Madeline and Andrew View Photos

Blue Sky Ranch

It was a highlight of our year to work with this couple (Madeline and Andrew), Darcy Brown (the mother of the bride), and Rachel Dermon (their wedding planner), to put together this stunning destination wedding. Most of the guests were either from Chicago or New York, so we jumped at the opportunity to introduce the deliciousness of Utah’s cuisine to some folks from back East.
The wedding and reception dinner held at Blue Sky Ranch, were picture perfect. After their wedding vows on the patio we served drinks and a creative selection of bite-sized hors d’oeurvres including: chipotle shrimp and lime wedge skewer with cilantro creme fraiche; salmon sashimi, pickled jalapeño slice, and fingerling lime caviar on a potato crisp; and Frenched lamp chop with coffee crust and mint pesto to name a few.
Madeline and Andrew’s reception dinner was very unique for several reasons. The bride and groom requested a selection of three gluten-free entrées, and, they wanted them to be served restaurant-style. Our servers took order from each guest as to which of the three entrées they wanted to have for dinner. We were well prepared and everything came off without a hitch. The entrée choices were: pan-seared honey-soy sea bass filet with wilted spinach on a parsnip puree with a fried parsnip chip garnish; seared beef tenderloin filet with wild mushroom chasseur sauce; and a quinoa-stuffed red pepper with Granny Smith apple chutney, parsnip puree, and Brussels sprouts. Even the dessert course was to be gluten-free. We served our decadent flourless molten lava cake garnished with berries and mint. It was a hit!
After dinner, guests celebrated, danced, and sang to the music of “The Wedding Crashers” band while they enjoyed a late night snack menu. We featured a specific Chicago hot dog that we had special ordered for the occasion, as nothing else would be a suitable substitute for these loyal Chicagoans.

Ackerman Vow Renewal View Photos

Private Residence

Ten years ago we did a wedding for the Ackerman’s daughter at this home, so we were thrilled when the Ackerman’s asked us to cater a series of events for their own vow renewal. They have the most amazing “Lord of the Rings” inspired estate. It’s absolutely one of the most magical places we’ve ever catered. We greeted the guests with “Sips and Bites” pairings as they arrived. After the ceremony, we opened up our dinner stations for guests to enjoy an al fresco dinner with and Americana slider station, Mary’s Mac ‘N’ Cheese, and sous vide and flamed beef tenderloin. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Ackerman Concert and After Party View Photos

Private Residence

Following dinner the guests were escorted to the neighbors property for the big surprise of the evening . . . Train would be performing a private concert! Their neighbors had agreed to erect an enormous tent in their backyard for the concert and after party to take place. We served flaming donuts with salted caramel house-made gelato along with Mary’s jalapeño “Danger tots” and mini pizzas as late night snacks. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Ackerman Brunch View Photos

Private Residence

In classic style, the Ackerman’s hosted a brunch the next morning for 80 of their guests. The menu included stuffed petite pancakes with fresh berries and pure maple syrup, a made-to-order omelet station, crispy Utah bacon and savory Utah pork sausage, oven roasted breakfast potatoes, and a salad of fresh farm greens with mango, strawberries, toasted almonds, and raspberry vinaigrette. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Christina Story View Photos

Blue Sky Utah

One of the most beautiful venues in this state is Blue Sky Utah in Wanship. Just a short drive from Park City, this hidden gem is perfect for an upscale wedding such as Christina Story’s. The wedding took place at Blue Sky Utah which made it an easy transition for guests to go from the ceremony to enjoying our butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and the “His and Hers” appetizer stations. These were so fun! For “His” (because the groom hails from the Czech Republic), we served Czech ham and cheese kolaches with Bramboraky (shredded potato pancakes garnished with sauerkraut) and “Hers” (because the bride hails from Georgia), we served Southern pulled pork sliders with sweet potato fries and rosemary aioli. At Culinary Crafts we can customize anything! The plated dinner began with an elegant salad trio of watermelon cube with feta and mint, tender greens with grilled Utah peach slices and Slide Ridge honey vinaigrette, and heirloom tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella with balsamic reduction. Guests loved the duo entree plate with elk tenderloin and mesquite grilled trout. Many brides like to serve their wedding cake for dessert and by adding our signature homemade gelato, it makes it a special dessert! In keeping with Christina’s Southern heritage, a cookie bar was offered so guests could make their own custom cookie boxes to go! The event flowed without a hitch thanks to the wedding coordination of Kati Price and Events Rising. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Whitney Tolpinrud View Photos View Event Video

Red Butte Garden

Elegance and sophistication best describe this breathtaking wedding at Red Butte Garden. Whitney and her mother had a vision of how they wanted this special day and relied on Culinary Crafts to execute it perfectly. The ceremony in the garden started the celebration followed by some of the finest appetizers I have ever created. One of my favorite touches was harvesting whole baby heads of butter lettuce the morning of the wedding in order to serve these artistic flowering green salads. Another touch of custom planning was sourcing the linens to replicate her ruffled wedding dress and then adding the glowing under-lighting . . . perfection.The wedding cake completed the ruffles and an evening of total pampering was experienced by all. Photography by Mad Marie Photography.

Laurel Green View Photos

Private Residence

I loved working with Laurel! She was delightfully detailed and meticulous down to the smallest part of her daughters wedding​, she did not miss one detail. ​We carefully thought through everything from entrees in our family style meal to each flavor of pie!​ The tasting with Laurel and friends will forever be one of my favorites.​ I think this event was best put into words by the day-of coordinator: “The food (breads, salads, steak, trout, gnocchi, gelato & pie!) and their service of the food was truly the keystone of the celebration.”

It was truly a night to remember – a wonderful dinner served ‘family style’ in the foothills of Midway, a meaningful and heartwarming program of toasts & tributes, delicious desserts, and a private firework show to top it off.

Love, Jocelyn

Bryanna Blosil View Photos

The Hollow

Set in the whimsical Hollow up Provo canyon, you could not have asked for a more beautiful backdrop for this celebration! Featured menu​ items include: a local artisan cheese board, Rocky Mountain red trout, and peach cobbler! Love, Jocelyn

Photography by Nicki G Photography.

A Fuse Wedding and Event View Photos

Natural History Museum of Utah

The Natural History Museum of Utah is the perfect venue for brides looking for that contemporary style with a view that never ends! The bride and groom had two main requests: 1) the charcuterie station in the cocktail hour must be incredible and 2) no stuffy formal plated dinner . . . we want family-style service! At their brunch the following day, the bride and groom along with their guests were ecstatic with every bite of food and the smiling staff. Two successful celebrations! Wedding planning by Fuse Weddings and Events. Photography by Heather Nan Photography.

Carley and Charles Ligety View Photos

Aspen Meadows

Carley and Charles Ligety wanted a mountain location that was both exclusive and unique. Aspen Meadows was the perfect fit for them! I designed a custom Utah menu that thrilled their destination guests and worked within their budgets. As you can see, the wedding ceremony among the aspens was breathtaking and the guests partied and danced until the buses whisked them away back to Park City. Culinary Crafts is the exclusive caterer and venue manager for this private mountain estate. Photography by Carla Boecklin Photography.

Marie and Chase Idleman View Photos

Natural History Museum of Utah

This bride and groom look like they belong in high-end fashion magazine. Gorgeous! I love working with Mara Marian at Fuse Weddings and Events as she thinks of every detail to make the bride’s vision come to life. The Natural History Museum of Utah has many restrictions on our cooking and use of flame at the museum, but with careful planning we executed this stunner with grace. Brides are loving the artisan cheese stations for noshing during the cocktail hour. Family-style dinners are very trendy right now and from the looks of the beautiful and delicious family-style serving plates, you can see why! Cabernet braised short ribs, local trout, homemade gnocchi, salads, and rolls. Yum! During the dancing party, we offered an artisan local chocolate tasting with lavender shortbread cookies. The best part of the night? Mini sweet potato bundt cakes with warm caramel pecan sauce. Thank you to Elisha Braithwaite Photography for these breathtaking photos! Love, Mary

Marco and Aubrey View Photos

The Tasting Room

When one of our own gets married, the staff and chefs always want to make sure they have a wonderful experience, but you can only imagine when the groom is the executive chef! Marco and Aubrey chose to tie the knot at our beautiful Tasting Room in downtown Salt Lake City. The ceremony was in the VIP Lounge followed by a “small plates” formal dinner. Since both the bride and groom are chefs, they designed the menu that we executed with perfection. Guests were seated at a single long table with a continual flow of different tastes and textures. One of the best parts of the evening is that our family got to be guests at the celebration rather than the workers! Congratulations, Marco and Aubrey . . . you are a match made in heaven. Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Cheyenne and Matt View Photos

Gallivan Center Plaza

The Gallivan Center Plaza in downtown Salt Lake never looked so romantic as it did for this wedding thanks to the talents of Fuse Weddings and Events. Cheyenne and Matt are from Wyoming, but wanted a destination wedding in Utah since most of their families live in SLC. She wanted local comfort food and lots of lounge seating so her guests could let their hair down and enjoy the celebration. I love designing a menu around the atmosphere the couple are wanting to create. We started with a street taco station where guests could design their own taco. The bride loved shrimp lettuce wraps, so we passed those during the cocktail hour. The dinner menu was a grill-on-site Utah themed menu featuring flank steak with chimichurri sauce and mesquite chicken with mango salsa. Wedding cake was served for dessert accompanied by our house-made gelato. Photography by Lindsey Shaun Photography. Love, Mary

Ashlynn Gilmore View Photos

Private Residence

What could be more magical than a winter wonderland wedding? I loved Ashlynn’s little fur wrap to keep her warm during the outdoor photos! The ceremony was inside her parents home in The Colonies in Park City. To make sure there was plenty of room for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing, a large clear tent with a built-out deck served as the ballroom for the evening. My favorite hors d’oeuvre was the smoked trout with caper berry. And guests loved the artisan cheese boards for noshing. Dinner began with a winter deconstructed salad and our house-made specialty breads. The bride and groom selected a duo entree of beef and trout so guests didn’t have to choose, but could try both of the entrees. Cake pops and wedding cake completed the dessert as guests danced the night away. No one could tell it was 10 degrees outside the tent! Thank you, Elevated Events for another fabulous wedding. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography. Love, Mary

Vanessa and Ashley View Photos

Promontory Point

Vanessa and Ashley, two top notch chefs, recently moved to Park City from working in Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurant. When wedding bells started to ring, who could they call in Utah to execute their detailed vision of the perfect wedding day? There was only one choice for them; they could trust Culinary Crafts to meet and exceed every expectation. The evening started with signature cocktails with Utah’s High West Whiskey and Vodka. I loved all of the cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres but my favorites were the lamb carpaccio and the black bean cake with salmon roe and dill creme fraiche. Our big hard wood grills were invaluable for charring peppers, smoking the squid, and searing the beef. The dinner was served with a combination of French service/family-style all to specific instructions from the bride. The 3 unique flavors of bruschetta were the hit of the night along with the cucumber ribbon with compressed cantaloupe. Because of the full exposure of the west sun, the couple opted to start a little later to take advantage of the gorgeous twilight hours. Our competent and gracious service put everyone at ease and created a relaxing evening to remember. Love, Mary

Rachel Rossicone View Photos

Private Residence

Every now and then, a wedding comes along that seems to top all other weddings, and this one is it! At my first meeting with the family, they told me they were foodies and trusted me to design the menu and style that I would want at my own daughter’s wedding. Wow . . . and did I have fun! The event was hosted at the groom’s family’s vacation home in Wolf Creek and the parents wanted to treat their destination guests from California to a night under the stars dining in their aspen groves. They cleared trees, built a huge cantilevered deck out from their mountain with the most breathtaking views, and brought in a massive clear tent to seat all 180 guests. The band was from California. Surprise of the evening—sky writer bi-plane show to thrill guests and for the groom to tell his new wife, “I love you.” When we arrived on site the day of the event, a surprise September snow storm had left 6 inches of snow on the make-shift road to the tents and staging area. We had a huge team but no one was prepared to haul every piece of equipment by hand down a steep grade and out to the tent. What would have been a one hour off-load ended up taking our crew 2 1/2 hours; and we still served on time. Our staff did not even flinch but got right to work to make the wedding of the year a reality. 10 hours later in the pitch black of night everything had to be hand carried out again. Culinary Crafts’ team is simply the best. Oh, but back to the food! As guests exited the buses, they were greeted with a beverage and hors d’oeuvre pairing: Utah stout beer shooters with elk carpaccio. The cocktail hour continued with large artisan cheese displays and hundreds of scrumptious hors d’oeuvre creations. A formal plated dinner is always a challenge, but 4 courses on the side of a mountain in tents is nothing short of miraculous. As the guests danced the night away, we served cake and gelato as well as a delightful petite dessert sampler table. Custom gourmet caramel popcorn favor bags sent the guests away with sweet memories of a spectacular evening.  It wasn’t until after the festivities were over that a guest took me aside to say, “We were all anxious to see the food tonight as their last son’s wedding was catered by Wolfgang Puck. May I just say, Wolfgang Puck doesn’t have anything on you!” Smiles all around. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer. Love, Mary

Ari Brown View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Ari was a delight to work with and even though her party budget was limited, with the right venue and a few touches, things looked fabulous! I always say, “All a bride needs is Red Cliff Ranch and the rest is magic!” Simple sunflowers and baby’s breath are perfect at this rustic venue. For cocktail hour we offered beautiful artisan cheese platters rather then butler-passed hors d’oeuvres. The dinner buffet was served on bamboo disposables with pulled pork sandwiches, homemade rolls, lots of salads, and coleslaw. The wedding cake was served for dessert. Everyone had a fabulous time and the couple saved enough money to splurge on a wonderful honeymoon! Photography by Trevor Hooper Photography. Love, Mary

