West Park Winery Wedding Laura & Steve

9.12.09  After a two year engagement, Laura and Steve’s wedding day at West Park laura-steve-swingWinery finally arrived.

Their wedding was a brilliant blend of rustic elegance and intricate detail with a dash of quirky fun. Laura and Steve absolutely poured themselves into the details…and it showed.

COOL DETAILS: Laura’s four brothers made the birch tree place card holders; Laura and Steve designed a wedding word search puzzle on chalkboard for guests to find words like LAURA, STEVE and LOVE. Guests enjoyed custom printed menus for the meal and specialty cocktails: Something Old (Manhattan, Rob Roy), Something New (Wild Hibiscus Daquiri), Something Borrowed (Tonic Flight) and Something Blue (Aruba Waves.)

dramatic-kissVicki of Deja vu Event Creation put her floral expertise to work on Laura’s challenge: an arrangement incorporating red and purple.  The result was an elegant early autumn inspiration that perfectly complimented the winery’s rustic beauty.

The white wedding cake was wrapped in brown ribbon and topped with a jeweled tree cake topper matching their menu and programs.

But it was the groom’s cake that had tongues wagging…and the groomsmen drooling.  A pile of Kwik-E-Mart donuts topped with a happy Homer Simpson, Duff beers in hand, next to his quote.  “Now what is a wedding? Well, Webster’s dictionary describes a wedding as the process of removing weeds from one’s garden.” Donut Wedding Cake

West Park Winery’s chef did an outstanding job with the multiple courses including entrees of Beef Wellington and roasted quail, but it was the “Gooey Pasta a la Booey” mac ‘n cheese that stole the show. The newlyweds imported the recipe from their favorite restaurant, and I literally saw guests roaming from table to table to “borrow” the leftovers!

Finally, Laura and Steve made S’mores kits for their guests to take home as favors.

See what I mean about the detail? west-park-centerpiece

But what really struck me about Laura and Steve’s day was the warmth and love they shared with their guests. From their letters to each other, a humorous and sentimental toast by Steve’s brother and Best Man, to the way Steve drew Laura onto the dance floor in a stolen moment to dance to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

west-park-fireworksLaura was an inspiration in her thoughtfulness, creativity and ingenuity. Thanks for sharing your day with us, guys!

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Photos by Bob & Carin Liljedahl-Skinner *All photos in this blog courtesy of Skinner Photography

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