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February 24, 2015

California Wedding Day Enchanted Dinner at The Colony House

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

As featured in California Wedding Day’s blog: California Pink Hues and Garden Glamour at the OC’s Colony House:

“We are so inspired by Orange County’s newest venue, The Colony House. The unique space melds historic Craftsman architecture with a modern sensibility that creates an inviting palette for a beautiful wedding–from vintage to modern. So when it came time to host a dinner party for our 60 of our nearest and dearest in the wedding industry, we knew this was the perfect location. Add in the OC’s Best Wedding Planner, Kerrie Underhill of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie and the result was so magical that we had to share this gorgeous design to inspire brides and grooms.

Underhill and Melissa McGown of Flowers by Cina’s overall design aesthetic was a modern feeling juxtaposed with romantic bohemian touch. The light and airy space has a cool loft feeling to it and Flowers by Cina expertly accentuated the Colony House’s beautiful wooden beams by hanging six crystal chandeliers that were elegantly enhanced with lush green garlands, creating a sense of a garden with in the space. The dark midnight blue linen (Soleil from Designer Specialty Linens) created a perfect modern backdrop for the tabletop elements that included a boho-inspired silver basket weave charger from Classic Party Rentals, personalized menus by Honeycrisp Design Studio with a vibrant Aubergine Metallic Weave napkin folded underneath. Flowers by Cina’s added a vibrant energy and pure loveliness with fuschia and pink-hued centerpieces that wound down the two feasting tables. Flickering floating candles added a soft touch of romance while gorgeous seating vignettes from Found Vintage Rentals nestled around the perimeter of the party created the perfect place to sip and chat after the feasting had completed. The overall look was completed by the brilliant lighting design provided by Illuminated Events. Rounding out the experience was an amazing dinner (we want seconds of the Braised Short Rib! See full menu below for inspiration) by 24 Carrots paired with the perfect wines by BevMo.”

We are thrilled to showcase our full menu for such a luxurious and intimate affair and to be able to share with you more event photos, captured by Christine Bentley, of this enchanted evening! Enjoy!

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Tray Passed Hors d’oeuvres:

Mini Turkey Pot Pie Puffs

Kurabata Pork Belly
with pickled red cabbage and soy caramel sauce

Butternut Squash Soup Shooter
with mini rye grilled cheese

Lobster Pops
crisp lobster cake, bibb lettuce, edible flowers, béarnaise sauce on bite-sized house made buns

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

24 Carrots Catering and Events Dinner Menu with Wine Pairing by BevMo:
First Course: Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Endive, Roasted Baby Beets, Blood Oranges, Persimmon and Charmoula paired with La Caña Albarino 2012
 
Main Course: Duet of Pomegranate Wine Braised Short Rib Bourguignon and Turmeric Citrus Roasted Sea Bass, Fresh Pomegranate and Cara Cara with Butter Whipped Meyer Lemon Thyme Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with smoked sea salt, paired with Coudoulet de Beaucastel Rouge, 2010
 
Dessert: Figs and Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Fresh Fig Tart, Sugar Bruleed and topped with a Citrus Spiced Whipped Cream, paired with Hardys Whiskers Blake Port, NC

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

Christine Bentley Photography for California Wedding Day

 

 

 

Cocktails & Wine: BevMo!
Linens: Designer Specialty Linens
Menus and Signage: Honeycrisp Design Studio

 


May 19, 2014

Real Wedding: Vintage Tea Party

The inspiration behind the real wedding of  Dillon and Aaron was the party in which Pride & Prejudice and Alice In Wonderland meet, which just so happen to be two of the most beautiful stories of all time.  We loved this relaxed and darling wedding with outdoor vintage tea party elements and were very much inspired to create an entirely vintage menu with elegant bites.

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From the beautiful bride…

“To me, a wedding is about family—and that is what we wanted: a small intimate gathering of friends and family celebrating our union. “A tea party,” he said, “but a vintage one in the forest as if we are in another, more magical world. It was perfect; after all, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story of all time, and an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party sounded fun! We wanted our day to be perfect, not just for us, but for everyone. We would spend the next two years planning and coordinating every finite detail making sure everything was representative of who we are. It may sound like a long time, but our wedding was upon us before we realized.

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Trying to find the just right details to match our vision was no small task. We explored the Internet searching for vintage teacups and teapots, lace runners, and Victorian furniture. Our vision was very specific, and unfortunately we couldn’t find everything we had envisioned online— luckily the groom’s family is very crafty. His mother created all the table runners, and his grandfather crafted the signs and posts, which guided our guests. The vintage silver trays, salt and pepper shakers, water urn and other linens were family heirloom pieces provided by the groom’s aunt, and the calligraphy on the signs was done by myself. In the end, every hand picked detail was more than we had hoped for.

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Both having Celtic roots, we wanted to incorporate tradition into our ceremony by including the hand fasting ceremony. The hand fasting ceremony, where colorful chords of ribbon are tied around the couple’s hands, is the origin of “tying the knot”. We made ours even more special by using ribbon made of the groom’s Buchanan clan tartan. Being a small intimate ceremony, there wasn’t a dry eye to be found, and even the musician and officiant had to wipe away tears! The tender air of love could be felt by every heart at the wedding.

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We really wanted everyone to have an amazing time so we came up with idea to incorporate a photo area. The photo area would double as entertainment and as our guest book. To keep every detail period appropriate, our guest book is a vintage, leather bound book rooted with portrait styled photographs so common to the era. Carrying on with the vintage theme, we provided a variety of props from hats, gloves, and canes to pearl necklaces, throws, and morning coats for guests to dress up in for their unique photograph. Everyone had so much fun with it that it took on a life of its own and became a highlight of the reception.

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I could not have asked for a more perfect day. Our vendors did an amazing job recreating our vision and making everything go so smoothly. I can’t express enough our gratitude to them for their hard work. With each and everyone’s help and support, we were able to make our dream wedding a reality.”

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As featured in Style Me Pretty: Whimsical & Elegant Tea Party Wedding

Catering: 24 Carrots
Photography: Linda Arredondo
Wedding Venue: Whispering Pines Estate
Videography: New Classic Films
Event Styling and Florist: Kim Sanders of Art with Nature Floral Design
Bakery: Sugar Pine Bake Shop | Cake: The Cake Shop
Hair Stylist: Hair Comes The Bride
Lighting: Mathew Kronquist – Southern California Lighting
DJ: SoundWave Productions
Dishware Rentals: Borrowed Blu
Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals