Weddings: Diamonds, Pink, and other Girly Things II

Yesterday, we showed you guys some of the highlights of a recent wedding Chef’s catered at Noah Liff Opera Center with a very glamourous vibe (check it out here). So, today I’ve got the rest of the pictures here for you, from centerpieces to entrees. Hope you find some inspiration and ideas to visualize your own reception.

The Head Table


The Main Dish

Served buffet style, they had a mashed potato bar (both sweet potatoes and garlic mashed potatoes) with a smorgasbord of toppings. For the entree, they served beef braised short ribs and had pork tenderloin carving station. The mouth watering Apple Jack Salad was served in martini glasses and wild rice orzo also served as another side. Delish.

Apple Jack Salad with Balsamic vinaigrette, roasted pecans, blue cheese, and a green apple slice

Homemade bread served at every table

Bread rolls for the pork tenderloin and wild rice orzo in the background.

Mashed potato bar toppings

Dessert Station

Wedding cakes are something we rarely do, but for this occasion, the glorious Sonya pulled together a petite wedding cake made with our  infamous Strawberry cake and cream cheese icing. In addition to the smaller wedding cake, she also had a chocolate fondue, pecan tassies,  german chocolate, hummingbird, and strawberry cupcakes, cheesecake lollipops, and cookies and milk shooters. Yum!

They also had an old school espresso machine to compliment the dessert

Cookies and Milk Shooters

Cheesecake Lollipops

Pecan Tassies

German Chocolate Cupcakes


Weddings: Diamonds, Pink, and Other Girly Things

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure to go check out one of the receptions we were catering at the Noah Liff Opera Center in Nashville. It was a very beautiful wedding, filled with many elaborate details for the event’s execution. For this reason, upon arrival, I was thrown a mop and given a job to do. So, mop in one hand, camera in the other, I sopped up the water vases’ dripping remnants as the rest of the staff hurried to set them on the tables, as well as getting all of the food out and cleaning up the room. As I glanced over to see the event planner frantically crawling on top of the grandly large head table in the center of the room to light dozens of tea lights, I knew we were behind schedule. But what’s a catering without a little drama? Though we may sometimes act like the chaos can be the end of the world, I really think it’s what we thrive on, and maybe even perform our best during it.
And as always, it came together beautifully, and the bride was thrilled with everything, which makes it all worth it!
While the reception was only for 200 people, they treated their guests to quite the spread, as seen below.

Cocktail Hour

Before the guests entered the main dining area, they experienced a cocktail hour with hors d’eouvres and live music in the adjoining room.

One of the many plush seating areas situated throughout the room for the guests to lounge on

More seating areas

The guests picked up their place card off this hanging spiraled wire.

Roses and mirrors galore!

Center table for appetizers

Tomato, Mozzarelle, and Basil skewers

Chicken Tender Cones encrusted with cheese breadcrumbs and with cheese straws in the bottom

Mini Jam Filled Cornbread Muffins

Passed coconut shrimp

Passed Fried Green Tomatoes


With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to get that hair up off your neck. So here are some inspiration buns and tutorials for the taking! Sick of the sock bun? Check out some of these different options…

Here’s a great tutorial from Cup of Jo on How to get a Messy French Bun:

A classy, twisty low bun from The Beauty Department:

A Braided Bun Tutorial from The Paper Mama

More braided bun tutorials! (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)

Braided bunspiration!

(Also, here’s a tutorial for the upside braided bun, if you dare)

Spice up yo Bun!

Love the volume created with a double-headband!

Wrap a vintage scarf around your sock bun!

Feelin’ Swanky?

This Bliss Magazine

This Bliss is an online wedding magazine about social media tools and online resources for planners and brides as they prepare for their big day. Ashley, Julie and I created This Bliss Magazine for our final project in Social Media and Public Relations using We’re really excited to share it with everyone and hope you enjoy!
Check it out below and let us know what you think!

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Also, click the links here to check out Ashley and Julie’s great blogs:
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Spring Wedding Inspiration: First-Hand Photos

Rose and Baby's Breath floating in a glass globe vase, with a square of floral foam discretely hidden to keep flowers hydrated.

Orange, Green, and White Flowers in a cylinder vase tied with burlap, salmon colore ribbon, and raffia.

Love the colors: Salmon with hints of orange, white, green, and a rich blue.

Using antique China is always a fun, yet classic choice, especially when paired with mismatched antique silverware. More pink hues, this time paired with a sunny yellow

Love this hanging flower arrangement with peach and hot pink flowers. Not to mention how well this green compliments these pinks. A very fresh, fun, and clean color palette.

Bold color pairings are also in for spring. This pink and bird egg blue combo is quite striking.

From the same wedding as above. The fresh white couch rentals (from Liberty Party Rentals) and the same blue and pink with the table cloths create a completely different feel with the same palette.

Country Ham Biscuits are a classic for a reception at a location like Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. Use a clear glass passing tray and a simple rose for the perfect balance of soft, edgy, and southern.

This tablescape was done by Chef's Market for a summer special on Talk of the Town. I absolutely love these bright colors in the outdoors and the use of anold farm table.

These chair ties definitely help make the table. Since the chairs are a dark stained bamboo wood, they needed the light, sunny yellow to brighten up the set. Also, the tented trellis centerpiece (or, as my dad calls it, "Goodlettsville's Eiffel Tower") adds great height to the table.

Anna’s Wedding: The Cake

The cake was made by Flourgirls in Goodlettsville, TN & was entirely gluten-free (per request of the bride) and it was delicious, especially for being gluten-free. I’ve eaten A LOT of bad gluten-free things in my day, so this was a pleasant surprise.  I should stop by Flourgirls and I’ll let you know what other gluten-free things they offer.

Do yall have any gluten-free favorites?