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My Wedding Food & Flowers

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Besides creating the design concept for our wedding, the other wedding elements I was most excited for were choosing our food and our flowers! I absolutely love good food and fresh flowers, and I think that these are the elements of a wedding that can make your event the most personal and memorable.  I’m so excited to share the details of what we chose for our wedding,  and some of my inspiration for both.

Eva Amurri's blush colored bouquet at her wedding to Kyle Martino

Eva Amurri and her mother Susan Sarandon at her Charleston wedding to Kyle Martino

Eva Amurri's blush colored bouquet at her wedding to Kyle Martino

Bridesmaid bouquets at Eva Amurri's Charleston Wedding to Kyle Martino

I decided early on that I wanted to allocate a big part of our budget to gorgeous flowers to decorate our whole reception space, and for the ceremony flowers as well.  I wanted a mix of organic-looking arrangement (nothing too perfect) with beautiful, luxurious color combos and elegant accents.  We got married in a beautiful garden, and I wanted the ceremony flowers to reflect that serene mood.  My bouquet a mix of white and lightest blush flowers with wild ivy as an accent, and was wrapped in crinkled silk.  My bridal party had similar bouquets, and the boutonnieres featured sweet pea. 

A closeup of Boutonnieres at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Boutonnieres at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Once inside the reception, we introduced more flowers with coral tones, and beautiful centerpieces in concrete containers to evoke the mixed materials theme of the decor.  My absolutely favorite floral piece of the whole wedding was the gorgeous, over the top arrangement that greeted guests in the entry to our reception.  Our seating cards were presented at the base of the arrangement, in vintage springs.  I just loved the juxtaposition of the beautiful, delicate abundance of flowers with the cool edge of industrial accents.  I was so happy with how all the flowers turned out!

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

A tablescape of the decor at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Floral arrangements at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

As for the food: Kyle and I had the best time selecting our menu.  We are both of Italian descent, so we knew we wanted to menu to reflect that– but we also wanted to honor Kyle’s southern roots and the Charleston location! We decided to begin the party with heavy passed hors d’oeuvres ranging from crab cakes to spring rolls, southern shrimp, and about 6 other things in between. Then, for dinner we chose a first course of pasta: a duo of fusilli all’amatriciana and a fancy Mac and cheese.  For the main course, we served local sea bass with local vegetables, over a bed of sweet potato mash.  It was all SO yummy! For dessert, we were super non-traditional.  Neither Kyle nor I are big cake people, and so we didn’t want to spend a chunk of our budget on wedding cake.  What we decided to do instead was put a selection of 5 mini desserts and cookies on each table for guests to nibble on as they danced the night away.  I was happy that we didn’t have to interrupt the festivities to “cut the cake”, and that we stayed true to our own tastes and used that budget elsewhere!

Passed canapés at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Passed canapés at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

A closeup of appetizers at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

A closeup of the food at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

A closeup of the food at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

A closeup of the food at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

A tower of sweets at Eva Amurri's Charleston wedding to Kyle Martino

I can’t wait to go to Charleston next month and taste all those yummy southern flavors again! I’m curious if any of you decided to go a less traditional route with your wedding food or flowers? Let me know in the comments below!

Drinks Menu from Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Drinks Menu from Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Passed bespoke cocktails at Eva Amurri Martino's wedding

Passed bespoke cocktails at Eva Amurri Martino's wedding

Passed bespoke cocktails at Eva Amurri Martino's wedding

Details on the bespoke cocktails at Eva Amurri Martino's Charleston wedding

Passed bespoke cocktails at Eva Amurri Martino's wedding

Passed bespoke cocktails at Eva Amurri Martino's wedding

 

Photographs by Tec Petaja.

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  1. Kay says:

    My husband and I had our reception at a local brewery. We hired a food truck for dinner and had an appetizer and dessert table set up. Instead of a traditional wedding cake we bought five or six cakes so that our guests were free to choose which they’d like best. One of the cakes was a specialty cake made by a friend – no dairy, no gluten, no chocolate, no coconut, no nuts. It was loved and my allergy having guests were thrilled.
    One benefit of the food truck, that I had no anticipated, was it encouraged guest mingling. Instead of sitting in proscribed seats or hanging out with the other guests they knew our guests got to know each other if they happened to be waiting by the truck for their order. Lots of small conversations that otherwise never would have happened all played out next to the truck. It was great!

    06.14.18Reply
    • What a great idea to get guests to mingle! I love it!

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  2. Haylen McCarty says:

    My fiancé and I are getting married in September in Muskoka, Ontario (the Tahoe of Canada) at our family cottage. We are both originally from California but are living in Toronto, and we’re obsessed with Mexican food (our first date/my proposal was at our fave Mexican restaurant in New York!). Since we’re having a black tie wedding, we decided to have an elevated take on our fave Mexican classics – frozen margaritas as our signature drink, crispy duck taco and avocado fries as some of the apps, and other favourites like churros and spicy fish tacos as late night snacks. In lieu of a cake nobody will eat, we are having classic canadian desserts – butter tarts, lemon squares, Nanaimo bars, s’mores and of course poutine! We wanted to have our wedding reflect a typical weekend in our lives. Can’t wait!!

    06.14.18Reply
    • That sounds SO fun! I also love a frozen marg…yummy! Congrats and have the best time ever!

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  3. Jenny Walton says:

    My husband and I also didn’t want a big cake….so we did red velvet cupcakes from Sprinkles with our monogram. They were delicious and just right up our alley. Only downfall….we forgot to get a picture of them!!

    06.15.18Reply
  4. Tia says:

    My husband and I didn’t feel like spending a huge chunk of money on caterers so we had pizza at our reception. Our guests loved it and we were happy it was a good time!

    06.16.18Reply
  5. Jerrica says:

    My husband is a chef and I’m in the hospitality industry as well, so for our wedding we did a roast pig (that we cut instead of cake) and a three team chef competition. The teams did an appetizer each and then incorporated the pig into their entrees. We skipped the cake too and instead had aunts and grandmas bring desserts (kolaches, cupcake pops, brownies, cookies, etc). It was perfect!

    06.16.18Reply