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An Elegant Culinary Crafts Wedding at Abravanel Hall!

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Now, I know that we here at Culinary Crafts have been all about BBQs lately – and who can blame us?  It’s summer!  BUUUUT, we just got this wedding back from Jalene Taylor Photography and we could not wait to share it with you all.  Check it out!

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Oh, and did I mention that this stunning wedding took place at Abravanel Hall?  How cool is that?  We simply love this place as a venue!

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And, how cute is this couple?!  We also LOVE their custom monogram.  So perfect for the feel of the space!

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This event was so elegant and sophisticated.  Gold chivari chairs?  Check!  A palate of black, white, gold, and pops of coral-y pinks?  Check!  Flowers by Julie Prince Flowers?  Check! So pretty!

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Culinary Crafts had so much fun with this menu.  We had three stations with completely different offerings, 2 of which were awesome action stations!  The first, a delicious trio of “martini” salads!  Yum!

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This ‘Chilean” Martini Salad was garnished with Tomato, Onion, Avocado, Feta, Arugula, and a Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette.  So yummy!

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Next we  had a play on a potato salad with Roasted Potatoes, Red Onion, Pancetta, Carrot, and Frisée – plus, of course, we paired it with house-made Parmesan Breadsticks.

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Lastly, but certainly not least, we served an ‘Israeli’ Martini Salad with Romaine, Red Pepper, Couscous, Cucumber, Scallion, Mint, and a Honey Vinaigrette.  Lovely!

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At this elegant occasion, we had to step up the beverages to match!  So, we served a selection of Ginger Pomegranate Ade, Lime Mint Mojito, Pineapple Rosemary Spritzer, and Water infused with Fresh Fruits.  Isn’t it so colorful and pretty?

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The next action station included a trio of sliders!  My favorite!  First up?  We served Pulled Turkey Sliders with Parmesan Rosemary House Kettle Chips.

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Next, a Pulled Pork Slider paired with Chipotle Lime House Kettle Chips and also the ‘Americana’ Beef Slider with Parmesan Black Pepper House Kettle Chips.  The guests LOVED the variety of the offerings!  Plus, who doesn’t love a slider?

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We love the inherent beauty of Abravanel Hall!  The Olympic Tower glass statue is seriously SO amazing!

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Last, of course there was a bevvy of beautiful desserts!  And we are so happy to have been able to showcase them on this sequined linen – seriously, such a great way to accent a space!  Plus, isn’t the cake so pretty?

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We were all about variety at this wedding!  So, of course, there were a bunch of desserts, including Mini Key Lime Pies and Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake.  Mmmm…

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Aren’t these S’mores in a Jar the cutest?!  Seriously, so YUMMY.

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We also served Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons and Mini Strawberry Shortcakes!  Decisions, decisions…  🙂

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We loved being a part of Danielle and William’s timeless and elegant wedding!  It was an AMAZING day and we loved all of the creative eats we got to serve!  Hopefully, this inspires you to have some fun with your wedding menu, even at an elegant fête like this one!  Happy planning, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from WedUtah who posted this BEAUTY from a shoot we did with Martha Hatfield Designs and was featured in Brides!  With gorgeous florals from Decoration Inc and stunning photos from Jess Kettle, we are in love with this pic, for sure!  Thank you to WedUtah for making it a part of your selections for #UtahWeddingDesignWeek!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and stay posted to see who is picked next week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Rocky Mountain Bride Inspiration Shoot

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Today, we have an AMAZING inspiration shoot that we did in collaboration with Leslie Dawn Events and Rocky Mountain Bride for RMB‘s Volume 1 that was released earlier this year!  It was a beautiful, romantic Roaring 20’s style shoot – which was perfectly set at the McCune Mansion.  Bursting with beautiful jewel tones, rich gold, decadent food, and moody romance, and J Fairchild Photography captured it all perfectly!  Check it out!

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To start, we love this invitation suite from Foil & Ink with gorgeous calligraphy by Karli Noel Calligraphy.  So pretty!

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Now, on to the main event!  Look at this breathtaking tablescape.  I mean, how beautiful is this?!  We love the design by Leslie Dawn Events and the gorgeous florals from Sax Romney.  A perfect pairing, for sure!

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The mix n’ matched placesettings were such a great way to add another visual element to the table.  And the place card design fit seamlessly as well.  LOVE!

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A perfect romantic, candlelit moment.

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We had so much fun with this menu!  For starters, we served a Lamb & Mint Pesto Lollipop and an Artichoke Lollipop.  Yum!

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Next, we served a cheese and wine pairing featuring a amuse bouche of Bosc Pear, Deer Valley Double Cream Brie, Fresh Thyme, and Fig.  So good!  We also served a Mixed Green Salad with Asian Pears, Candied Walnuts, and Berries in an elegant, vintage-style champagne glass.

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Last, but not least, we served Chocolate Mousse Cups with Gold Leafing and a pair of Pistachio Macarons.  And this art deco cake from Flour & Flourish was another AMAZING dessert offering!

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The McCune Mansion is such a beautiful venue and has so many great spaces for photo ops.

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For a ‘late-night’ snack we also served Cocktail Shrimp with Gazpacho.  Plus, how pretty is the bar?  Love the draping florals and mirror signage!  So much beauty going on!

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We absolutely LOVED being a part of this shoot and had so much fun with this AMAZING vendor team!  Also, make sure that you check out Rocky Mountain Bride‘s Volume 1 – it is seriously SO stunning!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

VENDORS – Venue: McCune Mansion // Design & Planning: Leslie Dawn Events // Photography: J Fairchild Photography // Catering: Culinary Crafts // Vintage Rentals: Refined Vintage Events // Rentals: Diamond Rentals // Signs & Calligraphy: Karli Noel Calligraphy // Paper Goods: Foil & Ink // Cake: Flour & Flourish // Florals: Sax Romney // Bride’s Dress & Accessories: The Perfect Dress [Maggie Sottero] // Bridesmaid’s Dress: Shabby Apple // Hair: Hair Creations by Natalie // Makeup: Brynn Thomas Makeup // Live Music: Gold Standard Music // Menswear: Urbana Custom Clothier // Model Agency: NIYA Model Management // Models: Jon Clark, Breylan W, Margot O’Leary

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of our favorite florist partners, Decoration Inc!  You may recognize this BEAUTIFUL tablescape at The Tower at Rice Eccles from our newest ads and we are still so in love with this shoot!  (Lindsey Shaun captured it perfectly, do you think?)  We love this shoot and thank you so much to Decoration Inc for the share!  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!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Concept & Catering: Culinary Crafts // Photography: Lindsey Shaun // Tables, Chairs, & Florals: Decoration Inc // Venue: The Tower at Rice Eccles // China: Diamond Rental // Linens: Creative Coverings // Cake: Flour & Flourish // Gown: Alta Moda // HMUA: Versa Artistry // Rings: Sierra West

Gorgeous Tuscan Romance Inspiration Shoot!

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We have another STUNNER to show you today!  As you know, Culinary Crafts LOVES inspiration shoots and this one was close to our very own Mary Crafts-Homer’s heart.  Inspired by the natural, rustic beauty of Tuscany Mary & Kristina Curtis of Kristina Curtis Photography dreamt up this beauty of a day and it’s brimming with gorgeous greens, abundant florals, and, of course, delicious food.  Check it out!

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How amazing is this antique limo?  LOVE IT – And it totally sets the tone for this gorgeous day!

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This Villa was the most picturesque location for our shoot.  We love, love, love the natural beauty it boasted.

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A well-dressed couple is always a must, in my book.  The beautiful beading of this dress (from Bridal Closet) and the soft navy blue of the suit were a match made in heaven.