Chris Lavoie and Jacoby Jacobsen View Photos

The Tasting Room

We love it when professional event planners call us to cater their own events. And, in this case, a wedding! Such a personal and special occasion . . . we were doubly thrilled when Chris Lavoie (planner extraordinaire!) asked us to be his caterer, and, have his wedding in our very own Tasting Room. He had a multitude of awesome ideas for making this wedding celebration exciting, meaningful, and beautiful, and we loved every moment of collaborating with him to bring it all to life. As guests arrived, they were treated to mini-pulled pork tacos served with mini-margaritas. Our five chef stations provided five different menu options allowing guests to design their own dinner experience, go back for seconds, or skip ahead a bit . . . whatever suited their fancy! The first station offered individual, custom laser cut “Praise Cheeses” cheese boards for guests to pick up and enjoy seated at their table. The second chef station offered our house-made black pepper brioche with two salads: a Mezzaluna preparation of local greens with mango, kiwi, wonton crisps, and toasted coconut dressed with vanilla bean vinaigrette and a farro salad with tomatoes, roasted beets, herbs, sweet onion, and arugula dressed with balsamic vinaigrette. The third chef station featured pan-seared black cod with wilted spinach and parsnip puree garnished with edible micro flowers. The fourth offered smoked short rib adobo with mushroom escabeche (individually smoked under glass at the station) with purple potato mash and honey barbecue sauce. And the fifth station was a sushi bar! After dinner, lively games ensued and we had more snacks at the ready . . . cronuts, housemate gelato, affogatos, chocolate chip cookies (warm from the oven!), and butler-passed pink cotton candy mountains. Truly an incredible wedding feast. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Alessandra and John View Photos

Aspen Meadows

Alessandra envisioned a fairy-tale wedding in the mountains of Utah and that’s just what we created! Her gorgeous dress says it all with flowing layers of ruffles. I also love the rich magenta colors in the majestic mountain setting. Many brides dream of this gorgeous kind of setting among the aspen trees for their wedding ceremony. The cocktail hour began with His and Hers signature cocktails, scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres, and several artisan cheese stations. After the grand reveal of the breathtaking dining room, guests were treated to a gourmet plated dinner. Dancing and sparklers completed the perfect day. Aspen Meadows is truly a one-of-a-kind exclusive mountain estate! Cake by Carrie’s Cakes. Photography by Jacque Lynn Photography. Love, Mary

Beauty and Her Feast View Photos View Event Video

The Hollow

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. With the release this spring of Disney’s new movie, it seemed the perfect time to dream the dream of Beauty and Her Feast.

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 Belle’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 Belle and her feast and we hope you do too.  At Culinary Crafts, we make your fairy tale into reality.Photography by Heather Nan Photography. Love, Mary

Lindsey and Patrick View Photos

Red Butte Garden

Who doesn’t love breakfast?! The wedding ceremony was at the beautiful Red Butte Garden in the cool of a summer morning followed by everyone’s favorite brunch foods: chef omelet station, fresh liege waffles with all the trimmings, eggs benedict, fresh fruit, summer juices, and even a cake to match the fresh squeezed orange juice! You haven’t lived until you’ve had our homemade buttermilk syrup poured on everything in sight.

Danielle and William View Photos

Abravanel Hall

Danielle and William are about the sweetest couple ever, so it’s no wonder they had such a large turn out (600 guests!) to their beautiful wedding reception at Abravanel Hall. In keeping with her colors of blush and gold, I selected white satin linens, gold Chivari chairs, and gold sequence accent linens for the cake table and dessert stations. The atmosphere was very elegant, but they wanted to food to be approachable and fun. The menu included sliders with chips, a martini salad station, scrumptious desserts, beverages, and infused waters to keep things moving as guests laughed, danced, and loved the night away. Photography by Jalene Taylor Photography. Love, Mary

Lavender Fields Forever View Photos

Young Living Lavender Fields

We love participating in photo shoots that show all the great things Utah has to offer. Leslie Dawn Events and a whole group of vendors came together to show off Utah’s own natural beauty. The Young Living lavender fields couldn’t have been a better place to do that. Our rolling hills and beautiful mountains as a backdrop made for the most romantic photo shoot. Our lavender lemonade is always hit with the candied ginger lemon wheel. Our house-made whole wheat bread with clove honey spread is absolutely delicious! We were honored to have this inspiration shoot featured in Utah Valley Bride. Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography.

Hannah Durham View Photos

Private Residence

This was my fourth wedding for the Durhams and 6th wedding for the grandchildren of John and Karen Huntsman. I love this family and Hannah was an absolute delight to work with. As the wedding planner, I planned the flow of the evening; designed the layout, decor, and floral; arranged for the rentals and cake; and generally made sure the all the details of the evening celebration were perfect. As guests waited in line to greet the bride and groom, we offered Madsen’s favorite popcorn and gummies along with Hannah’s fruits and vegetables. Check out the cute way we decided to display them! The back garden was a flurry of activity with lots of food stations and beverage areas to accommodate the 800 guests with ease. My favorite station was one I designed specifically for Hannah. She told me her favorite food was plain buttered noodles and I wasn’t quite sure how to make that into a station her sophisticated guests would enjoy, so we made a Buttered Noodle Bar offering all sorts of gourmet and comfort food toppings to please every guest. The tennis court lounge was a hot spot for dancing and the s’more station. All her guests know there is always a fun take-away favor and Hannah had her idea all ready for execution . . . homemade pretzel bites with a choice of sea salt and cinnamon sugar in custom bags I designed. The Durham weddings are the coveted invitation of the year and a thrill for me to create! Love, Mary

Indigo and Zach View Photos

The Tower (Rice-Eccles)

This wedding reception was a vision of sparkling glamour, sophistication, and fun! As guests arrived on the 4th floor of Rice-Eccles Tower, they were greeted with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres of made from scratch, Argentinian-style chicken empanadas with chimichurri sauce and Pomme Frites with an aioli dipping sauce. Indigo and Zach made a grand entrance just as the sun was setting and the shades were being raised to reveal the incredible view of the sunset! This unforgettable planned moment set the stage for the entire evening. Guests were invited to take their seats at the striking tables set with dark navy linens bedazzled with sequined table runners and shimmering silver napkins. Our dinner buffet delighted guests with miso-glazed salmon, teriyaki gilled chicken, sautéed zucchini and asparagus risotto with mascarpone cream, and a selection of our house made breads with sea salted butter. After dinner, guests were treated to a dessert bar featuring flaming crepes Suzette with our house made authentic gelato in 3 flavors: frutti di bosco, stracciatella, and Nutella & vanilla bean. Dessert was served with slices of the stunning tiered wedding cake. Indigo and her mom created a dazzling blue and silver candy table for guests to fill a box to take home as their wedding favor. A beautiful wedding for a wonderful couple! Vendors: Catering and Tablescapes: Culinary Crafts, Lighting and Decor: Scenemakers, Cake: Carrie’s Cakes, Florals: Every Bloomin’ Thing, Linens: Creative Coverings, and Rentals: Diamond Rentals. Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Christine Fujita and Nick Muscolino View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

One of Utah’s biggest and longest standing wedding icons is the Joe Muscolino Band, so when Joe told me his son was getting married at Red Cliff Ranch, I was very honored to design and cater their celebration! Christine wanted a simple rustic wedding with just a few touches of color but nothing to overwhelm the beauty of the ranch. A delicious, local Utah menu with mesquite-grilled red trout, local produce, and our artisan breads led the way to the perfect dinner buffet. My favorite part was the Culinary Crafts homemade pie bar! You can see from the faces of these destination guests, it was a celebration that will be long remembered. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Sara Peterson View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

We love it when our weddings are selected for features in Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom magazine, where the best of the best are showcased. Sara was a shoe-in simply because she is gorgeous, and when you add the styling of Fuse Weddings and Events, the intoxicating tunes of Gold Standard, and the beauty of Red Cliff Ranch, you have a winner for sure! Sara manages the Park City location for OC Tanner Jewelers, so their rings were perfection. Sara and Nick selected a farm-to-table dinner buffet and Culinary Crafts always leads the way to execute an elegant and delicious buffet that guests will long remember. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Rachel Miller View Photos

TAG Ranch

Rachel and Paul’s wedding is featured in Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom magazine and when you see their movie-star faces, you’ll know why! I loved working with the amazing couple from the beginning as this California bride and groom first called me to help them find a fabulous mountain venue. We toured many ranches, but when I took Rachel to TAG Ranch, she had found her perfect location! TAG had just what she wanted: ceremony among the prairie grass, wood barn for the cocktail hour, and dinner and dancing under the stars. I loved designing her whole menu: local goat cheese and tomato crostini, roasted heirloom carrots on a nail board, seared scallops with almond caper butter, plated 1st course watermelon salad, local greens with lemon vinaigrette and Parmesan, and grilled Snake River steak with everyone receiving their own individual dish of Mary’s macaroni and cheese!  Culinary Crafts made the wedding cake along with the flaming donuts. I was on hand to serve and walk guests through all the steps of a custom cheese and chocolate tasting. Wow. What an incredible night! Thanks to Shellie Ferrer Events for being on site and making sure all the details were perfect.

Brianna and Dylan View Photos

Church & State

Brianna and Dylan were looking to have their wedding ceremony and reception dinner in the same venue. With about 100 guests on their list, they were thrilled to find downtown Salt Lake’s Church & State! It had just the right mix of wood floors and metal accents with a modern “Mondrian style” stained glass window! For this urban modern location they chose an ultra sophisticated color palette of black, white, and gold for their reception dinner. Their ceremony took place upstairs, and afterwards guests enjoyed butler-passed hors d’oeuvres of Carolina pork sliders, and mozzarella salata with Kalamata olives. The dining tables, draped in ivory, were set with gold Arezzo flatware, ivory and gold china, and chic black napkins. Our house made artisan rolls were plated with a sea salt butter paddle, ready and waiting for guests to be seated. The wedding buffet was an elegant feast featuring lemon herb chicken, butternut squash ravioli with brown sage butter, green beans almandine, and roasted fingerling potatoes. After dinner, guests danced into the night to the music of Pixie & the Partygrass Boys with a finale of Brianna and Dylan exiting through a tunnel of sparklers. This was a wonderful wedding indeed! Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Edit Design Company View Photos

Wasatch Farms

Looking for an amazing mountain venue that is right in the heart of Salt Lake City? Look no further than Wasatch Farms! This exclusive location in Sandy is completely hidden from the outside world, but boasts views of both the Wasatch mountains and the SLC skyline. This pretty LDS wedding was for a large group, so we designed action stations to keep the flow moving and add some of the bride and groom’s favorites! The chefs at the fresh mezzaluna salad station created custom salads for the guests while the ever-popular sliders and homemade chips were a hit. Mini pies, homemade gelato, and custom s’mores were served while guests danced the night away. Custom weddings are our specialty! Thanks to Edit Design for the great wedding planning services. Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Whitney Bang View Photos

Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden was the perfect setting to create this natural and soft wedding for Whitney and Dunn. The blush tones and pops of soft pink from the prickly pear lemonade were the perfect touches for this unique luncheon. The menu was designed to represent the bride’s heritage with a blending of Korean culture and local Utah favorites. Culinary Crafts signature mixed berry and salted caramel gelato were the perfect complement for the fun two tier cake from Nothing But Bundt Cakes. From the harpist to the table scape and down to the the candy buffet take out boxes, no detail was missed. Working with Whitney and her mom, Melanie, was a pleasure and made for a wonderful celebration.

Claire Bradford View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Claire is from Utah, but met her Italian groom while serving an LDS mission in Italy. She selected Red Cliff Ranch as the perfect location to give all her new Italian family a taste of Utah. We greeted guests with signature lemonades, maple glazed salmon, and my favorite: roasted heirloom carrots with sea salt. The Italians certainly know good cheese and they swooned over our local artisan cheeses. Summer weddings get the best of Utah’s harvest with colorful salads, house-made breads, and mesquite smoked tri-tip. In addition to her wedding cake, Claire wanted a mini dessert buffet for serving throughout the dancing party. Warmest wishes to the happy couple! Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Jenney Diamond View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Jenney Diamond and her fabulous family were some of my favorite people of all time! You can see from the photos she was not only gorgeous but full of life and living color! The rich coral and yellow colors worked well at Red Cliff Ranch and perfectly reflected her personality. A unique piece of Jenney’s wedding was the ceremony location. We set a tent in the meadow next to the dining stables for the ceremony and it was beautiful. She had a scrumptious buffet enjoyed by all and laughter to fill the evening and memories. Mesquite Trout, Charred Corn Gnocchi, Artisan Bread . . . what’s not to love! Photography by David Newkirk Photography.

Pop-Up Wedding View Photos

The Tasting Room

I’ve been in the wedding business for 32 years and catered well over 5000 weddings, but had never had a request like this one! Scott Beck, the president of Visit Salt Lake, called me to ask if I could orchestrate a secret pop-up restaurant, and what the guests wouldn’t knew is that he and Angie were getting married between the cocktail hour and dinner! What a fun and completely unique idea. I was in! I designed the menu and time line to keep the guests in the dark until the grand reveal as they entered the back patio of our downtown Tasting Room to discover a wedding ceremony! Tears, squeals of joy, and laughter ensued as this fabulous couple tied the knot. I loved hosting their guests to a wonderful chef dinner with all the bells and whistles. Once-in-a-life-time memories for all! Photography by Steve Speckman.

Kate and Alex View Photos

Salt Lake City Public Library

The Salt Lake Library is a super cool venue for couples wanting a hip, chic location that is in downtown SLC. Kate and Alex had an intimate ceremony on the Library rooftop and then a formal dinner in the main floor gallery. They followed through with a “techy” science lab/”brainiac” library theme that ended with a Star Trek display of desserts and test tube hot cocoa. My favorite part of the menu was serving the salad course in see-through domes that greeted guests at the tables. As you can see, we love being part of every bride’s vision no matter what it is! Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Ruby Parkins View Photos

Private Residence

This “pretty in pink” wedding is just as lovely as the beautiful bride, Ruby Parkins. Ruby wanted her reception at her parents’ home under a gleaming white tent with soft colors of blush pink and gold. Guests were thrilled with the never-ending dessert stations of frozen yogurt and fresh fruit, flaming crepes and berries, and liege waffles with buttermilk syrup and cream! Another fun touch was the “It’s the real thing” Coke bar. We had such fun designing signature coke mocktails for the bride and groom. Check out her fun wedding cakes. I agree with Julia Child who said, “A party without cake is just a meeting!”

Michelle and Brandon View Photos

Private Residence

Working with Michelle and her mom, Trudy, to plan the big day was such a treat! From the gorgeous tent to the beautiful river to the amazing brunch menu Michelle and Brandon’s wedding could not have been better! The Christensen’s backyard served as the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. We loved the pool lounge and gorgeous floating M&B monograms. The menu was full of local favorites the guests loved! Culinary Crafts creme brulee french toast with house-made buttermilk syrup stole the show and was completed with the mascarpone cream filled cones topped with fresh fruit and mint.

Michaela Urie View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

I have a special relationship with all my Red Cliff brides and Michaela was no exception. Nick and Michaela are the cutest couple and planned so many fun details to make this a memorable day for everyone. From the bar snacks on all the cocktail tables of “caramel bacon cashews” and chips & salsa to the grand buffet, the food was fabulous. One of my favorite photos is of the bride as she sees the lemon caper salmon and carved skirt steak . . .yum! When the additional party guests arrived, we served a Southwestern and Mediterranean mashed potato bar, homemade fruit cobblers and gelato, and a fun gourmet popcorn bar! The food and surprises just kept coming all night.

Big City Bride View Photos

Blue Sky Ranch

At Culinary Crafts, we love our destination brides and this glamorous bride from Chicago decided on Utah as the place to tie the knot! What better place to entertain her 300 guests than Blue Sky Ranch in Wanship. The bride, groom, and parents took a trip to Utah and attended one of our pop-up restaurants. They were so impressed that they booked that very night. However, after that night, I only spoke with her planner, Chrissy Magliano, from Chicago who was a delight and so organized that the entire celebration flowed like magic.

Cassandra Morton View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Cassandra is originally from Utah, but has been living in Ireland for most of her adult career. There she met, fell in love with, and decided to marry her fabulous Irishman. They decided on a destination wedding in Utah and she wanted her international guests to have a mountain experience they would always remember. Red Cliff Ranch in Heber was the perfect fit. I designed a scrumptious Utah menu with several nods to the Irish with a few classic Irish selections and, of course, lots of Irish beer alongside our reknown Utah craft beer. Photography by Claire Marika Photography and Kelli Bramble. Love, Mary

Polly Jewett View Photos

Big Moose Ranch

Big Moose Ranch was the gorgeous mountain setting for this beautiful destination wedding. Polly rented the ranch for the entire weekend so her wedding party could enjoy this amazing Utah location for more than just a few hours. Polly’s choice of farm tables and color palette was the perfect complement to the natural organic surroundings. My favorite part of Polly’s wedding was her cheese wheel wedding cake. I had such fun designing the showpiece tiered “cheesecake” using the couple’s favorite artisan cheeses from around the world. These little touches are a great way to make the celebration unique and personal . . . love it!

Laura and Charley View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

I love catering for “foodies” and Laura and Charley are fabulous “foodies.” Laura has a fabulous style which was reflected in all her choices from the exquisite decor to an amazing venue to glorious food. The wedding ceremony under the red cliffs of the ranch was breathtaking. Cocktail hour was filled with yummy passed hors d’oeuvres and an abundant charcuterie. The formal dinner was served family style and the guests ate their fill of so many scrumptious selections. At the after-party in the pavilion, we served desserts, s’mores, and a late night snack of grilled cheese sandwiches and cherry tomato soup shooters! Mara Marion and Fuse Events made sure every detail was perfection. Photography by Alixann Loosle Photography.

Kaitlyn Le View Photos

Cactus and Tropicals

Destination bride, Kaitlyn Le, had envisioned a garden wedding and Cactus and Tropicals gave us the perfect setting to create a magical evening. The blush tones and backyard elegance were the perfect touches to this beautiful evening of romance and dining. Don’t miss seeing our Blush Dupioni napkins! Such a little touch can make the whole table. The menu was a built to represent the bride and groom, a perfect mesh of Vietnamese culture and local artisans of Utah. The Udon noodle salad with shrimp garlic vinaigrette was the star of the show. Talk about a unique salad! Truly a night to remember. Photography by Heather Nan Photography.

"Great Gatsby" Wedding Inspiration Shoot View Photos

McCune Mansion

We are always honored when asked to participate in a photo shoot depicting some of the latest trends in the wedding world. Leslie Dawn Events and a whole slew of top vendors came together to create this romantically sultry Great Gatsby wedding at the McCune Mansion. I loved designing the menu with classic Gatsby menu selections updated for today’s bride and food trends. Guests were greeted with a pairing of a petite champagne with brie and pear to start the festivities. Of course, Mr. Gatsby would be serving a formal plated dinner beginning with the traditional shrimp cocktail presentation followed by a summer salad of white peaches, blackberries, blueberries, feta, arugula, and honey ginger vinaigrette served in a classic champagne coupe. Every Gatsby menu needs artichoke hearts with hollandaise and an entree of herb-crusted lamb chops.  Decadent chocolate mocha mousse in a chocolate cup finishes the formal plated menu. Free-flowing sparkling rosé and blood orange martinis round out the bar and black velvet cake. Photography by jFairchild Photography.

Melanie and Greg View Photos

Private Residence

If you just happen to own a fabulous home nestled in the private Triple Crown community, then you have the perfect place to host your beautiful wedding! Melanie and Greg are a wonderful couple who have found love a second time around. They didn’t cut corners on this one from the professional hair and makeup to gorgeous floral to exquisite food! I had a fabulous time designing the tent, tables, chairs, runners, lighting, etc. all to suit her mountain chic styling. The bride and groom selected a variety of chef stations to make food the highlight and keep guests staying all night to enjoy the food and festivities. Thanks to Roots Floral, Diamond Rental, and make up by Myrinda Dunn. Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography.

Sarah and Garrett View Photos View Event Video

Aspen Meadows

Sarah and Garrett are still one of my favorite couples ever. Aspen Meadows was the perfect mountain chic private home for their nuptials, fun cocktail hour, scrumptious dinner, and rocking party time! I loved working with Sarah on all the details of her special day and you can see her amazing video on our website here. Video by Kale Fitch and photography by Jacque Lynn Photography.

Anna Smith View Photos

Utah State Capitol Building

Anna’s vision was to create an upscale country picnic on the elegant patio of the Utah State Capitol Building.  All the details were so fun to create from the lemonade stand to the plated formal dinner with sliders and chips to the homemade red velvet donuts with our signature gelato for dessert. Designing custom events to a bride’s specific vision and dreams is our favorite thing to do! P.S. Check out the fabulous country-striped napkins to complete every last detail for her special day. Photography by Kelli Wood.

Haylee Vallejo View Photos View Event Video

Quiet Meadow Farm

Quiet Meadow Farm in Mapleton is one of our favorite new venues and was the perfect setting for Haylee’s rustic style celebration. I designed several interactive chef stations to thrill every guest . . . Mezzaluna Farmer’s Market salad station, Torched Beef tri-tip, Street Tacos, and Flaming Donuts. And the hits of the evening were the chocolate milk jugs with the country caramel corn bar featuring 6 flavors of our homemade popcorn! I did her sister’s wedding several years ago and I love it when a family comes back for another unique wedding celebration.

Kelsey Fowle and Zac Crawford View Photos

Aspen Meadows

Aspen Meadows is one of those mountain locations that dreams are made of . . . glittering aspens, unending views, secluded ceremony glen, and a gorgeous venue complete with tables, chairs, china, lounge furniture, bars, etc. A one-of-a-kind location for sure! Kelsey and Zac were about as delightful as any wedding couple could be. One of my favorite parts of their menu was the cupcake station with a small cutting cake and specially designed “skier” toppers! Culinary Crafts is the exclusive venue manager and caterer for Aspen Meadows. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Enchanted Evening View Photos

Sleepy Ridge

We had the pleasure of teaming up with Leslie Dawn Events and Utah Valley Bride Magazine to create this ultra romantic inspiration shoot titled “Enchanted Evening.” The gorgeous color palette consisting of deep, moody blues and purples with striking pops of copper throughout, allowed us to pull out some of our prettiest desserts to match! On the menu were our lovely petite lemon pudding cakes with fresh berries, petite olive oil and wine cakes topped with delicate sugared violets and fruit crystals, pistachio and blackberry macaroons, lavender and rosemary shortbread, and a bete noir with amarina gelato, spun sugar, berry coulis, and chocolate drizzle. Almost too pretty to eat! (Almost!) Paired with dessert, we featured a yummy plated salad of Mesclen greens, pears, candied walnuts, and Stilton cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette, coupled with our pumpkin flat bread and black pepper brioche. We hope you enjoy this shoot as much as we did—we are still feasting our eyes on this beauty! Photography by Kristina Curtis Photography.

Katie and Nick Lavidge View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Katie and Nick’s wedding celebration was one that just kept giving! With 150 destination guests, the family was going to make sure their guests did not leave disappointed. The adventure began with the lemonade bar as guests exited the bus and were seated up the mountain below the red rocks. The cocktail hour not only had scrumptious passed hors d’oeuvres but a glorious display of local artisan cheeses and honey. The beauty of the communal dining table in the stables always takes the breath away and the buffet tables were perfect. Following dinner the surprises continued with candy stations, S’Mores, whiskey and cigar bars, games, desserts, and dancing! I loved working with two of my favorite vendors: Red Cliff Ranch and Fuse Events!

Plum Romance Inspiration View Photos

The Loft Studio

This is a Plum Romantic Inspiration Shoot we did in partnership with Utah Valley Bride Magazine. Michelle Leo Events came up with the concept and design, and we had a wonderful color palette to work with in designing the food for this shoot. The appetizers looked and tasted amazing: sweet purple onion canapes with sweet pea mash and shaved purple cauliflower with Brussels sprouts, lemon, and shallots. Yum! Our dessert inspiration made for a perfect finish . . . milk chocolate mousse with lavender-infused macaroon and a white chocolate curl served in a vintage footed bowl. Signature beverages are another great way to feature the bride’s favorite drinks and colors. For this we created a hibiscus tea vodka spritzer, plum & thyme-infused prosecco, and in the copper mugs, a ginger lime mule. It’s so much fun to use unique glassware! Kudos to the creative team who put this inspiration shoot together: Concept & Design by Michelle Leo | Photography by Jessie Alexis Photography | Floral Design by Lizy Bowden | Catering by us of course! | Paper Suite by Twleve30 Creative | Cake by One Sweet Slice | Gown by Sara Hanks | Jewelry by Columbian Emeralds International | Hair by Kali Wengreen | Makeup by Kristen Packard | Dining/Cake Tables & Appetizer Serving Boards by MC2 WoodWorks | Copper Mugs & Purple stemware from Pier 1 Imports | Linens, Chargers, & Chandelier from Michelle Leo Events| China, Flatware, & Napkins from Diamond Rental | Bride, Jackie Welling | Location: The Loft Studio, Lehi.

Bright and Bold Bridal Garden Party View Photos

Private Residence

We are still loving the bridal brunch concept, so jumped at the chance to do a different take on the concept with Utah Valley Bride Magazine! This time we’re showing a small plates bridal breakfast. Small plates are a big trend right now, and we love how small plates allow you to serve guests a variety of dishes, without them feeling overstuffed and unable to try everything! Plus, it just looks so PRETTY! We created three small plates and two beverages. First, we have our take on a breakfast favorite: Steak N’ Eggs! This divine dish had a cornbread waffle, locally sourced steak, frizzled leeks drizzled with Chimichurri all topped with a fried quail egg. Yum! Next we have a CUTE pancake platter! This miniature whole wheat nutmeg pancake stack was topped with a single blueberry and accompanied by a cube of Himalayan pink salted butter and house-made cinnamon cream syrup and garnished with a fresh lime wedge. Our dessert presentation was cute and delectable. A sweet raspberry mocktail shooter with fresh berries, and a dessert featuring mini old-fashioned buttermilk donuts with milk & pink sugar frosting, served with a demi-cup of Amano hot chocolate, house made toasted vanilla marshmallow and garnished with candied orange zest! We hope this inspires you to consider a small plates approach to your event – I guarantee it will please ANY guest!  Happy planning everyone!

Utah Valley Bride // Bright + Bold Brunch from Ryan Hinman Films on Vimeo. Vendors: Photography Kristina Curtis Photography | Styling Attention 2 Detail Events  | Floral design Flowers by Adrien  | Paper Suite Pro Digital Photos  | CATERERS-  Culinary Crafts   | Kneaders Bakery  | Landmark Catering  | Magleby’s Catering |  Gown Avenía Bridal  | Suit Beckett & Robb  | Hair Kelcie Billat at Seasons Salon and Day Spa   | Makeup Kirsten Tobar at Seasons Salon and Day Spa  | Videography Ryan Hinman Films   |  Models Makenzi & Mason Davis

Dreamy Bridal Tale - Spring Inspiration View Photos

Private Residence

We were thrilled to partner with the Style Me Pretty Blog to do another dreamy inspirational photo shoot this spring. And, we had a blast designing this menu! We wanted it to be new and fresh, so decided to go with a wedding brunch menu (which is totally a new trend), but then make it all tiny bites! The Little French Toastettes coupled with a kiss of house made syrup and our Sea Salt Butter was heaven on a plate. And of course the fresh berries made the French Toastettes even sweeter! What’s a brunch without Eggs Benedict? We created three completely different kinds to be the featured stars on the brunch menu. The first one was a classic eggs benedict with a little bit of spinach, and topped with a piece of fried spinach. Lovely! Next, we had a Lobster Eggs Benedict that was gorgeous and decadent – a perfect match! The third benedict was a Braised Short Rib with a perfectly poached egg topped with chive sprigs. Ahh-mazing! For a refreshing beverage we served Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice Shooters garnished with Honeydew and Mint. Love, love, love! How pretty was the tablescape which was all furnished by Susan’s Party Rentals? And the stunning florals by Calie Rose?? This shoot was SOOOO much fun and we are so glad that Kristina Curtis, who was the photographer, asked us to be a part of it! Happy brunching, everyone!

