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Repost of a Culinary Crafts Inspiration Shoot on The Luxe Pearl

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FROM MARY CRAFTS:
“The LDW Ranch is one of my favorite exclusive ranches in Utah. I wanted to feature an inspiration shoot at this gorgeous venue but I am over the typical “rustic”, “rustic chic”, and “mountain” weddings we have done for the past decade. As I walked the ranch, the movie: Wild Horses Can’t Be Broken” just kept coming back to me. I fell in love with the blend of this breathtaking mountain setting and the vision of vintage ranches from the 1930’s. Our path was set and this group of talented vendors were off and running to create one of the most romantic and stunning shoots I have ever done. Some of my favorite touches include: the Vintage Ice Tea Bar, Savory Macaroons and Short Breads, the leather place card napkin ties, the perfect pink vintage water goblet, and a chocolate caramel hazelnut tart that you can almost taste from the photo. Each vendor brought a unique addition to create this visual masterpiece for a complete wedding day.”

VENDORS:

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography//Dress Store:AMB//Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental//Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental//Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice//Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon and Rev. Craig Gordon – Utah Wedding Minister//Event Designer: Scenemakers//Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry//Caterer: Culinary Crafts//Event Planner: MOOD Events & Production//

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

An Elegant Wedding with a BBQ Inspired Menu!

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We hope you enjoyed Culinary Crafts’s casual BBQ event we posted last week, but for all you brides in the midst of planning and thinking that a BBQ maybe isn’t as elegant as you’d like for your wedding, I’m here to say – hold on just a second!  Take a look at this wedding – it was so pretty and elegant and the BBQ inspired food was the perfect accent for the rustic ranch nuptials.  Perfectly captured by Pepper Nix Photography, I think you’ll be inspired to give a BBQ style menu a chance.  Check it out!

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Let’s start off this post with this pic of PURE JOY!  We love this couple’s effortless style – such a perfect blend of rustic and polished.

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Isn’t Red Cliff Ranch stunning?  We LOVE this venue and it was perfect for this casual, yet elegant, wedding!

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Although this was kind of a rainy day, the guests still enjoyed some fun games like Cornhole and Horseshoes.  Who says you can’t have fun in the rain?  Plus, aren’t the beanbags great!?  I love that the couple added their wedding monogram to add a special touch!

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This rustic bar is amazing.  And we LOVE the mason jar that held the fun blue signature drink that the couple picked too!

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How about these appetizers?  Yum!  Such a great variety from the Mini Cordon Bleu to the Short Rib Stuffed Mushrooms and the Pork Belly Bruschetta, there was something for every palette!

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This long dining table was SO pretty and I love how everyone mingles throughout the meal!  Plus, aren’t the florals from Scenemakers GORGEOUS?!  And, the hand painted signs were a great way to inform the guests where to go and add some style to the event!

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What a way to start the meal!  Spinach Romaine Salad with Asian Pears, Gorgonzola, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans, and Carmelized Onion Balsamic Dressing.  YUMMY!

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A double entree plated dinner is SO fabulous and such a great way to offer your guests a taste of each option for dinner!  This plate had our Mesquite Grilled Rocky Mountain Trout with Moroccan Tomato Jam and Pan Seared Filet of Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushroom Chasseur Sauce.  Pair that with Potatoes Dauphine and Bundles of Fresh Roasted Green Beans, and you’ve got yourself a perfect plate!

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I think everyone is enjoying a great meal, don’t you think?  🙂

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Now, the dessert!  We served three different kinds of cake pops, and aren’t they pretty?  Such a great sweet taste of something sweet without having to commit to a big piece of cake if they are full from dinner – or if they want to try them all!

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Aren’t a cake (or cake pop) fan?  Well, we also had a custom popcorn bar for guests with different flavors of gourmet popcorn!  Delicious!

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Another great food-centric detail from this wedding?  The couple chose to give their friends and family gifts of local Cox Honeyland Mountain Honey and little treats.  So fun!

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We love the way that Red Cliff Ranch’s corral lights up at night.  A perfect place for guests to dance the night away.

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We loved every detail of this wedding and are so happy to have been able to share it with you!  Hopefully it inspires all of you out there to try out some fun menu options at your wedding!  We’d love it!  Happy planning, everyone!

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

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography//Shoes:Badgley Mishka//Dress Designer: jorge manuel//Cake Designer: Layers Cake Company//Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Vera Wang//Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry//Caterer: Culinary Crafts//Reception Venue:Red Cliff Ranch//Event Designer: Scenemakers//Floral Designer: Scenemakers//Ceremony Location: St. Mary of the Assumption//

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Culinary Crafts is SO excited to share this Instagram of the Week from our friends at TAG Ranch!  Not only is it a great shot by Pepper Nix Photography, who we love, or that it’s an awesome whiskey barrel bar, which we LOVE to do, but it also shares a little bit of news we are happy to share!  Culinary Crafts is now one of TAG Ranch‘s preferred vendors and we are so excited!  Thank you for the share, TAG Ranch!  And remember, use the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy Earth Day, everyone!

