Today I’m very happy to be sharing an inspiration shoot centred around food. Our readers always choose tasty sounding menus – both for the day time and for evening guests too. We’ve seen BBQs, sharing platters, street food vans, haute cuisine with silver service, pies and even picnics. But Kalm Kitchen always bring something new and original to the table. Along with the talents of Kindred Styled by Jen and florals from Hannah Berry they’ve created the most gorgeous looking patisserie stand I’ve ever seen. Providing your guests with a pretty French goûter served amongst trailing foliage and blooms looks like heaven to me.
The rest of the shoot details are rather beautiful too – there’s a rustic luxe table just brimming with gorgeous textures and pops of pink. There’s also the loveliest tulle skirts to lust over. I know they’ve been around for a while now, but I’m still coveting one.
I think Nicola and Ross have taken a slice of the fit pie, in fact the whole wedding party look like they’ve indulged in a portion too. The bridesmaids look absolutely stunning in bespoke pink floral gowns from ASOS, the groomsmen are very dapper in navy suits from Reiss & Ted Baker and bride Nicola looks utterly breathtaking in a lace Enzoani lace gown that fits her like a glove. As a wedding party there’s some serious squad goals to feast your eyes upon, but is it any wonder they all look so stylish when bride Nicola works as a buyer at fashion giant ASOS.
Her attention to detail and creative flair is echoed in the DIY delicate pink & white stationery, adorable signage and hand made soap favours for the guests, with the sweet flower stems in bud vases looking adorable as table centrepieces and making a great focal point on the grand fireplace within the Grade II Fetcham Park reception.
Autumn weddings always make me smile. Granted they’re always going to occupy a special place in my heart for selfish reasons but I don’t think anyone can deny that florals at this time of year are sublime!
From Café au lait dahlias, hydrangeas, ranunculus’ and chocolate cosmos’ there’s a plethora to choose from…all of which Sam included in her exquisite bouquet made by her florist sister! I particularly love how the colours have been carried through in groom Simon’s accessories and in the colour of the bridesmaid dresses too.
This beautiful duo married at Gate Street Barn in Bramley under huge chandelier candelabras strewn with foliage garlands and fairy lights galore. It’s utterly dreamy.
I can’t help it – pink Princess shoes get me every time and Jen’s are just gorgeous. They are from Ted Baker, and a great option if you’ve fallen for the iconic Manolos, but you just can’t stretch your budget that far.
Jen and Scott went with a classic navy and pink colour scheme, with pretty gold accents for their Winter wedding and the resulting look is gorgeous. Knowing that flowers would be harder to come by than in the Summer, Jen decided to opt for foliage and plants as table centres. Presented in pretty little pots and combined with rustic wooden log slices, the tables look very inviting and the neatly scribed menus on mini clipboards finish off the whole look perfectly.
The weather was a little gloomy, but there’s nothing gloomy about Millbridge Court – which is just so light and airy whatever the weather decides to do, or the images from RS Brown Photography. What could be more romantic than kissing under an umbrella while the heavens open above you?!
Katherine and Matthew’s wedding photos by Sarah Legge will put a big smile on your face – there’s just so much joy and happiness, it’s totally infectious. We always love a peach colour scheme and this pair have only gone and included actual real life peaches in their wedding decor! Such a cute idea. Combined with the pale blue table linen too – it’s all just so gorgeous.
Their light and airy venue, Millbridge Court is such a fantastic space, and when filled with sunshine like in these images, it looks like a lovely place to celebrate your marriage with friends and family.
And finally, I love that Katherine sourced a second hand dress via Preloved because she wanted to spend their budget on other things – you’d never guess her dress wasn’t made for her and it just goes to show – it’s YOUR wedding, so you spend your money on what makes YOU happy, and that will show in the photos 🙂
This is such a stunning traditional wedding with a rustic twist. Claire looked absolutely beautiful in her classic Naomi Neoh wedding dress and the table plan – oh my! It’s a beaut; We just know you won’t be able to resist pinning it!
We also just love their idea to incorporate the grooms heritage and have a Spanish band play at their wedding, I bet everybody has a soft spot for Spain & has enjoyed a holiday or two there, I know I wouldn’t have been able to resist getting up & having a little jig.
It’s so lovely to read that bride Claire was an avid fan of RMW and found many of her suppliers and inspiration through us, we think her wedding was fabulous & we know her day will inspire you all too.
Quick Question… Who’s having food at their wedding?
