A TUSCAN-INSPIRED EVENING
When this bride and groom first approached us, they wanted a very simple Tuscan-themed backyard wedding focused on the food, with a number of small courses. They envisioned long tables for their guests, a warm and inviting atmosphere with plenty of wine and lots of conversation between family, old friends and out-of-town guests.
The menu they chose, while not strictly Tuscan, offered the tastes and ambiance for which they were looking. A menu with many courses could feel very formal, but this wedding dinner felt more festive. With each course, another layer of conversation and happiness was added, culminating in an evening totally filled with warmth, laughter and love.
The YumThe VibeThe DetailsThe Look
This multi-course sit-down menu began with a family-style platter of Pecorino cheese with herb-infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and sun dried tomato and pine nut pesto served with warm focaccia. The entrée was a short rib (pictured) braised in Vin Santo. The meal ended with a creative dessert station featuring made-to-order ice cream sandwiches, with a Tuscan twist! Instead of ice cream, we served a variety of gelatos. In between, guests dined on these beautiful gourmet courses.
Curly Endive, Boston Bibb and Purple Endive with Toasted Pine Nuts and Gorgonzola
And a White Balsamic Citrus Vinaigrette
Tagliatelle with Sautéed Wild Mushroom
Potato Crusted White Sea Bass
Vin Santo Braised Short Rib
Chestnut Polenta, Braised Artichokes
It’s all in the details. The bride’s bouquet was simple but gorgeous, a reflection of the total wedding vibe. Some ideas for how to use the bouquet at the reception: place the bride’s bouquet along with those of the bridesmaids down the center of the head table; affix them to the back of the chairs at the head table, or just the sweetheart table; or circle the cake with them.
A violinist, either solo or accompanied, is a lovely way to add audio texture to your reception, or even before the wedding as guests arrive. For a Tuscan-inspired wedding the playlist might include Italian favorites and later in the program even include a tenor. The goal is to totally transform the environment with sound that complements the meal and the decor. And after the meal, dancing under the stars could be accompanied by romantic contemporary music. All you need then is a cappuccino and espresso cart to feel completely transported to an Italian piazza!
As we developed the theme, the bride chose warm colors — chocolate and burnt orange silk linens, peach roses, yellow dahlias and golden callas. And as a finishing touch, we never forget to pay attention to the chairs! Ballroom chairs or regular rentals can really do damage to all the hard work that goes into your table design. In this case, we finished our rustic, yet elegant look with chiavari chairs in a dark chocolate color.