Jodi & Graham
When time is spent, and a lot of time, in the planning of a party- it shows! And this wedding left no detail overlooked. It wasn’t just a question of loving flowers, or linens, or drinks (and yes, New Yorkers love their cocktails!) or layout, or food (and yes yes yes, New Yorkers love their food!) There was all of that, and then there was the space between. We spent many hours with Jodi and Graham, and Jodi’s parents Mindy and Henry, talking about all of this in great detail so that everything was planned organically and in keeping with the ‘theme,’ which was, of course, all that was wonderful about the union of Jodi and Graham. As a wedding theme should be.
The bride and groom wanted to make sure this was a wedding that flowed– not just the alcohol but the spirit. At first they entertained the notion of a lounge set-up. Then more bistro-style with smaller tables and 3/4 seating. But as the months passed it became clearer that while the free spirit of the evening was important, so too was tradition. And comfort of guests. Seating charts and tables were important. A band was important and dancing. So the floor plan became a sit-down, with a key change- the bar would be placed in the center opposite the band, as a focal and gathering point. And not just any bar- a beautiful wood bar from Maggpie with fabulous details from Papertini- the BAR in lights, the flowers and candles. And since Jodi had always loved the idea of some lounge furniture, we kept a small loveseat area in front of the fireplace – a working fireplace, nice and cozy- with custom pillows and Papertini florals.
Papertini lent their expertise in so many ways to the decor- coming up with a stunning tabletop of black flatware, sage green and ivory with a head table in an industrial style with luminous copper chairs from Maggpie. The head table would float in the center of the room beneath a floral centerpiece, which had served as a chuppah for the ceremony.
And let’s talk about the ceremony. Even the configuration of the chairs was unusual; because the head table would sit a little off-center, everyone came up with the idea of setting the room in the round with a twist- a few rows arched one way and then other rows arched facing each other.
This was a Halloween wedding in only a few ways– the date, the two small pumpkins (sage green) carved with Jodi’s and Graham’s initials, and a rustic display of candy. Oh, and the ‘morgue-arita’ signature cocktail. The fall colors were reflected in the copper chairs but the florals were textured with incredible white anemones, the palest peaches and accents of blue.
And the food! Jodi and Graham loved Mexican-style food. After an amazing cocktail hour of Peachtree hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar, an unusual and delicious dinner menu:
- Baby red oak lettuce, roasted red grapes, baby beets, pepitas, grilled red onion, 143 calabasa w/ lime vinaigrette served w/ a queso conjo empanada
“Surf & turf” entrees:
- Grilled teres major w/ chimichurri
- Camarones al Mojo de Ajo – sauteed shrimp w/ fresh garlic, red chile flake, lime, fresh parsley & cilantro
- “Rajas – charred red peppers w/ onions
- Grilled avocado
- Jalapeno cornbread
Family style sides:
- Fried yucca tots
- Street corn w/ queso blanco & chipotle aioli
And amongst the desserts… and the candy giveaways… homemade chipwiches.
We adored the mix- so eclectic. Rustic, formal, elegant, fusion, silly, warm, spirited… In short, everything representing the couple tying the knot. Jodi and Graham! Truly a thrill to plan and cater, and worth every single bit of effort. All of this photographed by the uber-talented Emily Wren, capturing the essence in the most perfect way imaginable.