Lovely Tonight: Time To Eat!

Dinner time!

I was incredibly excited to see how the tasting stations for our reception turned out. Mommy Buttons and I had spent a lot of time coming up with the menu! One of my favorite things about working with Carlouel was the fact that they were incredibly open to any and all suggestions I had. I mean, come on: when my mom and I mentioned how it would be so pretty if the fireplaces had mantles, they went ahead and constructed some for us! And when it came to the menu, the sky was the limit! We worked to create five different tasting stations for our guests to enjoy.

Each of our guests had a lovely salad in front of them to enjoy as they waited for their table to be released to the stations. It was a spring mix salad with Craisins, walnuts, gorgonzola, and my mom’s recipe for honey lime vinaigrette (yep—Carlouel was willing to make any recipe—even our own!). BM L managed to snap a picture of it:


For the tasting stations, we wanted an eclectic mix of food. Although I don’t have a photo of every station’s offerings, I was so happy with how they all turned out, and I think that there was a combination of food that would please any guest’s palate!

  • Seared Chilean Sea Bass, served with chimmichurri sauce and julienne vegetables
  • Petite Filet Mignon, served with creamed spinach and cheesy scalloped potatoes
  • Roasted herbed rack of lamb, served with tzatziki sauce, asparagus, and rosemary roasted potatoes
  • Mini taco salads served in homemade taco bowls, with fresh guacamole and salsa


*Pilster Photography*

And: last but not least”¦my favorite station of the evening:

  • Vegetable stir fry, with choice of pork, chicken, or shrimp

Carlouel was smart to put this station front and center: it was a lot of fun to see the wok in action!



*Pilster Photography*

Our tasting stations were up and running for an hour and a half of our reception, which worked out wonderfully! Our DJ played “dinner friendly” music for about 45 minutes or so, and then transitioned right into our dance music! I highly recommend the tasting station route for a reception. Our guests were able to come and go from the stations as they pleased; if they were still stuffed from all of the appetizers at cocktail hour, they were able to wait a little while before delving into their main course. Guests were free to return to the stations as many times as their little hearts desired; one of our groomsmen proudly informed us that he ate 6 of the filet mignons! Hey—whatever floats your boat! It also gave guests the opportunity to mingle between tables to chat it up with friends and family members!


*Pilster Photography*

The following are a few shots gathered up by our lovely guests:





Once everyone was satiated, the fun really got started!!! But first, Mr. Buttons and I had to sneak off to catch the sunset”¦



Mrs. Buttons

Clearwater, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. Member
    Gerber 89 posts, Worker bee @ 3:29 pm

    Thanks for this post! Answered all my questions!

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 3:31 pm

    I’m so jealous you had a chef at the wok station!!! I wanted this soo bad but couldn’t afford the xtra it would have cost us! :(

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    flurrsprite 139 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:40 pm

    umm… can *I* have your mom’s recipe for honey lime vinaigrette? that sounds oh so amazing!

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    Lilacgal 380 posts, Helper bee @ 3:40 pm

    You had a wonderful caterer to work with!!! WOW! LOVE it that they were willing to use family recipes!

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    Lexsy 537 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    Yummy food!! Sorry, were there words as well in that post? I’m still trying to imagine how those mini tacos must have tasted like – I bet delicious! Congrats on your food choices, looks like everyone had an amazing meal

  6. hotwings Member
    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:46 pm

    YUM! I wish to have been a guest at your wedding! And helloo.. are those the linen’s your grandma sewed? They’re freaking gorgeous!

  7. lox Member
    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:50 pm

    Now I’m all hungry. Darn it. 😉

  8. magic Member
    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 4:33 pm

    @Miss Lox: Me freakin too! Starving!

  9. cardigan Member
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:30 pm

    Wow! Your food looks so good, and it’s so awesome that they were willing to work with you on so many things!

  10. barrettes Member
    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 5:53 pm

    Wok station=amazingness.

  11. Pincushion Member
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:36 pm

    It all looks and sunds so amazing! And man, your venue was so accommodating!

  12. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:40 pm

    Yum! It’s awesome that your caterer was willing to make a recipe you provided!

  13. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:56 pm

    Sounds so tasty!!

  14. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:48 pm

    What a tasty reception! (6 filets?!!)

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    eeper 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:54 am

    That food looks amazing! I love your baby’s breath centerpieces too!

  16. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:06 pm

    OMG That food looks fantastic!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:18 pm


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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 9:08 pm

    All this food just looks so incredibly delicious!

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