Culinary Crafts

Repost from Urban Style Blog: A Bright Vintage Utah Wedding!

Tuesday, 25 November, 2014

We were so thrilled to hear that Urban Style Blog featured this FABULOUSLY fun, vintage wedding on their blog!  Brimming with handmade details, beautiful details, and pure L-O-V-E, it is one of our all time favorites!  Plus, it has a great industrial vibe that is looking to be the next big trend for wedding locales!  Check it out!

[Reposted from Urban Style Blog]

Pepper Nix Photography sent us these photos of Mark and Gaea’s fun, funky Salt Lake City wedding! The couple not only planned a lovely vintage-inspired ceremony, but designed their own invitations and made all the wedding favors, including some amazing Scrabble-inspired name plates! Read on for more details about this super cool wedding, from the bride herself.

From the Bride, Gaea:

“Ever since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with vintage style, and inspired by vintage magazines and old movies. So when it came to my wedding, there was no shortage of vintage notions, especially where my bridal attire was concerned. My gown was a stunning silk organza dress with pockets, which turned out to be one of the best accessories I could ask for at my wedding! I had pin curls in my hair and wore simple classic makeup.  My goal was to achieve a vintage feel and keep everything iconic, beautiful and timeless.”

“We held our wedding at Pierpont Place in downtown Salt Lake City. I loved the empty industrial style of this space. It allowed my imagination to run wild! Both of my parents walked me down the aisle, and my dad officiated our ceremony. I loved having them by my side as we walked toward my handsome groom. They are a huge support in life and have taught me so many beautiful lessons about love and marriage (married 46 years in 2014!).  My favorite part of the ceremony was listening to Mark read his vows to me, and watching him as I read my vows to him. It was amazing how everyone else disappeared, and it felt like just the two of us in the room.”

“Most of the wedding details were arranged by me, and I made absolutely as much as possible by hand. Our wedding favors were  handmade vintage game-letter name plates, and Mark’s favorite vintage candy (lemon-flavored Chowards).  We also gave everyone two CDs created by us, one called “Our Wild Side” and one “Our Soft Side”, full of music that matched the mood of each title. The place settings looked gorgeous with our custom name plates, favors, and food menus welcoming guests to their tables! We had stations serving mini versions of comfort foods for dinner, and had a dessert bar filled with yummy treats, including pumpkin pies, milk shakes and doughnut holes. Because we had many so different desserts, our cake was a very simple white round with no frills. (We just wanted something to cut!) As a cake-topper, I hand-stitched paper birds with an E.E.Cummings poem printed on them. Those birds started a collection for us, and little love birds are slowly filling our house now!”

“I wanted our decor to be simple and full of fun! Mark collects concert posters, so I found a designer on Etsy who created a poster-style invitation suite based on a sketch drawn by us. For the reception we had our invitations re-printed as 11×14 concert posters, and placed them on the walls around the dance floor. We also brought several vintage items from our home to use throughout the space for accents, including a huge chandelier I proudly made using a vintage foot-stool frame and 5,000 Christmas lights! I was surprised with a gift from my brother-in-law, who custom rebuilt an arcade, full of vintage 80s video games, for our reception! The arcade and our photo booth quickly became the favorite items of the party! It was a gorgeous fun night full of laughter and love, and it exceeded all of my expectations.”

Congratulations to Gaea and Mark on their wedded bliss, and thank you to Pepper for sharing their fun vintage wedding with us!
Photos: Pepper Nix Photography | Venue: Pierpont Place | Accommodations: Hotel Monaco | Paper Goods: the Bride & Dapper Paper, Etsy | Florist: Sax Romney & Sean Oviatt Designs | Dress & Accessories: Alta Moda Bridal | Dress Designer: Anne Barge Inc | Shoes: J.Crew | Ring: vintage, from Antoinette’s Jewelry | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic |  Catering: Culinary Crafts | Desserts: Tulie Bakery
What an AWESOME wedding and thank you to Urban Style Blog for sharing it!  Happy planning, everyone!
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Repost from SLPC: Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Thursday, 4 September, 2014

I found this AMAZING post on Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom‘s blog from last week and just couldn’t resist re-posting it here!  Not only is it a stunner of a styled shoot, but our very own Executive Chef, Marco Niccoli, and his beautiful wife, Aubrey, were the gorgeous models!  Check it out!

As the curtain closes on the month of August, we’re sharing this romantic Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding inspiration shoot from photographer Amanda Hendrickson and graphic designer Kirsten Kizerian.

Inspired by the era of the 1930s, the duo gathered inspiration for the shoot from several elements—hints of marble, deep purple and bold fuchsia blooms, elegant gold accents—to create a timeless wedding in a lush garden setting. Geode details and gorgeous invitations and paper goods with textured gold foil add a modern touch to the classic decor scheme.

Local couple Aubrey Labato and Marco Niccoli played the bride and groom (they’re real-life newlyweds!), stealing kisses and strolling hand in hand throughout the beautiful, organic location.





















Thank you Amanda and Kirsten for sharing this styled shoot with us!

