A Foxy Fête: Food & Details

(Can’t get much more clever with a title, can you??)

One thing I’ve mentioned briefly in previous posts is how Foxy and I were shooting for a cocktail-esque reception. The two of us have always agreed that cocktail hour is consistently our favorite part of the weddings we’ve attended, so we figured…why not just have our whole wedding be like that?! (In all honesty, we really just wanted a fun wedding without a formal sit-down dinner, so cocktail style seemed to be the way to go.) We worked with the Vandiver during our two-year planning period to figure out how to make the reception different enough from cocktail hour to be discernible, but also to still keep it relatively casual and cocktail-y.

The result was a nice mix of high-top tables spread throughout the pavilion and surrounding property, with five large round tables in the middle for folks to sit at should they want to (with a few reserved specifically for family).

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I’m still obsessed with our linens. I also never thought I would utter those words.

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The actual food stations were spread throughout the pavilion, which successfully kept people moving about and mingling for a large portion of the evening. So no, we didn’t technically have enough seating available for everyone to sit down at the same time…but that was kind of the point. As far as I’m aware, it actually worked out really well!

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And so, after our teary-eyed and laugh-worthy toasts were over, our food stations officially opened up for everyone to enjoy. Yay food!

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I don’t have too many pictures of the food itself since we gave our photogs the go-ahead to relax for a few minutes and get themselves a bite to eat (you know, instead of just watching everyone else eat…that can’t be fun). However, I can tell you that I personally dug into anything and everything that John (the owner of our venue) brought over for Foxy and me to eat. I can also tell you that there was absolutely a good five minutes where I was completely by myself at a high-top cocktail table, stuffing my face.

So…yes. I ate at my wedding. I ate a lot.

And since we don’t have any photo documentation of my little food-party-for-one, why don’t I show you bits and pieces of the rest of the (freaking delicious) grub we had spread out?

There was chilled tomato soup and caprese salad…

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…made-to-order pasta with different noodles, sauces, and toppings…

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…freshly cooked and carved smoked turkey and beef tenderloin…

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…and made-to-order crepes that transitioned from sweet to savory throughout the course of the reception!

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You guys…I know most everyone says that the food at their own wedding was the best ever, but let’s be serious. This food was the. best. ever. We’re still getting random compliments about how scrumptious it was! (Not to toot my own our venue’s horn or anything.) (toot toot)

I also like to think that the food was only enhanced by the atmosphere that the Vandiver staff, Officiant Em, MOH Copper, and many other friends and family managed to create earlier that day. I’m still amazed that my broad concept of flowers, Mason jars, lanterns, lace, chalkboard signs (you know, all that quintessential rustic-wedding type stuff) somehow managed to come together in a relatively cohesive way!

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While these bits and pieces of the overall picture made me all warm and fuzzy inside on their own, seeing it all together—from a distance, almost—somehow made it even more magical. Everything was really representative of Foxy and me, and you could just see the love that went into the planning, coordinating, and beauty of it all.

One thing I want to throw out there, especially for brides who are still in the planning phase—try not to get too caught up in the whole “it’s so overdone” mindset/judgement. Does “rustic chic” seem to be the new buzzword in wedding land? Absolutely. Do most people even have a clue what that means, or have they seen it before? Probably not. My wedding decor may seem pretty generic to a few people who are immersed in the wedding world, but believe you me—the majority of our guests (even those recently married or in planning stages) were amazed by the amount of personal touches and detail we put into things. Just do you, whatever that may be. Foxy and I did simple, rustic beauty, and we couldn’t have been happier. Sure, I had a bajillion and one sources of inspiration to choose from thanks to lots of other people thinking along the same lines, but whatever. I liked it. And if anything, it made my job easier!

#offmysoapboxnow

Enough about the details…I think it’s high time we got to some dancing, don’t you?!

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Miss a recap? Catch yourself up!

