Beautiful summer wedding at Pioneer Lodge
A stunning Saturday in July and an absolutely perfect day for a wedding at Pioneer Lodge. The rustic log cabin overlooks the Elbow River and, on clear days, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains to the west. We have been so lucky to have been part of several weddings at Pioneer and it is one of our favourite wedding venues in Calgary.
We really enjoyed planning the menu with this couple. They wanted something fun and they wanted to treat their guests to a variety of hors d'oeuvres and food stations that blended tropical flavours with a Hawaiian bent (one of their favourite places to vacation) along with delicious summer BBQ fare.
This style of wedding reception can be a lot of fun for guests as they can move around throughout the evening and mingle while eating and then flow right into dancing. We like to have the reception unfold in stages so that guests are always able to enjoy new items throughout the party and so the activity or the focus of the reception can shift and keep guests engaged.
The bride and groom did an amazing amount of work creating custom decor touches that were used both outside and inside. Fresh summer flowers and country accents that really reflected the bride and groom's style blended in perfectly with the log cabin feel at Pioneer Lodge. It always makes such a difference to the guest experience when the decor is so personal.
Casual Summer BBQ menu with pulled pork, coleslaw, and traditional macaroni salad
Passed Small bites
Coconut prawn with sweet chili citrus drizzle
Bite sized vegetable quesadillas with avocado mousse
Thai beef salad in a cucumber cup
Fully loaded mini cheese burger
Salmon tartare on taro root chip with poached pineapple
Lemongrass chicken satay skewers
Tropical paradise food bar
Kahlua pig sliders with island slaw
Hawaiian meatballs with pineapple glaze
Tiki tiki chicken and grape pasta salad
Market vegetable platter with edamame hummus
Ginger and soy marinated beef and glass noodle salad served in a half pint take out box
Backyard bbq bar
Smoked baby back ribs
Roasted vegetable skewers
Baby potatoes with sea salt and fresh herbs
Corn medallions with chipotle butter and grilled limes
(the above food bars will open inside upstairs at 6pm)
Charcuterie et fromage
European cheese board with fresh and dried fruit
Served with confiture, baguette and crackers
Charcuterie board with cured and smoked meats, fishes, sausages, country pate,
handmade pretzels, grissini,
Olives and pickled vegetables
Served with aioli, tapenades and mustards
(the above food bars will open inside downstairs at 7:30pm)
Saskatoon, strawberry rhubarb, lemon meringue and apple pie
Served with whip cream ice cream and cheddar
Fresh fruit platter
(the above dessert bar will open inside upstairs at 8:30pm)
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