A Recipe for Love
By Sarah Ludlow, Photos by M. Felt Photography
Your wedding day is the first milestone of what will become the history of your future family. The day is about you and your sweetheart and your commitment to love and cherish each other forever, to support and sustain, and to be there through thick and thin. You are family, and with that you will begin to create your own memories, rituals and traditions.
But what about the treasured traditions of your childhood? These will inevitably have an influence on what you adopt into your “new” family. Your wedding is a wonderful occasion to mesh the old with the new, to set a precedence that your union is purely that: a melding of two families, each with their own traditions, rituals, quirks and ideals to create one large family.
A way to go about doing this is incorporating family recipes into the wedding menu. This can be seen at a rehearsal dinner, luncheon or at the reception itself. The familiarity of a familial dish is not only a great way to personalize your big day, but it’s great way to show your love and appreciation for loved ones and the recipes they have created. Like every other aspect of your wedding, the food should reflect you.
Every family has a staple dish that makes an appearance at every gathering. I know with my own family I can count on a cheese and olive tray. For some it’s fresh rolls, or grandma’s cream puffs. Whether it’s something as simple as a fruity drink or as elaborate as a delicate pastry, every family has something unique and special to them.
If this family incorporation is something that interests you, consider involving a recipe from both sides of the union to meld the two together. Then select a food or foods that represents your relationship and is enjoyed particularly by you and your future spouse. Finally, consider involving a completely new recipe. Something that will certainly be enjoyed by all but that is also unfamiliar to both, this is symbolic of the beginning of a new family and the exciting traditions to come.
With so much taking place on this whirlwind of a day, a family classic may just provide the perfect amount of peace and comfort to calm the nerves of all parties involved. A wedding is a beautiful day celebrating the union of two people and inevitably their families. By gracefully incorporating classic family recipes side by side with fresh new flavors, you are mixing together the beautiful concoction that is family.
Photos- M. Felt Photography
Catering- Kitchen 435
Studio- White Space Studios
Hair- Sarah Boling
Makeup- Makeup by Chantel
Clothing- Paige Avenue
Calligraphy- House of Vandy