Pittsburgh Wedding: Garden Party Style
July 26, 2011
Stephanie and Jim Miller celebrated their marriage in elegant garden party style at The Buhl Mansion. Despite the sweltering July heat wave in full force, it was a day filled with love, joy and laughter!
The mansion gardens featured a rose petal path with floral laden shepherd’s hooks ending at a rose garnished arch underwhich the couple said their vows. To accomodate the heat, fan inspired ceremony programs and a cooling beverage station of cucumber and mint water, citrus infused iced tea and fresh lemonade were on hand.
Following the ceremony, guests were served chilled fruit and organic vegetable crudite with house dill and ranch dips, while JPC event staff hand butlered crab cake mini martinis with our famous house remoulade sauce, and old bay rimmed shrimp cocktail shots.
Under the tent, a stunning garden inspired decor was created with hanging ferns and lighted floral arrangements. Tables were resplendent with ivory Wellington damask cloths and napkins and golden chivari chairs with brocade pads.
Escort cards were displayed on antique guilded mirrors leading guests to the tables that were marked with framed photos of the various guest rooms and features throughout the Buhl Mansion.
Introductions of the new Mr. and Mrs. Miller and their bridal party were made, and cake cutting commenced with some fun mayhem. Guests were serenaded by Stephen Vance as he strolled with the violin. Piano notes floated in the air throughout dinner service as well.
Dinner service began with a plated asparagus, citrus mesculan salad garnished with citrus zest, shaved aged parmesan and our house balsamic vinaigrette. Following the salad course, the meal was served family style on porcelain platters and in modern porcelain bowls. Entrees of Chicken Milanese with a shallot and tarragon white wine sauce and fresh grilled herb and garlic crusted beef tenderloin were accompanied by Penne Alfredo Primavera, herb and sea salt roasted fingerling potatoes, and fresh grilled seasonal vegetable skewers garnished with balsamic reduction drizzle.
The requisite Pittsburgh cookie table was accented with lustred and garnished cake pop bouquets!
And after dancing the evening away, JPC event staff butlered a “Savory Ending” trio of mini wraps wrapped with leeks: chicken caesar, sesame asian veggie and turkey-bacon-avocado on frames filled with memorable photos of Stephanie and JIm for guest enjoyment before they departed.
Best wishes and much happiness to Stephanie and Jim as they begin their life together from all of us at JPC Event Group! Thank you for entrusting your special day to our care.
Blog Photo credits: Jody and Caitlyn Wimer, JPC Event Group
Linens: JPC Event Group: Chaircovers & Linens
Chivari chairs, china, beverage display, decor props and all service equipment: JPC Event Group
Culinary services: JPC Event Group
Wedding cake: JPC Event Group
Musicians: Steven Vance
Florals: Greens Floral
Venue: The Buhl Mansion