The secret behind a magical tent wedding

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Great weddings don't just happen - but they sure do when you pull an amazing team of people together. Collaboration is key!

Tent weddings can be absolutely magical.  We are so excited when we are asked to be part of an event team that creates such an amazing and beautiful experience for a wedding couple, their families, and their guests.  We were asked to be the caterer for a wedding in July of 2013 that was going to be held just west of the city in the Springbank area.  The home and the land surrounding it were stunning with beautiful views of the mountains.

The planner behind this wedding was the creative and lovely Shannon Valente of Shannon Valente Weddings.   The stunning property was transformed into a perfect venue for a summer wedding reception with beautiful lighting, luxurious flowers, crisp white tents and even an antique barnboard lemonade stand created just for the reception. 

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The weather was perfect for guests to enjoy the garden and lemonade stand during the cocktail hour before dinner

Hors d'oeuvres were served in the garden and when guests were seated in the dining tent they were served a fresh twist on a Greek salad (the groom's favourite) with baby kale.  The main course was a selection of entrees that guests could choose from - not an easy decison!  Following dinner, a light dessert of mini cupcakes (the bride's favourites) were served to each table.  But this was not the end of the food!  Late night platters and a sweets bar came out later in the evening to keep the dancing going until the wee hours... 

SMALL BITES

Mini pear and gorgonzola pizzas with fresh pesto

Roasted scallop with tomato jam and crispy prosciutto

Grilled vegetable salad roll with balsamic reduction

Parmesan cannoli with herbed Boursin mousse

DINNER  

ON THE TABLE

Bruschetta, olives, balsamic and olive oil

Served with crostini, grissini and focaccia

SALAD

Greek style salad with baby kale and fresh basil vinaigrette

MAIN 

Option one - Peppered Alberta beef tenderloin with Chianti demi glaze

Option two -  Tomato and ricotta stuffed chicken supreme

Option three - Grilled vegetable stacks with goat cheese and balsamic reduction

Buttermilk smashed yams and potatoes

Grilled summer vegetables  

DESSERT

Devour will serve a platter of assorted mini cupcakes to each table at the end of dinner

LATE NIGHT SNACK

Tapas and antipasti platters with fresh and pickled vegetables, buns, aioli, cheeses and toppings

Served with house made chips and dips 

SUMMER PUNCH STAND

Sparkling blackcurrant punch

Green tea lychee lemonade

Peach iced tea 

To see more photos of this beautiful Calgary wedding and learn more about Shannon Valente please check out her beautiful website.  The stunning photographs were taken by Shari+Mike Photographers. The tents, tables, chairs, dance floor, dishes, and glassware (and more!) were provided by the always amazing Special Event Rentals. There is also a beautiful post in Wedding Bells with more photos. Great weddings don't just happen - but they sure do when you pull an amazing team of people together. Collaboration is key!

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Roasted scallop with crispy prosciutto - a beautiful and delicious small bite for your guests to nosh on before dinner.

If you are recently engaged and just starting to plan your wedding, be sure to check out this post '5 secrets to wedding success'.  There are so many Calgary caterers to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start.  Here are 8 things you should know before you hire a Calgary caterer. And if you are planning a summer weddings there are some fun summer wedding trends in Calgary .  

Calgary outdoor weddings can be truly stunning when everyting comes together.  Please call us to today so we can get started!