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Michelle & Gandhi

Michelle and Gandhi — what a couple! Not only is Michelle the owner of Michelle’s Patisserie, one of our favorite bakers in town, but she is also one of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. We were incredibly honored when she asked us to coordinate and design her special day. She and Gandhi are over the moon for each other, and it was such a pleasure to create a celebration of their love.

Michelle wanted their wedding to be full of color and life, and of course, sweets! We chose a Day of the Dead theme to honor Michelle’s heritage, but the bright pinks and reds were also a nod to Gandhi’s Indian roots. The orange, hot pink, purple, red, turquoise, orange and yellow palette contributed to the fun, celebratory feeling of the day. Bridesmaids wore black dresses, lace tights, and had monochromatic bouquets of bright blooms. We decked out Star Hill Ranch’s schoolhouse for the reception with papel picado, colorful tissue pom poms and flowers and bright satin linens. Michelle asked her stationer to design custom Day of the Dead-themed silhouettes that were used on her invitations, and she had them blown up and framed in the reception space as well. One of our favorite parts! We chose black linens for dinner to really let the colors of the centerpieces and multi-colored napkins pop. Michelle incorporated some of her personal Day of the Dead collection of brightly painted skulls, skeleton figurines and milagros into the décor.

Besides the cheerful palette, there were two things that made this wedding so amazing — the dancing and the dessert display. Michelle and Gandhi met at dance class, so we knew there would be some amazing dancing, but we were blown away with what they planned. Gandhi entered the ceremony with the most wonderful dance to Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” Our faces hurt from smiling. After the ceremony, Michelle changed added a black satin belt to her dress, a black beaded choker and black heels for a more dramatic look. Then, for the couple’s first dance, they choreographed a dance to a mash-up of three songs — one by Coldplay, a salsa number and an Indian song. It was beyond jubilant. Michelle followed that performance with a dance with her dad. This time, we were treated to a montage of “What a Wonderful World,” “Tequila,” and MC Hammer’s “2Legit2Quit.” It was as amazing as it sounds!

The dessert display was as all dessert displays should be. There were six cakes (no, that’s not a typo), cupcakes, chocolates, cake balls, Mexican wedding cookies, mousse cups, petit fours, and more! Michelle also created colorful cookies to set at each place setting as a favor for her guests. Gandhi’s cake was shaped like the Taj Mahal, and featured figurines in the likeness of Michelle and Gandhi. Everything was absolutely gorgeous!

The guests enjoyed a buffet dinner with both Indian and American-inspired dishes, heart-felt toasts were given, then they danced all night long. As we mentioned, Michelle and Gandhi met at dance class, so this was a group who knew how to shake their stuff. It was a delightful celebration, filled with love, gratitude and joy. We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of it!

Photography by Studio Uma

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Ask a CLINKer : Types of Food Service

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There are many different ways to serve a meal at an event.  Each one has its pros and cons, and depending on your event and preferences, there is a perfect type for you!

Buffet – The buffet is always a crowd pleaser as guests get to pick from a large variety of items.  Thus, it can be easier to please a larger group of guests, and they can take as much as they want of their choice of items.  Sometimes food costs are increased slightly due to the kitchen having to prepare a larger amount of food and assign enough staff to staff the buffet appropriately. Some guests like having all of the food in one place so they do not have to travel around the event looking for stations.

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Photo from Pinterest

Stations, action stations and food bars –Stations are a fun, interactive way to incorporate different types of food into an event, and also to get your guests mixing and mingling.  For instance, food from different countries can be showcased, or the bride and groom’s favorite dishes from childhood. Action stations such as sushi being rolled creates interest and interactivity for guests. Food trucks are another entertaining option. They can often prepare some items ahead of time and some of the items on-site to ensure service speed.  Bars where guests can choose from a variety of toppings are also popular, such as mashed potato, macaroni and cheese or risotto bars. Other ideas in this same vein are smoothie bars (fun for a brunch event!), crepe bars or carving stations.


