Wedding: Sufia + Matthew

November 2nd, 2011

In March 2011 we had the opportunity to work with Sufia and Matthew to make their dream wedding a reality.   This unique couple wanted their wedding to embrace the fusion of their two very different cultures. Every detail of this reception was influenced by the couples pasts, leading the way for a bright future together.

The venue that Sufia and Matthew chose was the Meridian House. This historic home is not only beautiful but it is the perfect space for an elegant wedding reception. The outside of the building was designed after 18th century French architecture and has the beautiful Latin inscription: “Quo habitat felicitas nil entret mali”  meaning where happiness dwells, evil will not enter.

Immediately off the back entrance of the foyer is a pebbled courtyard scattered with imported linden trees perfectly framing the space. These knobby trees give the courtyard a romantic aura especially during this winter months.  As guests entered the foyer of the Meridian House they could find their escort cards, which were  beautifully displayed on a cherry wood table with crystal candelabra.

The inside of the Meridian House has high ceilings, original wrought- iron railings, marble + wood  floors and glistening chandleiers. The creme colored marble walls were perfectly accented by the violet linens the couple chose.  The center table arrangement consisted of delicate flowering plum branches, plum calla lilies, and ivory roses giving height to the display of Indonesian Beef Sate, Creole Seafood Empanadas, and Brie en Croute.

After cocktail hour guest were called to prayer in the dining room. Once guests were seated a blessing and toast were made in honor of the newlyweds.  The linens in the dining room were a delicate ivory paired with our vivacious Adele Lamour napkins. The colors of the linens perfectly tied together the center piece of plum calla lilies and hot pink gerber daisies. Preset at the tables were spinach & romaine salads with gorgonzola, toasted walnuts and dried cranberries.

The entrees, which were preselected by the guests, were either the Honey Roasted Chicken with Sage & Walnuts or the Seared Atlantic Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce. After dinner, guests were offered coffee and sugared dates which are traditionally served at meals during Ramadan. The real fun began when the mariachi band began to play in the library.  They played traditional Ranchera Music while guests danced along with the sounds of the trumpet, guitar, violin, and vihuela.

Once the guests got their fill of dancing and music an announcement for the cutting of the cake in the loggia was made. The custom cake was designed by our Executive Pastry Chef and included a variety of flavors such as, chocolate with buttercream filling, vanilla with vanilla buttercream, and a lemon cake with raspberry buttercream filling.

The beautiful three teired cake was decorated with swiss dot and scroll patterns, wrapped in violet ribbon and topped with plum cala lilies. Following the cutting of the cake was the traditional women’s party in the dining room and the men’s party in the drawing room.

The outcome of this wedding was elegant and fun. The influence of Sufia and Matthews cultures made this day unique and truly theirs. Special thanks to Martha FitzSimon Photography for sharing her beautiful photos and to Sufia and Matthew for letting us be a part of your special day! We wish you a life of love and happiness!

{ October 2011 }

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