  • It’s Wedding Week! – The week of the wedding started out pretty hectic, but we made it through (relatively) unscathed.
  • We’re Cool People (who had to deal with a slight change of plans) – On Friday, we made our way to the venue, had a relatable moment on the radio, and learned about some last minute changes that we made an effort to take in stride.
  • Practice Makes Perfect…And Crabs Don’t Hurt, Either – After most everyone was settled in on Friday evening, we had our rehearsal followed by the best dinner ever—a Maryland crab feast!
  • Rise and Shine! – Wedding morning was soon upon us, and I woke up at the crack of dawn ready to get prettified.
  • Pretty Women – Over the course of the next several hours, the girls and I hung out, got our hair and makeup done, had a photo shoot, and drank champagne.
  • Dressing Up – Soon enough, it was time for me to slip into my dress!
  • Dapper Dudes – At the same time, Foxy and his guys were ironing and getting into their suits—and Foxy was opening his wedding-day gift!
  • The First of Many Looks – We had our first look, and both felt so much better after being able to see each other for the first time that day.
  • A School Bus Photo Shoot – Our vehicle of choice for the day was a school bus, which we turned into a photo-op both inside and out!
  • Smiles and Sun – The photos continued by the lighthouse and pier…with sunglasses and a few funny stories along the way.
  • ALL the Family – We then met up with family at the lock house for even more pictures, and I started getting a bit antsy and having problems with my dress.
  • And Then There’s Us – I kinda-sorta-maybe forgot all about couple and bridal pictures. Thank goodness for our amazing photog reminding us!
  • Final Touches – Slight chaos then ensued in the minutes before the ceremony started, consisting of me getting sewn into my dress and the boys getting their bouts pinned on at the last minute.
  • And So It Begins – The guests arrive, the wedding party lines up, and the ceremony space is revealed—complete with programs, white knots, and bubbles!
  • All I Want Is You, Will You Be My Bride? – The time had finally come—we all made our way down the aisle while my stepdad and stepbro played and sang a beautiful, acoustic version of “All I Want Is You.”
  • Take Me by the Hand and Stand by My Side – In other words…the ceremony!
  • Bubbles and Bustles and Beverages, Oh My! – Bubbles are blown, my bustle is tied in, and cocktail hour commences with lots of love, hugs, and drinks.
  • The Guestbook – The final version & reveal of our fingerprint guestbook—and some tips, should you want them!
  • I’d Do Anything For You – The reception kicked off with our oh-so-intricate first dance sway to “Wake Up” by Coheed and Cambria, which our guests joined in on halfway through.
  • Make ‘em Laugh, Make ‘em Cry – Which is exactly what we did, thanks to our bestest friends’ amazing and beautiful toasts.
BLOGGER

Mrs. Fox

Location:
Washington DC/Havre de Grace, MD
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 pm

    Oh I love all of the details. They really did come together so cohesively! Also I want a crepe now so badly, yum

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 5:51 pm

    That’s such a good point about how we may think something is overdone but to 85% of the people in attendance, they’ve never seen anything like it!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:55 pm

    I love the idea of a cocktail reception. It just seems so casual and fun.

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    MrsPadlock2B 488 posts, Helper bee @ 5:56 pm

    By far my favourite blogger, and my favourite wedding

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:00 pm

    Fabulous!!!

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    Marti, Guest @ 6:33 pm

    Where did you get your table cloths at?

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 6:35 pm

    Those crepes look absolutely delicious!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:04 pm

    I LOVE your details. Your table linens are amazing. And thanks for the reminder about just doing what you want. I have been feeling so much pressure to be unique and original and it’s so hard to have a fresh idea in the wedding world — and you know what? That’s okay!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:23 pm

    All your details came together beautifully! As I was scrolling down the photos, I thought “How weird – that looks like Mr. Pony…AND Mrs. Pony!” and then saw that you had credited photos to her. How random is that – I only recognized them from the Bee, but how nice to see one of my favorite Bee couples out and about enjoying your fabulous wedding!

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    Olivetobe 66 posts, Worker bee @ 7:30 pm

    Thank you for this! We’re having a cocktail-style (here we call it marchee style) reception with food stations in 2 months. I’ve been stressing about people not thinking it’s “dinner-y” enough, and also stressing about guests being upset there isn’t seating for everyone. We too want a more casual vibe. So happy to hear yours was a success – my anxiety level just plummeted! :)

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:45 pm

    @lealorali & @Miss Camel: It’s so hard to remember when you’re in the thick of planning.. but your guests reactions will totally make up for it. :)
    @Mrs. Treasure: That was the idea.. and it was!
    @MrsPadlock2B: Aw thanks!!
    @Marti: Our venue provided them – it was a peach underlay with a lace overlay.
    @Miss Ariel: Omg they were. Could totes use one now.
    @TexasAggieMom: We were so excited to have them there!! We also had guest appearances by Guinea Pig and Lox!
    @Olivetobe: I got SO much crap about the style of reception from friends and family.. until they actually experienced it. It’s just a different way of providing food, that’s all. And as long as you keep people mingling, they’ll be happy.. try not to be too anxious!!

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    courtoni 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:52 am

    We are having a beach wedding with a cocktail reception for 45 people in the oceanfront house we are renting afterwards. It’s being catered by the resort on the island.

    I hope we can pull it off half as well as you have here. Love your pictures and your food looks great. We are only having heavy hors d’oeuvres and hope that it’s enough food!

