garnished with a Sprig of Rosemary and Dried Pear Slice.  So fresh and delicious!  Perfect for an early morning or afternoon luncheon!


Isn’t this tablescape dreamy?  Scenemakers is AMAZING!!!  And the photographer, Jessica Peterson, offered her studio, The Charcoal Loft, as the venue and it was just the perfect blank canvas to work this magic!


A pretty plate, to say the least!  We love the mix of the vintage accented plates and the more modern charger from Diamond Rental.  Plus our up-cycled wine glass tumblers added a pop of color that was perfect in this organic color palette.


We knew that we had to create a divine first course that matched the beauty of this shoot, and we did just that!  A Roasted White Cauliflower Crisp with Brussel Sprout Leaves, Pea Shoots and Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette paired with a Parchment Wrapped Tomato Calamata Foccacia with an Olive Oil/ Butter Duo with Sea Salt.  YUM.

This foccacia is my FAVORITE!  It’s such a great presentation and people LOVE this special touch at the table!


I couldn’t resist sharing another pic of this STUNNING table!  And those florals that Scenemakers designed?  Drop dead GORGEOUS.


Our dessert was a personal favorite of mine.  Not only because it was delcious, but it was the CUTEST EVER!!!  Mini Sugar Cinnamon Donuts topped with a Brown Sugar Crumble served in Mini Paper Bags – yeah, I told you it was cute!


This soft, romantic invitation suite by Cobalt & Dash‘s Eleanor Kramer (who also happened to be our model for the shoot) set the mood just perfectly.  The watercolor accents are seriously amazing!

What a FANTASTIC shoot and thank you to all of the vendors who were so wonderful to work with!  The finished result was truly lovely and we are so grateful to have been asked to be a part of both of these shoots!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Catering by: Culinary Crafts / Photography by: Jessica Peterson Photography / Decor and floral design by: Scenemakers / China, glassware, and place settings by: Diamond Rentals / Cake by: Layers Cake / Invitation suite and chalk art by: Eleanor Kramer of Cobalt & Dash / Calligraphy by: Ashley MacKay of Cobalt & Dash / Dress by: Alta Moda Bridal / Hair and make up by: Soula Christopulos / Venue: The Charcoal Loft

Modern, Geometric Shoot at The Tasting Room

Today, we have a fun and flirty inspiration shoot for you all!  This oldie but a goodie is a Culinary Crafts favorite and the team at Scenemakers did an AMAZING job of designing this shoot that was fun, but still sophisticated too!  Couple that with photography by Jessica Peterson Photography and the venue, which was Culinary Crafts’s Tasting Room in downtown Salt Lake City, and you have a recipe for GORGEOUS! Check it out!


Love the geometric hearts!  And the glitter!!!  So fun!


How pretty is this tablescape?  I love the modern feel and how it blends with the brick walls of the Tasting Room!  Just the best setting for this afternoon luncheon.


These menus and escort cards were PERFECT!  Saucy & Kitsch is simply the best!  Plus, aren’t the card holder’s AWESOME?!


More glitter!  I just can’t resist a sequined table runner.  JUST. CAN’T.


Love, love, love the florals that Scenemakers did!  And our first course, was awesome too – if you ask me, anyway! :) We served a Spring Sweet Pea and Pesto Risotto topped with Tiny Asparagus Spears, a Fried Quail Egg, and Shaved Parmesan with Black Pepper Brioche.  Uh, yum!



Another fabulous snippet of these STUNNING florals.  Just beautiful!


We also served a signature beverage (of course!)  This Thyme Raspberry Cream Soda garnished with Raspberries and a Sprig of Thyme was the perfect playful drink for this shoot!  And the golden striped paper straws with the bride & groom’s names on the decorative flag was a stroke of genius!  It’s all about the details!


And of course we had a GORGEOUS dessert to round out this pretty day!  Our Mini Pear-Vanilla Bundt Cakes topped with Meyer Lemon Whipped Curd with a slice of Preserved Pear and Candied Lemon Zest was also coupled with petite cups of coffee, perfect for this early afternoon luncheon!



We here at Culinary Crafts LOVED this shoot – such a lovely stylized shoot with a team of fabulous professionals!  We also really love the trend of brunches and afternoon lunches for all of the light options and menu creativity that we get to explore.  Such a great day!  Happy inspiration, everyone!

