For those of you who are visiting Sweet Tea Sweetie for the first time, welcome! I am doing a 3 part series on our wedding in honor of our 1 year anniversary on March 29th then I will get back to delicious recipes. Check out last week’s post on the history we incorporated. For those of you who are regular readers, I’m sure this is the post you were waiting for…..the food and drinks! We used The Catering Outfit and couldn’t have been more pleased. They were a last minute find and I am so grateful that I found them. The food was delicious and they did an amazing job with setting up the food stations. How adorable are biscuits in an old suitcase???
We had the cocktail hour in the gorgeous home of Carysbrook Plantation with high ceilings, beautiful moldings, and long windows and classic furniture. There was a fire in the fireplace, our pianist played in the formal living room, and servers passed wine. A spread of southern sweet tea, homemade ham biscuits, fruit, crudités and homemade sugar mints were laid out on the antique dining room table. There was a large patio with a fountain outside but the rain kept everyone cozy inside.
Guests were greeted with their choice of wine from Viansa where we were engaged or our signature drink (the KGB, after our monogram) of sweet tea vodka and lemonade as they walked in the door of the reception. Crystal dishes of sweet and savory covered almonds from Maisie Jane’s, a local favorite from Ben’s home town (Chico, California), were served on each table.
Station 1: Spring Strawberry salad with baby greens, sliced toasted almonds, goat cheese, red onions, balsamic vinaigrette & Pommery Potato and Baby Zucchini Salad with tri colored fingerling potatoes, baby zucchini, tossed in pommery mustard vinaigrette
Station 2: Carved Smoked Ham Station with brown sugar bourbon glaze, sweet country mustard, cornmeal chive biscuits
Station 3: Tiger shrimp and creamy grits, Andouille sausage, poblano peppers, bell peppers, lobster sherry cream
Passed Milk & Cookie shots with double chocolate or chocolate chip oatmeal cookies on top of mini glasses of milk and straws in our wedding colors
We had a three tiered cake with two tiers of Lavender Cake with Salted Caramel filling and one tier of Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry preserves and Amaretto Mocha filling from Maliha Creations.
Stations 2: Carved Smoked Ham
My goal was to create a fun space with plenty of food options that people actually enjoyed eating. I loved that it really felt like a big family dinner.