Local Vendor List

DESIGN, DECOR & STYLING: Amanda Hendrickson and Kirsten Kizerian
PHOTOGRAPHER: Amanda Hendrickson Photography
INVITATION SUITE & PAPER GOODS: Kirsten Kizerian of West End Girl Blog
FLOWERS: Native Flower Company
CAKE: Granite Bakery & Bridal Showcase
GOWN: The Perfect Dress
HAIR & MAKEUP: Kissable Complexions
MODELS: Aubrey Labato & Marco Niccoli
ASSISTANT: Kelli Christakos

What a stunningly BEAUTIFUL shoot!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

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Gorgeous Garden Wedding in SLPC Magazine {& the Ruffled Blog!}

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014


We are SO thrilled to show off this STUNNING garden wedding that was featured in Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom and, if that wasn’t awesome enough, was ALSO featured on Ruffled!  [You can see that blog here.]  This wedding was not only breathtakingly beautiful and brimming with BEAUTIFUL details, but the food was DIVINE!  I can’t wait to show you even more from this wedding tomorrow.  Stay tuned everyone!  Happy dreaming!

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Photos by Pepper Nix Photography

Bluebird Vintage Rentals & A Handmade Wedding!

Wednesday, 2 October, 2013

Today, I am happy to share with you one of my favorite events of the year!  This wedding was brimming with fabulous handmade touches and GORGEOUS vintage china – which made for a truly stunning event.  The bride, Iris, dreamed of having a collection of beautifully curated antique china as place settings at her wedding.  Armed with this dream, Iris’s mother started shopping – and a new local company, Blue Bird Vintage Rentals, was born!  Not only did this wedding have these splendid pieces (which you can rent for your event too!) but the bride and groom made sure to handcraft and personalize their favors, flowers, and even their spin on a guest “book” idea!  Check it out!


The ever beautiful Red Butte Garden was PERFECT for this organic and pretty event!



We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pieces that Blue Bird Vintage Rentals found for this wedding and pairing them with the gorgeous vintage linens created a truly magical and garden-like feel.


The pops of color and different textures are perfectly paired at this table.  It is really hard to create something so varied and have it look so effortless!  The vintage linens and vessels for the centerpieces are also available for rent through Blue Bird Rentals.  Amazing!


These “hand-picked” flower centerpieces were a great addition to the tables!  The different vessels, colors, and blooms were beautiful and casual – all adding to the easy feel of this day.  I also really liked that they used sprigs of pine trees for something a little unexpected as well!


The couple had their guests sign quilter’s squares to me made into a wedding quilt later on.  What a great keepsake!  I also LOVE that they gave ‘family honey’ favors that were made from the groom’ father’s hives!  And the illustration on the chalk board are so AWESOME!


To keep with the feel of the day, we opted for some casually elegant offerings.  House-made Artisan Breads, Pink Salt Crusted Butter, A Fruit and Cheese Plate, Grilled Beef, and Grilled Trout.  Yum!


We also served Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Blue Cheese, and Candied Walnuts, Roasted Veggies, and Grilled Zucchini!  Mmm…


I love their simple, yet pretty cake made by Layers!  The natural, wooden cake stands are amazing (and were handmade by the father and his girlfriend of Immortal Guitars) and the succulents and foxes are great details!


We were so happy to share this day and even more excited to see the first unveiling of Blue Bird Vintage Rentals offereings!  For anyone who is looking for some truly beautiful china, definitely check them out!  Happy planning everyone!

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Photos by Kelli Bramble Photography

We LOVE Colored Glass Accents!

Thursday, 15 August, 2013

One of my favorite trends that we at Culinary Crafts are seeing this year is the use of colored glass in your place settings and decor!  I love this trend because it further allows for people to totally customize their event and make it truly one of a kind!  Plus, the glasses, plates, chargers, and teacups we are offering now are GORGEOUS!!!!  Take a look!


Glam green picks are perfect for any type of event!  Whether you are hosting a rustic, natural, vintage, or, even, whimsical event – these pieces make a BEAUTIFUL statement!


I love the simple beauty of these snow white pieces.  The white wine glass is my favorite and creates a modern feel when coupled with chic linens or a truly romantic feel when paired with jewel tones.  Love!


These golden girls are always a favorite – you know how we love gold accents!  All of these pieces are awesome, but the newest addition is fast becoming one of my top favorites – the sculptural beauty of the amber chargers on the left – perfect for a bold gal with style!


I love a touch of whimsy or detail in any event and these glasses are PERFECT for that!  The delicate scroll detail is a feminine touch on the teacup with a DEFINITE vintage feel.  And the poppy blue tumbler is a perfect punch to any table!  Don’t you just love it with the copper-y sequined linen?  Amazing!

These are just a small selection of the options that are out there, but any of these will make a beautiful statement to any event!  Plus, they are just downright fun – and isn’t that the whole point of a party?  Stop by our offices at The Tasting Room in downtown Salt Lake City to check out samples of these GORGEOUS pieces!  Happy planning everyone!

