Every now and then, an inspired wedding theme comes along that I am compelled to design. Beauty and the Beast is a timeless love story of intrigue, danger, compassion, love, forgiveness, and redemption all rolled into a tale as old as time. Finding the right location was at the top of my list. Not a castle, but an enchanted forest. The Hollow up Sundance Canyon is an amazing wooded glen and with its majestic pines was the perfect fit. Just as in designing real life weddings, selecting the right venue sets the tone for the entire event. After working in the Utah wedding industry for 32 years, I knew just which vendors would capture the vision of Beauty and Her Feast and, as you can see, they were amazing. This style of shoot is a bit different from typical inspiration shoots as the focus is on the food. I envisioned in my mind Beauty’s thoughts as she designed her feast for her groom and guests. Her watchful eye loving every detail. The colors needed to be rich with splashes of blood red in the food, the flowers, and cake. I created each menu course to have something red: berries with the cheeses; roasted beets in the salad; blood orange sorbet intermezzo; and roasted tomatoes in the entree. The glass domes with the “red rose” cupcakes, gold dipped red pears, and English tarts were my favorite pieces of food! The stained glass cake with red sugar roses was like looking back in time. And for Belle’s cocktail it had to be Pomegranate Prosecco! I love the opulent table set in the middle of the woods with a free-standing stone fireplace! I selected gray stoneware and gold flatware as I love the look of mixed metalic colors and textures rather than matchy matchy. To keep things appropriate to the period, I used red velvet runners, black velvet napkins, and had to have a couple gold candelabras! Funny to set these in a forest setting, but it all came together as planned. Beauty’s dress also took some thought and careful selection. Nothing too sexy. Something with a full skirt. And not white. Ah! This light gray wedding dress was just what I had in mind. I let Ann Elizabeth have free reign in designing the paper suite, but my only 2 requests were that it have a rose somewhere and a wax seal. I loved them. We have fallen in love with Beauty and her feast and we hope you do too. At Culinary Crafts, we make your fairy tale into reality. Love, Mary Photography by Heather Nan Photography.
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