So, we pick up where we left off.
The ceremony. Sarah and Kevin were looking for a type of "unity ceremony" and the options out there seemed kind of 'eh' to them. They both love craft cocktails and especially Old Fashioneds - so they decided on a 'unity drink' ceremony! Each component of the cocktail represents something about one or the other (details here are private)...and by 'muddling' and enjoying them together their unity was confirmed.
The officiant was Sarah's best friend who had also worked with Kevin and knew them both very well.
As Sarah relaxed post-ceremony, guests entered the restaurant and found their seats via an 'escort ladder'.
The mandolin guitar case on the sign-in table belongs to Kevin and the guest book itself is made from a Hall & Oates record and album cover. (They are big fans of Hall & Oates!). Kevin plays guitar and has DJ'd all over the city.
Vintage oil lamps were used as vases and held coral charm peonies, peach godetia, pink astilbe and mint leaves.
Tables were identified using vintage (and real!) prescriptions found on etsy. Both of Sarah's parents are in the medical field and she is heading in that same direction, so it was another subtle, yet representative, detail.
Antique and flea market vases of all shapes and sizes added further interest to the tables. Peonies, peach stock, spray roses, dusty miller, silvery echeveria and mint leaves filled them beautifully.
A tiny keepsake banner (another etsy find) identified each guest's place at the long rectangular tables.
If you look closely below, you'll see some of the lyrics from "The Sound of Music"...
Cocktail offering...now the guests could enjoy that Old Fashioned!
Wine and beer choices...
And most importantly, the menu from Empire State South. Chef Ryan Smith and Chef/Partner Hugh Acheson offer "a modern approach to authentic southern dishes...". Yum.