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Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

DIY Bunting How To

Tuesday, 4 June, 2013

We at Culinary Crafts love bunting!  It sets such a festive mood and its pretty to boot!  This easy and versatile detail can be super bright, vintage inspired, or soft and natural – but all still have the same effect – it’s time to have fun!  Check out some of our favorite examples!



We love the soft palette and added lace of this bunting.  It was a pretty and feminine touch – perfect for the poolside reception!



This bright bunting is not to be missed!  We love the vibrant, fun colors and bold patterns!  Perfect for a party mood!


These vintage fabrics are lovely and add an extra special touch to this candy table with a 50’s feel.  So fun!  And if you are inspired to make your own bunting, here’s an easy how-to!



Happy crafting everyone!

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Photos by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

Indie Wedding Inspiration Board | Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012

As you may know, we here at Culinary Crafts are in the swing of wedding season!  But, we are also in the mode of planning wedding coming in the next year and one of the BIG things we keep hearing is people going with an Indie wedding theme.  Well, what is ‘Indie’, you might ask?  Well, to me, it is highly personalized, handmade, and artist inspired with whimsical and vintage touches.  Still having trouble envisioning it?  Well, lucky for you, I put together an inspiration board that really shows of the fun and beautiful details Indie weddings feature.  Check it out!

Such a colorful, quirky, and fun trend!  We are so excited to see the upcoming Indie weddings and share them with you!  Happy planning everyone!

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Photos via Ashville Indie Weddings, Ruffled Blog, Indie Wed, and Grey Likes Weddings.  Food shots from Pepper Nix Photography.

Mercury Glass Is In! | Trendy Tuesday

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012

I love mercury glass!  It can add such an elegant touch and be added to all different kinds of events!  A vintage romantic wedding, a rustic wedding with an air of elegance, a clean and contemporary wedding with a touch of whimsy – the possibilities are endless!  Mercury glass has a home in each setting!  Plus, it is coming back BIG TIME.  We are seeing mercury glass in tons of our events this year (which you will definitely see in future blog posts) and we couldn’t be happier!  Take a look at some of the FANTASTIC decor that we love – all with this super versatile glass!

A romantic, gold accented wedding – not overly vintage, more traditionally pretty and understated.  Perfect for the classic bride!

A chic, contemporary dessert table – exposed brick, a floating feather table, and pops of saturated reds…  What’s not to like?

A natural, rustic, and elegant centerpiece – perfect for a ranch wedding in the mountains, with a little sparkle to set it off!

Vintage, romantic decor – perfect for the bride looking for a setting filled with gorgeous flowers, rich linens, and vintage touches.

As you can see, mercury glass can be used in all kinds of settings.  From rustic to high glam – and it’s all STUNNING!  Plus, if you want to try your hand at making mercury glass yourself (like the hurricane vases below) take a look at this tutorial here.

Happy planning everyone!!!

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Photo credits: First image from Martha Stewart and Wedding Bee; Second image from OneWed; Third image from Entwined 2012; Fourth image from Belle Magazine; Fifth image from Take the Side Street

Creative Signage & Guest Book Alternatives | Trendy Tuesday

Wednesday, 8 February, 2012

We at Culinary Crafts are so fortunate to help create some of the most beautiful weddings in Utah!  Over the years, we see trends come and go, but our favorite trend that seems to be prevalent in all of the most special weddings is the personal touches a bride and groom add to make the event truly ‘them’!  From signage, to decor, to guest books (or a alternative), and more – all of these are details we love seeing and really take an event up a notch.  This wedding, which was DEFINITELY a favorite of ours, is chock full with personal touches – and we are in LOVE!  Take a look!

These hand painted rustic signs are beautiful and informative!  This adds to the style of the wedding which had vintage touches throughout.  We also love the whimsical signage above the bench, complete with pictures of the happy couple!  And the boats (which you may recognize for Utah Bride and Groom Magazine) were hand made by the talented bride!  So cute!

We love the typewriter – and using it to have the guests lend a loving wish or great advice is an amazing way to have your guests leave a personal note that the couple can cherish for many years to come!

We have been seeing a lot of alternative ideas to the traditional ‘guest book’ where the guests just sign their names – not a very personal reminder of all the most important people you’ve invited to share this day!  This wedding’s idea is definitely a favorite!  The couple wanted to create a “family tree” and had each guest lend their thumbprint to the tree and sign their name.  What a fantastic way to show your new family coming together!  We love it!

I hope this give you some ideas to personalize your special day!  Happy planning!

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A Gorgeous Backyard Wedding!

Monday, 29 August, 2011

Today, I’d like to showcase this pretty, backyard wedding that is a simply gorgeous summer-y event.  The couple elected to serve a light dinner buffet, which is perfect for the season.  Couple that with a custom ice sculpture (courtesy of Swanovation Custom Ice Sculptures, natch) and Culinary Crafts’s house made gelato, this wedding is sure to please any guest on a balmy summer night!  Check it out!

How stunning!  And the gelato!  It is simply delectable and a perfect dessert in these warm summer months.  Plus, guests always love the custom gelato case station!  So fun!

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Photo credit: Keith Westerberg