Typical on NYC clients nothing was typical about Joel and Megan.
thanks not only to their families,
but in the “how we met” section
“ Our 'friend',
Dr. Neil Clark Warren introduced us! "
The man made famous as the founder of
eHarmony dot com.
Megan had originally suggested
that they only wanted seating
for 100 guests so that the small hall
a larger dance floor
and that they wanted dancing
to be going on
as guests were getting food
at the buffet and eating.
Megan envisioned that as
one guest finished,
another would be able
to sit down and eat.
We gently guided them through
the scenario of chaos
that would ensue,
as guests who didn’t have seats
would be waited impatiently
for others to get up,
or when our servers might accidently
clear plates of food whose “owners”
were not finished but only up dancing
- fortunately they got the picture
and we were able to set up
seating for all 150 plus guests
many of them family members
who had come from all over the US
to celebrate with this special couple.
The hall space was quite tight
and the staff had to wait until after
serving the butlered hors d'oeuvres
in order to set up the last two tables.
Needless to say the guests
who didn’t have seats
came up to me
to let me know that they didn't have a seat.
They were anxious and impatient while
waiting for us to set up those last two tables,
with tablecloths, napkins, place settings, water,
even though it took less than
5 minutes everyone wanted a seat.
Can we say
“trust the caterer’s advise”
we have been part of more weddings
and celebrations than the average person!
The floor captain invited two tables
at a time up to the buffet,
so there was never a long line
and the whole group was quickly feed
and able to get up and dance after the meal
(the bride changed her mind
at the last minute about
simulaneous dancing and eating )
Megan's biggest concern for
the wedding was to have a large enough
dance floor to accommodate
her family's active and joyous dancing
that is feature at all their celebrations.
Many thanks to Megan’s Dad, his finance
and her brother in law Dave
for all their help
and support in coordinating
and setting up the room.
The gang of 10 brothers
were out to lunch literately
when they were supposed to be on site
moving tables and chairs around.
Lesson to caterer – don’t rely on volunteers – you are at their mercy.
Fortunately Dave and Dad stepped up
to the plate and all’s well that ends well.
Joel's father is a southern Baptist
evangelist minister and he commented to me
that this was not their typical celebration
but that he was happy to have the occasion to join them in blessing this marriage.
Let’s just say he offered to introduce me to the spirit of Jesus Christ,
which as a Jewish woman, I politely declined.
Megan's dad, although
not still married to her mom,
as he watched his
beloved daughter and her mom
dance together with complete
love and joy abound.
The reception was held in Anderson Hall
Megan's "flower girls" actually college
CuisinEtc provided an array of flower displays, decor and botanicals on the buffet table and provided beautiful table toppers for the buffet and beverage stations that would jazz up the dim and hot room.
casading artisan bread display - from the famous Tomcat Bakery in LIC
The menu was simple Midwestern type fare in homage to Megan's Chicago roots, blended with some asian fusion and trans global fusion hors d'oeuvres.
Passed hors d’oeuvres
Swedish Meatballs with Swedish Ligonberry Glaze
Chicken Satay with Javanese Peanut Sauce
Harmony Dumplings Dot Com – Steamed Chicken Dumplings
with Wasabi- Soy Sauce served on Asian Spoons
Tomato & Basil Bruschetta on Garlic Crostinis
Middle Eastern Eggplant Mousse
…. Megan and Joel’s Buffet Dinner
Saturday June 2, 2007
Grilled Rosemary & Thyme Marinated London Broil –
carved by Chef Andrew Crossan
Boneless Breast of Chicken with Portebello & Domestic Mushrooms
Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic & Herbs
Sauté Mixed Vegetable Medley with Dill Butter
Mixed Baby Greens with Cherry Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella
Tomcat Artisan Bread & Rolls, Bread Sticks and Butter
Regular Coffee and Aromatic Tea service
Congratulations to the new bride and groom