Virginia Wolfe once said "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." and I truly believe this to be true. Both Dan and I are massive foodies, we love nothing more than mooching around new cities trying different cuisines, and cooking new recipes in our teeny tiny kitchen for ourselves and for friends. Food is such an important part of our lives so we knew we wanted to make it a big feature of our wedding. Everything we chose had a meaning to us, from the food we served, to our favours, even right through to our cake. When picking our venue we were so happy to find somewhere that was able to make the food on site rather than have to arrange separate catering, it just made more sense and helped eased our anxiety of things going wrong.
For our Wedding meal we knew we wanted some form of sharing food, for our friends and family to be able to pick and choose what they wanted from a wide selection rather than choose something in advance that they may not actually enjoy on the day. Drawn mostly to the idea of sharing boards, rather than the traditional three course meal you usually see at weddings, we wanted something that allowed everyone to chat and share along the table. We presented the idea to our venue and they were more than happy to accommodate, we asked if we could have something similar to spanish tapas and quite to our surprise, we were told the chef was actually spanish meaning we could have a traditional tapas menu! Calamari, Olives, Spanish Meatballs, Tortilla, and these delicious Paella style Arancini went down a storm and made for the perfect summers meal.
For dessert we chose to hire an ice cream van, one because we were hoping for gorgeous weather (which luckily we got) and two because we love nothing more than grabbing an ice cream in the sunshine together. When we found Milo and Hector's ice cream sandwich van we knew we had found the one. Not only was the ice cream home made, but was served from the most gorgeous little Italian Piaggio van, not to mention the flavours were delicious. We had Nutella and Coconut, Peanut Butter, Burnt Salted Caramel and Strawberry ripple which you could choose to sandwich between a selection of homemade cookies and topped with a number of delicious treats. They were the talk of the wedding, in fact many went up for more than one (Including Dan and I) they were just SO good and the perfect cool me down for the hot summers day.
When the evening was in full swing and everyone was partying the night down we ordered in 40 Italian stone baked pizzas from the pizza union around the corner. We wanted something casual and non fussy and lets be real who doesn't like pizza! People went mad for it, everyone grabbed a box and we all sat outside on the pavements in the cool night air and ate slices of Pizza whilst the DJ was bashing out absolute tunes inside. People used the home made chilli jam we made as favours to dip in their crusts, which was exactly the intended purpose and it was the perfect foodie ending to the evening. Viva la Pizza Party.
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