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Caterer: Culinary Crafts / Design, Decor, and Florals: Scenemakers / Photographer: Jessica Peterson Photography / Invitation Suite and Paper Goods: Saucy & Kitsch for The Write Image / Dress and Jewelry: Alta Moda Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Soula Hair and Makeup / China, Place Settings, and Glassware: Diamond Rental / Venue: The Tasting Room / Model: Michelle Christensen

A Modern, Chic Wedding at NHMU!

Today I have a STUNNING event to share with you all!  Not only was this AMAZING wedding just a beautiful event that we had the honor of seeing published in Utah Bride and Groom Magazine, but it was the first (and to date, the only) same-sex wedding to be published in a Utah bridal magazine!  So amazing – and we think you’ll see why we love this event so much too – check it out!


Isn’t this a great bridal party photo?  David Newkirk perfectly captured the high-style feel of this day!


The grooms-to-be selected the incredibly chic venue of the Natural History Museum of Utah to host their wedding celebration – and it was a great fit!  The natural beauty of the architectural materials and the modern design makes this space such a jaw-dropping venue.  We also love that they chose the date of their 10-year anniversary to seal their commitment to each other forever.  Love it!


We also loved the modern monogram that the grooms used through the event to “brand” the day.  Such a fabulous idea and great way to tie together your details!


The design, by our friends at FUSE Weddings & Events, hit this one out of the park.  Mixed metallics and the primary pop of copper was GORGEOUS – love that detail especially since NHMU is accented with copper from the Rio Tinto mine.  So, of course, the venue blended in with this palette just beautifully.


How pretty is this tablescape?  Love those geometric centerpieces by Orchid Dynasty!


Another high style touch?  The avant-garde “Champagne Bride” who “passed” champagne to the guests.  This TOTALLY set the mood for a chic, stylish event!


How pretty is this sweetheart table?  Love the ghost chairs and copper wrapped florals!


We worked closely with the grooms and FUSE to create a menu that was over-the-top, but also showcased the couple’s individual personalities.  For example?  The His & His hors d’oeuvres included Tomato Soup with Mini Grilled Cheese Bites (the couple’s favorite meal) and a take on nachos 2 ways – including a play on 7-11’s nachos!  So fun!


The guests took a seat for dinner and enjoyed breathtaking views of Salt Lake City while they were served.  A stunning view, if you ask me!


We also served Fresh Strawberries with Cream and the first course in their plated dinner was a delicious Goat Cheese and Beet Terrine.  SO YUMMY!


The Main Course was a “Great Duo” entree of Lobster & Beef.  Decadent AND pretty!


Lastly, the guests were given a palette cleanser of our house-made Raspberry Sorbet to finish out the meal before they had wedding cake for dessert.


We simply LOVED this wedding!  It was full of so much joy and we had SO much fun planning the menu!  Thank you to Utah Bride & Groom for publishing it – because Culinary Crafts believes LOVE is LOVE and it’s all equal!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Photography: David Newkirk,
Wedding planner: FUSE Weddings & Events,
Catering: Culinary Crafts,
Ceremony and reception site: Natural History Museum of Utah, SLC,
Flowers: Orchid Dynasty, SLC,
Rings: Cartier; Wynn Las Vegas,
Invitations: FUSE Weddings & Events,
Champagne bride: Michelle Boucher, La Boucherie Design,
Suits: Bespoke, Stitched Las Vegas;
Bridesmaids’ shoes: Vera Wang Copper, Saks Fifth Avenue,
Entertainment: Rob Bennion Band/Conn Curran, SLC,
Hair: Jake Thompson, 
Photo booth: Couth Booth,

Now & Then: A Repost from Utah Valley Bride!

Well, this post on Utah Valley Bride made our day – and we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all!  The pics from Alixann Loosle are phenomenal and this event was GORGEOUS!!!  Check it out!


