Michelle & Phil
June 13, 2015
All photos courtesy of Cherise Kiel Photography
Michelle and Phil’s June wedding at our reception hall in Flagstaff was stunning! The bride and groom integrated tons of unique DIYs to every aspect of the day, from the seating chart to the centerpieces to the favors and more. Michelle chose a burlap and lace theme, which fits in perfectly with the rustic charm of our reception hall.
For the food, they wanted a menu that was reminiscent of their engagement party, which was themed around Mexican food. After trying a number of options at our Annual Wedding Tasting, Michelle and Phil decided to have a live-action Quesadilla Bar with Carne Asada for the appetizers. They also added on butlered (tray-passed) Bacon-Wrapped Dates! This finger food has been one of our most popular appetizers this year.
Michelle and Phil wanted something more elegant than the traditional buffet for dinner service, so they chose to do a two-course served meal. The first course was our Summer Berry Salad–perfect for those hot summer days with its refreshing combination of baby greens, berries, almonds, gorgonzola, and raspberry vinaigrette!
The entrée course was our Grilled Chicken Salsa with Calabacitas, Black Beans, Red Chili Rice, and Jalapeño Corn Bread. A few of Michelle’s family members were vegetarians, so the vegetarian entrée was our Portabella Mushroom Stack. This entire meal was gluten-free except for the Corn Bread.
Michelle and Phil had a friend who volunteered to take care of the dessert. This friend made a cutting cake (which the couple took home at the end of the night) and cupcakes, including a few gluten-free. Michelle’s other friend created this display, borrowing a few of our platters that fit with the theme. It turned out to be a beautiful cake table, and the baker did a wonderful job.
For the seating tables, Michelle and Phil rented table runners made of jute, so they looked like burlap, but weren’t as scratchy as burlap normally is. We’re sure their guests thanked them for the courtesy! The table runners went on top of ivory floor-length linen, and they chose to have ivory napkins as well. The ivory and burlap combination looked wonderfully rustic paired with dark wood folding chairs; all the color on the tables came from the runners, the centerpieces, and the food!
For the head table, this couple elected to have a sweetheart table, which is a small two-seater just for the newlyweds. They rented a wooden Descanso table and gave it special decorations, including a beautiful banner that Michelle DIYed that hung behind them!
As for the bar, Michelle and Phil wanted to host the drinks and treat their guests to a night to remember. However, they didn’t have an unlimited budget, so they elected to host the bar to a preset dollar amount. What they decided on was to host two slim kegs (1/3 barrel each) plus wine and margaritas. Their guests went through the tab before the night was over, but that was no problem to us! At that point the bar converted to cash, and the guests simply started paying for their drinks.
Scroll through the rest of the pictures below to see all the cute DIYs and decor from this wedding!