Certainly, we can't document all the highlights in this newsletter (maybe Facebook can do that???), but here are a few things that come to mind.
Addie's theme was "like getting married in your grandmother's attic" so the quaint charm of Mountain Meadows Lodge was accentuated with extra rustic elements, evoking comfort and warmth and nostalgia. So cool!
Jim and Olivia presented every one of their guests with a miniature, hand-painted canvas as personal momentos of their wedding day. Wow!
A wedding guest made a chalk mural of Mountain Meadows lodge and it was on display all weekend.
For Laura and Ira, PV executed a vermouth and spices-spiked brisket to perfection!
For Linda and Mike, I made a new Cuban Pork Tenderloin (inspired by my May 2015 trip to Cuba!) - it starts with a marinade of fresh ginger and lime and other spices then it's grilled and served carving station-style. So awesome!
Katherine & Josh chose a pig roast for the Friday night welcome dinner and that was certainly a huge hit. Because we had some uneaten delectables (after all, it was a WHOLE pig for only 60 people!) we had fun re-introducing the meat all weekend long. We made "pig roast wraps" for lunch, BBQ-pork pizzas for late-night, and then meat-lovers frittata for Sunday brunch!
PV made a dazzling array of Italian desserts for one wedding. How about tiramisu, small boozy rum cakes, canolli, and Neapolitans instead of wedding cake? Yum!
One weekend, we ordered "spicy greens" from a local grower in Hartland, Vermont. These were mescalins and baby greens--some rather peppery-- with johnny jump-ups appearing in the mix. Made for a really ZESTY salad!
In May I got to meet the family of one of my musical heroes owing to the fact that the groom has a very famous uncle. Michael Omartian is a multi-Grammy winner and has worked with many musical stars that I admire so much like Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Pete Cetera, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael Crawford, Larnell Harris and many many others. He and his wife Stormie wrote a musical called Child of The Promise that I worked on "way back when" and I had a wonderful time chatting about that work with his family.