Not just 1 wedding cake, mind you, but 3 fabulous varieties of mouth-watering cakes, served right after omelettes and fresh fruit (as a teenager I tried eating ice cream and cake for breakfast but Mom’s disapproval led me back to Cheerios).
Drooling is allowed as you look at Vail Cascade Pastry Chef Tony holding a tray with Vanilla Cream Cake with White Sponge, Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse Cake with White Sponge, and Chocolate Mousse Cake with Chocolate Sponge. While the Chocolate Mousse Cake was my favorite, the Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse came in a close second. Okay, let’s face it, I’d have eaten more of all 3 except I’d filled up on French Toast w/maple syrup.
Now add to the picture, lunch served under a beautiful blue Colorado mountain sky: First Course-Pear and Blue Cheese Salad; Second Course-Slow Smoked Ribs, Rocky Mountain Trout (finished w/citrus beurre blanc and Maine crab meat), or Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon; Dessert-Pineapple Peach Strudel, Classic Creme Brulee, and Carrot Cake. Chef Adam, of Sonnenalp Resort is setting one of the Carrot Cakes on the table.
Let’s not stop here: Lion Square also provided lunch of various salads and pasta dishes, served overlooking the Vail Gondola and chair lifts. Finally, a delightful dinner of chicken salad, more pastries, fine wine, and generous lodging accommodations at the Vail Mountain Resort finish the grazing portions of the trip.
Did I mention that I was in the company of 7 wonderful Bridal Consultants? Char, Karyn, Norie, Diane, Kate, Angela, and Debbie, all members of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Bridal Consultants, put up with me on this 2 day Fact Caravan to the Vail Valley.
We did more than eat decadent desserts…really! In 2 days, including round-trip drive time from Denver, we toured 12 different venues, checking out everything from spas to guest rooms, menus to floor plans. These monthly trips help consultants meet and exceed a brides expectations with her wedding planning. I’m able to make new friends, see and pre-visualize wedding photo-ops at all of these cool places.
After all, a successful wedding is the result of planning, more planning, and even more planning. Networking is pivitol. Brides depend on Consultants, Sales and Catering specialists to not only organize their wedding, but lead them to good photography. In turn, my passion for photography translates into memorable images that couples will always cherish. Everyone wins.
Guess it’s back to the Cheerios for breakfast tomorrow.