09.07.2018

We strive to make every wedding speak to who the couple really are. Rebecca & Matthew gave everything of themselves on this magical night at the Branford House Mansion. From their love for baseball to their alma mater – Quinnipiac University, to family, friends and each other – it really shined through in every aspect of this special day. With Creative Concepts by Lisa by their sides too, it was bound to be a great one!

Captured PERFECTLY by the folks at Robert Norman Photography these pictures capture so many moments – the first look, the vows looking out over the water, the decadent desserts and a lot of fun!

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When a couple is this much in love, it really shows throughout their entire day. Annie and Custer were a joy to collaborate with, from the very first meeting through their final goodbyes and it created a magical evening.

These amazing shots by Maggie Conley only tell half the story of what a great night it was at Jonathan Edwards Winery.

CREATIVE PARTNERS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Maggie Conley Photography
CATERING: A Thyme to Cook
VENUE: Jonathan Edwards Winery
FLORAL: Hana Floral Design
HAIR: Kathryn W. Salon
MAKEUP: Jennie Fresa Beauty

07.10.2017

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Have you picked up a copy of the Spring 2017 edition of Martha Stewart Real Weddings yet? If you casually flip to page 112 you’ll find the fabulous wedding out on Fisher’s Island that A Thyme To Cook was lucky enough to cater!

We anxiously awaited the release of the issue and our very own President, Linda, was practically skipping to the mailbox the whole week it was estimated to arrive. We just about ripped open the package when it finally got here and read through the article and then flipped back to the first page and read it again.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

It was wonderful to relive the day while reading the magazine and to see it captured in such beautiful photos from the Martha Stewart crew. We love being a part of a wedding that is featured nationally for brides-to-be, and it truly always makes us giddy to appear in print.

A Boat Ride to Remember
The wedding was a unique one, for sure, in that Fisher’s Island is only reachable by ferry. We ventured out there not once, not twice, but three times to get a feel for the site, the space, and the logistics of working with vendors on ‘island time’. Let me tell you though – venturing to the island in the winter was no simple feat.

With a limited ferry schedule and no transportation on the island, our chariot awaited in the form of a pick-up truck driven by the mother of the bride as we hurried off the ferry to escape the December wind. She drove us through the quaint island roads through the quiet neighborhood – visibly in hibernation by the abundance of ‘CLOSED’ signs and lack of pedestrians until the spring. We truly felt like we had been transported away from the hustle and bustle of the New London city docks as we arrived in this sleepy seaside town.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

With a four-hour gap until the return ferry, we were welcomed into the family’s summer home for a warm cup of tea after visiting the reception site.

Taking a seat in their living room, we chatted about the bride’s youth spent on the island as a bartender in her parent’s Inn (The Pequot). There, she spent summers shucking oysters by the dozen and pouring dark and stormys for the sea-faring folk who anchored on the island and were lucky to discover the only watering hole on shore.

It was such a treat to be able to immerse ourselves in the story and understand the emotional attachment the family had to the island. Getting to know each couple’s story is truly one of our favorite parts of creating the perfect personalized wedding day.

Lemonade Gets Personal
We had a brief encounter with the maid of honor (the bride’s sister) on our second trip to the island, as we boarded the ferry, she was getting off for a business meeting in Westerly, RI on behalf of Fisher’s Island Lemonade – her own brand. The bride’s sister also found inspiration from her time behind the bar at the Pequot Inn where she created big batches of homemade lemonade to mix a top-selling cocktail. Taking the recipe from behind the bar to the boardroom is how she created the canned version called Fisher’s Island Lemonade that is served at many local establishments and liquor stores.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

As a surprise gift to the couple on their wedding day, the maid of honor had special cans produced with a custom-label just for their special day. We just love all the details that make a bride’s day that much more personal!

A Celebration of Local Delights
As a caterer who prides ourselves on locally sourced food, we were happy to coordinate with several of our local creative partners to assemble a team for this successful wedding.

Two cakes, including a delicious chocolate pistachio torte, was brought over on the ferry by Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, CT. (If you have a chance to stop by the cute upscale bakery in downtown Mystic you won’t be disappointed by the decadent treats and amazing lattes.)

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

The vibrant floral displays were created by the ever-artistic Yumiko at Hana Floral, another Mystic-based business who carefully delivered all the flowers via boat.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

An Event To Remember
Attempting to get 20 staff members from all over Connecticut to meet at the ferry dock early in the morning while also getting our two vehicles loaded on a different ferry dock that same morning was quite the logistical feat. It was many of our employee’s first time taking a ferry and first time visiting the Island – an experience we loved providing them with.

Months later we still reminisce about the week of the wedding, how we were checking the forecast daily, how it rained while we were on the ferry, and most importantly how much fun we all had being part of such a beautiful celebration.

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Image courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

We so enjoyed our time working on this Island wedding with Martha Stewart magazine and hope that by reading through our featured segment you can relive the magic too!

Written by Fiona Saluk, Event Coordinator

12.16.2015

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Chef Angela’s Holiday Chocolate and Peppermint No-Bake Cheesecake Balls

Looking for an easy treat that will amaze your holiday guests and allow you to get out of the kitchen and actually enjoy your company? We have you covered! We asked Angela, our award-winning Pastry Chef, for a quick idea on a crowd-pleaser.

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You can prepare this sweet snack well in advance and keep in your refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Perfect for a late night sweet, the final round of a great cocktail party, or to have on hand for unexpected company who stop by to carol at your door.

Makes 20 portions (balls)

INGREDIENT LIST

8oz Cream Cheese (softened)
5 Tablespoons Butter
½ Cup Crushed Graham Cracker
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ Teaspoon Vanilla
½ Teaspoon Peppermint Schnapps
1 ½ Cups Melting Chocolate
Crushed Pinwheel Candies or Candy Canes

Mix cream cheese, butter, graham crackers, powdered sugar, vanilla and schnapps in a mixer to a smooth creamy texture.

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10.22.2014

Every wedding is unique. Here at A Thyme to Cook we strive to make sure of that. However, for every little couple-specific touch, there are those tried and true wedding traditions that we see often.

Have you ever wondered where some of these traditions are based? Tossing the bouquet, bridesmaids’ dresses or having a long train – we have a list of ten popular wedding day events and the stories behind them.

1. BEST MAN

The groom’s right-hand man on the big day comes from a time when the groom really needed backup. In ancient times, a prospective groom would invade neighboring villages and literally ‘take’ the woman he wanted for his bride.

Not wanting to go it alone, the future husband of the year would bring the biggest, strongest, ‘best’ man he could find to help fight off the family of his new bride.

In other history, it was popular to attack Brides for luck (more on this below). The Best Man was tasked with escorting the bride down the aisle to protect her.

And we all thought it was just to throw the bachelor party and make a toast!

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07.29.2014

Curious the basic steps to planning your big day? We’re here to help with some basic steps in the process. The most important thing to planning your wedding – it should be FUN!

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You can click HERE for our Wedding Planning Checklist.

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