June 28, 2014 // Alisa + Mark

Alisa Shirley and Mark Henderson knew each other then. The two grew up together in Idaho, and Mark even hung out with Alisa’s little brother, Blake. “Mark is two years younger than me,” Alisa says. “I look younger, though.” Sixteen years later, after bumping into each other during the Thanksgiving holiday break, “then” became now. “Neither of us knew where the relationship would go. There were a lot of differences in style and personality,” Alisa says. “He liked big trucks, country music and cowboy boots. I preferred indie rock and ‘dressed like a hippie,’ per his words. But we never stopped talking to each other. And look at us now — married with a baby!” But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Before you can look at Alisa and Mark now, you must look at their beyond beautiful wedding last June. Alisa had less than three months to plan her wedding, so she hired her friend, Rachel, to put together the perfect day. “I was in the process of moving to Idaho, and I had just found out I was expecting a baby. Aren’t the three most stressful events in life moving, getting married and having a baby?” Despite the stress, Alisa knew what she wanted: an outdoor wedding that was simple, relaxed and tasteful. “I wanted soft, natural colors: pinks, peaches, greens, golds, creams — nothing too glamorous or fancy,” she says. “What’s funny is my husband likes glamorous and fancy. But he kept telling me, ‘Do what you want.’” In the end, the day was what they both wanted: a celebration of what was then, what is now, and what was to come.”

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Thank you to Utah Valley Bride for sharing this beauty of a wedding!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Photography Alixann Loosle Photography

Wedding Planner Rachel Foulger Apostol

Venue The Old White Church (near Park City)


Catering Culinary Crafts

Floral Petal Pixie

Cakes The Sweet Tooth Fairy

Paper Suite The Mandate Press

Bride’s Shoes Dillard’s

Groom’s Suit Nordstrom

Bowtie and Pocket Square Macy’s

Maid of Honor/Flower Girls Zara

Rings Main Street Diamonds (Rexburg, Idaho); Doug Peterson Jewelry in Salt Lake City

Rentals Diamond Rental

Transportation St. Regis Hotel

Band The Hot Club of Zion

Officiant Judge Kerr

Friday Instagram of the Week!


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Miss Mary Crafts-Homer who took all of our FABULOUS planners to the Wedding Wire Connect event this week!  Culinary Crafts believes that networking and constant education are crucial resources for making sure we always give you the best event possible – plus its always fun to hang out and meet all of the new talents in Utah!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post or tag us at @culinarycrafts!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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Friday Instagram of the Week!


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of our talented wedding planners, Anne Danner!  We love that we are on the brink of the start of wedding season and Anne has been visiting all sorts of venues, including the beautiful Cactus & Tropicals!  Thanks for sharing some behind the scenes beauty, Anne!  And remember to add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts or tag us at @culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy Friday, everyone!

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A Gorgeous Autumn Mountain Wedding

Hello all!  Today on the blog, I wanted to share this gorgeous natural beauty of a wedding held at the STUNNING venue, Aspen Meadows.  This day really let the beauty of nature speak the loudest and I thought it would be a perfect event to share on this beautiful day!  Check it out!


Is this not just jaw-droppingly beautiful?  Photographer extraordinaire, Pepper Nix, captured the dazzling setting just perfectly.


The design was natural and understated, like I said, this couple really wanted to harness all of the beauty that the mountains and venue had to offer.


I also love these little succulents that were added to the floral arrangements on the tables. So cute and brought a pop of green to the soft palette.


Of course, we served our house made breads.  No dinner would be complete without them!  We also loved serving local Uinta Brewing‘s 21st Anniversary Birthday Suit Ale.  Yum!


The couple chose to serve a buffet of delicious dishes, including this fresh Caprese Salad and also a Green Salad with Roasted Corn, Apples, and Citrus Vinaigrette.  Yum!


We also served Grilled Utah Trout with Moroccan Tomato Jam and Mashed Potatoes topped with Microgreens.


As if those dishes weren’t enough, we also served Slow Cooked Shortribs with Rosemary, Onions, and Carrots and a Roasted Vegetable Medley.  SO GOOD!

This couple kept it simple with the desserts being cupcakes and a small cake for them to cut.  Love their cake toppers!


Aren’t the cupcakes beautiful?  And, of course, Mary Crafts-Homer was on scene making sure everything was perfect!


Lastly, I had to show you a close up of this cake!   It was a pretty on the inside as it was on the outside!  And yummy, to boot!

We LOVED this wedding and were so thrilled with how it all came together!  We hope it inspires you to take in all of the natural beauty you have at your disposal in any event you are planning!  Go out and enjoy the day!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Photos by Pepper Nix Photography

Friday Instagram of the Week!


Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Calie Rose, who was the talented florist at this inspiration shoot we did recently!  I love this new trend of brunch at weddings and we here at Culinary Crafts couldn’t be happier to incorporate it into these super fun shoots!  I seriously am in LOVE with these orange juice shooters garnished with a piece of honeydew and mint.  YUM!  And thank you to Calie Rose for sharing!  Remember, add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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