On what turned out to be a gorgeous May Friday evening, my high school sweetheart (delayed) and I exchanged our wedding vows in front of a very small gathering of friends and family at the Shaw House in Fairmont, WV. Our wedding was vintage inspired, and very elegantly simple. I will be sharing more photos on this blog post than I normally do, but hey it is not everyday that a gal gets married, right? ;) The ceremony was sweet and right to the point (just like me most of the time). But let's be real. Most of us really love attending a wedding for the reception grub and usually the free drinks, right? Hehehehe...
The husband and I knew that we wanted to keep the reception menu uncomplicated, delicious, and most of all 'Burgh LOCAL.
So, let's get to it.
From top left, clockwise:
- Our reception spread was provided by the caterer and chef at Shaw House. This two-person culinary team did most of their shopping for the menu in the Strip District. Our menu included a lovely Nicoise salad, a beautifully poached salmon, a tender rosemary herbed beef tenderloin, an amazing spinach artichoke dip, and a fresh and gorgeous fruit platter.
- Our reception spread also offered hunks of self-serve (aka, have as big of a piece as you would like) fresh cheeses for our guests- a nice sharp white cheddar, a more mild Porterhouse cheese, and a sweet Stilton with apricots.
- The cakes... Yes, the cakes. We did not go the traditional tiered cake route here. We delighted our guests with six different cakes all courtesy of the lovely bakery at Delallo Italian Marketplace in Jeannette. I am pretty sure that most of the guests came back for a second or third slice. I mean, you can't just try one... ;)
- When I started to think of the wedding favors I wanted to send my guests home with, I knew that personalized M&M's or those Jordan almonds were not going to cut it for me. We offered each of our lovely guests Peanut Butter and/or Dark Chocolate marshmallows (seen in the little silver boxes) from the Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory. We also created our own take on the candy bar, but used popcorn from the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company instead. After tasting every flavor popcorn the Company had to offer that week, we settled on one savory and one sweet- Sour Cream & Onion and Baklava.
My lovely sister (maid of honor) is featured in the photos on the left and right. And yes, in the pic to the right she is proudly displaying her Yuengling bottled beer. ;)
*All photos were taken by the extremely talented photographer and my longtime friend, Mr. William Brian Bee.