Summer Lakeside Inspiration {Edibles & Such}

A detail not often seen in inspiration shoots that we really wanted to bring to you is a full and real dessert table. We wanted to offer you the reality of all the potential this inspiration shoot could provide. It was a privilege and pleasure to work with one of the most prestigious and reputable catering companies in the state, Culinary Crafts. Rachel Nasse-Heimer headed up the concept & design in regards to edibles for our lakeside endeavor and on the menu we had desserts that not only fit our color scheme but fit our theme by the use of down home American comfort food like pie, red velvet cake, and dipped apples. The official menu …

Individual strawberry shortcakes . Miniature lattice bing cherry pies . Individual miniature jars filled with a summer berry trifle . red velvet opera cakes . red & white stripped/white with blue polka dot cake bites . White chocolate and caramel dipped apple bites with a red cherry drizzle . Cherry Italian sodas

We asked Rachel to tell us a little more about what inspired her selection for this particular work of art: Oftentimes when working with brides, I am inspired by their vision and their ideas, and the most exciting part of the job is building their menu around their vision. It makes each and every wedding individual and refreshing. No cookie cutter buffet design at Culinary Crafts. For this particular shoot, I was inspired by the outdoor location, {Johnson Mill} the color scheme, and the modern take on an outdoor farm lakeside type wedding. An overall refreshed and relaxed atmosphere that is not overdone or stuffy. I wanted the food to reflect that same feeling, handmade, delicious, fresh, and beautiful while at the same time showcasing the time of year and all its celebration.  When I first saw the table concept, strawberry shortcake popped into my head! What better than fresh strawberries over a sugar crusted shortcake with vanilla enhanced whip-cream on a summer afternoon! Have that along side a cold and refreshing cherry Italian soda and I cant help but smile! Since summer is upon us and July has hit, cherries are abundantly available locally and another great addition. I love the miniature lattice pies for the comforting feeling that pie just simply gives out. A tiny scoop of caramel gelato and I am brought back to summers at my grandmothers house, its nostalgic for nearly everyone. I designed the remainder of the menu items based off of requests I typically see from my brides around this time of year. Each item carefully prepared and detailed by Culinary’s very own pastry chef Sam. Megan Bailey with Pink Piggy Design custom created all of the paper signs, tags, and flags, that in my opinion make this table pop! A detail often times overlooked, but so important for a well designed and finished dessert table. It is also very affordable, ask your invitation designer to create these at the same time as your invites to create a cohesive and well designed look. I really enjoyed creating the design and menu for this table with the direction of our UBB gals.

As Rachel mentioned we see the crafty and prestigious art from Pink Piggy Design all over the table and food as well. Look forward to tomorrow when we will be treated by Megan at Pink Piggy to a rundown behind all the paper goods from the shoot.

What would a finished table be without linens? Not finished at all actually. We kept our tables on the rustic side with the use of handcrafted barn wood tables custom painted and supplied by Alpine Event Rentals. They also supplied the lovely chivari chairs, something that seems a little more traditional and also  dressed up the casual table, one of the elements that added an elegant look to our casual to balance it all out! They also provided one of their classic barn wood tables in a natural stain for the buffet. We topped of these wedding rentals with napkins and chair caps in a gorgeous navy color from Wildflower Linens, as well as a hand made by Studio Stems striped runner on the buffet table.

The simple white cakes with stunning intricate details of color come from another one of our preferred vendors, Pink Peach Cakes. Darcie provided us with several smaller cakes as a desired alternative to one large showpiece. In doing this Darcie was able to use multiple designs that wouldn’t necessarily work cohesively in one cake while still maintaining a wedding like serving quantity. The beauty of several cakes is in the variety!

We asked Darcie for some of her insight as well: There are more ways than ever to utilize fabric and patterns in decorating for your wedding, and desert is on that list! I wanted to mimic the inspirational striped fabric to create fondant flowers. Fabric also served as inspiration for the square cake, {shape is another way to give variety to your cake displays} the fondant mimics pleating and a ruffly fabric rosette, similar to that of which you see on the chair caps. If you have seen it done with fabric, chances are it can be done with fondant! Another way to add variety is to change up the style; while the former two cakes have a modern and clean sensibility, the final cake has an old fashion tone to it, like something you would see on one of your grandmother’s dish clothes. The sweetness of the cluster of blue flowers is a nice contrast to the boldness of the other cakes.

Many of our table details were provided by the registry department at Macy’s. In this shoot at each place setting you will find Macy’s exclusive Martha Stewart whiteware collection in square, a classic and versatile modern option. You can dress it up or dress it down! {also available in round.} Accompanying the versatile china is flatware from Villeroy & Bloch, a design referred to as “blacksmith” for its great texture. The table setting is completed by balloon wine glasses by Mikasa Stemware.  On our Sweets buffet table you will also find several Martha Stewart whiteware cake and cupcake stands in use.

Macy’s can help you create the perfect registry for the perfect home. They have many exclusive registry benefits, including discounts and a percentage back on your purchases & guest purchases. They have a convenient checklist ready to go for each registering couple, so nothing will be forgotten. It is fun and easy! You can go into any Macy’s {850 of them} anywhere {nationwide} and register for anything, allowing your guests nearly anywhere they reside to easily access your nuptial wish list.

Photography: Kate Osborne
Catering Artistry: Culinary Crafts
Cake Artistry: Pink Peach Cakes
Paper Details: Pink Piggy Design
Table/Chair Rental: Alpine Event Rentals
Chair Caps & Napkins: Wildflower Linens
Tableware: Macy’s
Table Florals: Studio Stems


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