When I met Molly and Mike (no TV show relation) we had a great conversation about what they liked doing together and with their friends. The one thing that kept coming up again and again was how much they love hosting and attending brunches. From the food to the relaxed company to the idea of a leisurely Sunday afternoon, the entire thing had a warmth that appealed to them. Factor in to the fact that they had a guest list comprised largely of out of town friends and family, and that they weren’t big dancers, it seemed that a brunch wedding would offer them an opportunity to host a reception that reflected their personalities while simultaneously giving them a chance to really catch up with their guests.
We had the best time designing this event with them. First, was the venue. The Metropolitan Building is a popular location for night time parties, but with the skylights and the large windows, it was the perfect place for a midday gathering. We utilized the French inspired 2nd floor for a simple, but rustic looking ceremony with a chuppah made by the groom and embellished with ferns and leaves. The aisle was lined with pots of marigolds. The interfaith ceremony began with a chant in sanskrit and the procession stepped off with Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic performed by a guitar duo. The service included readings of the bride’s grandmother’s words of advice to married couples, a poem written by one of the guests and of course the exchange of the couples personal written vows. As two writers, their personal vows really marked the ceremony.
After the ceremony guests headed upstairs for the amazing brunch menu that we created with Creative Edge Parties. Passed hors d’oeuvres included mini fruit and yogurt parfaits, virgin bloody mary shots with mini grilled cheese and deviled egg pastries. Once guests were seated they were met with an abundance of food set family style on a casual farm table set with succulents. There were scrambled eggs and caviar, bacon three ways, black bread and salmon, benoits and biscuits with clotted creams and jams, fruit salads, etc.
We wanted the feeling to be organic and airy and rustic, and filled with some delightful details. We’ll have more to come, but, to replicate the feeling of Freeman’s Alley and Marlow and Daughters. We used bistro style chalk boards for tables and escort display and filled the tables with succulents and pomegranates. Run of the mill napkins didn’t seem to have that edge that we wanted, so we had these awesome napkins made out of ticking stripe and tied them with twine. Custom napkins are a bit of a splurge, but, they make such a nice take away for the bride and groom’s linen closet when they entertain. Finally, the unfinished strawberry shortcake made by a friend of the couple. We supplemented that with some delightful desserts from Cheryl Kleinman. More pics to come!