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

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
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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
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.

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
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

Repost from Fab You Bliss: 1930s Luxury Rustic Wedding Inspiration

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REPOSTED FROM FAB YOU BLISS (A Culinary Crafts Inspiration Shoot Designed and Executed by our very own Mary Crafts-Homer!)

Today’s luxury vintage styled wedding inspiration is filled with details I love seeing in weddings. The delightfully rustic outdoor table and the groom’s debonair brown tweed suit are just two of my faves. Another two loves, the romantic floral creations and the bride’s perfectly pretty vintage styled gown from Alta Moda Bridal Add in the picturesque locale and stunning imagery by Pepper Nix Photography and this shoot is pretty perfect indeed!

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From Mary Crafts of Culinary Crafts:

The LDW Ranch is one of my favorite exclusive ranches in Utah. I wanted to feature an inspiration shoot at this gorgeous venue but I am over the typical “rustic”, “rustic chic”, and “mountain” weddings we have done for the past decade. As I walked the ranch, the movie: Wild Horses Can’t Be Broken” just kept coming back to me. I fell in love with the blend of this breathtaking mountain setting and the vision of vintage ranches from the 1930’s.

Our path was set, and this group of talented vendors were off and running to create one of the most romantic and stunning shoots I have ever done. Some of my favorite touches include: the Vintage Ice Tea Bar, Savory Macarons and Short Breads, the leather place card napkin ties, the perfect pink vintage water goblet, and a chocolate caramel hazelnut tart that you can almost taste from the photo. Each vendor brought a unique addition to create this visual masterpiece for a complete wedding day.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography // Caterer: Culinary Crafts // Dress Store: AMB // Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental // Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental // Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice // Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon and Rev. Craig Gordon – Utah Wedding Minister // Event Designer: Scenemakers // Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry //  Event Planner: MOOD Events & Production // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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

Napkin Round Up

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Weddings are all about details.  From the invitations, to the dress, and everything in between, details are the way that you as a couple can add your personality and style to this very special day.  One of my favorite, and often overlooked, ways to personalize your wedding is with your napkins.  You may be saying, “Huh?  A napkin is a napkin and just there to dab my face after digging in (maybe too enthusiastically) to that scrumptious food I’ve been hoping for since this morning!”  But, yes, napkins can have utility AND style!  Because of this, I’ve rounded up my favorite ways to dress up and showcase your napkins.  Check it out!

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Awesome, right?  A napkin can be another detail that makes your guests stop and say “Wow!”  Remember that details are a fun and excellent way to make your event even more stunning!  Happy planning everyone!

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Photo credits: Row 1 – Yellow Napkin by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer; Green Napkin via Style Me Pretty; Napkin with Seating Tag by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer; Peony with White Napkin via All Things Shabby and Beautiful; Row 2 – Pink Rolled Napkin by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer; Thank You Note & Napkin via Culinary Crafts; Floral Napkin via Confetti Day Dreams; Lavender & Rosemary Sprig in Napkin via Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer; Row 3 – Blue Napkin by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer; Menu Card Tucked into Napkin via Culinary Crafts; Napkin with Monogram Band via Culinary Crafts; Simple white napkin by Logan Walker, A Pepper Nix Photographer

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

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A Gorgeous Autumn Mountain Wedding

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

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

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

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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!

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

Photos by Pepper Nix Photography

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, who posted this beauty from our Western Union Inspiration Shoot at LDW Ranch (which also happens to be in the magazine!)  We LOVED the natural beauty of the whole design, by our friends at MOOD Events, and it was captured beautifully by Pepper Nix Photography!  All in all, a perfect day!  Thank you so much UBG for sharing it – and remember to tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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A Modern DIY Wedding Repost

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Recently, this AWESOME wedding we did was featured on a blog all the way in Norway!  We couldn’t help but share this post by the Bryllups Inspirasjon blog!  So fun!  We loved this wedding and are just thrilled that our work has reached such far away places!!!  Check it out!
[Reposted and translated with Google Translation]

“Urban and modern meets vintage in this amazing do-it-yourself wedding. Most of the decorations are made by the bride with the help of her sister.  The newlyweds wished style should be fun and relaxed. The food was therefore delightful mini dishes like tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich, hamburger with fries, and fried chicken with corn cobs.  The details were selected to get the fine vintage style, where they had focused on the colors copper, red and turquoise. And the result is just awesome.
The wedding was provided by photographer Pepper Nix Photography

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Vendors:  Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography //: AMB // Local: Pierpont Place // Clothing Store: Alta Moda Bridal // Catering: Culinary Crafts // Hotel Monaco // floristry: Sax Romney // floristry: Sean Oviatt Designs // Cake Designer: Tullie Bakery // Dress Designer: Anne Barge Inc //”

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