A Wedding Dinner Under the Stars
In spite of threatening rain all day we pressed on. As luck would have it, an hour before the 6:00 pm start time the skies cleared and brought a gentle breeze. It was to be a lovely evening!
In the meantime, the crazies of the last minute prep were underway in my kitchen. Earlier in the day I prepped as many items for the dinner as possible, assembled and frosted the wedding cake, dipped and decorated the “bride & groom” strawberries for the top, and packed up all remaining items to go.
At 3:00pm two dear neighborhood friends came to lend much appreciated extra hands. We moved a mountain of table setting and décor items to the wedding location and scurried to set and arrange the tables and décor.
This was to be a small intimate wedding and dinner, with the fancy extravagant celebration to come a bit later. None-the-less, it was “the day,” so it needed to be perfect. The vows were spoken under a beautiful arch set among the pines in the garden. After photos, and as the sunlight began to fade, everyone enjoyed cocktails, an appetizer Charcuterie Platter of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, & nibbles.
Then on to the fun and festive dinner, served on the deck under twinkling garden lights and a nearly full moon. In keeping with the casual but special theme of the wedding, the dinner chosen was a King Crab Fest with all the trimming, served family style.
- Alaskan King Crab Legs
- Lemon Garlic Butter and Seafood Mayo-Garlic Dipping Sauce
- Variety of Roasted Sausages
- Roasted Corn-on-the Cob & Bacon Glazed Baby Potatoes
- Chopped Caesar Salad
- Homemade Crusty Country Bread & Butter
After a bit of rest and conversation around a beautiful outdoor fire, the Wedding Cake was cut and the Champagne poured to complete the enchanted evening.
Tiered Wedding Cake
- 3 Chocolate layers filled with Chocolate Mocha Mousse
- Topped with 2 layers of French Vanilla cake filled with Raspberry Cream
- Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting with Dark Chocolate Ganache drizzle on both tiers
- Topped with “Bride & Groom” decorated Strawberries.
My heartfelt thank you to Mary Beth & Dan for their trust in me to help with this special event. And a special thank you to Julie and Patty for your hard work and enthusiasm — I couldn’t have done it without you!
And to my dear husband, you are always there, willing to do the heavy lifting, provide positive support and encouragement. And then lend a hand with the clean up!