Ambitious Wedding Part 3: The Reception, Food & an Epic Donut Wall!
Ambitious Wedding part 3: the reception, food, and epic donut wall! Check out the incredible food we had and some amazing shots from the dance floor.
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As promised, I’m really excited to share the final details of our wedding with you!
So many people told me that my wedding day would go by SO quickly — and it truly did. It was almost like a dream — a little hazy and blurry, but with pops of vivid memories and incredible moments sneaking in that make me smile every time I think of them. Mostly, I’m SO glad that we had a photographer and videographer there to capture all the moments I didn’t see. They brought the day back to life for us and we’re so grateful to keep these in our home and hearts forever.
Don’t worry, I will also share the wedding video with you! Coming soon.
In the meantime, let’s talk about all the details!
I’m not going to lie — the food at our reception was one of the most important things for me. Personally, I think memories are created around the senses — flavorful spicy hispanic food, incredible aromas drifting as plates are passed around along with good conversation and of course, beautiful presentation.
We had a 45 minute cocktail hour pre-reception with incredible bites from Fig Catering, who catered our entire wedding. There were spicy margaritas, mini empanadas with avocado crema, bacon-wrapped plantains and coconut milk halibut ceviche on jicama chips. EVERYTHING WAS SO GOOD.
We had a beautiful memory table for everyone that had passed (including my Dad). It was a special tribute to our loved ones.
There was also a unique polaroid guestbook that Tony’s Dad made. We got the polaroid and had people take photos and write their names on the bottom. It was really fun to have those images after and see what people did and the poses they made.
Here comes the bride and groom + cake cutting
We did a fun little entrance dance to Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness before we cut our cake.
Our cake was from Fig Catering and was incredibly beautiful and simple. Because we opted to do a donut wall, we just wanted a small cake for the head table. I chose to have the pastry chef make a hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting and a salted caramel drip.
We only got to have a couple of bites, but damn it was gooooood.
Okay it’s time we talk about the food! Fig Catering did such an unbelievable job with the food. We did a customized menu and were happy with EVERY single detail.
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres:
Coconut Milk Halibut Ceviche on a jicama chip
Bacon Wrapped Plantain
Mini Picadillo Empanadas with avocado crema
Spinach Salad with jicama, pears, dried cherries & pink peppercorn ranch
Fluffy Saffron Rice with gandules
Puerto Rican-style Stewed Beans with sofrito and potatoes
Roasted Seasonal Vegetables with herbs
Poblano-Sweet Corn-Queso Tamales with salsa verde
Ropa Vieja with tostones
Chorizo-Stuffed Chicken Thighs
Blue Cornbread with honey butter and whipped butter
The Donut Wall of My Dreams
We had Stan’s Donuts cater in donuts for dessert. We placed them elegantly on this BEAUTIFUL donut wall that my father-in-law made. Yep, he MADE this! How freaking cool. I told him that he should just start a website on Etsy, but I don’t think he’s convinced.
Everyone at our wedding raved about the donuts. It was a great way to mix up a dessert, and for people to go home with a delicious late night snack or treat for the next day.
And because I know you are curious, here are the donut flavors I selected from Stan’s:
Lemon Pistachio Old Fashioned
Blueberry Old Fashioned
Chocolate Sprinkles Cake
Vanilla Sprinkled Glazed
Plain Old Fashioned
Our First Dance
Our first dance was to Mumford & Son’s live version of There Will Be Time. Every time I hear this song it brings tears to my eyes. It’s incredibly beautiful.
Dancing the night away
Let’s just say that we shut down the dance floor that night. It was INCREDIBLE.
Thanks to everyone who was apart of our wedding day. We love you!
Suits: Calvin Klein
Bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Photography: Studio 29 Photography
Videography: Aaron Bean Cinema
Flowers: Splendor of Eden
Hair: Carrie and Issac, my two hair stylist from XO Studio in Lakeview, Chicago (she’s the best!)
Makeup: Shannon O’Brien
Day of Coordinator: Erin Shanley of Bride and Joy Events
First Look location: Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, IL
Ceremony & Reception: Salvage One
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