What happens when two chefs get married? Well, you can expect a feast. Particularly when they have food to thank for the union itself.
Amanda and Dave met while working at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis—Dave as executive chef and Amanda as pastry chef. So it only made sense that when the pair got engaged in 2011, food would strongly influence their wedding choices—starting with their venue.
“The big thing was being able to bring in our own people to do food,” says Dave. That desire brought them to The Outing Lodge, where Amanda had worked while going to culinary school. “We worked it out so we could take over the kitchen,” she says. The couple designed their own menu, and Dave did much of the prep work before passing the reins on to a trusted chef friend.
While food factored heavily into their big day, it sometimes showed up in surprising ways. Pears served as place tags, and the couple cut their cake with Dave’s chef’s knife. But it was the bridal bouquet that stole the show. “I wanted food incorporated into my flowers, but not the traditional pumpkins, apples, and gourds for fall,” says Amanda. So her sister, who works at La Petite Fleur, came up with a brilliant bouquet with asparagus as the handle and scapes mixed among the flowers. (Asparagus also appeared in the men’s boutonnieres.)
After the mid-afternoon open-air ceremony, the couple hosted a three-hour-long cocktail hour complete with lawn games, pork belly sliders, pizzas, and ice sculptures filled with seafood. That was followed by a buffet dinner—specifically designed so guests could indulge to the max—in the outdoor tent, which had been decorated in a romantic vintage mix of pearls, flowers, and candlelight.
Amanda made her own wedding cake, cheesecake, apple pie, and more than 22 kinds of truffles for dessert. She and Dave also put out words of encouragement. “We did a sign on the dessert table that said ‘Yes, you can,’ ” says Amanda. “Because we ate all day, it was like, yes, you can eat more!”
Ceremony/reception: The Outing Lodge at Pine Point in Stillwater • Dress: Maggie Sottero from The Wedding Shoppe • Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal • Groom’s/groomsmen’s attire: Savvi Formalwear • Rings: Perry Cohn Jewelers • Catering: Friends of the groom • Cake: Made by the bride •Groom’s cake: Cakes by Jan • Flowers: La Petite Fleur • Invitations: Erin Ries Creativity • DJ: Instant Request • Linens/décor: Après Party and Rental • Photo booth: Fine Expression Photo Booth • Videography: Highlights Videography • Hair: Melanie Stephenson at UrbanVillage SalonSpa • Honeymoon: Giants Ridge in Biwabik