Everyone..? Well, in that case this is a VIP (very important post). Today we have managed to persuade Love Lust List members Kalm Kitchen to put aside their pots and pans for a few hours and instead the lovely duo are poised in front of their computer, ready to answer all of your culinary conundrums.
As a quick aside, my Kitchen is anything but calm… I start off with good intentions, meticulously chopping and prepping all my ingredients, giving them all their own little bowls to sit it just like on the telly. Then… carnage. I am actually quite a good chef but I am MESSY. I spill everything and I have a habit of using every single item in the kitchen no matter what I happen to be making. Bad chef.
So what have we learnt so far? Don’t hire me to manage your wedding food requirements… But who should you hire then? When should you book? How do you go about choosing your menu? Can you try before you buy? Is it ok to serve fish when you know for a fact that Aunty Maggie bloody hates fish. How much should you spend on food? Should you definitely have a sit down meal? What about a buffet? Can you get away with serving everyone fish and palming Aunty Maggie off with a cheese sandwich? Do you have to feed your evening guests too? Should I have a cake? Should I have cheese? What about a cheesecake? What about a cake of cheese? Does Aunty Maggie like cheese? What time should we eat? What’s Parfait?
The list goes on… I am sure that if you are currently planning your wedding you will have pondered at least a few of these questions. Today you shall have your answers! Kalm Kitchen are here right now ready to respond to your food based queries… so please ask away in the comments box below, but first here are a few words from James and Jen Middlehurst from Kalm Kitchen. Have a read because your question might get answered before you’ve even had a chance to ask…
James and Jen: At Kalm Kitchen we are finding that more and more of our couples are choosing not to have a traditional three course wedding breakfast, and instead are opting for fun and informal menu options that truly reflect their personality as a couple. This year buffets, BBQ’s and street food stations are proving more popular than ever before. If you are keen to offer something a little bit different from traditional chicken and salmon options, and are looking to wow your guests, here are our current most popular suggestions.
Canapes are a great opportunity to get creative and really tie in the theme of your wedding in with your food. From mini slider burgers to tiger prawns on skewers the way in which you present your canapes can really set the tone of the day and create a talking point amongst your guests. We are seeing many couples opting for unusual methods of displaying their food, anything from a beautiful old book to a moss garden with old apothecary bottles used to hold skewers. We recently served canapes from old birdcages and suitcases – perfect for a vintage style wedding. If you are looking to create a luxurious theme without stretching your budget get your florist to provide some stray stems of flowers, your caterer can then lay these on perspex canape trays
creating an elegant whimsical look.
We are seeing a trend towards fun and informal starters which encourage guests to interact with one another – such as beautiful abundant olive wood boards filled with the finest anti pasti or mezze style eats, these work wonderfully as an ice breaker getting your guests who may not know one another to interact.
AT TABLE CARVING
A popular choice amongst couples is the option to carve at the table. This creates a relaxed, fun and informal feel to the day and ultimately gives guests more control over what they are eating. One guest is nominated as the “carver” and comes to the kitchen to collect their beautiful joint of meat. The waiting staff then follows the guest back from the table and provides all
the accompaniments in lovely big porcelain bowls. The carver can even be given an apron and chef hat for an extra personal touch.
A new emerging trend, and a quirky twist on a traditional three-course meal is to introduce an element of family service. Examples of this include serving a family sized pie for each table accompanied by a selection of steaming bowls of fresh vegetables – all members of the wedding party can get involved passing plates around and serving their portions as they see fit.
A new twist on afternoon tea, table picnics are set to be extremely popular this summer. Ideal if you are holding a laid-back country garden wedding, think long tables with hay bales for seats. Each table is given a picnic hamper filled with deli style eats, fresh bread, cold meats, cheeses and sweet treats – the hampers can be personalised for each table ensuring guests with dietary requirements can be catered for. We love this fun and informal option – a quirky take on a Great British tradition!
One of our current most popular dessert requests is our DIY Dessert. The puddings are based around old school classics like Eton Mess, Summer Trifle and Knickerbocker Glories. Each table is presented with beautiful cut glass cake stands, bowls and glasses, guests are then encouraged to fill their vintage tea cup with jellies, berries, creams and coulis. The elegance of the glass combined with the scrumptious rich food allows guests to be as creative or restrained as they like. Again it’s a great fun way of getting your guests to interact – the messier the better!
Cheese cakes are extremely popular with couples opting for cheese towers as an alternative to a traditional wedding cake. The cheese can then be broken down and served with pate, crackers and a selection of chutneys to your evening guests instead of a separate buffet; this can also be a great way of stretching your food budget.