Food: Culinary Crafts | Photography: Kristina Curtis | Floral Design: Calie Rose | Wedding Dress: Bree Lena Designs | Invitations: West End Girl  | Venue: Private Residence | Hair & Makeup: KL Artistry | Linens & Dresser: Susan’s Party Rentals

Jennifer Hamilton View Photos

Memorial House

Looking for a unique wedding reception with food and fun your guests will long remember? Look no further than this creative wedding at the Memorial House. We created a Beer Garden on the side lawn featuring local brews and spirits complete with homemade corn dogs, pretzels, and fried zucchini. For dinner, guests dined on Italian Steak Sandwiches and Utah Red Trout. Guests relaxed the night away to the smooth sounds of Rob Bennion and Conn . . . dreamy! Photography by Angela Howard, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Vanessa and Ashley Chapman View Photos

Promontory Golf Course

The pressure is on at Culinary Crafts as we designed an elevated menu to fit the discriminating bride and groom who met as two chefs in Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurant! They fell in love and moved to Park City where they each took high profile chef positions at some of Utah’s finest restaurants. We combined the elegance of French service with the communal experience of Family-style to create an experience these guests will long remember. Wedding planner: Terri Gentry with Planit Events.

Audrey Morton View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Destination brides reign supreme when it comes to ranch weddings in Utah. Red Cliff Ranch is not only a favorite with local brides, but garners the attention of some of our finest out-of-state brides. You can see why they love the outdoor ceremony in the shadow of the beautiful Red Cliffs! Our professional service leaves no doubt in guests’ minds that Utah knows what it’s doing with food, presentation, and style. This wedding featured some of my favorites: Razored bison with caramelized onions and goat cheese for a passed hors d’oeuvre; Grilled polenta and roasted pepper coulis in an Asian spoon; and my favorite plated ranch entree: Mesquite grilled flank steak with avocado, Parmesan, and smashed potato rafts . . . yum! Wedding planning by FUSE Weddings and Events. Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Rayna Clay View Photos

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Rayna Clay was truly an amazing bride. She created one of the most breathtaking weddings I have ever catered . . . and all long distance as both she and her groom were from out-of-state. Rayna chose black, white, silver, and red to create a stunning bold look in her decor, linens, china, florals, cake, and everywhere. We started out with exquisite butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, then a gourmet formal dinner, and ended with cake and dancing. This wedding was honored to be one of the featured weddings of the year in Salt Lake Bride and Groom Magazine! Photography by Logan Walker.

Candice Yee View Photos

The Leonardo

The Leonardo was the perfect space for this Chinese/American fusion wedding! The couple was married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, but planned a ring ceremony at the Leo for all the other guests who had traveled from China. Following the ceremony, Chinese “Street Food” was served at action stations on the lower level with lots of fun offerings from Garlic Shrimp to Pot Stickers to Fish Cakes. Waiters passed several signature cocktails and mocktails to suit everyone’s tastes. The formal American/Chinese fusion dinner was served in the upstairs room overlooking the city. The rich Asian colors were visually stunning and I loved the “Broken Gold Glass” dessert. We love partnering with FUSE Weddings and Events and Mara Marion to make sure the bride’s vision is carried out with precision and excellence! Photography by Zuma Photo.

Shanna Stuhmer View Photos

Private Residence

The Stuhmers know how to celebrate and for the wedding of their only daughter they pulled out all the stops. The guests were greeted by a hard and soft lemonade bar as they made their way to the outdoor ceremony among the pines. Cocktail hour featured hand-passed hors d’oeuvres as well as stations of their favorite foods: Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Fresh Pulled Mozzarella. The dining tent was a vision to behold with no detail overlooked. The family-style dinner reflected with personal fusion of sophistication and casual elegance. Everyone loved the dessert station with cronuts and gelato . . . what’s not to love?! But wait, there’s more:  Late night snacks with mini tacos, sliders, cookies and milk, popcorn, and s’mores. It takes a lot of professional wedding vendors to orchestrate a night such as this into a glorious symphony. Soiree production. Carrie’s Cakes, Decorations, Inc., and Diamond Rental. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

LDW Ranch Inspiration Shoot View Photos

LDW Ranch

People often ask me, “Where do you find these amazing venues?” I am always on the lookout for those one-of-a-kind exclusive venues that may perfectly fit the vision of a bride. LDW Ranch is a hidden gem that is destined to be one of Utah’s more unique and beautiful venues. I invited a group of incredible wedding professionals to join with Culinary Crafts in creating this vintage ranch inspiration shoot and what we created was nothing short of phenomenal. The talents of Mood Events and Scenemakers combined to design all the gorgeous signage, floral, and details. Ann Elizabeth provided the stationary design. Alta Moda selected the extraordinary vintage gown. One Sweet Slice provided the delectable cake. And the magic of the day was captured by the renowned Pepper Nix. Culinary Crafts designed the menu featuring a “Tea-Tini” Cocktail/Mocktail bar with Savory Macaroons and Savory Shortbreads to start the cocktail hour. I love the artisan cheese display featuring a whole honeycomb. I designed the leather napkin rings to work as the place cards for the perfect touch in combining vintage romance with the ranch setting. Our first course Beef Carpaccio with Caper Berries is an unexpected plated first course. The cornbread was baked in individual porcelain bowls. And what groom wouldn’t enjoy this center-cut Pork Chop with compressed melon and balsamic? To end the dinner, a chocolate ganache and salted caramel tart put everyone in heaven. The day was sheer perfection.

Jen Torres View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Another amazing destination wedding at the magical Red Cliff Ranch. It was such a delight to host guests from NYC to a real working ranch complete with horses, donkeys, geese, turkeys, and dogs! Jen was a very detailed bride as you can see from the photos and I loved executing her vision. Signs, programs, escort cards, lounge furniture, thumbprint book, all came together to create a forest woodland in our Utah mountains. We even harvested apple twigs for the hand-dipped caramel apples to make sure her theme was carried out with precision. And as with any Jewish wedding, you can guarantee the dancing party is going to be full-on energy! Floral by Scenemakers.

Elizabeth Lee View Photos

Aspen Meadows

Living in Utah, I have come to treasure each of our mountain weddings. Liz was a destination bride. I loved helping make sure that her vision was executed long distance! She tastefully combined a soft romantic wedding with a fun 4th of July theme. From ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner to fun, her friends and family experienced a mountain celebration they will never forget. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer. Love, Mary

Native American Inspiration Shoot View Photos

Aspen Meadows

A touch of genius was involved in this inspiration shoot. We needed to bring together the earthy Native American theme and the romance of a soft wedding feel. A mountain setting was needed with lots of aspen trees. Scenemakers needed to bring elegance into the woodsy tones and styling. Culinary Crafts needed a cutting edge vegetarian menu that was in touch with Mother Earth. I think we did it! With this shoot, we introduced our famed “Couples” or “Duo” bread plate that is shared by the guest next to you. We baked Corn Meal Sour Dough rolls, Seeded Multi-grain rolls, and a Pull-apart Brioche Loaf. The entree was a Mascarpone Polenta with Eggplant Ragu, Shaved Parmesan, and Arugula. Dessert was the perfect duo of Salted Caramel Poached Pear and our signature Edible Gold Truffles. Perfection. Photography by Amy Beckler.

Amber Lance View Photos

The Tower (Rice-Eccles)

Recipe for a beautiful wedding: Start with an amazing venue like The Tower at Rice-Eccles where you have no worries about the weather come rain or come shine! It has the best view in the city with ceiling to floor windows overlooking the lights of Salt Lake. Add a great decorator like Scenemakers to bring in ambiance lighting, gorgeous floral, lots of candles, and lounge furniture. Serve Culinary Crafts renown signature desserts, beverages, artisan cheeses, personalized custom signage for every detail, and viola! Your recipe is complete . . . and it’s stunning. Cake by Carrie’s Cakes. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Sara Kolettis and Matthew Hansen View Photos

High Star Ranch

Wedding theme: fall elegance, inspired by the rich colors and textures of the season. Details: they wanted the day to feel formal, romantic and ethereal. They dressed up the rustic venue with gold and lace accents, calligraphy paper goods, and cascading floral arrangements and chandeliers.  The one thing they didn’t plan on was rain and more rain, but the show must go on. The day in three words: wet, dreamy and magical.
The reception menu began with passed hors d’oeuvres consisting of grilled flatbread with melted brie, spiced pear and apple relish,  sweet potato cake with drunken goat cheese and brown sugar granola and rosemary thyme shortbread with shaved prosciutto and pecorino cheese. We served a seasonal, locally sourced formal plated dinner including center-cut filets with forest mushroom ragu and thyme over creamed barley and grilled mountain red trout with grilled peach relish and mustard seed pecan crumble, served with companion bread planks with braided cocoa nib bread, apricot walnut rolls, and multigrain seed rolls with flavored butters. For dessert, we served glazed cider donuts stuffed with peaches and hot apple cider. The wedding coordinator was Michelle Leo Events. Photography by Kelli Bramble Photography.


Teri and Mark Eaton View Photos

Private Estate---Wasatch Farms

There is nothing quite as fun (and stressful!)  as planning the wedding of dear friends. I wanted every detail of Teri and Mark’s wedding to reflect their personal style and represent the personalities of each of them. It didn’t hurt to have the Jazz Bear show up! And wedding cakes designed for both Teri and Mark! The venue for this wedding is the breathtaking Wasatch Farms located in Salt Lake City. Lots of open space for ceremony, dinner, and reception tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. We greeted guests with pink ginger lemonade before the romance of the ceremony. Cocktail hour always seems such a relaxed and social time, but little do the guests know we are busy in the back of house cooking everything fresh for the ultimate wedding dinner buffet. Asparagus Saffron Risotto, Trout with Sweet Tomato Jam, a variety of the most tempting Homemade Breads, with custom signage for each item. We topped off the evening with our homemade gelato and best-ever Culinary Crafts dessert sampling with Pots de Creme, Pink Macaroons, Salted Caramel Shortbread, and Pumpkin Sugar Donuts. The White Princess from Something Vintage Something Blue awaited their departure. Floral by Blom.

Larisa and Adam View Photos

Salt Lake City Public Library

We here at Culinary Crafts love the Salt Lake City Public Library as a wedding venue. With the bright open corridor and the striking architecture, it is a beautiful space and tends to attract a creative, modern bride. This colorful event was no exception. Adam and Larisa definitely were creative and fun—and we loved their vibrant palette including the blue mason jars and bright florals. The separate upstairs area makes for a great cocktail hour locale. Plus, your guests can get excited watching the reception space come together. We served up quite the feast—Smoked Utah Trout with Moroccan Jam, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Heirloom Vegetables, and Artisan Breads. What a lovely evening as the guests and couple danced the night away. Photography by Gillian Hunter Photography.

Kate and Damon View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

As you can see from the photos, Kate is a grand lady in every sense of the word. Her gracious personality came through in every detail with an eye single to an elegant ranch wedding where her guests would be comfortable, well fed, and entertained. I was by her side recommending top vendors and planning the details of Red Cliff. There was a tremendous downpour the day of her wedding but you can see from their faces and the faces of their guests that the rain did not dampen their spirits or lifelong memories. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.


Kristen and Branden View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

What a treat it was for me to work with Kristen, owner of Flight Boutique on Main Street in Park City and her sweet husband Branden Doyon. We enjoyed every step of the planning process and it was so fun to be with them at our walk-thru and see Branden‘s first look at Red Cliff Ranch and his excitement to have his wedding there, he shed a few tears as we talked about how wonderful Kristen was and what a beautiful bride she was going to be. A few days before the event, we had some weather issues and took the necessary steps to secure and place a tent, in case of inclement weather. Branden was so sweet to cover the cost of the tent and coordinate the placement with me, so not to bother the bride with these details a few days before the wedding. On the wedding day, we watched a storm come over the mountains, but Kristen chose to wait out the storm in order to have her dream wedding in the beautiful Red Cliff Ranch meadow. We waited for only 30 minutes and then we had a wonderful night. Yes, it was a little cool, but the heaters and the dancing heated up the evening.
We served their guests a wonderful buffet with Lemon Sage Chicken breast wrapped in Prosciutto with a roasted red pepper aioli, Macadamia Encrusted Halibut with Coconut Curry Sauce and Papaya Chutney, Ricotta Gnocchi, Petite Orzo salad with Tomatoes, Capers and Lemon Infused Oil, Mixed Baby Greens with Strawberries, Mango, Asparagus Tips, Toasted Almonds with a Tangy Raspberry Vinaigrette, Housemade Breads and Rolls, Wedding Cake and S’mores with Homemade Marshmallows for dessert.
Kristen’s style was very organic with creams, whites, succulents and lavender. Her vendors were as follows: Florist: Kim with Petal Pixie, Music: Tony Lake Trio for the ceremony and dinner and Rob Ferre/Life of the Party for the dancing, Cake: Julie Hill/Layers, Photographer: Alixann Loosle, and Day of Coordinator: Taylor Hayes.


Allison and James View Photos

Private Residence

What a treat it was to work with Allison and her mother Vikki to put together this amazing wedding. Allison and James are both known in the horse industry and they were so lucky to have their event at a family friend’s property in Heber City, and we will anxiously await the feature of their wedding in an equine magazine. The ceremony was held in front of the family pond, and officiated by the home owner. We commenced to the backyard for cocktail hour complete with a cigar bar, dinner and dancing. We served a local cheese board during cocktail hour and then the guests enjoyed a lovely dinner buffet with fresh Salmon Filets with Herb Lemon Butter, Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa, Barley Risotto with Pesto and Ricotta, fresh Arugula Salad with fresh Parmesan and Lemon Vinaigrette, and our delicious house-made breads and rolls with salt encrusted butter blocks. We enjoyed a wonderfully warm evening for September and danced under the lights. Our best wishes to Allison and James for a life filled with love, laughter and good food. Photography by Ashlee Elizabeth Photography.

