Another wonderful wedding recap from the Inn at West Settlement in the Catskill Mountains of New York State.
When you're planning a wedding one of the most important things (among all of the important things) to consider is the location. Location, location, location! And then of course, the time of year. We all know we have no control over the weather, no matter what time of year it is. I hadn't had the pleasure of visiting the incredibly beautiful rural destination The Inn at West Settlement until a delightful couple came our way, having chosen this spot for their June wedding. We first met there on a very cold autumn day last year to "scope it out" when the barn was still under construction. It was not good enough, however, for me to get a good sense of how things would proceed on the day of the wedding. We met a second time in the spring and WOW what a difference a few months can make! The barn had a beautiful new hardwood floor, the indoor bar was finished, the big barn door opening looking out over the pond completed, and the gardens looked beautiful.
They've done a fabulous job of renovating the house and barn to be able to host any type of event. And on this particular day in June, with the late afternoon sun pouring through the trees, we all felt like we were somewhere in the south of France, not the Catskills. One of the guests later told our hostess that she felt like she was in a Renoir painting. All of the elements came together to provide the absolute perfect setting for a perfect wedding celebration. The bride and groom chose to be married on the front yard of the house looking out over the pond and valley beyond. The backyard of the house provided a lovely spot for the cocktail hour, with the bar set up under several trees and a lavish table of appetizers on the stone patio.
After the cocktail hour the guests were invited to come take their seats in the barn for the salad course, a champagne toast, speeches and toasts from important friends and family. The dinner followed, then dancing, dancing, cupcakes, more dancing.........then the poignant feeling when the night is slipping away. Slow time down so we can enjoy one more dance! Hugs, good-byes, thank you's.
We're sure the party carried on after we left, but we had a really warm feeling about this beautiful wedding day. Enjoy this menu recap:
Mushroom Parmesan Risotto Cakes
Moroccan Merquez Lamb Meatballs, minted yogurt garnish
Caribbean coconut shrimp
Manchego cheese biscuits with Prosciutto and Quince
Moroccan Chicken in Phyllo Cups
Stationery Appetizer Table
Artisinal Cheese Presentation with fresh fruit and nuts
Vegetable Garden Crudite
Bruschetta Station, included: eggplant caponata, olive tapenade, whipped goat cheese, artichoke Parmesan spread, toasted bruschetta and assorted crackers
Served Bistro Salad with nasturtiums, Champagne toast
Chicken Citron with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes,
Chef 's Vegetable Medley
Tuscan Braised Beef with Creamy Three Cheese Polenta,
Rosemary, sourdough, seven grain rolls
Filled Lemon Curd, Hostess, Dulce de Leche filled, Chocolate Decadence, and Red Velvet
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strongtree Dark Espresso Blend Coffee