Alli & Shon's wedding- Part II
August 13, 2008
As guests exited the ceremony space, they headed across the street to the other side of the family home for cocktails. Having the Basil 8's as a preview of amazing drinks to come, guests were now welcomed with more incredible choices- crushed watermelon and jalepeno with tequila, and fresh muddled strawberry/kiwi with lychee vodka were among the choices. We brought in high bar stool Chiavari chairs for guests to have a front seat at the bar to watch the bartenders in action. Old family photos in funky frames dotted the cocktail tables and guests got a kick out of seeing everybody through the years. (Including some priceless photos of Shon in his 80's hair metal band..) Favorite Beatle's songs played by a guitar trio drifted through the trees as guests mingled in the beautiful space.
Half bottles of Proseco made the most festive little favors. We put guests names and table numbers on paper tags which were attached to the bottles with twine.
Alli and Shon are both food lovers, so when it came to choosing a caterer for their wedding, we went straight to one of their favorite restaurants in LA- Angelini Osteria. Chef Angelini provided a most memorable menu for their big day.
Marinated tuna on Belgian endive
Duck ragu on crispy polenta
Decadent chicken liver crostini
Arancini- (fried risotto with meat and cheese- yummm.)
Alli and Shon briefly snuck away for some photos with Elizabeth before joining their guests at cocktail hour.
You have just experienced one of the most incredible events of your life. The person who you love most in the world has popped the question and you have answered 'yes!' The whirlwind of the wedding planning world has now opened- questions and excitement from friends and family, your childhood wedding dreams re-visited, wedding magazines taunting you from the shelves of the check out lanes. You are finding yourself with a new language. A vocabulary full of words such as Fiancé, Chivari chairs, fondant--words you had no idea that you knew and now they seem to run off your tongue effortlessly.
I know how fast everything seems and how overwhelming it all can feel at first, so I created this blog to help answer questions, give advice and inspire new ideas.