Alisa and Mark View Photos

Old Church at Rockport State Park

We served a rustic family-style dinner for the guests of bride, Alisa Shirley, and groom, Mark Henderson, at the lovely Old Church at the Rockport State Park located in Peoa, Utah. For the 1st course we served watermelon salad with toasted pistachios on a bed of arugula with a balsamic reduction. The 2nd course was grilled chile lime flank steak with salpicon dressing, avocado and shaved asiago Utah mountain red trout with Moroccan tomato jam. Both entrees were served with gnocchi with sage brown butter, charred corn, chantrelle mushrooms and shaved Parmesan, roasted asparagus and bourbon butter grilled corn on the cob. For dessert the guests were treated to homemade chocolate chip cookies, ginger snaps and dipped shortbread that were served in glass jars accompanied by Italian chocolate, honey lavender and summer berry gelato. We treated the children to their own boxed dinners in takeout containers filled with our homemade macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, watermelon, corn on the cob, and cornbread. They were greeted at the tables with fun drinks, crayons and craft paper to draw on to keep them busy for the evening. Photography by Alixann Loosle Photography.

Heart of Gold Inspiration Shoot View Photos

The Tasting Room

Geometric heart motifs are popping up all over the design and fashion worlds, and we couldn’t be happier! We love these playful patterns and sweet symbols of love as a wedding theme. The team at Scenemakers, led by Allie Cesler-Couch put together this wedding shoot assisted by a talented group of wedding professionals. We were thrilled to be doing the food and table design for this high style photo shoot. The vendor list is a who’s who in Utah weddings: Florals and décor by Allie and Scenemakers, custom invitation suite by Lauren Brady of Saucy & Kitsch for the Write Image, Alta Moda provided a stunning wedding gown by designer Hayley Paige, Soula Christopulos did the model’s hair and make-up styling, and of course, we did the food! The shoot took place at  our downtown SLC venue The Tasting Room. Our contemporary high style menu included: 1st course –  Spring sweet pea and pesto risotto topped with tiny asparagus spears, a fried quail egg and shaved Parmesan, served with Black Pepper Brioche. Dessert –  Mini pear vanilla bundt cakes topped with Meyer lemon whipped curd with a slice of dried pear and candied lemon zest. Beverage – Thyme Raspberry Cream soda with floating raspberry and sprig of thyme served with artisan coffee. Yum!

White Brick Organic Inspiration Shoot View Photos

Private Studio

We are so pleased to have been a part of this elegant white themed inspiration photo shoot! Our friend Alli Kesler of Scenemakers provided the exquisite florals and decor.  Jessica Peterson, the photographer, hosted the shoot within the white brick walls of her photography studio in Salt Lake City.  Alta Moda provided a beautiful dress – soft and refined. Our “bride/model”, Eleanor Kramer, also created the invitation suite and chalkboard signage. The beautiful “escort card” calligraphy was done by Ashley MacKay. Eleanor’s hair and makeup were perfectly styled by Soula Christopulos. She accentuated Eleanor’s soft look with a grace that was both natural and polished. Julie Hill of Layers Cake outdid herself with a 3 tiered fondant cake, complete with an ombre of small leaves on the bottom tier and a blooming branch of fondant dogwood flowers reaching up the top tow tiers. This cake was perfectly displayed on shell pink La Tavola sequin linen (you can see the linen in person at Modern Display!).  And finally, the food! Culinary Crafts created elegant white themed menu items for this dreamy shoot. The first course: Roasted white cauliflower crisp with brussel sprout leaves, pea shoots and lemon-garlic vinaigrette, a tomato calamata foccacia wrapped in parchment with an olive oil/ butter duo with sea salt. Dessert: Mini sugar cinnamon donuts topped with a brown sugar crumble served in mini paper bags. Beverage: Rosemary Sparkling Pear in a gold glitter rimmed glass garnished with a small sprig of rosemary and a dried pear slice. Everyone did a beautiful job…we love working with these people!

Michelle and Paul View Photos

Cocoa Canyon Ranch

What would motivate a couple to bring their entire wedding from Scotland to the mountains of Utah? The gorgeous Cocoa Canyon Ranch (see venue listings)! With the help of Soiree Productions and Orchid Dynasty, this rustic ranch was transformed into a romantic setting of white and ruffles complete with faux fur throws and crystals. The cocktail hour was a fun mingling of passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with a tapas dinner buffet to follow. The bride stepped out of traditional wedding fare to offer comforts foods with buffets offered at 2 separate dining times. The first buffet offered demi soups, salads, and flatbread. The second buffet offered sliders, tacos, and fries. Yum! We completed the evening with the latest wedding trend of a “Late Night Snack” . . . Hot Cocoa, Creme Brulee, S’More Shooters, and Pizza! The perfect Utah ranch wedding favor? A custom BBQ sauce and label. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Jasmine Durham View Photos

Private Residence

When the grandchildren of John and Karen Huntsman get married, you can be sure the guest list will be huge and the celebration amazing! Jasmine, daughter of Rich and Christina Durham, is a gracious, beautiful woman and ranks at the top of fun and fabulous brides. She wanted her wedding to be something different from the usual wedding fare, so she chose the theme of “A Stroll Down the Carnival Midway.” How fun is that?! We greeted guest with hawker trays of old-fashioned candies as they waited to greet the bride and groom and with 800 guests, they had a little wait. Logistics are key when designing a wedding of this size and scope and I loved having my hands in every detail from designing the layout, rentals, menu, florals, staffing, and all areas of this creative evening of fun. Guests loved the scrumptious carnival food, especially dessert: Churros with Dulche de Leche and S’Mores. We designed 8 custom wood boxes filled with river rock and flame jets to toast the homemade marshmallows. We even made custom Fortune Cookies with the Chinese Wok station! The parting favor was a huge caramel popcorn station with dozens of flavors of gourmet caramel corn where guests could fill their own bags that had custom stickers dedicated to the bride and groom. Thank you, Jasmine and Dave, for trusting Culinary Crafts with your once-in-a-lifetime event. Photography by Kelli Bramble, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Richard and Lorna Durham View Photos

Private Residence

The second Durham summer wedding of 2013 was held at the same family home with the same 800 count guest list, so it was very important to design something unique for the couple and guests. Lorna is from Texas and proud of it! What better way to show off the couple’s unique heritage than to offer a menu showcasing the regional food of each state . . . and Lorna wanted to serve BREAKFAST! The gardens were decked with coral and apple green linens, succulents and flowers, a huge central food tent with the chef action stations, custom chuppah for the bride and groom to greet guests, and a comfy lounge/dance area where we even made custom pillows in the bride’s colors. Guests were greeted with mini breakfast pastries and a menu “fan” to keep cool so they would know all the fun breakfast foods in store for them. We also designed a custom “Wall of Drinks” for the summer beverages. This unique Culinary Crafts showpiece sets any wedding apart as “really cool!” The mother of the groom, Christina Huntsman Durham, knows how to entertain and wouldn’t let her guests depart without a fun thank you favor. What would be more appropriate than mini breakfast donuts in a custom package saying, “Donut Mess With Texas!” Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Beth Lendrum View Photos

Red Butte Garden

Beth and I hit it off right away as we were both strong independent women who gave love a second chance. Her encore wedding at Red Butte Garden had the same color scheme as mine and many of the food items I served at my wedding! To precisely execute this type of wedding—from cocktails, to hors d’oeuvres, to ceremony, to design, to floral, to music, to flawless finish—it takes a village. Many thanks to all those who made this the perfect day: Denise and Robin from Red Butte; Mara Marian from LMG Events; Shellie from Orchid Dynasty, Julie from Layers, Michael Luccarelli on classical guitar; Gunnar, our Event Captain; Adam, our on-site Chef; and of course, Beth, the glowing bride. Photography by Kelli Bramble, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Jamie Flores View Photos

Red Butte Garden

Jamie Flores was a chic and elegant wedding Culinary Crafts catered at Red Butte Garden. My favorite detail was the menu cards topped with our signature macaroons done in Jamie’s wedding colors. The soft palette of pewter, mint, and blush pink was understated and gorgeous, not to mention perfectly blended with the natural beauty of the space. The guests were greeted by butlers serving an array of passed hors d’oeuvres like roasted corn cakes with goat cheese and honey, Parmigiano-stuffed dates wrapped in Prosciutto, and rock shrimp with wasabi aioli and Thai chili sauce. Many of her guests were vegetarian, so we designed plenty of buffet items to accommodate them including Sesame-crusted Eggplant and green Coconut Curry Sauce, Barley Salad with tomatoes, scallions, cucumber and mint lime dressing, Jack Daniels Puree of Yam with buttered pecans, Spinach and Romaine Salad with goat cheese, dried cranberries, pears and candied walnuts dressed with a caramelized onion balsamic vinaigrette, and Seared Asparagus with lemon and Parmesan curls. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Hansen View Photos

Johnson Mill

So many brides are dreaming of a wooded setting just like this one at Johnson Mill . . . glory in the glen! This quaint bed and breakfast is the perfect place to lodge your out of town guests as well as take advantage of their romantic honeymoon suite. It comes with a serene lake, 2 swans, and plenty of room for a large wedding surrounded by the mountains of Utah. The day started out perfectly until a brief thunderstorm came rolling in that sent guests scurrying to the tent but our staff were undaunted and kept everything moving. After drying all the tables and chairs, the night went on without a hitch. This beautiful buffet is a great example of how our eco-disposable palm leaf plates are at home in any setting while saving the bride a lot of extra costs. The rainbow made for the perfect touch to seal the memory of a wonderful celebration. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Kemp View Photos

Red Butte Garden

Some weddings are all about the food and some weddings are all about decor. This wedding at Red Butte Garden was about both! Gorgeous blue-themed decor and flowers, formal plated dinner with gracious service, and a luscious wedding cake to top off the evening. Thank you, Scenemakers, for partnering with Culinary Crafts to create this night of memories in the garden. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

Lisa and Todd View Photos

The Tower (Rice-Eccles)

Everything about this wedding reflected the bride right down to the personal names on their wedding cake. The elegant chair covers with silver bands and silver linens were the perfect backdrop to her deep red roses and shimmers. The formal wedding began with passed hors d’oeuvres and then moved to a plated dinner menu. The wedding cake was served for dessert with our signature homemade gelato. At the end of the evening, the bride favored her guests with a beautiful song and operatic voice. Simply stunning. Photography by Logan Walker, a Pepper Nix Photographer.

The Blue Wedding View Photos

The Tower (Rice-Eccles)

Rice-Eccles Statdium isn’t just for football! We have hosted some of our nicest weddings at the stadium and this all blue wedding was a perfect fit. We love working with brides to create their theme through color, style, specialty lighting, layout, and rentals. You can see all the details that came together form this luscious wedding of blue and white. I particularly loved a mini wedding cake on each table being part of the decor and later served to the guests at each table. Guests were greeted by artisan cheeses and then treated to a formal served dinner with a duo entree. With the head table set as the focal point around the dance floor, guests were ready to dance the night away in the shadow of one of the city’s most beautiful sunset views. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Iris Moulton View Photos

Red Butte Garden

The Orangarie at Red Butte Gardens was the perfect location for this ultra romantic wedding. It featured wonderful handmade touches and gorgeous vintage china – creating 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. We love the china they found for this wedding. Pairing the china with gorgeous vintage linens created a truly magical and garden-like feel. Not only did this wedding have these splendid china and linens (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! The couple had their guests sign quilter’s squares to be made into a wedding quilt later on. What a great keepsake! We also love that they gave ‘family honey’ favors that were made from the grooms’s father’s hives. Their “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. We also really liked that they used sprigs from pine trees for something a little unexpected as well. And the illustrated chalk board showing table assignments was wonderful. To keep with the feel of the day, we opted for some casually elegant culinary 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. I love their simple, yet pretty cake made by Layers. The wood cake stands are amazing (and were handmade by the father and his girlfriend of Immortal Guitars). The succulents and foxes adorning the cake are great details. We were so happy to share this day and see the first unveiling of Blue Bird Vintage Rental offerings. Happy planning everyone! Photography by Kelli Bramble.

Rylee Robinson View Photos

Wadley Farms

Each bride has such a unique sense of style and individual personality she bring to to the planning process. Riley selected the cozy outdoor garden venue at Wadley Farms and worked with us to design a fun casual menu for her once-in-a-lifetime event. We began with our homemade sourdough bread sliced for dipping in a variety scrumptious selections such as hummus, pesto, Parmesan artichokes, and many others. Riley originally thought she wanted a chocolate fountain but we designed a more updated version we call “The River of Chocolate” with great dipping items like homemade marshmallows, fudge, caramels, kettle potato chips! To top off the evening, the guests cooked their whistles with a trip to the mocktail bar for vanilla cokes and raspberry lemonade. Photography by Alixann Loosle Photography.

Ashley Richards View Photos

Private Residence

What a pleasure it was for Culinary Crafts to work with John and Susan Richards again to design a wedding for their daughter, Ashley! We were challenged with creating a different feel and look than we had done two years ago with their other daughter, Erica. We envisioned a beautiful setting with vineyard tables, bistro lighting, black cutout votives, cut logs, succulents, and flowers in the color palette of mustard yellow, coral, turquoise blue, and natural linen to reflect the bride’s casual embracing approach to life. The guests were served a delicious menu of Gourmet Quesadillas, Homemade Chinese Dumplings, Flame Torched Beef with Baked Ricotto, and Summer Harvest Salads. The highlight of the evening was our signature gelato served with homemade cookies so guests could make their own ice cream sandwiches! Yummm! I love serving a variety of action stations as there is always something for everyone! The bride created a beautiful multi-colored ribbon canopy which hung over the bridal party in the pergola. These kinds of individual touches made this wedding very unique to Ashley and reflected her free spirit style. The father of the bride even commented during the evening, “The yard feels like a great outdoor restaurant filled with guests that are having great food, great conversation, and enjoying themselves.” What more needs to be said?

Jessica Kranski View Photos

Big Moose Ranch

I’m sure you recognize this wedding as it has been everywhere . . . featured in Salt Lake/Park City Bride Magazine and in Style Me Pretty as one of the best Utah mountain weddings of the year. Working with Jessica was a delight with her mountain chic sense of style. I loved the Utah-themed menu served buffet style to create a casual social mingling of guests. Nothing stuffy about this bride and groom! Check out all the great decor and design touches from Mara at LMG Events. She is one of the best wedding planners in Utah and pure class! Photography by Jesse Erasmus.

Channing Hancock View Photos

Salt Lake City Public Library

The downtown Salt Lake Library was the perfect site for Channing’s wedding. I knew it was the right match for her fusion of Asian and American contemporary style and there was plenty of room for all her areas of interest and design. I loved her white doors filled with memory photos and her “mail box” table where guest could leave the bride and groom “letters of love” . . . a lost art in today’s electronic world. Food stations were the perfect fit to draw the guests throughout the library to dine and see all the displays. Savory Cheesecakes from all the world points the B&G had lived; Coconut Curry with all the trimmings; Summer Salads presented in our white honeycombs; Refreshing Lemonade station; and an “over-the-top” offering of our homemade Vintage Cakes. Floral by Scenemakers; Photography by Logan at Pepper Nix Photography.

Sheena Smith View Photos

High Star Ranch

High Star Ranch was the perfect setting for this New York City couple to find peace, beauty, and fine food to make their Utah wedding an amazing day of memories. The barn featured vineyard tables, rustic table runners, and the beautiful styling of Sarah Winward’s “Honey of a Thousand Flowers.”  Guests enjoyed the family-style dinner featuring some of Utah’s best offerings. Afterward, guests danced the night away enjoying family, friends, and s’mores. Thanks, Michelle, and Utah Events by Design, for all your help in making Sheena’s day relaxed and flawless.  

Lina and Gideon View Photos

McCune Mansion

When a bride wants a truly elegant wedding, there is no place like the McCune Mansion. Take a look at Lina and Gideon’s photos to see how the Mansion was able to accommodate a large guest count for dinner by setting up buffets and seating both inside and outside. I loved the gorgeous table linens, rosette chair ties, gold chairs, gold flatware, gold-rimmed goblets . . . did I mention GOLD! Cheers to the happy couple and their wonderful night of celebration and love. Photography by OpieFoto.

Stephanie Moreton View Photos

Private Residence

Can you tell Culinary Crafts loves backyard weddings?! Stephanie’s wedding looked like something right out of Cape Cod. I had such fun designing all the details from the Izze sodas in galvanized tubs, to the pasta action station, and the homemade gelato with chocolate donut holes displayed in wheat grass. My favorite spot was the white “libraries” filled with all sorts of fun things to “grab and go” throughout the evening—parchment bags of fruit & cherries, mini foccacia sandwiches, and skewered lime cilantro shrimp—yum! Thanks, Stephanie, for letting me part of this special day. Florals by Scenemakers. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Sara Hoverson View Photos

High Star Ranch

I worked with Sara for almost 2 years as she dreamed and designed her wedding. She was a wonderful easy-going destination bride whose fiancé is a talented chef in Seattle. Tomas knew food and I knew I had met my match as he threw out ingredients and dishes he wanted served at the celebration. Undaunted, I did my research and was ready for their tasting of the Southwest/Northwest fusion menu I had designed. They loved it. To add a little more “chef showcase” drama, Tomas wanted chefs on-site to shuck fresh oysters for their guests . . . and he even selected the exact oysters he wanted flown in from Seattle fish market. The chef-action stations allowed the guests to sample food all evening as they dined for 4 hours! This was an evening under the stars at High Star Ranch which the guests will long remember and applaud. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Nikki Julian View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

I loved being Nikki’s wedding planner and assisting her with so many details of her Red Cliff wedding. Her free spirit led the way in designing so many details from her meadow ceremony on blankets, to the lemonades to greet guests, to wild flower details for the tables, and s’mores to end the evening. Nikki was the epitome of graciousness. When it rained the day of her celebration, we had to move the ceremony to a tent by the stables. She was a real trooper and didn’t let it dampen her spirits one bit. She selected a “family-style” dinner; perfect for the 80 foot communal dining table and ranch setting. As the bride and groom made their final grand send-off, lightning lit the far sky for a spectacular display of fireworks. Another one of my darling brides married to the man of her dreams. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Lyndsay Johnson View Photos

Victory Ranch

Lyndsay is a rock star. From her first email saying “How’s my new best girlfriend?” to her over-the-top “Guns and Roses” theme, she set a new bar for fun and frolic at a wedding celebration. Holly and I loved every minute of working with this “larger-than-life” woman who was not only one of our favorite brides but has become a good friend. Lyndsay is a graphic artist and owns her own marketing and branding company. She brought all her professional skill to the details of this wedding. She selected a fun cocktail hour with a family-style dinner at Victory Ranch, which is an undiscovered venue gem between Heber and Kamas. Another of my beautiful brides married to the man of her dreams. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Gold N' Glam Inspiration Shoot View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

In most of our Utah mountain ranch weddings, we are using a rustic look with homey comfort foods and a farm to table approach. However, this is not the perfect fit for every bride seeking the beauty of our Rocky Mountains, and thus was born our inspiration for “Gold N’ Glam.” The luscious color tones of Cabernet and Gold led the visual direction with rich textures from gold lace, ivory damask, and ivory chair tassels. I loved using the hint of Cabernet from the red charger and accented by the red napkin. Gold is back and gold is big and we weren’t shy about showing it. From the flatware to goblets, it was our accent color of choice. To set the stage for this glamorous gathering, Holly designed a lace and silk swag to drape the doors to the ranch stables. We dreamed this would be a night for guests to remember. The guests would gather for the elegant affair as the air of fine cuisine is set by serving Oysters on the Half Shelf topped with Black Sturgeon Caviar. As experienced planners, we know the opening tastes set the bar for what is to come. I love an ‘Amuse Bouche’ which literally means ‘laughing mouth.’ It is meant to awaken the palette and cleanse it for wonderful flavors to come. The fresh flavors of unadorned lump crab and bell pepper duxelle combine with a bite of heirloom cherry tomato to begin the meal. In the autumn of the year, we often offer a warm soup course instead of a cold salad . . . truly a lovely way to begin a formal plated dinner. The rich golden color of the butternut soup suited perfectly to the tablescape. The cider cream and toasted pepitos (pumpkin seeds) garnish the top to elevate it to ‘taste divine’. A simple white porcelain bowl allowed the soup to shine on the red and gold place setting. Many brides are asking for alternatives to the traditional wedding cake. We selected an small ornate gold wedding cake to act as the centerpiece to the dessert table, however the bride and groom would serve each other a bite of our Espresso and Hazelnut Marjolaine for their first exchange of food. I designed the petite black cakes to add a bit of dramatic contrast to the dessert table. What could be more stunning than black ganache cakes with edible gold glitter! Toasting is a gracious way to transition from dining to party as guests offer their warmest wishes of love. I love extra touches such as providing the bride and groom their own private red crystal champagne flutes to make the toasting even more special for them. A complete wedding design begins with a single idea, a single vision of the experience the bride and groom wish to create for their guests. Well-seasoned wedding professionals are able to take that single vision and create an entire sensory event from sights, to sounds, to tastes, to memories that live on long after the celebration. It’s why we love what we do! – Mary Crafts Homer, Culinary Crafts, Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Maria Gardiner View Photos

Private Residence

One of my favorite weddings of 2012 has to be Maria Gardiner. Aside from being a delightful family, this home wedding was a “first” for Culinary Crafts. The bride and her family had lived in Europe for several years and she wanted to give her guests a trip to the streets of Europe as they strolled her gorgeous backyard garden. Authentic fresh fruit and vegetable stands, deli sandwich store, apple beer and brats, flaming crepe Suzette, and Italian gelato all came together for this tour of European street cuisine. French macaroons were offered to thank the guests for celebrating with this handsome bride and groom in a night their guests will long remember. Flowers by Carolynn May at Mayflowers.

Devan Guilford View Photos View Event Video

Red Cliff Ranch

Devan was our first Red Cliff wedding of the season and the Ranch was full of color. We greeted guests with our signature Lavender-infused Lemonade with Gingered Lemon as they gathered in the lower meadow for the ceremony. The front portico of the barn is the perfect spot for cocktail hour, bar, and hors d’oeuvres with banjo and guitar to set the mood. In addition to fabulous passed hors d’oeuvres, to honor the Argentine groom, we served their traditional “Picada” meat and cheese platter with crusty breads. Guests anxiously awaited the “unveil” of the communal dining room with its long vineyard tables and family-style place settings. Devan selected a classic “Utah” Buffet featuring local Beef Tenderloin and Rocky Mountain Trout.   Guests loved our “over-the-top” S’mores Bar as they danced the night away to a beautiful western sunset. Love is always in the air at Red Cliff!

Kasia Modeleski View Photos

Private Residence

This home, nestled high above Park City, is filled with wall to wall mountain views, rustic touches, and just the right amount of gorgeous finishes—perfect to host a Ranch Chic wedding! We have always embraced the rustic beauty of the mountains and now we are thrilled to be incorporating the natural elegance and sophistication that is available to us. We loved the use of these vineyard tables with such understated, yet stunning florals! The signature cocktails were perfectly suited to the bride and groom and the guests thoroughly enjoyed this special touch. We love local, we love slow food, we love the quality of the menu items it delivers, and this buffet was no exception! The bride selected a rustic “farm to table” buffet featuring fresh Utah produce, cheeses, and trout. She also knew that she wanted a small wedding cake for the traditional cake cutting, but then thrilled her guests with a fabulous dessert, cupcake, and candy buffet with multiple cupcake choices and fabulous candy in the wedding colors. Such a gorgeous wedding and such a wonderful couple!

Women in Weddings Luncheon View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Culinary Crafts was honored to serve Utah’s Professional Women in Weddings at their annual luncheon. This year’s luncheon was held at the magical Red Cliff Ranch–a perfect venue to showcase some of the hottest trends in “Ranch Chic” weddings. The long vineyard tables were set with prairie burlap runners, recycled wine bottle glasses, and wood coasters as a bread and butter plate. Guests were greeted by butlers passing hors d’oeuvres and lemonade. Family-style service suited the luncheon event perfectly with our attentive waiters on hand to take care of every need. The dessert course featured an Apple Crisp baked and served in Mason jars. As guests lingered to share, network, and enjoy the surroundings, our waiters passed our gourmet Bacon Bourbon Popcorn cones as a final treat.  Photography by David Newkirk.

Mary Crafts and Rick Homer Ceremony Luncheon View Photos View Event Video

Red Cliff Ranch

The beautiful Red Cliff Ranch was the site of Mary and Rick’s wedding ceremony. Mary wanted a “ceremony in the round” and the circular pavilion was the perfect place. Immediately following the ceremony guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and Culinary Crafts’ signature beverage: lavender-infused lemonade with a gingered lemon wheel. For the wedding luncheon the 100 guests were seated at a gorgeous vineyard dining table, with an elegant floral hedge centerpiece, for the most amazing family-style dinner imaginable. The menu started with a plated summer salad of local produce served with artisan breads placed at each setting. The three delicious entrees included grilled Rocky Mountain trout, mesquite flank steak with artichoke and potato hash garnished with arugula, and a rich chanterelle and sweet corn gnocchi. After their entrees, each guest was presented with a demi-plate of Mary’s favorite Utah cheeses served with a honeycomb and Utah cherries. This once in life-time wedding luncheon culminated with an elegant dessert trio of pistachio cake, salted caramel mousse, and decadent chocolate pots de creme.

As valets returned the cars, guests were delighted to find yet another treat of homemade cookies for the adults and purple jelly beans for the children. Oh, did we forget to mention the kids? Mary left no detail unturned. The kids tables were complete with blinking glasses, toys, and their own special menu complete with in-room nanny! Memories enough to fill a lifetime of love. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography and ZumaPhoto.

Mary Crafts and Rick Homer Rehearsal Dinner View Photos

Private Residence

Mary was one of the first to begin the trend of the 3 day wedding celebration affair. When guests are coming from all across the country, it is nice to create a long weekend of events to make this a reunion guests will never forget. Mary was blending families and wanted to create a comfortable, casual evening for the rehearsal dinner. Thus was born her idea to host the evening in her backyard with a gourmet hamburger and hot dog barbecue. Add a scrumptious pulled pork sandwich, smoked paprika potato salad, and lobster marscapone mac & cheese to the menu and you are set for a sensational BBQ to share with family and friends. After dinner and games, a gourmet roast-your-own “S’more” bar and homemade ice cream and soda floats kept the party going. It was the start of a perfect weekend of love and laughter. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography and ZumaPhoto.

Mary Crafts and Rick Homer Wedding Celebration View Photos View Event Video

Private Residence

The final day of this 3 day extravaganza was the over-the-top dinner buffet reception for 500 guests at a private mountain estate. It took dozens of staff two days to set the elaborate series of tents, linens, lighting, stage, and decor to make this magical evening a reality. Thanks to all of Culinary Crafts’ wonderful professional wedding vendor friends, Mary and Rick were able to relax and enjoy this flawless evening of food stations, dancing under the stars, and even fireworks! Culinary Crafts’ staff were committed to making sure Mary’s wedding was executed with the same level of excellence she has given to all her brides over the last 28 years. Kudos and a round of applause to everyone, and a special congratulations to Mary and Rick! Photography by Pepper Nix Photography and ZumaPhoto.

Brynlee Fielding View Photos

Private Residence

Pretty In Pink is the perfect way to describe this beautiful romantic wedding. I loved working with mother and daughter to create their perfect vision of backyard elegance and warmth. We began by greeting guests with vintage crystal chandeliers and lanterns leading to the garden party. The flowers were the prettiest I had seen in the vintage containers and milk glass vases set on peach lamour cloths with natural linen runners. The food featured a “Light Supper Buffet” with an array of summer salads, breads, fruits, and a showstopper ice sculpture and shrimp display. The beverage station featured summer lemonades and the hit of the evening was the homemade gelato dipping case. We provided a stunning setting for her picture-perfect cake by framing it with linen draping and once again, the vintage chandeliers. And true love was in the air!

