Today we have another one of those weddings where I wish I could go back in time and become friends with this couple just to be invited. Any wedding celebration that is set up to basically be a food and wine tasting is my kind of party!
Ashley and Craig love food and wine, so they wanted their day to showcase that love. Since they both have a connection to agriculture, Ashley through her career and Craig through his family, The Barn at Coquelicot Vineyard in Solvang was the perfect choice for their venue. Their main focus was to have people try different foods and wines and mingle so there were no assigned seats and the whole event was set up as a food and wine tasting.
Ashley and Craig are huge foodies so finding a great caterer was extremely important to them; they selected Whoa Nelly Catering and it was a perfect fit. Their menu included options such as grilled Niman ranch pork shoulder with spice dried plums, Castelvetrano olives and roasted root vegetables and kabocha squash bruschetta with sheep’s milk feta, pomegranate and dandelion. The guests raved about the food – they were able to go from station to station sampling as much as they wanted and tasting different wines along the way.
Instead of a cocktail hour, Ashley and Craig had a Farmers’ Market hour with people offering tastings of apples, pears, persimmons, cheese and olive oil.
In place of table numbers, there were ‘Ashley and Craig’ trivia cards by Posh Paperie to encourage people to start talking and the flowers in rustic containers by Brown Paper Design really made the tables pop.
I mean, between that delicious fare from Whoa Nelly & the sweets table by My Sweet and Saucy I would have spent this entire wedding eating. Maybe it’s best I wasn’t a guest after all
I’m also in love with the vibrant red florals and simple rustic and festive details. Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. didn’t miss a thing! And the venue? It is a vineyard and a farm with a barn all in one – can you say perfect? Plus, if you’ve never been to Solvang, California you must go – it is the most charming and quaint little town.
Oh, and today is this couple’s one year wedding anniversary, so congrats & happy anniversary, Ashley & Craig!