Cheese Fries for All

Cheese Fries for All

Blue Plate Catering always hits it out of the park.

The late night cheesefries served in tiny shot glasses were a major guest favorite.

A+ presentation, don’t you agree?

Chicago Style Dogs

Chicago Style Dogs

Hot diggity dog…

Mini Chicago style Dogs passed late night on the dancefloor and more.

You know the secret to a Chicago Dog, right?

Cutting Cake

Cutting Cake

This is always one of my favorite moments at every single wedding – and I just love the romantic history of the tradition.

Did you know, back in the Roman Empire day, the custom was to break the wedding cake directly over the bride’s head?

As cakes evolved from simple loaves of barley breads to couture designer chic, this of course became impossible.

Traditionally the cake cutting was performed by the bride only – for her to share directly with her guests. Bites of cake symbolized fertility, and guests in Roman times would scramble even for broken crumbs.

Early cakes were very simple plum cakes, baked in a shallow, single layer.

The multi-tiered cakes most popular today were once reserved for English royalty – which brings us back to Ariel and Paul.

Don’t they look so darling together, with their perfectly coifed cake?

Cake Couture

Cake Couture

The wedding cake, by the uber talented Mary Winslow at Take the Cake – was a total work of art.

Mary perfectly matched our wedding invitation design in its modern vine pattern, pms garden green hue, and the monogram logo.

And – best of all – it tasted ALMOST even better than it looked.

And I know.

I taste tested two of the three layers.

Ivy Room

Ivy Room

All dressed up and ready for a wedding reception.

Nothing holds more drama or a bigger punch of first impression than candles, candles, candles.

Everywhere.

Second priority?

Lighting to create a soft, romantic ambience along walls, ceiling and architectural elements inside the room.

Postal Ponderings

Postal Ponderings

As guests enter we set the gift table with custom postcards we designed, featuring Ariel and Paul’s favorite cities.

Rome, the city where they first met…

London, the city they first lived in together…

Each is handwritten with well wishes from guests, and collected in a vintage style suitcase, decoupaged with the postcards on all sides.

This petite case makes for a fabulous keepsake to open and enjoy reading for the first time on their one year wedding anniversary. It’s the perfect way to remember the celebration, the friends and the family one year later.

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