Kate Lovell View Photos

Salt Lake Hardware Building

When everything comes together in perfection, it is a glorious celebration for the bride and groom. Kate selected great vendors so she could just relax and enjoy her once-in-a-lifetime event. Mara Marian was the talented wedding planner. Salt Lake Hardware Building was the urban chic venue. Culinary Crafts was the skilled caterer. Oooo…fabulous. I loved the mix of vineyard tables and set linen tables. Guests were greeted with Signature Mocktails and Butler-passed Hors d’oeuvres. They were also treated to two great stations of scrumptious salads displayed in white honeycombs and the ever-popular Mashed Potato Bar. To top off the evening, guests delighted to Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk Shooters and Chocolate-dipped Raspberries and Strawberries. As you can see, everything came together for a super-happy bride and groom. Photography by Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography.

Angela and Jim View Photos

Salt Lake Hardware Building

This wedding was so much fun! Held at the historic Salt Lake Hardware Building, the couple chose a bright and colorful palette of red, turquoise, and hints of goldenrod yellow which was perfect amidst the architectural details of the space! We loved creating the jubilant mood with strung lights, handmade paper flowers, creative linens, and custom signage. The food was definitely fun as well! We had our signature Southwestern quesadilla action station, a wood fired-pizza station, butler-passed house made gelato, signature cocktails, and a custom dessert buffet with all the couple’s favorite treats! What an amazing party! Photography by Heidi Ann Photography, Logan Walker of Pepper Nix Photography, and Kelli Bramble of Pepper Nix Photography.

Maile Richardson View Photos

Private Residence

One of the things I love about catering, and especially weddings, is working so closely with people and brides to create their once in a life time event . . . to make sure all their dreams and visions come true.  The Richardson family is one of those families that was so fabulous to work with and they trusted me to create the perfect Italian menu to set the atmosphere for her dreams of Tuscany. The vineyard tables and muslin canopy were a perfect setting for 600 guests to enjoy the gorgeous summer night under the stars. The Italian supper buffet featured a live pasta station and over-the-top candy station was a hit with the bridesmaids. And what could have been a better touch for the Tuscan evening than our home-made gelato station and fresh-prepared Italian creme sodas! 

Holly Valejos View Photos

Private Residence

There is nothing quite as fabulous as a picture perfect poolside wedding. Holly’s father is all about serving his guests with excellence and abundance . . . and the guests were certainly treated to some amazing food with on-site grilling and tons of stations. The candy and dessert table was very fun to design in her colors. We just love the fun variations on the lemonade! Not only was this wedding beautiful and full of delicious food, but the green and yellow color palette was a perfect summer choice.  Add the contrast of the blue skies and this event was drop dead gorgeous! Photography by ZumaPhoto.

Jeanette Warne View Photos

Private Residence

Summer in Utah is the perfect time to host an outdoor wedding and what more perfect spot than a local farm complete with barn, animals, and lots of green grass! At this wedding you can see it was all about the food as guests stayed for hours enjoying the slider station, quesadilla station, and most of all the magnificent dessert station! We designed several lounge vignettes so guests would not only enjoy the beautiful tent area but linger in a comfortable relaxed setting. During wedding season, it’s all about pink! Photography by ZumaPhoto.

Brooke Mariger View Photos

Private Residence

Brooke’s romantic wedding was all about the details. The soft pink tones and lace touches reflected the gentle lady she is. The backyard setting was perfect for all the “wooded” details with her signage. She used potted plants for place cards and even provided “Popsicle stick boats” for the children to float down the stream. The summer dinner buffet was full of scrumptious food but the highlight of the evening was the dessert buffet. The crystal chandeliers and soft mint green linens set the stage for this focal point with Macaroon Trees and Luscious Cakes. Perfect memories of a perfect day. Photography by ZumaPhoto.

Matthew Edwards and Marybeth Small View Photos

Utah State Capitol

Sometimes we never meet the bride as was the case when Representative Becky Edwards planned an elegant wedding for her son in Utah as the bride was planning the celebration in Boston. What more fitting place than the State Capitol Rotunda with pewter and black linens, and the perfect menu for a December night. Guests were greeted with tray-passed hot cocoa and a station of warm homemade soups. A nod to the bride was given with the New England crab cakes on grilled ciabatta with bleu cheese coleslaw. And the dessert . . . ooh la la . . . our signature chocolate whoopie pies with homemade peppermint gelato. Even the flavor-infused waters joined in the celebration of fabulousness! Photography by Cake Photography.

Garrett Goff and Taylee Garn View Photos

Salt Lake Hardware Building

Talk about a romantic wedding! This gorgeous wedding was hosted at the Salt Lake Hardware building with elegant linens, chair sashes, ceiling draping, and pastel florals. I love the linens on the cake table and the special table just for the bride and groom. We served chef stations for the freshest food with maple salmon, sweet potato ramekins, and our homemade breads, just to name a few selections. Guests were treated to over the top desserts of fire…flaming donuts with gelato and flaming bananas foster with bread pudding! Yum! Photography by Cake Photography.

Kate Whittenberg View Photos

Private Residence

Kate’s wedding was a princess fairy tale wedding designed after the British Royal wedding and she was certainly just as beautiful. Not only was their wedding drop dead gorgeous, but they had a ton of delicious Culinary Crafts’ food! At this wedding, the rustic wood fire pizza oven fit right in—as did the flaming doughnut bar. This event was dreamy, delectable, and down right stunning. Photography by Jacque Lynn Photography.

Genevieve Ricart View Photos

Salt Lake City Public Library

Genevieve Ricart selected the new Salt Lake Library with its contemporary design for her beautiful wedding celebration. The evening began with cocktail and hors d’oeuvres on the upper deck overlooking the city. The formal dinner was served in the open atrium lobby….gorgeous! I loved all the little touches we put in this wedding from the chair ties, Emerald green goblets, individual bread baquettes, to the modern styling of her plated salad and entree. What fabulous memories of her special day! Photography by Zuma Photo.

Kelli Hurst View Photos

Rose Sachs Gardens

What a gorgeous bride with such great style! Creating Kelli’s menu to complement the beautiful, natural, feminine, but woodsy feel of her decor was a joy. Red and green grape clusters with a passion fruit curd, delicious seasonal roasted vegetables with a mango chutney, and perfectly caramelized balsamic glazed chicken skewers made for an elegant light supper along with flaming dessert crepes. The butler-passed gelato cones added a touch of whimsy and refreshment on this hot August night while guests enjoyed the music and setting well into the evening. Photography by Zuma Photo.

Ellie Culp and Pete Gail View Photos

Red Cliff Ranch

Red Cliff Ranch up Heber Canyon was the setting for this glorious event complete with cocktails in the horse arena, dinner in the barn, s’mores in the yard, and Utah’s most breathtaking setting! The cocktail hour centered all the hors d’oeuvres around “potatoes”! Nine of the most creative ways to serve bites of potatoes–my favorite the homemade potato chip with rolled sushi salmon and lime buds. Dinner awaited guests in the barn amidst candles, flowers, and wood vineyard tables. Each course was served family-style from the grilled lamb to the grilled trout to the wood-fired vegetables…fabulous! Guests danced the night away while nibbling on the “Utah” candy station, cake, and demi cocoas. I loved being on-site to make sure each detail I had planned made for a flawless evening. Congratulations Pete and Ellie!

Katie Burkholz View Photos

Private Residence

I loved these colors! The turquoise and copper are not just a stunning color combination, but such natural colors to our surroundings here in Utah. I always say that the details make the wedding and there are so many here to see! Coleen Waters, the event designer, did a fantastic job of showcasing the colors while also paying attention to all of the details that make a wedding reception so special. The different shades of turquoise pompom balls hung as a canopy over the seating tables. From the crystal chandeliers to the gorgeous flowers and the photo booth favors, everything came together to make this such a sweet reception. We wanted to keep the menu light with some homemade sandwiches and fresh fruit. On another station, we served our specialty flaming Crepes for dessert! Such an elegant summer evening, spent in celebration… what could be better?! Photography by Zuma Photo.

Dashell Hansen View Photos

Johnson Mill

I loved the natural and elegant style that Dashell chose for her wedding reception. The pops of color, the food, the decor, and the venue all seemed so effortless. We served an elegant lite supper menu for her ceremony guests. These are some of my favorite menus for summer receptions. The menu features fresh, local ingredients and incorporates them into a lighter fare. Salads and fruits are accompanied by our housemade breads and a simple carvery. The menu is more than a lite reception, but not as heavy as a dinner… perfect for summer time! The decor matched the menu… light and airy with an appreciated elegance. Dashell’s guests enjoyed themselves well into the evening, dancing the night away at the lush Johnson Mill Bed and Breakfast. Photography by Zuma Photo.

Natalie Cruz View Photos

Park City Ranch

The location of Natalie’s wedding helped to dictate her menu as well as her decor. When working at such a beautiful ranch in the mountains of Park City, why try to create anything but rustic, soft, and natural? Rachel Heimer and Jen from Scenemakers worked together to create a layout, flow, and design that represented Natalie’s desire to work with her surroundings. We chose the ceremony site overlooking the valley and created a backdrop from recycled wood and softly colored flowers. The guests were invited to long wooden benches for a gorgeous view of the ceremony. We moved into the barn for the reception where we hosted a variety of dinner stations as well as passed hors d’oevures, vertical small plated hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails into the evening. Guests were seated at long, rustic, vineyard tables with delicate flowers and linen runners. The custom candy and dessert table was created to accent the ranch feel with chocolate cigars and homemade petit fours. The band was a centerpiece to the evening party and played music into the night while everyone enjoyed the music, food, and company.

Trudy Christiansen Rehearsal Dinner View Photos

Private Residence

When hosting a rehearsal dinner, you want the atmosphere to feel laid back and relaxed, yet still show a sense of style. We created this event in its entirety from the wooden tables to the ethnic throw pillows to the delicate and whimsical flower arrangement. Culinary Crafts and Rachel Heimer attended to every detail. The menu was authentic and casual with Fajitas and burritos, fresh fruit, and delicious salsas and accompaniments. Desserts were the star with homemade flan and chocolate chipotle cupcakes with a candied Jalapeno garnish. We served authentic Mexican sodas and citrus water from our tall “giraffe” dispensers and guests spent the evening truly enjoying their time together among the paper lanterns and lit canopy.

Bonnie Clark View Photos

Private Residence

I loved the details on the Victorian Era inspired wedding. The lace table linens, the antique books, and the lush floral centerpieces all created by Scenemakers really brought the look together. The Clark home was the perfect setting for this Garden party. We served a traditional dinner for her guests featuring our mouth watering Chicken Dijonaisse with Rice Pilaf. We brought the Victorian detail into the dinner by pre-setting English scones with Utah Honey and jam. The Dessert table combined with the Wedding cakes were the piece de resistance of the evening with old fashioned candies, fruit tartlettes, and the wonderful buttercream cakes, we created a Victorian dessert delight! Guests really enjoyed the evening, and though we had just a drizzle of rain…the evening turned out to be magical and fun for all!

Rachel Skalla and Drew Parcell View Photos

Stonegate Community Pool

It was easy to help Rachel and Drew find a theme for their celebration once I found out their favorite drink was Diet Coke! “Rachel and Drew…it’s the real thing!” We created an amazing ice sculpture to hold the evening’s beverage of choice served in trendy mini aluminum bottles. The setting at the Stonegate Community Pool nestled in the majestic Wasatch mountains set the stage for a magical evening of the things fairy tales are made of. The formal greeting line, the chef-action stations, gelato bar, beverages, cake, lounge furniture, and dance band encircled the serene pool. Rachel was another smart bride that took my advice to start her evening at “half-past seven” so the beauty of the western sky and twilight evening set the perfect atmosphere. I loved being on-site to make sure every detail was handled and even I enjoyed a Coke and moment of rest. This was my second wedding for the Skallas and they still have two daughters to go!! Love to you, Mary

Lacey Laycock View Photos

Private Residence

This is the second wedding we catered for the Laycock family. Lacey was living in Hawaii and her parents were LDS mission presidents in Peru during the entire planning process. They asked me to coordinate all the details as the bride and family would be arriving only days before the wedding. I called on all my favorite vendors to create a breathtaking evening of scrumptious food, music, mingling, and dancing. A special thank you to Scenemakers, Busath Photography, David Perry Films, Carrie’s Cakes, Diamond Rental, Swanovation Ice, and the Joe Muscillino Band for helping me make a celebration the family and guests will long remember.

Erica Richards View Photos

Private Residence

Planning this wedding was a “family affair” with everyone involved including Erica–the bride, Susan–her mother, and John–her father! Sometimes this can be a difficult situation but not with this family. They were delightful from the first meeting to the last! Guests were greeted into a dazzling chandelier-lit tent with gorgeous florals by Holly Fowler of Hollyhocks. Erica took my advice and started her reception later in the evening to take advantage of the dusky sky, and her luscious colors of watermelon and pink were the perfect combination for this summer evening. I designed a series of chef-action stations to entertain the guests including “The Martini Salad Station”, Thai Lettuce Wraps, Tuscan Summer Pasta, Americana Beef Carvery, and Flaming Crepe Suzettes. It’s amazing how festive a simple water station can be when it is done right! A favorite of the evening was the mobile gelato station serving our scrumptious signature ice cream. A wedding fit for a princess such as Erica.

Chelsea Osborn View Photos

Sleepy Ridge

Chelsea choose the beautiful Sleepy Ridge Sunset Room as the elegant setting for her glorious wedding celebration. The hit of the evening was the candy station I designed coordinating her colors of pink, olive green, and chocolate. I even found some chocolate almond “olives” which were such a conversation piece! Food was very important to her father and the presentation had to be abundant and very visual. I designed an open chef-action buffet with the chefs working in the center and a full 360 degree presentation to fill the center of the ballroom. Our “Flavored Waters” station continues to be popular with the non-drinking crowd. Waiters served our signature gelato directly to guests. Every thing from her custom linens, to the candy station, to floral, to cake, and even the ice cream reflected her elegant style and colors. Congratulations, Chelsea, and thanks for letting me be part of your family for an evening!

