Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lauren & Luke: Abundance of Love & Food

by Elyse Moore

Lauren & Luke’s love story is one for the ages. I remember feeling giddy listening to Lauren tell me about meeting Luke in Jamaica on vacation earlier last winter, when I met Lauren and her mom for a tasting. Luke was living in Wales and Lauren was in Chicago, but distance didn’t matter. Less than a year later they were married in Chicago, joined by an international guest list of friends and family. I did not meet Luke until the wedding, but every step of the day, down the aisle to the dance floor, everyone could feel how in love they are—infectiously, romantically in love. The couple chose a menu that reflects the origin of their love, featuring Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Greens Patties (like an empanada), and Caribbean Pulled Pork for dinner. The hors d’oeuvres were also fresh and tropical—like Tuna Poke on a Pineapple Chip and Grilled Shrimp Spring Roll with Coconut-Cilantro Sauce.

Greenhouse Loft Photography

My favorite idea that Lauren's mom had for the wedding, which FIG helped to execute, was food-focused centerpieces, instead of flowers. The tables were decorated with beautiful platters of colorful, fresh vegetable crudités, heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil, and various dips & chips for the guests to snack on before they went up to the buffet for dinner.

Greenhouse Loft Photography

The abundance of the menu reflected Lauren & Luke's love, and carried over into dessert also, where guests helped themselves to various pies, ice cream sundaes, fresh fruit and cheese.

Greenhouse Loft Photography

As a caterer, we don’t often get to see much (if any) of the couple outside of the reception on the wedding day. So I was so excited to see Lauren & Luke’s wedding video by Smiling Toad. From the first look at the hotel, to pictures at North Avenue Beach, through the ceremony and reception, Smiling Toad completely captured Lauren & Luke's love story, as told on their wedding day, for everyone to watch, and for Lauren, Luke, and their family to look back on on vividly forever. I'm so glad we could be a small part of their Big Day!

Smiling Toad

All food (including centerpieces!) and service by FIG Catering
All photos by Jamie Davis and Steve Ewert, Greenhouse Loft Photography
Videography, Smiling Toad
Venue, Greenhouse Loft
DJ, Mark at DJ Chicago
Rentals, Tablescapes
Linens, Windy City Linen


Kim Hamilton said...

Amazing food, beautifully laid out, fabulous staff. What more can I say. Thanks Elyse for reminding us how special Fig Catering really is!

Bon Appétit!

Kim Hamilton

Smiling Toad Productions said...

Thanks for the mention and we were thrilled to be a small part of Lauren and Luke's day - fabulous job FIG!

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