Monday, August 18, 2014

Wedding Weekend Recap

I still don't think I have fully recovered from these weddings last weekend. Each of them were beautiful and perfectly represented the couples. A lot of hard work was put into these weddings, and it most definitely showed. Every little detail was planned right down to the petals on the flowers.

Wedding A was Friday night. It was in a Catholic church and started at 3:30. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and a perfect day for a wedding! The church was absolutely beautiful, very ornate, and had the prettiest stained glass windows. The bride walked down the aisle to an organ and trumpet duet. Her gown was a strapless jewel encrusted top with a tulle bottom. She wore a very "blingy" necklace, and completed her look with wrist gloves. The bridal party wore strapless black gowns with a lace overlay. The groom and groomsmen all wore black tuxes.

The reception was in a hotel banquet room. Cocktail hour included cheese trays, bread and bean dip, chicken quesadillas, bacon wrapped scallops, and mozzarella cheese tarts. There was also an open bar. Inside the banquet room were the cookie tables, and dance floor. (More on cookie tables later!) There was so much food at this wedding! Pasta stations, chicken, beef, and ham, sweet and mashed potatoes, and 3 different kinds of salads. The cake was absolutely delicious! It was an almond torte made by a bakery in the Pittsburgh area.

Wedding B was Saturday. It was in a nature concervancy and started also at 3:30. The ceremony took place in front of a pond, and trees in the background. The bride's dress was simple and had lace panels going up the bodice. She added a rose gold sash with diamond and rose gold pins. The groomsmen wore grey suits, and ties. The bride walked down the aisle to a string section.

Cocktail hour took place inside the house on the property. There were hummus and pita, cheese, grilled vegetables, and of course cookies (over 300 dozen!). The reception took place in a pavillion on the property, just steps from the ceremony site. The food at this reception included, chicken, beef, eggplant rollatini, squash and sweet potatoes, and salad. For dessert, there was a gelato bar that had 4 different flavors! It was perfect because the day was hot!

More on the Pittsburgh area cookie table tradition: It is said, that during the Great Depression when sugar and flour were scarce for lavish wedding cakes, families and friends would save ingredients and contribute small batches of cookies to create a table of sweets for the celebration. I personally have not been to a wedding where there has not been cookies, it is a tradition that I love and will carry with me many years to come!

So those were my weddings!! Thanks for coming along with me!!

Do you have traditions at the weddings you've attended? I'd love to hear about them! Leave me a comment and let me know!
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