Hand-shucked oysters, Royal Fig Catering

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French Fry Bar! Photo from Pinterest

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Trail Mix Bar, Word of Mouth Catering

Plated meal – A plated meal is a nice way for guests to feel pampered as they are waited on and do not have to get up from the table to get their food.  Depending on the caterer, this can either be a cost-effective option since the caterer can calculate almost the exact amount of food needed, or it could be more expensive because it requires more staffing.  There are four main ways you can offer this to your guests: 

1. One option offered – If you want the feel of a plated meal, but don’t want to track each guests’ choice, this option is for you. Try to pick a neutral protein such as chicken or beef and plan on a vegetarian/non-beef substitute for those who are either vegetarians or simply do enjoy the protein being served.

2. Choices offered – This allows guests the fine dining experience of a plated meal, while still giving them a choice.  The important thing to consider here is that you must get the information ahead of time to communicate to your caterer what guests have chosen. When designing your invitations, be sure to include wording in the RSVP that asks guests to choose their entrée. This option requires slightly more work on your end as you must track these choices, but often your event planner can help with this task. You will also need to communicate the choices to your caterer, so servers know who is eating what. One way to do this is by using the place cards. Often a small emblem of a chicken, beef, or fish, or a symbol that stands for each, is put on the cards.  You would also provide your caterer a list ahead of time that lists guest choices by name and table number.

3. Duo or trio – This approach is easy for you and not quite as cost-prohibitive as it used to be. Pick two or three proteins to be served together on the plate, in slightly smaller portions.  Most guests will enjoy and appreciate the variety.  A handful of guests may request a plate with two pieces of one protein and none of the other, and most caterers are happy to oblige and are ready for such requests. Definitely the best of both worlds!

4. Tableside waiter service – If you want to provide a truly special experience for your guests, this is an excellent option. In order to give the kitchen time to adequately prepare, you would need to serve a four-course meal or more. As the starter is brought out, waiters take each guest’s entrée order (much like at a restaurant).  Guests can choose their protein options, but also such details as what temperature they would like their beef cooked. This is most easily done at a hotel versus an off-site venue, as they are able to have extra food on-hand to accommodate guests’ choice and cook on-site.

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Beef Tenderloin Yumminess, Word of Mouth Catering

Whatever type of food service you decide to provide, remember that your wedding is a celebration and a reflection of you and your relationship. It is perfectly acceptable to create a menu with your caterer that reflects you and your fiancée’s tastes and favorite foods. In fact, many caterers love to create custom menus and enjoy collaborating with their clients. And, it’s fun for your guests to be able to share in some of your favorite dishes.

Bon Appétit!


Lori & Trey

Lori and Trey wanted their wedding to be the perfect soiree for their family and friends. And where better to throw a party than at a private country club equipped with golf, log cabins, and gorgeous views! As guests arrived, they were transported through the golf course to Hole 10 for the ceremony. We loved the fact that Lori and Trey wanted to get married in this spot because Lori always missed that particular hole when they were golfing. Chairs faced a stunning view, and the spot was further decorated with a birch cross covered in vine. Although it was a windy day, the guests were filled with joy to see the heart-warming moment when Trey’s children walked him down the aisle. Guests then made their way back to the Clubhouse where they enjoyed the tunes of the Boxcar Bandits in the Pavilion, and soaked up some sun with a drink in hand.

Once welcome toasts were made and guests had enjoyed the band, dinner was served! The mix and mingle vibe allowed guests to find a seat inside by the fire or on the patio watching the sunset. After dinner, the reception band took the stage and created a relaxed, up-beat mood for the rest of the evening. As guests left that night, they were given a favor made by the groom himself — pickled jalapenos! This wedding wouldn’t have been complete without guests tossing lavender and rose petals as the bride and groom rode off in a horse drawn carriage to their cabin!

 Photos by A la Vie Photography

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