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Isn’t this tablescape dreamy?  I mean, who wouldn’t want to relax and catch up with their guests in this intimate, beautiful space???

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Diamond Rental always has the prettiest stuff – and this grey farmhouse table with gold silverware and gold accented tableware was no exception!  Plus, check out that menu from West End Girl.  AH-mazing.

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To tie in with the natural flair of this shoot, a single pear was used as a garnish for the place cards.  It was such a great fit for the look we were going for and added a subtle pop of color amidst Calie Rose‘s BREATHTAKING floral design.  So pretty!

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Naturally, Culinary Crafts wanted to start the meal with gorgeous artisan-made breads.  These individual mini loaves were perfect and such a unique element!  Plus, how pretty are the blue glasses mised with the florals at this table?!?

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More of the dreamy tablescape.  I seriously am IN LOVE with all of this!

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West End Girl did a fantastic job of creating an invitation suite that felt like the perfect addition to this design.  Rustic, refined, and organic, these pieces were amazing.  Plus, look at this couple!  Stunning.  The. End.

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Of course, you can’t have a Tuscan themed shoot without adding an Italian flair to the food!  A little bit from Mary Crafts-Homer about this: “It was like going home to design the food elements of a serene afternoon outside of Florence where wedding guests would embrace around a table of artisan cheeses, salumi, fruits, and loaves of fresh baked breads….ah, to be in Tuscany again…”  Simply beautiful.

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I love the color and beauty in this table.  Such a fun menu!

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Last, but certainly not least, this simple yet stunning cake was made by Annie Bee Cakery, and we are in LOVE!  It tied in so well to all of the other elements, and was delicious to boot!

Also, for another little extra dreamy inspiration from this day, check out this video from the shoot by Krissi Cook Films (located here)!  Just lovely!

Thank you to all of the AMAZING vendors who participated in this inspiration shoot!  It truly was an amazing day and turned out even more beautifully than we could’ve imagined!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Photography: Kristina Curtis Photography // Food: Culinary Crafts // Florals: Calie Rose // Venue: The Villa  // Invitations: West End Girl // Cake: Annie Bee Cakery // Dress: Bridal Closet // Hair: Hair Pin Diaries // Makeup: KL Artistry // Video: Krissi Cook Films // Dinnerware & Table: Diamond Rental // Limo: Antique Limo of Utah

Repost from Strictly Weddings: Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam

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Culinary Crafts is so honored to share this feature from Strictly Weddings of one of our most gorgeous inspiration shoots of all time!!! Check it out!
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam

Equestrian wedding dreams are not just for the little girls who once wished for a pony. Chic farm style fetes are one of the hottest trends any season of the year. Today’s feature focuses on inspiration that comes in all shapes and sizes including the four-legged variety. A vision of cabernet and gold, bubbly champagne, too pretty to eat cakes, Utah’s beautiful Red Cliff Ranch scenery blended with a formal equestrian flair is all artfully captured by photographer Pepper Nix.

Gold N’ Glam Appeal

A variety of pink and red hues, fused with gold and black present a more formal mood and eloquently create something unexpected. Moving away from a country feel this talented group of wedding and event vendors capitalized on rich textures and luscious color tones. Sit back and take in the beauty of this fine affair – you will forget that you are looking at a styled shoot. Immediately drawn in by its equestrian wedding Gold N’ Glam appeal!

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Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
A Fusion of Cabernet and Gold

Not shying away from the growing popular use of gold, chairs, fine textured linens, flatware and goblets glistened in the metallic hue. To accent this royal theme a hint of cabernet chargers and red napkins were used to offset and provide a deeper opulence. A lace and silk swag draped the doors of the ranch stable for a grand entrance. While Studio Stems translated their floral creations into a traditional and formal style, keeping top-of-mind how the flower vessels would interact with the overall vibe and theme. First using a wide based rustic gold urn to hold a rich and contrasting ensemble of blooms. To help the table move with all its elements cohesively, they incorporated small antique gold glass cylinders and bowls with small arrangements as satellites around the main centerpiece. Studio Stem incorporated many of the same blooms used in the bridal bouquet for cohesiveness with the addition of red tulips, geranium leaf, plumose, rambling spray roses, and one large focal bloom in the form of a giant blush protea.

