We loved designing this wedding! When a bride says she loves magnolias and her name is Lindsey, it is sort of hard not to fall in love at first … meeting. We love Lindsey and Woody- they were the sort of clients you know from the first meeting that you will be lifelong friends with ... Lindsey has the biggest heart and cares about everyone (case and point- I recently met her for lunch at a location that was byob and she remembered that I am allergic to gluten, so naturally packed tequila for me). Woody wanted to make sure that Lindsey was happy- Together they were the perfect combination of laid back Californian’s with awesome ideas that made you just get a feeling that they had to be the cool kids in high school. Our bride is colorblind (yes, girls can be color blind and yes, she always looked fab at meetings), so it was important to us that we pay attention to tone, texture and most importantly smell. Lindsey (our bride) loves the rich smells of white flowers like tuberose, gardenia, magnolias and lilies. She also wanted it to feel very Southern inspired, so we set out to create an event that involved all of the senses, including taste.
As the bride walked down the aisle in her stunning Lazaro wedding dress carrying a romantic, naturally styled cascade bouquet filled with a variety of flowers and loose foliage. From fluffy peonies, garden roses, sweet peas, gardenias, and clematis, all among gardenia leaves, mock orange, twisty stephanotis, jasmine vine, and delicate ferns with the handle wrapped in wide satin and rough silks in shades of sage, taupey-pewter, ivory, she approached an arbor that was filled with Spanish moss and studded with gardenias, so as the warm summer breeze gently blew during the ceremony guests would catch soft whiffs of gardenia and tuberose- it was absolutely magical.
The escort cards were individual magnolia leaves with each guest name and table number in white calligraphy by Janice Blair. They were attached to twine with the worlds tiniest laundry pins and then strung on a custom wood backdrop created by floral designer extraordinaire, Camille of Camellia Floral Design.
The guest tables featured a mixed chair collection, long wood feasting tables, etched glasses from Classic Party Rentals and lush floral arrangements with the occasional wooden bowl of blueberries for guests to snack on, if they so pleased.
The guests dined under a sky of string lights, wired lanterns and hanging moss. They feasted on a contemporary twist of southern inspired favorites. We worked with Lindsey and Woody to create a menu that would please everyone.
First course was a Farmers Market Salad with a fresh veggie and heirloom tomato salad paired with Ortega chili corn bread muffins served in corn husks and a dollop of honey butter.
Second course was fried green tomatoes with tarragon butter
Third course was a choice of Rosemary Speared Grilled Vegetable & Polenta Tower on Basil Cream and Roasted Tomato Pasilla Sauce or Slow Braised Boneless Short Ribs served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
And A Spray of Fresh Grilled Summer Vegetables, Garnished with a Cherry Tomato Herb Vase (YUM!)
And for dessert guests were served pie in in mini cast iron pans alamode… Something comes over me when I am dreaming up menus and I was so lucky that Lindsey and Woody were on board with the fun little details.