Now that the weather is cooling off and the days are getting shorter, we decided to look back to this summer and get a little warmth and inspiration from some past events. On July 10th, Royal Fig had a big role in the wedding day of Carmel Richards and Todd Sanders at Mercury Hall. We always love working at this charming, sun and color-drenched venue. And the complementing shades of ivory and taupe with bursts of bright summer pink selected by the bride set the mood for the day. To continue the lively pink pattern, the couple chose to start the cocktail hour with bright and fresh Prickly Pear Margaritas, and a Watermelon Gazpacho Shooter.
The food was a focal point throughout the event, and Carmel and Todd selected a diverse blend of entrees for their dinner guests. On the family-style menu:
Poached Turbot with Olive Tapenade
Roasted Tomatoes with Artichoke, Gruyere, and Breadcrumbs
Broccolini with Almonds and Brown Butter
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peaches
Creole Mustard Mashed Potatoes
Sirloin Burgers with Truffle Butter and Duck Fat Fries with Herbed Mayonnaise and Ketchup
After dinner, the guests were served a cool Prosecco Gelee with Fresh Berries and Mixed Berry Puree while the couple took a break to dance the Foxtrot to Frank Sinatra.
The entire early-afternoon reception captured the heart of carefree summer fun. It was a memorable day at Mercury Hall for Royal Fig, and most certainly a perfect day for Carmel and Todd. Congratulations to them as they approach their 5 month anniversary, and may we all look back and remember the warmth and love radiated on this day!
Thank you so much to Carmel and Todd for leaving us this wonderful review on Wedding Wire:
“Royal Fig catered our wedding on July 10 at Mercury Hall. They were amazing! From start to finish, we received great care and professionalism in planning and carrying out the menu and event details.
Kristen Stacy helped us choose a gourmet, family-style feast. Our menu included watermelon gazpacho with mixed green salad and feta, pork tenderloin and peaches, poached turbo with olive tapenade, sirloin burgers with truffle butter and duck fat fries, sage brown butter broccolini, creole mustard mashed potatoes, roasted tomatoes with artichokes and gruyere, corn bread, popovers, and champagne gelee with berries for dessert. The prickly pear margaritas were extremely popular. Some guests told me it was the best margarita they have ever had, and I definitely agree. We also had a kids menu of macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders and fruit.
Really, the options for a great menu are endless with Royal Fig. They have an extensive menu and will create or customize any dishes to your liking. The champagne gelee was an item Dan Stacy customized for us based on some of the ideas we stated during our first consult with Kristen. Every single item on the wedding day tasted incredible and looked beautiful. Dan is an extremely talented chef. Weeks after the wedding, people were telling me the food was not only the best “wedding food” they ever had, but maybe one of the best meals they ever tasted.
I’ve never planned a wedding before, so I didn’t see the need in hiring a wedding coordinator. If you use Royal Fig, you won’t need to! Their intern, Natalie Osborne, helped me with everything from linens, room arrangements and the ever-important wedding timeline. All of the little details I never thought of doing were under control. They took care of the rentals as well.
When we walked into the reception, Kristen greeted us with glasses of champagne in our toasting glasses we wanted to use for the reception. She kept things rolling right on time, and consulted us as needed if anything needed to be adjusted.
I would be remiss if I did not state what a great value Royal Fig was for us. I shopped around and got quotes from other caterers before visiting Royal Fig. I was shocked at the prices being charged for “appetizer only” meals or cheap buffet chicken dinners. Their cost compared to the gourmet dinner Royal Fig offered was insulting. Royal Fig has a great al a carte system, so we could choose what we wanted, such as appetizers, entrees, side dishes, beverages, linens, china, cake cutting service, set up, waitstaff, bartenders, etc. Everything was itemized and flexible. They even have very casual menu options, too, if you are looking for a more low key affair.
If you want people to talk about how great your wedding was for a long time to come, then Royal Fig is the answer. Thank you, Royal Fig, for a stress free, memorable wedding. You really made the day!”
Carmel and Todd’s Vendors:
Catering and Coordination: Royal Fig Catering
Venue: Mercury Hall
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Premiere Party Central
Cake: Sweetish Hill Bakery
Dinner Music Musician: Thomas Hughes
DJ: Dylan Jones
Photography: AJH Photography
Florist: Westbank Floral Market