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Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Farm Fresh to Table

Culinary Crafts who presented oysters on the half shelf topped with black sturgeon caviar set the air of fine cuisine. To utilize the idea of farm fresh to table, flavors of unadorned lump crab and bell pepper duxelle combined with a bite of heirloom cherry tomato would be passed to start the meal. In the cooler months, a warm soup course over cold salad for a truly formal dinner would be served. The rich golden color of the butternut soup suited perfectly to the tablescape. The cider cream and toasted pepitos (pumpkin seeds) garnished the top. We love the simple white porcelain bowl that allows the soup to shine on the red and gold place setting.

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Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Ganache and Gold

Moving away from the traditional single wedding cake, a small ornate gold wedding cake acted as the centerpiece to Layers Cake Company dessert table. Petite black cakes added a bit of dramatic contrast to the dessert table. What could be more stunning than black ganache cakes with edible gold glitter?

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Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Chic Rustic Elements

Autumn offers florist the opportunity to move away from blush, ivory, and other light tones and to work with some lush and vivacious color. Studio Stem implemented those soft light blooms of the warmer season for the bridal bouquet, but layered in the contrast of stronger colors like pinks, reds, and greens. Elegant large blooms of the dahlia in both the blush and a strong bold red were used to create a big bloom focus. The mood and the feeling of the ranch is embraced by a few rustic elements like the maiden hair fern, viburnum berry, smilax vine, and a touch of gold with the magnolia leaf wrapped in an antique gold satin.

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Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Four-Legged Bridal Party

What equestrian wedding inspiration is complete without the addition of a gorgeous pure bread horse? Joining the bridal entourage, Studio Stem created a custom smilax vine necklace with an off set cluster of dahlias, spray roses, and ranucs to adorn this beautiful creature with a few extra blooms beautifying the stallion’s long tail.

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Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Rustic Glam Bridal Style

The bride wore Junko Yoshioka’s “Michelle” mermaid gown from Avenia Bridal. Ivory cotton and silk twill fabric gives this gown the thickness and structure that is perfect for fall! We love the unique fluted bodice detail and flounced train that adds softness to the opulent fabric and design. The mix of textures is a big trend and simply stunning for today’s bride. Washington Millinery ivory gloves added elegance and sophistication reminiscent of the Kentucky Derby style. They come just below the elbow for a lady-like, but not overdone look. Signature Brides started with long soft curls down the back for the bridal hair, gradually making them tighter toward her fringe. The front was brushed out to give a soft wave. A wide braid around the back of the hairstyle swept the curls to one side, pinning the center of the curls up to create the illusion of less length in the front to accentuate the bride’s neckline and the top of the dress. Richards Design headband is perfect for the bride deciding between a veil or unique hairpiece; it has a birdcage veil as well as a floral/feathered fascinator accented with horsehair bands. Signature Brides used soft colors for the eyes using shades of gold and pink with dark browns in the corners and a touch of black in the crease for definition. Bold red lipstick and black mascara with individual false lashes completed this subtle yet glamorous equestrian look. Standing beside the gorgeous bride, the groom wore a Genesis fitted tuxedo from Mr. Mac with an “O” button, single-breasted styling and side-vented back. Tailored in soft, luxurious Super 100’s wool that featured a satin notch lapel and satin double besom pockets. The bride’s ring was 18K white and rose gold two tone by Makur Designs from Goldsmith Jewelers with a show-stopping 1.26-carat pink emerald in the center surrounded by .49-carat total weight in diamonds. The groom’s ring is 14K white and rose gold two-tone men’s wedding band. A rare rose pearl necklace where each pearl was handpicked and matched was wrapped around the bride’s wrist to create a layered bracelet look.

Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Leather and Lace

A rough horse head sketched out during the evening hours in Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design & Printing Studio’s “Leather and Lace” notepad was the first step toward the inspiration of the paper suite. The rich and decadent touch of leather is how the leather strands that wrap around the main invitation became part of the design. The leather square over the leather strands was the perfect opportunity to introduce the horse head monogram for the set. Lace layers on the invitation softened the leather and give the piece balance between hard and soft elements. The menu featured all of the best matching details. A small piece of the leather strand and a band of lace lay across the menu top. Consistency and attention to details all the way through a bride’s paper suite, from save the date to the wedding date, are personal touches guests notice.

Equestrian Wedding Dream

To capture all the beauty of this equestrian wedding dream, Ryan Hinman Films was on hand to bring the day into motion.
Bravo, everyone! We are more than inspired.

Equestrian Wedding Dreams for the Gold N’ Glam
Credits:

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography
Invitation Designer: Ann Elizabeth Custom Graphic Design and Printing
Dress Designer: Avenia Bridal
Caterer: Culinary Crafts
Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental
Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental
Cake Designer: Layers Cake Company
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Mr. Mac
Reception Venue: Red Cliff Ranch

Cinema and Video: Ryan Hinman Films
Makeup Artist: Signature Brides
Floral Designer: Studio Stems

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week is AMAZING!  Our very own wedding experts, Anne Danner and Christiana Bennett, helped put together this beautiful inspiration shoot for Rocky Mountain Bride with the amazing Leslie Dawn Events and the vendors McCune Mansion, Sax Romney Floral, Jen Fairchild Photography, Foil & Ink, Shabby Apple, The Perfect Dress, Brynn Thomas Makeup, Culinary Crafts, Gold Standard Music, NIYA Models, and Karli Noel Calligraphy!  We are SO happy to share this sneak peek from this romantic 1920s New Orleans inspired shoot AND we are so grateful to be asked to be a part of this day!  We can’t wait to share the rest of the images with you!  Thanks for the share, Rocky Mountain Bride, and remember to tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check our more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Utterly Romantic Wedding Featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!!!

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Firstly, I have to say that we here at Culinary Crafts ADORE this wedding.  It was stunning; it was breathtaking; AND it was epic – it even made it through a torrential rainstorm with flying, gorgeous colors!  But you know what else is even MORE amazing about this wedding?  Martha Stewart Weddings TOTALLY agrees with us – and featured it!!!  We are so thrilled and wanted to share this gem with you too!  Thanks to the design and planning visions of Michelle Leo Events, the fantastic photography of Alixann Loosle Photography, the floral musings of La Fête (for the bride’s bouquet) and Urban Chateau Floral for all other florals, the natural beauty of High Star Ranch, and of course, the food by Culinary Crafts – this wedding was the best!  Check it out!

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For starters, Culinary Crafts served the guests an Artisan Bread Plank with Vanilla Bean-Cranberry, Thyme Rosemary Garlic, and Whipped Sweet Butters.  We paired that with a salad of Local Mix Greens, Utah Apples, Beehive Cheddar, Nut Brittle, and Cider Vinaigrette.  YUM!  The bride loved that we incorporated local Utah ingredients in every dish!

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We also served a dual entree of Center Cut Filet with Forest Mushroom Ragu and Grilled Utah Mountain Red Trout with Grilled Local Peaches.  And of course there were fabulous signature drinks: a Bourbon Ginger Cider and a Vodka Gingered Peach!

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For dessert, not only was there the STUNNING hand painted wedding cake, which was a delicious pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting, from One Sweet Slice, but we also served our House Made Stuffed Glazed Cider Donuts with a side of Hot Apple Cider.  SOOOO good!

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I love this elegant menu card from Moira Designs!  Plus, I love that the guests were all treated to a pair of local Salted Caramel Chocolates as their wedding favor.  So cute!