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    sarg88 282 posts, Helper bee @ 4:09 am

    oh, thank you for that last bit of advice. we are leaning towards the rustic wedding but fear it may be over done. but you are right, i should remember that no everyone is totally obsessed with pinterest like me.

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    Theresa, Guest @ 5:16 am

    I love reading your recaps! We are getting married at the Vandiver in April and it makes me so excited to see the venue.

    We’re also having crepes at our rehearsal dinner there, and those pictures look amazing.

    What size are the paper lanterns that you used? I love the way those look and want to get the same sized ones.

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    mswallaby 2069 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:50 am

    I looove all of those details. So pretty! And your advice about being on-trend being totally fine – I totally agree. Everyone loved our chalkboard signs and mismatched-vase-centerpieces. Your food is totes making me hungrayyy right now, and I just have to add that Mrs. Pony is an amazing photographer!!!

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:03 am

    Everything looks amazing – especially the food, flowers, and favors!! I really appreciate your advice about not getting caught up in the “it’s so overdone” mindset. Very well said!! :)

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:27 am

    I love your whole wedding — everything looked amazing and your food looks like it was yummy. I agree too about just doing what feels right in regards to your wedding. People post tons of mason jars and burlap things on pinterest and then they get called overdone but you know what MASON JARS AND BURLAP ROCK! I have zero regrets about my wedding. And nobody had seen my decor before either. My home has a rustic country/beachy/Italian feel. That’s who I am so a rustic influenced wedding was us! =) A+ to ignoring the haters and doing what felt good (and dang did it turn out nice might I just add again).

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:35 am

    Everything looks so beautiful! :) Love it.

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    seabeeny 68 posts, Worker bee @ 6:50 am

    THANK you for this post! I needed it. I’m still kind of deep in muddling through a lot of wedding regret, and part of it is that I had “too Pinterest” of a wedding, but my guests were kind enough to pretend to not notice, if they did (they probably did not, like you said!), so I should be focusing on that!

    Everything looks beautiful, and now I want a crepe.

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:48 am

    @courtoni: You’d be surprised at how far heavy hors d’oeurves can go – we actually had more “station” food than we wanted originally! I think you should be absolutely fine!
    @sarg88, @SuperDuperBrit, & @seabeeny: Pinterest is seriously a blessing and a curse. It’s freaking amazing for all the inspiration it has, but then you start doubting everything for that exact reason. I had to keep asking myself, what would make US happy. Isn’t it better to look back on those pictures and be truly happy with everything, than think you only did things a certain way because they were so “different” and “unique”?!
    @Mrs. Wallaby: Right?! Mrs. Guinea Pig had some pretty great ones, too – I was SO happy that they took as many pictures as they did – any shots that my photog may have missed (especially detail wise), they seemed to get!

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    cosmo_gmr 946 posts, Busy bee @ 7:55 am

    I’m so hungry right now! Gorgeous looking and sounds like totally delicious food. Great choices!
    Also, I’m love with your decor! I looks so soft and fresh and relaxed… I love it!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 10:34 am

    I love everything! It’s so dreamy and happy and pretty! Plus, I think it lends itself well to your cocktail-style reception. And I love spotting bees at others weddings! So fun to be a part of this community!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:20 am

    @Theresa: SO excited to hear from another Vandiver bride!! The crepes were such a hit – I’m sure they will be at your rehearsal as well. As for the lanterns, I got them in a bunch of sizes, ranging from 10″ up to 24″, I think? We actually ended up leaving them up because the wedding taking place the next day saw them and wanted them!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:02 pm

    Your details were just beautiful, and oh my gawd the food! Delicious.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 12:13 pm

    I have totally said almost everything you’ve said in your last paragraph, about doing what YOU want to do, regardless of if its trendy or not. Our wedding is such a hodge podge of things that are current, were current, might not be current, might be current, whatever because that’s US. We like what we like and that’s what matters, that’s what we want to show at our wedding: US. :)

    Off of my soapbox, too: oh my GOODNESS your food, dying. Ahhh.

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    An, Guest @ 1:04 pm

    Where did you get your linens from? I love the lace over the coral cloth!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:24 pm

    @Mrs. Fox: When it comes down to it — making both you, and your future hubby, happy is the most important thing! I like how you said unless you’re immersed into the wedding world most people don’t know what’s hip or in for weddings. It’s true!

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    Justy 9 posts, Newbee @ 8:54 pm

    Your details were just beautiful,I’m love with your decor!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:41 am

    Now you’ve put me in the mood for crepes! Your food looks delicious and all the rustic details came together beautifully for your wedding. I can’t wait to read your recaps about the reception!

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    HOGUE 28 posts, Newbee @ 9:54 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! :) Love it.

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