Friday, April 23, 2010

The Wedding Reception

Our reception was at Sewickley Speakeasy. We did not want a hotel reception. We did not want dancing/a DJ. We only wanted a nice cocktail/appetizer hour and dinner/dessert.

Sewickley Speakeasy is off Route 65. The building is the former residence of Captain John Hays, the founder of Haysville, and it dates from the 1800's. It's up a steep driveway and surrounded by woods. Down the hill and across Route 65 are the Ohio River and some train tracks. The river made for a nice view out the reception room windows and the trains provided entertainment for those guests under 10 years old! Time to watch the train:

The Speakeasy was more than accommodating. They were wonderful. As horrible as the service was at Buca di Beppo, the Speakeasy was the polar opposite.

My mom and I met several times with Chef Janice. She told us we could pick entrees off the menu or create our own entrees. We opted for 4 entrees off the menu plus one of the specials we've had there before. They let us rearrange the tables. They let us have our own cake delivered. They let us bring in our own table decorations. They ordered ivory and peach linens for the tables and replaced the usual burgundy salt and pepper shakers with clear ones. They set up a cake table and a gift table. They put out our place cards and our Sarris favors, complete with pretty peach bow, at each place setting:You can customize these favors, so when I called Sarris to order them, I chose a dark chocolate covered cherry, a chocolate cream, a milk chocolate covered caramel, and a cappuccino meltaway.

PM and her friend DL made my lovely table centerpieces. I wanted fresh peach and ivory roses in vases. They placed the vases in the center of a square mirror and placed votives in the corners of the mirrors.Our table had more greenery on it than the other tables:They also arranged some greenery and votives on the window sills, fireplace mantle, cake table, and appetizer (then later cookie) table.

Along with greenery and votives on the cake table was our wedding cake knife & server and a gorgeous Cinderella cake topper that SP's dad gave us at the rehearsal dinner:Our cake set matched the unity candle holder design - the Lenox Opal Innocence design.

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we were unable to have the cocktail/appetizer hour outside on the patio. Instead, there was a table set up inside with the appetizers: vegetable trays with spinach dip, cheese trays, shrimp cocktail, bruschetta (peppers, tomatoes, artichokes, olives on top): and mushroom caps stuffed with crabmeat and served with a buerre blanc sauce:I hope everyone enjoyed the appetizers. I really enjoyed them!

The servers walked around with the pre-chosen bottles of wine (Coppola Malbec, Clay Station Cabernet-Shiraz, Ponzi Pinot Grigio, and Kendall Jackson Reserve Chardonnay), keeping everyone's glass full. Other wines by the glass were available plus beer and mixed drinks. During the cocktail hour, SP & I traveled from table to table, talking with our guests. SP was very attentive, making sure my wine glass and appetizer plate followed me everywhere!

Then it was time for a surprise: a champagne toast. Originally, I said no to a champagne toast because I though there were too many guests who don't drink/don't like champagne. But, as a surprise, my parents arranged for it -- they told me it was my reward for winning the March Madness Family Basketball Bracket Contest.My dad said a blessing and SP's dad gave a lovely toast and we enjoyed some champagne. Of course our guests tinged their silverware against glasses - this turned out to be something the youngest guests especially enjoyed! What fun - being allowed to bang on a glass with a knife or fork!Then it was time for salad. Mixed greens with tiny tomatoes and a choice of balsamic or ranch dressing. I asked them to put the dressing on the side, so there were ramekins of dressing on the table. Some people like a little dressing, some a lot. Warm rolls were also served. I thought it was a nice touch that each person had a scoop of butter on their bread plate instead of using a communal butter dish (or those pats of butter).

Next up was the entree. One option was Veal Marsala because the bride likes veal:One option was tilapia stuffed with crabmeat because the bride's mom really likes that dish:Another was Duck a l'Orange because the groom and bride's dad really like duck:There was Chicken Cordon Blue:And finally another fish dish, Poached Salmon: With each entree came a vegetable medley: zucchini, carrots, and red pepper with dill. For the kids, there were chicken tenders, corn, macaroni & cheese, and some also had French fries:Again, I hope everyone enjoyed their entree. I really liked my veal. Then it was time to mingle again! Soon enough the cookie table was set up and coffee was being served. PM handled our cookie table as a thank you to us for SP fixing her computer last January/February. L also brought some cookies. Look at these cookies!
I can't even tell you all the kinds. PM told me there were 40 dozen cookies! Lady lox, pizzelles rolled and stuffed with cream (like a cannoli), buckeyes, coconut balls, nut crescents, lots of other nut kinds, chocolate ones, citrus ones... Here's the plate that SP and I carried from table to table - we didn't finish them all:And then, just when you loaded up on cookies and coffee (or more wine!), it was time to cut the cake.Bethel Bakery wedding cake. Here's a close-up: We chose a very simple design and we chose the 'crowning glory' on top - a mound of icing flowers. Our icing flowers were tinted peach. It was a very pale peach; my Jasc Paint Shop Quick Fix seems to make colors a bit too intense/neon-y but I swear all the peach was pale peach, not glowy peach bordering on orangey! Our cake layers were almond-chocolate-almond. The 2 fillings were raspberry and chocolate cream. Yum!Before we knew it the reception was over. The wedding was over. We left last, loading up the car with gifts and leftover food/cake.

It went by so quickly! I wish it could have lasted a bit longer. I wish I could have spent more time with guests - I hope I did a good job of being a chit chatty social butterfly with everyone! The Speakeasy did a fabulous job and so did PM & DL with my dress and the table/mantle decor. Many thanks to everyone who made the day so wonderful.


  1. I'm so glad it went well. Everything looks lovely!

  2. The cake looks amazing! Dinner sounds fantastic, and you look beautiful! Congrats!

  3. Belated congratulations!
    Everything looks great!