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Isn’t her dress stunning?  The bride chose a custom gown by Samuelle Couture and my favorite part was the deep-purple underskirt that added an extra pop!

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Such a pretty pair!

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Like I said, torrential rain storms threatened to make this wedding horrible, but luckily, the team of pros on site made sure that this event was still stellar – even when they had to go to an emergency Plan B!

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Isn’t this bouquet divine?  Allison Baddley of La Fête is so talented!  And what an invitation!  Moira Designs made sure the guests were ready for a truly exceptional and elegant event by setting the tone with these beauties!

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I love the palette of golds, deep plums, lilac, and peach.  So romantic and refined!  The design by Michelle Leo Events is so beyond perfect and the floral chandeliers that Urban Chateau Floral created are one of my favorite parts of the day!

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Such a beautiful reception!  I love the long tables and pretty candlelight that really set the romantic mood for dinner.

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This wedding was truly stunning and rainstorm actually ended up adding another level of amazing to this beautiful and unique event!  We are so happy to have been a part of this day and even more thrilled that Martha Stewart Weddings featured it!  Happy dreaming everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

 

Photography: Alixann Loosle Photography / 
Location: High Star Ranch / 
Event Planning: Michelle Leo Events / Catering: Culinary Crafts  / Flowers: [bride’s bouquet] Allison Baddley of La Fête;Urban Chateau Floral  / Videography: Chris McClain / Officiant: Rev. Kamrin Carver / Stationery and Calligraphy: Moira Designs  / Cake: One Sweet Slice   / Music: Joe Muscolino Band  / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Hair and Makeup: Studio Enizio / Gown: Samuelle Couture

 

Romantic Mountain Wedding Featured on the Norwegian Wedding Magazine Blog!

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This is one of our FAVORITE weddings ever and we are so excited that it was just featured on the blog for Norwegian Wedding Magazine, the #1 Wedding & Lifestyle Magazine in Scandinavia!  Check it out!

“Super chic and super romantic mountain wedding, with subtle color scheme and stunning flowers and decors; all a romantic bridal heart long for. And not to mention that Claire Pettibone dress Maddie is wearing. A stylish couple, celebrating in the backyard of the bride’s parents. Let yourself be inspired for your summer wedding. All of the beauty captured by Pepper Nix Photography.

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FROM THE BRIDE:

Did you do a First Look before the ceremony? We did have a first look and we are REALLY happy we did! We’ve been to wedding before where after the ceremony, you have to sit and wait for a long time to see the bride and groom and we didn’t want people to have to do that, nor did we want our family/friends who were in the wedding party to miss an hour of our wedding night for photos! We wanted everyone to all be there celebrating right after we said “I do”. It was really amazing to have a few minutes before we saw anyone else to really just focus on each other, for me to show him my dress, which I was really excited about and to just connect and really understand how monumental what we were about to do was. We’re both really glad we did it! We got married and immediately got to celebrate!

Why did you pick that location for your ceremony? Well first we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place so guests didn’t have to navigate to two locations. We chose my parents’ backyard because not only is it special to us but my mom has created an amazing garden there and it perfectly fit the low-key but romantic vibe we were looking for. We wanted to be able to have guests in bare feet if they wanted but really be able to do what we wanted with the decor without having it be too much. The backyard venue really let us do that. Also my parents have this incredible gazebo in the back that is totally covered in wisteria and other vines that perfectly fit with what we wanted for an earthy, romantic wedding.

Favorite ceremony memory? Just like everyone says, it was amazing to see Gray waiting for me as I walked down the aisle. He looked so cute and nervous! I just couldn’t believe we were actually at our own wedding! My second favorite memory has to be my little nieces walking down the aisle in front of me. They just looked amazing!

Describe your wedding flowers: Our wedding planner, Jen Bennett, did a fantastic job with our flowers! We wanted very organic and kind of overgrown flowers, nothing too arranged. We opted to have some large arrangements but also a lot of smaller vases on the tables along with big overflowing bowls of flowers. Our color palette was very muted because we wanted the whole event to feel subtle, romantic and earthy without any strong accent colors. We really wanted my mom’s garden to seem like it had kind of just bloomed in the tent. We wanted to make it all feel really natural but kind of “secret garden”-ish. Because it was July, we couldn’t really use peonies, which would have given us the feel we were looking for. But since we also wanted to use more local flowers, we used garden roses, which turned out beautifully and were soft enough in color. We also filled in with hydrangeas and a few other things. For the messy natural looks we wanted lots of sprigs and sprays, which we did with pieris japonica (my personal favorite!) and eucalyptus leaves.

Location: We loved the idea of being in the mountains and also having such a comfortable, low-key environment where I could get ready in my own room and get married in a place that is special to Gray and I. We chose this location for our reception because of the incredible garden and because we loved the idea of having a close intimate wedding at my own parents’ house! We chose Utah because my family is pretty big and Gray’s is fairly small, so it was less travel for more people. We wanted a location that could comfortable accommodate 150 guests and also accommodate a ceremony and reception, one right after the other. My parents’ yard is pretty big with an enclosed vegetable garden, pool, and some large, separated areas of lawn where we could set up a tent, have bar areas, dancing, etc. We laid out the reception so that after the ceremony, the chairs were moved into the tent while guests were at the bar by the vegetable garden and pool. Later, after dinner in the tent, guests could sit out by the bar area on the lawn and easily hear the band up on the patio or move closer and dance on the dance floor. We are so happy we decided to use my parents’ yard! One of my favorite parts of the whole reception though was the barn wood wall at the back of the tent that Jen built.

Jen did an incredible job with this wedding. I had worked as a kind of intern for her for a while and so I knew I wanted her to help plan my wedding. I had very strong ideas of what I wanted and she really listened and made it happen…and made them better! It was so much fun to work with her. My favorite things that Jen did, besides the beautiful flowers, were the barn wood wall at the back of the tent and the gold leaf on the wood.

Describe your wedding cake: We wanted a cake that tasted really good! I worked at a wedding event venue one summer that Maha usually made cakes for, so I’d tasted all her flavors and they are really fantastic! We fell in love with this specific cake that looked like it was gathered fabric caught with broaches.

Caterering: Apples with Utah “Barely Buzzed” Beehive Cheese, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Coconut Shrimp, Eggplant Ribbon Skewers with Tomato and Ricotta, Asian Beef Skewers. Reception Menu: Miso-Glazed Salmon, Forbidden Black Rice Salad, Pork Loin, Grilled Summer Vegetables Favorite part of the menu: The plated trio–Skewer Caprese Salad, Golden and Red Beets, and Watermelon with feta, mint and pomegranate molasses…YUM.

Our signature cocktails were also really fun for us. About half our guests drank and the other half didn’t, so we came up with two cocktails that we thought tasted really good virgin or not: Sorrel Lime Cooler with Gin and Rhubarb Rosemary with Vodka.

Favorite reception memory: My favorite memory was dancing with all of our friends and family. My little nieces were dancing with our friends and it was so fun to see all of our favorite people together, having fun.

First Dance Song: “Love on Top” by Beyonce

Why a Mountain Wedding? I’m from Utah! And I love the mountains! It’s the main thing I missed when we moved to Seattle, and the main thing I’m missing now that I’m in New York!

What was the weather like on your wedding day? It was HOT. Beautiful but pretty sweltering.

How did you and your spouse meet? Gray was studying in London and my college roommate was studying at Cambridge. I went to visit her and we both went to visit him in London, as they went to high school together and we stayed on his floor. We hit it off and …sadly for my friend…we spent pretty much every minute together!

