The weather was just as perfect as our couple, Rachel and Josh. Surrounded by family, friends, and a gorgeous view of the Baltimore Harbor, Rachel and Josh said “I Do,” at their outdoor ceremony at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
While their guests were welcomed into the museum to enjoy cocktail hour and explore the open exhibits of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, the weather continued to be spot on for Rachel and Josh. Tara and Renata Photography worked with the wind to capture amazing shots of Rachel’s veil dancing in the wind (and Renata jumping to help the wind out a little). The cocktail hour and the outdoor photographs were all smiles, laughter, and definitely a few breaks to nibble on Maryland Crab Dip and Bruschetta!
From cocktail hour, the wedding transitioned into dinner: Braised Brisket, Chicken Roulade, Julienne Vegetables, and Triple Roasted Potatoes. Their guests dined by candle light; in addition to, the centerpieces consisted of beautiful large lanterns surrounded by mercury votives. The floor to ceiling glass windows of Baltimore Museum of Industry were also filled with twinkling candles, setting a romantic picture of the harbor.
Once the guests’ stomachs were full, Rachel and Josh turned to the Bachelor Boys Band to get the party started. The popular live band was perfect, and they had the entire reception up and dancing the night away. The air was electric. For dessert, Rachel and Josh’s personality continued to show through. Rather than a traditional wedding cake, they opted for their favorite dessert – Smith Island Cake! Between that and Zeffert and Gold’s house made pastries, everyone’s sweet tooth was satisfied and the band continued to rock Baltimore.
Congratulations, again, to such an amazing couple! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!
How do you know what wedding reception meal style will be the most conducive for your big day ?
Let’s review the pros and cons for many wedding reception meal styles. From Plated, to Buffet, Stations, Cocktail Parties, and Family Style, there are many aspects to consider, before even discussing the food itself!
Plated meals are the most traditional form of dinner service. There are usually at least two courses, salad and main course. The bride and groom may select two or three main course options for their guests, or opt to have a dual entrée for their guests to enjoy.
Pros – Plated reception meal service is the most traditional dinner style for weddings. It is formal and elegant, with servers placing beautifully plated entrees in front of each guest. Guests are able to sit and enjoy each other’s company as they enjoy each course. Activities, such as toasts and special dances may be spread between courses to provide more time for dancing and other activities.
Cons – Plated service requires a large number of staff (between staff for plating the meal and servers), which may increase the total cost of your event. Guests may also be limited to one entrée choice from a pre selected list. Also, this style of service requires the most work from a couple. You must provide the caterer with a list of who will get each meal, along with a code that will be on the place cards for servers to see what meal each guest ordered.
Buffet style dinner service is often considered the most casual.
Pros – Buffet style dinner service is the least expensive of all wedding dinner service options. It requires the least amount of catering staff (though servers are still needed to refill the buffet, clear dirty plates, and refill guests’ water glasses). Buffets offer more options than plated service, allowing guests to pick and choose what they like, as well as the portion sizes of each selection. Buffet style is social and promotes mingling between guests, while going to and from the buffet, they are able to take in more of the venue as well.
Cons –Being the most casual, usually guests will be serving themselves at the buffet, and must carry their plate back to the table. This style of dinner service requires a larger quantity of food, which may lead to more waste. Each table must also wait their turn to go to the buffet.
Station style dinner service is where food choices are spread over various food “stations”. Each station has a theme or style, such as a Maryland station with crab cakes and seafood, create your own pasta station, or the traditional carving station. Some stations may have a chef preparing items to order. This style of wedding meal service tends to be very interactive for guests.
Pros – Stations is a great way for you and your significant other to showcase your personality. Guests love the interactive feel and variety of the selections. With stations spread out, your venue is utilized the most, guests are drawn to areas of the venue that they may not notice with other options. Similar to the buffet style, guests may choose the items they like and their portions. But having on average three stations, guests may not have to wait to receive their meals.
Cons – Having various stations requires more room in your venue. With interactive stations, a chef and extra service staff is often necessary which can increase the cost.
Family style dinner service combines the traditional feel of a seated meal with the options of a buffet. Each table is given large portions of each menu item to share among the guests at that table.
Pros- During family style service, guests often receive their food faster than the other options (provided you don’t have a chatty aunt hogging the potatoes). It is essentially a buffet, without the line. Again, the food choices are more diverse than a seated meal. Family style meals force guest interaction with one another at their table.
Cons – Family style is the most expensive of all wedding reception meal styles. More staff is required than buffet, and the most food is used as well as wasted. While forcing guest interaction can be a great thing among your friends and family, careful detail must be given to your seating arrangement as guests must share with one another.
Only you know which of these options are most conducive to the theme and feel of your wedding. No matter which option you choose, your guests are sure to have an incredible time on your special day!