Michell View Photos

Private Residence

I loved the details that made this wedding so special. The dinner for intimate friends and family followed by a fantastic dessert table, chocolate fountain, and flaming crepes station. The color palatte was classic and elegant with black and white with red accents. We made custom signs for the candy and dessert table to accent the colors while keeping the overall look luxe and striking. We created ice vases to surround the chocolate fountain filled with fresh fruit for dipping while the flaming crepes created a “fire and ice” type feel. The ice drink tube was a huge hit and all enjoyed the fun photobooth.

Kim Brunken and McKay Jacobson View Photos

Private Residence

In the style of a truly classic Martha’s Vineyard, the Kim Brunken wedding was a genuine reflection of the bride’s home and family life. I loved meeting with Kim and her parents as we put her vision to life with her menu, linens, floral, and design. The lush backyard garden was the perfect setting for the low-hanging lanterns, rattan lounge furniture, and natural linen table cloths. And what flowers could be more perfect than hydrangias! Guests were greeted by passed hors d’oeuvres and later enjoyed passed mini gelato cones. The lite supper buffet featured long-stemmed strawberries, chef-carved roast pork loin, and an array of summer salads & breads. I loved the beverage station with bottled French lemonade and sparkling waters. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Joe Muscolino, the tastes of cake from Maha at Pastry Arts, and the sight of flowers designed by Roots.

Lauren Magleby and Michael Reid View Photos

American Fork Amphitheater

Beauty, romance, soft lace, vintage styling…are the words for Lauren’s wedding. Her sense of style was evident at every turn in the perfectly orchestrated wedding by Amorology Wedding Planners, Culinary Crafts, and Scenemakers. Lauren selected the lush garden setting at the American Fork Amphitheater where dinner guests were greeted with butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and summer beverages. Guests love the “Cocktail Lounge” as a place to gather before dinner, and retreat for a quiet place during the party. One of my favorite touches was the seating card table designed with heirloom jewelry and vintage lace. The dining tables were a site to behold with lace and linen cloths, custom napkins, menu cards, and overflowing candy at the children’s tables. One of the things which sets Culinary Crafts apart is our on-site preparation of all the hot food items. We set an on-site kitchen in a staging tent and brought our chefs to prepare much of the menu on-site and served directly from oven to table for restaurant-quality food service. Following the dinner and toasting, additional reception guests were invited for dancing and desserts. The vintage dessert tables were covered in woven ribbons with jeweled signage and vintage cake plates. A flawless wedding of romance and style. Congratulations, Lauren and Mike!

John and Kelsi Mellor View Photos

Private Residence

Some weddings exceed all dreams and this wedding is certainly one of them. I loved every step of planning this amazing celebration and I hope you catch the ecstasy of this memorable evening. Guests arrived to Butler-passed Hors d’oeuvres and a creative bar featuring a Summer Fruit Sangria and Blue Moon Beer. The theme of their love story…”Such a love only comes around once in a Blue Moon”. Following the wedding ceremony the tent was transformed into an elegant dining room featuring our new Vineyard Tables with Fruitwood Chivari chairs. The bride and groom selected white bistro china, amber goblets, and twisted copper flatware to accent the natural setting of their country home. Following the formal plated dinner for 150 guests, Culinary Crafts presented abundant action stations to an additional 400 guests as they arrived to dance, laugh, and celebrate with John and Kelsi. Photography by Zuma Photo.

Stephanie Bush View Photos

Private Residence

A beautiful wedding for a gorgeous bride! This is one of my favorite menus this year. Stephanie’s wedding was full of all of the fun details that make receptions great! Guests were graciously greeted with a flute of champagne topped with a delicately floating raspberry as they entered for the ceremony. Upon entry, they caught a glimpse of our custom-made candy table with artisan chocolates and handmade details. After the ceremony, guests were treated to a gourmet selection of action stations and fabulous bite-sized hors d’oeuvres. Kobe beef sliders with a Quail egg and caramelized onions with sweet potato fries were served at one end of the yard while Halibut parcels with a cilantro lime marinade, saffron rice, cucumber raita and naan were in another section. Over in another corner we had a Gaucho beef tenderloin with a chimichurri sauce and 3 tomato salad. A sticks and skewers station with a scallop ceviche sticks, sweet and spicy shrimp skewers, cumin orange beef skewers, and saffron chicken skewers in Asian to go’s with sesame soba noodles. Grilled on site were steak tacos with a smoky tomatillo sauce and a black bean and corn salad. Our waiters butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and also featured some delightful tastes on our signature vertical buffets. On the warm May evening, the signature Vodka lime ricky was a hit and guests danced the afternoon away to the sounds of a live band. Photography by Zuma Photo.

Embree Rehearsal Dinner View Photos

Private Residence

Well, this was just about the funnest rehearsal dinner…ever!!! We roasted a whole pig on a spit…North Carolina style, y’all! While Kaleb headed up the pig roast portion, which took 8 hours of turning all day long, I put together this darling design. We wanted it to be casual, yet fun with all of the details. Bandana napkins tied with rafia around bamboo flatware were at each setting. Darling alternating centerpieces with bright yellow daisies in red buckets and wooden containers, chalkboard signs, and an amazing bluegrass band helped to create a wonderful evening with family and friends. As the nighttime approached our red and yellow star lanterns lit up the night while guests enjoyed some good ol’ fashioned barbecue with collard greens, watermelon, bourbon buttered corn on the cob, rich and delicious mac and cheese, and grilled vegetables with a mango chutney. The pig had been mopped all day in a vinegar-based North Carolina sauce and when we pulled that baby off the bone, folks began to swoon over the succulent pork pieces. We wrapped things up with strawberry shortcake and sent everyone into the night…bellies full and anticipating the reception the next day… Photography by Zuma Photo.

Sarah Shechter View Photos

Red Butte Garden

Sarah and Matt’s reception at the beautiful Red Butte Garden infused elegance and sophistication into every detail from the menu, to the venue, to the gorgeous aubergine and kiwi color scheme. The evening began with passed hors d’oeuvres featuring our fabulous Ahi tuna tartar cones with Wasabi guacamole and our yummy crab cakes with a caper chive dipping sauce accompanied by an elegant top shelf bar service. As we invited guests to be seated, we welcomed them to a bountiful buffet where we served our signature, bleu cheese encrusted beef tenderloin and our applewood smoked Utah trout with rose hip aioli. After dinner, guests enjoyed a fantastic dessert array with Lime and Raspberry curd layered with Zabaglione, miniature Apple tartlettes, and Chocolate pot de creme. This truly was an evening to remember from beginning to end. Photography by Pepper Nix.

Emily Skalla View Photos

Private Residence

Emily and Taylor wanted to combine the best of a traditional wedding along with the best of a contemporary wedding. The lower gardens of the Jackson home were perfect for the receiving line and formal buffet. Guest delighted to such favorites as our Caramelized Salmon and Sesame Ginger Chicken. I loved planning this wedding and assisting with every detail. I was there to help transition the formal line to the party atmosphere and cake cutting on the tennis court. On the upper court, we flamed Crepe Suzettes in the evening air and poured mocktails down the monogramed ice luge. One of my favorite touches were the delicious gelato cones passed to the guests and family. This was such a fun celebration that guests didn’t want to leave even after the sparkler farewell. Emily and Taylor . . . you guys are great! Love, Mary Crafts. Photography by Pepper Nix Photography.

Carly Hart View Photos

Private Residence

Carly’s reception was all about the details….from the miniature Honey jar favors to the vintage photo booth. Rather than go “over the top” with the food, we made it personal and just as detailed as the rest of her reception. We featured a Vietnamese meatball and lettuce wrap station with Rangoon shrimp and cilantro spring rolls to celebrate Carly and Scott’s time in Vietnem. To accent this station, Carly and Jayne added photographed vintage styled pendants with all of their fun Vietnamese excursions! Rather than serving typical finger desserts, we accented the gorgeous coral colors in the decor with cupcakes, zabaglione and fruit, as well as our custom made signage for our apothecary display of cookies. Our elegant waiters breezed through the crowd offering savory hors d’oeuvres …lemon marinated tortellini skewers, Cumin and orange beef skewers and our fabulous miniature, housemade Gelato cones. Alpine rentals supplied all of the gorgeous and vintage styled decor from the wrought iron table centerpieces to the crystal chandeliers hung from the trees. Carly and her mother Jayne added the special touches…the banners and the vintage typewriter at the sign in table, the ribbons strung from the trees. This was one of my favorite weddings this year. The details added to the individuality of the reception making it another one of a kind event! I truly enjoyed meeting with Jayne and Carly and the whole experience with every vendor was creative, fun, and inspiring.

Jentry McKell View Photos

Private Residence

Can you imagine a more gorgeous setting than this private estate in Hobble Creek Canyon? The celebration started with a formal plated late afternoon luncheon with eye-popping linens against the lush green setting. While our chefs were busy with the final touches of the luncheon, the butlers passed petite Beef Wellingtons and petite Martini Shrimp Cocktails. The bride’s signature lavender sugar-rimmed Mojito drink was passed to arriving guests. The summer entree was a sliced chicken breast with papaya, avocado, and hazelnuts. There were a lot of children so a special pizza and watermelon plate was prepared for them. 

During the luncheon, Design Elite was busy putting the finishing touches on the reception tent, placing the wedding cakes, and making sure all the lighting worked for the Chinese lantern chandelier! The McKell’s were expecting 1000 guests to the reception so we looked for fun foods that could be done in budget and not break the bank! We served a gourmet Tortilla Chips and Fresh Salsa Bar, Cotton Candy, Upscale Candy Station, and our famous home-made Italian ice cream. With this many guests, we had to send the cotton candy and ice cream “mobile” with creative ways to tray pass these items. And what would be a suitable send-off for this unique bride and groom….a black helicopter, of course!

Kelsey Nixon Reception View Photos

McCune Mansion

We had the challenge of following Kelsey’s fabulous rehearsal dinner with an elegant dessert buffet at the McCune mansion. We carried the fresh cherry theme throughout the evening beginning with cherry Italian sodas passed by our accommodating waiters and followed with Bing cherry red velvet cupcakes and mini chocolate truffle fudge cakes topped with a fresh cherry. We kept with the down home feel by adding tiny little fresh berry tarts and, to add something savory without adding an entire buffet, we added sophisticated Butler passed Hors d’oeuvres. The décor was lush with shantung silk linens and, keeping with Kelsey’s colors, we added a twist of elegance with metallic tones of Robin’s egg blue and champagne with Every Blooming Thing providing the vintage red floral accent. It all came together classically with an elegance that can only be had at the beautiful McCune mansion. A fairytale night for our gorgeous Bride! Photography by Zuma Photo.

Kelsey Nixon Rehearsal Dinner View Photos

Memorial House

Kelsey was an absolute delight to work with. The food was very important to her and we jumped at the chance to give her everything she was looking for and more! It was a gathering of good friends and family where people could relax and enjoy the food, conversation, and the perfect evening weather. The menu was unassuming and relaxed with favorites like Utah Sweet corn and Firecracker ribs. We presented a Hamburger and Hot Dog station with Homemade buns and an amazing assortment of gourmet toppings. You could add anything from locally grown Heirloom tomatoes to Bear Lake Raspberry Chutney and Caramelized onions to your dog or some of our fantastic Mango salsa and Guacamole to kick things up! We showcased locally grown peaches, cherries, and berries for the shortcake and we had to add “fry sauce” to the condiment station for those out of town guests! Decor was simple and relaxed yet detail oriented. Kelsey’s colors were Robin’s egg blue and red, so, we used a bright red and accented with Robin’s egg blue platters, gingham parchment paper, and dressed the waiters in all white with Robin’s egg blue neckties. Everything had a classic feel to it from the signage to the galvanized tubs holding the red and blue Jones sodas. This was a casual, fun evening filled with family, friends, laughter, and song and we were honored to be a part of it. Photography by Zuma Photo.

Kara Dickenson View Photos

Private Residence

Talk about a fairy tale wedding! When a client is looking for details alongside phenomenal food and lighting, tent, and design coordination, they call us. The Ackerman Rivendell residence was the perfect setting for Paul and Kara’s reception and Shannon coordinated such a beautiful evening with the sparkling linens and crystal chairs. We assembled a group of tents uplit with bright pink lights and dripping with tropical flowers and crystal beads provide by Every Blooming Thing and the final outcome was just breathtaking…white Aspen groves sprinkled with delicate crystals sparkled throughout the evening. We provided a signature ice tube slide and a fabulous candy shop dessert buffet accented with Kara’s colors as well as her monogram. Each guest took home a gift box of treats filled with candy apples and tiny cupcakes. Dinner was a very elegant Russian style service with a Tuscan flair. We served Prosciutto wrapped Chicken with a Red pepper aioli and our grilled Chili Lime Flank Steak with Salpicon dressing, shaved Asiago, and Avocado. Everything served elegantly tableside by our gracious waitstaff. Kara and Paul enjoyed every minute of the day from the streamside ceremony to the final dance of the evening and our staff enjoyed every minute of working with this amazing team. Photography by Zuma Photo.

Brittany Losee View Photos

Private Residence

If you love pink, you’re going to love this wedding! I think this was one of the prettiest wedding Culinary Crafts has ever catered. The flowers were breathtaking, the gigantic clear-span tent was totally amazing as the rain drizzled above our heads, and the bride was gorgeous! Butler-passed hors d’ouevres greeted the guests, followed by 8 different action stations, monogramed beverage ice sculptures, and the trendy vertical appetizer buffets. I personally handled the wedding coordination for this special day and I loved every minute of working with this amazing family as they trusted my recommendations implicitly. The perfect celebration for the perfect couple.