Very rarely does a wedding come along that stops me in my tracks. Usually they're too over-the-top, too stuffy and not personal enough, more for show.
The unforgettable wedding of my friend Josie to her now-husband, Adam, gave me hope again. It took place at the 21c Hotel and Museum
in downtown Louisville. The ceremony was short and to the point, but a tearjerker for sure.
And the food -- oh the food! I can still taste it. After the completion of the ceremony, bags of popcorn and peanuts were up for grabs, along with refreshing Izze
sodas in red hues with gray-striped straws to match the decor.
Read on for the complete menu along with jaw-dropping photographs.
Walking down a staircase to the reception, guests were greeted by wedding cakes -- seven of them in a variety of flavors from The Bakery
and Cake Flour
! Since they doubled as centerpieces, each table had its own cake, from vanilla bean to coconut, and red velvet to chocolate truffle. An open-seating floor plan made for some interesting people-watching. I observed each guest walk around, strategically decide which flavor they wanted to try the most first, then sit down. I carefully placed myself at the German chocolate cake table, but was within short distance to the chocolate truffle cake table.
Staring at a mouth-watering cake while waiting for dinner was difficult. I was tempted to run my finger through the icing on multiple occasions (so were my other table guests), but was able to control myself in anticipation of what was to come.
A buffet of bison sliders, a Louisville favorite, along with salad, fresh berries, grits and freedom fries had us on our feet within seconds. The catering was provided by the James Beard award-winning restaurant Proof on Main
in downtown Louisville, which is attached to 21C
. All of the hype did not disappoint: The sliders were juicy and cooked perfectly medium-rare. The fries were seasoned with fresh herbs, and the grits -- well, let's just say that if there were take-out containers I would have had a late-night snack back up in my hotel room. They were creamy, rich and perfectly cooked.
Josie proved that weddings can be personal, creative and delicious! Adding in elements such as the Izze soda and straws in her wedding theme colors left a great impression on her guests, and having wedding cakes double as centerpieces was a great way to use food as decor (in turn, saving money). If only all weddings were as fun and delicious as theirs. Congratulations, Josie and Adam!
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