A few weeks go we had the pleasure of having a wedding ceremony outside of the Alonso G. Decker Gallery, on the terrace at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. This unique set up allowed us to fit enough chairs for 200 guests on the terrace, while still giving the bride, groom and wedding party plenty of room for processional and recessional. Also, we had about 40 seats that we were able to reserve for the bride and grooms immediate family.
Today we are sharing Megan and Jason’s Corradetti Glass Studio wedding. We love working with all of our clients, but Megan and Jason are just that kind of couple that make your heart extra happy. We stumbled upon a photo of their Corradetti Glass Studio on their photographer’s, (the amazing Tara Hope Photography), Facebook page. Their wedding at the stunning Corradetti Glass Studio is one that is bursting with spring wedding inspiration.
We have clients ask us all the time what color table linens we would recommend for events at Corradetti, and honestly Megan and Jason’s wedding colors are at the top of the list. Megan coordinated all of her wedding decor, and did an amazing job incorporating lavender in her centerpieces and flowers, which paired beautifully with the lilac colored napkins and accent table linens. There were so many personal wedding decorations like the guest books at each guest table. Table one’s guest book will be read by Megan and Jason on their First year wedding anniversary, table two will be read on their second year anniversary, and so on, for eight wonderful years! Plus, lottery scratch-offs with a lucky penny attached, adorable cake pop wedding favors made by a family member, and so much more.
Megan and Jason’s wedding ceremony took place on a beautiful spring evening in April, in front of their closest family members and friends. After the ceremony, guests headed to Corradetti’s gallery that is full of blown glass artwork that is made on site. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed the signature wedding drinks of Orange Crushes and Grapefruit Crushes. We also had a raw bar with oysters shucked on-site, which paired well with the craft Baltimore beers picked out by the bride and groom. Other delicious wedding appetizers included tomato soup shooters with grilled cheese, pulled pork sliders, miniature Chicken and Waffles with a maple thyme syrup, and buffalo chicken wontons with bleu cheese sauce.
After cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a first course of baby spinach salad with red wine poached pear, bleu cheese crumble, candied walnuts with a house champagne vinaigrette. For the main course, guests had the option of beef tenderloin with a Cabernet sauce, seared rockfish topped with corn and tomato salsa, or a portobello mushroom stack drizzled with balsamic glaze. Both entrees were accompanied by smoked Gouda mashed potatoes and broccoli rabe sauteed with garlic and olive oil.
For dessert, we made freshly baked cookies served with milk shooters. Guests also enjoyed the stunning four-tier wedding cake, which was provided by LaCakerie. Congratulations to Megan and Jason. It was such a pleasure getting to be a part of your amazing day!
This weekend we had the pleasure of working with Michele and Scott on their amazing pop art themed wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum. As soon as guests entered the American Visionary Art Museum building, they knew this wedding was going to be far from “typical.” Pop art signs, which were hand made by the bride and groom, decorated the ceremony. The unique wedding surprises kept coming when “Art Poppa” arrived, decorated from head to toe, ready to officiate the ceremony (see picture below). The beautiful bride Michele dazzled in an amazing red wedding dress that she made which fit the theme perfectly. We cannot stress how many creative DIY projects there were at this exciting American Visionary Art Museum Wedding.
After the ceremony, guests were invited upstairs to a room filled with DIY wedding decor done by the bride and groom for their amazing wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum. Pop art permeated the room with huge posters, an amazing cake, and tables decorated with bright colors, pop art paper fortune cookies, and AVAM “as seen on TV’s”. Before dinner, guests were treated to a performance by an aerialist. To go along with the entertainment, the bride and groom chose slow braised beef short ribs and a spring vegetable napoleon as entrees for their guests to enjoy. Guests finished the night with a delicious and perfectly decorated pop art cake made by Charm City Cakes.
We are so thrilled to have been a part of Michele and Scott’s special wedding at the American Visionary Art Museum. We wish this absolutely wonderful couple a lifetime of happiness together!
Match made in heaven. A common expression that couldn’t reflect Miriam and Michael more perfectly. Both architects, Miriam and Michael, used their creativity to build an extraordinary wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. They used LEGO’s to design one of a kind centerpieces, “Mr. and Mrs” signs, and other decorations. Instead of a standard wedding guestbook, they had puzzle pieces available for their guests to sign. When the puzzle pieces were constructed it reflected a photo of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. What a great way to remember their Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding and all of their family and friends that were there to celebrate with them.
We designed a stations style menu to compliment this fun and unique wedding. The Stationary appetizers featured Lemon Butter Calamari; Antipasto of marinated olives, artichoke hearts, Provolone cheese drizzled with balsamic glaze, Genoa Salami, pepperoncini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers; Middle Eastern Trio of Hummus, Babaganouch and Olive Tapenade with pita; and Crudite Shots of carrots, asparagus, red peer with ranch dipping sauce. Our staff also passed appetizers including Miniature Pork Belly Tacos, Sirloin Wrapped Asparagus, Bang Bang Shrimp, Tomato Soup Shooters with Crust-less Smoked Gouda Cheese Wedges, and Minted Lamb Meatballs served with Tzatziki sauce.
