Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jenny + Ravi {Wedding Reception}

The girl said "I do" and the boy kissed his girl, so now we celebrate.  The wedding ceremony was a dream turned reality of true love, and the reception was to continue well into the night. Guests arrived to the Garden of Bammel Lane where an outdoor space and a glass house were to be our playground.  Ah, the details of that glorious night!

Guests were tempted with signature cocktails called the Twilight Sparkle served in clear etched flute glasses while cello and acoustic guitar tunes filled the air. Delicious kimchi, arancini, and tomato bisque shots were indeed something to write home about.  The welcome table included oversized letters spelling Silly Willy (Jenny + Ravi's nickname for each other) which will become an art piece in their new home along with the purple paper flowers adorning the entry area.  In addition, over 1000 colorful paper cranes folded by Jenny, representing good luck and the length of their of courtship was  showcased in a wooden lantern. The escort table was a sea of several hundred crysthanamum flowers, a design that was so fluffy one might have crawled into it if given the chance.   

Surrounded by purple paper lanterns above, decorative lighting, and floral accents the guests anxiously awaited the arrival of the Mr. + Mrs. Shah. Little did they know what was in store for them.   A custom song creation of Everything by Lighthouse started off as a sweet ballad with a beautifully choreographed dance,  climaxed into a dramatic explosion.  Think continuous confetti cannon shooting into the night sky and the guests' voices rejoiced in excitement   Think a concert production.  It was a moment.  It was a very perfect moment. It was the definition of what they will consider to be the best day of their life. 

Awe-inspiring is what one would say upon entering the glass house.  A royal table fit for a king and queen with an unbelievable floor to table floral garland running the length of twenty-four feet.  Above, a little candle light twinkle and suspended wreaths completed the design.  The guest tables were just as royal with tall cylinders filled with soft ivory hydrangeas and cascading phalaenopsis orchids along with floating candles. With purple hue ceiling lighting and perfectly pin-spotted tables, it was an amazing place for a feast.

I was personally excited about the vegetarian experience awaiting them.  Celebrating their cultures, the delivery of this masterpiece was also worth writing home about.    The culinary adventure started off with an artichoke chevre torta garnished with olives and sun-dried tomatoes showcased on glorious purple and silver swirled linen surrounded by platinum-rimmed glassware and clear beaded chargers.  The mosaic salad accented with micro-greens was just the warm up to the finale, a flawless roasted acorn squash filled with apples, walnuts, caramelized onions, and sage accompany by an apple-chutney and a warm salsa Verde sauce. Delish, as one would say.  

Upon completion of dinner, guests were once again welcomed under the starry night for a lavish dessert spread of chocolate cake balls, mini butter raspberry cupcakes, cinnamon cake shots, and hazelnut baklava.  The 2-tier butter-cream cake with purple ribbon accent and sugar flowers was showcased on an eggplant heirloom linen.   

The night would not be complete without a tip of the hat to Jenny's Korean heritage.  A quick change into a custom traditional hanbok and an new up-do,  the adventure of dancing the night away began.  Boy, was there dancing!   As a token to remember the occasion, Jenny + Ravi made personalized luggage tags as the party favor.

With Part I, Part II, and now Part III in the memory vault, this is by no means the end of their story, but just the beginning.   Cheers!

 Ingredients for this perfect recipe of love:

Enjoy Events:  event design + planning
A Finer Event:  china rentals
Acoustic Productioncocktail music
Any Occasion:  tent frame   
Brickner Dance Floor:  white dance floor 
Bright Star:  lighting production  
Catering by Culinaire: catering + bar service 
Delphine:  stationary
Dream Bouquet:  floral 
Greenway Coffee:  coffee bar 
LG Entertainment:  MC/Music Production   
Balushka Paper Flower Artistry:  purple paper flowers 
Phoeniciahazelnut baklava 
Steve Lee:  photo + video
Swift & Co:  china rentals
Who Made The Cake:  cake + desserts 
Your Beautiful Face:  hair + makeup


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