Special moments: Well I definitely cried during my vows! I hated the bugs that found their way up inside my dress after trudging through the brush in front of my parents’ house. I laughed pretty hard watching my little nieces teach our friends some dance moves. And I giggled during our first dance….a lot, and pretty much all out of embarrassment! I hate being in the spotlight like that! What you would have done differently, if anything: Nope! I’m so happy with how everything turned out! Any advice you have for future brides? I think the most important thing is to hire good vendors and let them do what they are good at! That way, you don’t have to worry about the details on your wedding day so you can relax and enjoy your own party! Where did you find your inspiration? All over! I worked on weddings in the past and am in the design industry so I’m pretty constantly inundated with inspiration! I obviously had a ton of fun looking at all sorts of ideas on pinterest and who doesn’t love Martha Stewart Weddings and the Knot?? Your favorite moment of the day.

My favorite part of the day was the first look. It was so nice to have a second alone by ourselves before we saw everyone. It made the whole day feel much more special and like it was just between us. My other favorite moment was when the music started playing after dinner and people started dancing. It was fun to have it turn into a party! Three things you’re glad you did. We had a great time and everything turned out beautifully!

What was the best piece of wedding advice you got? To relax and focus on each other and to really try to make the wedding feel like us.

VENDOR LOVE: Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography //Caterer: Culinary Crafts // Band: Joe Muscolino Band // Cinema and Video: Kale Fitch Films // Floral Designer: Solamente Celebrations //Dress Designer: Claire Pettibone

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Utah Bride Blog: The Food!

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Well, as promised, today we are bringing you all of the Culinary Crafts’s eats that we created for this STUNNING Utah Bride Blog editorial.  We have SO much fun creating these inventive menus that tie in to the look and feel of these shoot – and this one was no exception!  Check it out!

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Of course, we LOVE to start any event with a signature beverage!  This refreshing Blackberry Sparkler was not only pretty, but delicious!

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We really wanted to serve a fresh, light bite that fit the style of the shoot.  So, for our appetizer, we served our Blackberry, Feta, + Mint Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle.  Yum!

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Next, we served a Mixed Green Salad with Blackberries, Candied Pecans, and Pomegranate Honey Vinaigrette.  Plus, our bread pairing was a Fresh Blueberry Scone with Sea Salt Butter.  I loved the summer-y vibe this dish has!

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And, for my favorite part of the meal, we served Blackberry Galette with Fresh Rosemary and Vanilla Bean Fresh Cream for dessert.  Such a beautiful way to finish out the menu!

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Of course we want to show off some of the AMAZING decor!  We love, love, love this gold silverware.  It always brings any table’s elegance factor up a notch.

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Aren’t the menus and the watercolor escort cards just the most beautiful things ever?  Wild Field Paper Co hit this one out of the park!

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Not to mention, Heather Nan Photography captured everything just perfectly!

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Leslie Dawn Events brilliantly envisioned the style of tone of this shoot, and the design is flawless!  We love the vintage chairs from Refined Vintage Events and the florals from Soil & Stem are breathtaking!

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This gauze-y table runner from Silk & Willow sure is dreamy too…

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Lastly, I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous jewelry from Katie Waltman.  Seriously stunning.

This shoot was simply perfect and we are so thankful that Utah Bride Blog asked us to be a part of it!  For even more from this shoot, check out Utah Bride Blog!  Happy dreaming, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!
Vendors + Sources /// Photography: Heather Nan Photography / Catering: Culinary Crafts / Videography: Jared Fadel / Event Design + Styling: Leslie Dawn Events / Venue: Studio Elevn / Flowers: Soil & Stem / Bridal Gown: Jenny Packham | Alta Moda Bridal / Custom Suit: Urbana Custom / Hair + Makeup: Brynn Thomas / Jewelry: Katie Waltman / Paper Goods: Wild Field Paper Co / Cake: Pippa Cakery / Rentals: Diamond Rental / Vintage Chairs: Refined Vintage Events / Table Runner + Ribbons: Silk & Willow / Models: Niya Models