Stations style weddings are a great way to get your guests on their feet, and moving around to try an assortment of different themed stations. For Miriam and Michael’s Baltimore Museum of Industry Wedding, they featured an Argentine Bogota Nights Station, a Fruits of the Sea Station, and a Roman Grill Pasta Station. Here’s what was featured at each food station:
-Argentine Bogota Nights Station: Featuring Carved Sirloin Strip Steak with caramelized onions and Chimmique Sauce (Chimichurri and Barbecue sauce). Argentinian Roasted Chicken with fresh herbs and a hint of rosemary. Warm potato salad with red onions, sour cream and fresh parsley. Quinoa Salad with with avocado, diced tomato, corn, black beans, and cilantro.
-Fruits of the Sea Station: Featuring Red Thai Curry. Ahi Tuna Martini with Asian Slaw, avocado, and wasabi sauce. Cocktail crab claw display served with herb mustard dipping sauce and spicy cocktail sauce.
-Roman Grill Pasta Station: Featuring Penne Pasta or Tricolor Cheese Tortellini prepared to order. Toppings including grilled chicken, toasted pine nuts, diced tomatoes, scallions, sliced black olives, pepperoncini, mushrooms, red and green peppers, red onion, capers, artichoke hearts, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, grated Parmesan cheese. Seasonings including, fresh oregano, basil, garlic, chopped chives, and parsley. Sauces including pesto, Sundried tomato marinara, olive oil, and Alfredo. Served with Caesar Salad.
For dessert we served Baltimore’s renown, Dangerously Delicious‘ pies. This delicious bakery provided an assortment of pies including Cherry, Caramel Apple Crumb, and the bakery’s signature Baltimore Bombs (loaded with Berger Cookies (a local specialty) that melt down and swirl into a sweet, vanilla chess filling). To say these pies were the cherry on top would be an understatement!
All photos in this blog post belong to Living Radiant Photography. Check out these wonderful photographs to catch a glimpse into this widely creative Baltimore Museum of Industry wedding. Congratulations to Miriam and Michael! Catering your winter wedding was such a treat!
Our commitment to the Shell Recycling Alliance, developed by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, affords many ways to live our mission of sustainable practices at our catered weddings and special events. As spring approaches and more of our Baltimore catered events showcase Raw Oyster Bars, we are proud to help improve the Bay’s health by participating in the Oyster Shell Recycling Program.
The Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) is a large-scale restoration program dedicated to planting disease-free oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay. As a result, nearly 5.9 billion oysters have been planted on 2,200 acres of oyster reefs and 70,000 bushels of shell have been recycled to provide homes for new oysters.
Instead of throwing away hundreds of oysters from our events, we donate the shells to ORP, so that new oysters are raised and oyster reefs are restored. Every half shell that we donate, helps create a new home for 10 new oysters.
Besides being a delicious appetizer, oysters directly help improve the Chesapeake Bay’s health. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. Oyster reefs filter the Bay’s water and provide habitat for other marine life, like our beloved Maryland blue crabs.
We’re proud to be partnered with the ORP and help the Shell Recycling Alliance’s mission of, “no shell is left behind.” Collecting and recycling 26,000 bushels of oyster shells in 2015, the ORP is set to have an even better 2016 season. Be on the look out at our events for the ORP signs, and our oyster shucker’s adding the shells to the ORP recycling containers. We are thrilled to do our part for this phenomenal cause!
When searching for a venue, it can be helpful to make a list of “must-haves” to help narrow down between options. If being dock side for your big day is on your list, then Historic London Town & Gardens may be the perfect venue for your Annapolis waterfront wedding.
Krista and Eric chose this beautiful waterfront wedding venue for their special day this past September. The weather was absolutely perfect, which allowed for the most serene wedding photos alongside the South River in Annapolis, Maryland. Whether your wedding guests are local, or if they are traveling from afar; everyone will enjoy the picturesque waterfront background.
Krista and Eric decided to have a seated service wedding reception, with cocktail hour taking place in London Town’s beautiful garden area. Under the beautiful oak tree, we had an outdoor bar setup, of which the couple was able to provide the alcohol. We also had stationary appetizers including hot Maryland crab dip, roasted vegetable bruschetta, olive Muffaletta bruschetta, tomato bruschetta, Charcuterie board, and sweet and sour cocktail meatballs.
