The day arrived, and as I said, it was gorgeous. We had access to the restaurant after their brunch service and we began the setup. Flowers from Southland Farm Market were delivered and they were beautiful! The fall colours stood out against Christine's white dress and the white linens on the tables.
Christine is a pastry chef and made the cake (also decorated with flowers from Southland) and the guest favours. For these, she made chocolates and WOW!!!! They were amazing. There were two flavours... sour cherry with coconut and caramel with coffee ganache. If you know me, you know how much I love both caramel and coffee so this was a perfect combo for me... I could have eaten multiples!
I've worked in both other reception locations at Van Dusen (the Great Hall inside and the Floral Hall which is a separate building) but this was my first time at Shaughnessy Restaurant. Christine and I went for a site visit earlier on and both the service and food was great that day so I knew we were in good hands. Alex's side of the family is Russian so he and Christine chose a menu of Russian food options, including borscht and Beef Stroganoff. It was a plated menu and being that it was at a restaurant, the bonus was the guests didn't need to pre-order. Servers came around during cocktail hour and started taking orders then. Such an amazing stress reliever for the bride and groom when they don't have to be chasing guests for their food choices in the weeks before the wedding.
After dinner, guests were able to dance the night away with music by Mat the DJ. We have worked together multiple times over the past year and a half and always have a great time together. The weddings we have done have always had very diverse crowds and he never has a problem playing for everyone.
Thanks for reading. If you have any questions about any of the vendors or what was planned please feel free to contact me.