We also offered a variety of passed appetizers including miniature bang bang shrimp tacos, petit crab cakes, marinated portobello mushrooms with smoked mozzarella on pita wedges, scallops wrapped with bacon served with barbecue sauce, and an Asian Spoon of seared tuna, Asian slaw, avocado and wasabi sauce.
After cocktail hour, guests were invited into the beautiful wedding tent, where the guest tables were set for the evening. The crisp white table linens accented with light pink napkins added a sweet touch of color to the waterfront wedding tent. All of the wedding decor, including the white lanterns and mercury votive candle holders, was provided by 2Hands Studio.
For the main course, we served a field greens salad with dried cranberries, toasted almonds, crumbled feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette. Guests had the option of peppercorn tenderloin of beef served with port wine sauce, or a boneless breast of Parmesan crusted chicken with basil beurre blanc for their main entree. We accompanied both entrees with Yukon gold mashed potatoes with smoked Gouda cheese, and julienne vegetables of zucchini, yellow squash, carrot and red pepper.
For dessert, Cakes by Rachael provided a gorgeous wedding dessert arrangement of cupcakes and a small ceremonial wedding cake. The wedding dessert table was located inside, which was conveniently right next to the dance floor. Making it perfectly convenient to access for the remainder of the evening.
We had such a fun time catering Krista and Eric’s London Town wedding. We can’t wait for all of our 2016 Annapolis Waterfront weddings to take place this year!
Anyone who says a wedding can’t take place on a weekday, clearly has never planned a wedding with a couple like Jasmine and Shon. We had the pleasure of catering their Corradetti Glass Studio wedding last night, as the perfect starter for our weekend full of weddings.
With guests flying in from all over the country, Jasmine and Shon chose to have an intimate wedding ceremony at a beautiful glass blowing studio in Baltimore. Their ceremony took place on Corradetti’s stage that is filled with colorful glass blown sculptures and art pieces that truly make for a one of a kind wedding backdrop. Between the studio’s kilns warming the venue, the breathtaking lights strung from the ceiling and the warmth from the couple’s closest family and friends who came for their big day; this was an unforgettable Thursday evening February wedding.
After the beautiful couple said their, “I Do’s,” guests congratulated the couple and took advantage of the beautiful venue for many family photos. Coincidentally, National Drink Wine day just happened to fall on two wine loving brides’ special day. Their guests were in luck with an assortment of red and white wines, plus champagne to enjoy and stay warm for this winter wedding. Not to mention the wedding favors for their guests were adorable mini-Prosecco bottles.
The menu was a bit nontraditional, which worked perfectly for their guests, who were constantly mingling. With light stationary appetizers of hot Maryland crab dip, and a beautiful antipasto platter filled with marinated olives, artichoke hearts, Provolone cheese drizzled with balsamic glaze, Genoa Salami, pepperoncini, marinated mushrooms and roasted red peppers. After guests found their seats, we offered an assortment of small bites including coconut shrimp tostada with mango salsa and jerk chicken skewers with pineapple curry sauce. Finally ending with the third course of miniature bang bang shrimp tacos, sirloin wrapped asparagus, and caprese bruschetta.
After a beautiful toast from the maid of honors, guests proceeded to dance and enjoy tasty desserts provided by Flavor Cupcakery and Bake Shop. Many guests were staying in town a few more days to continue celebrating Jasmine and Shon. In the very near future, the lovely couple is taking a wonderful tropical honeymoon together. Congratulations to this wonderful couple. We are so happy we were a part of your Corradetti Glass Studio wedding.
In our opinion, spring time — or warmer weather for that matter, cannot come soon enough. We are featuring Danielle and Jared’s waterfront wedding from last summer to help remind us that warmer months are coming soon. Originally, Danielle and Jared planned their wedding to take place at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Unfortunately, due to the unrest in the city of Baltimore at the time, we had to resort to plan B. Luckily for Danielle, Jared and their guests, their “plan B,” just happened to include a breathtaking view of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Elk Manor Winery offers three unique wedding venue options, conveniently all located on one property. Danielle and Jared’s Elk Manor Winery wedding took place on the Beach Venue, which allows for guests to stroll along the beach, a 60X90′ tent for the reception, and most importantly, a picturesque waterfront background.
There were so many fun elements to this spring outdoor wedding. Inside the wedding tent, guest tables were decorated with silver linens and napkins that alternated between maize, Kelly green, and coral. The spring wedding centerpieces of purple and yellow dandelions complimented the linens perfectly. Just as unique, this Elk Manor Winery wedding featured a small paddle boat that iced down Union Craft Brewing beers and other summer drinks for the celebration. Keeping with the theme, Danielle and Jared brewed their own beer and used the beer as a unique wedding favor for their guests.
The change of venue four days before the wedding may have been impossible, had it not been for working with such amazing vendors. Congratulations to Danielle and Jared! We look forward to catering more Elk Manor Winery weddings in the near future.