05 Jun Royal Wedding Inspiration
As custom wedding caterers, you know we were totally excited about the recent royal wedding! What was Meghan going to wear? Who will walk her down the aisle? And, most importantly, what did they EAT!
A Modern Cinderella Story
While the marriage of William and Kate was certainly a fabulous affair, there is something about Meghan and Harry that captured our imagination. Perhaps it’s because Harry seems so down to earth–a fun-loving bloke with a big heart. Or perhaps it’s because Meghan embodies the true-to-life Cinderella story–the girl from humble beginnings winning the heart of an actual real live prince (replete with evil step-siblings, if you read the tabloids).
But it’s more than just that. The royal couple seems to embody the modern bride and groom: in touch with the contemporary world, interracial, and seemingly without pretension. In short, they look like us (just with a lot more money)!
Unity in Diversity
We realized that in many ways, Meghan and Harry represent our clients, who often come from different backgrounds, cultures, countries, and yet, somehow, magically and fortuitously, found each other despite being separated by oceans, continents, cultures, and countries.
Blending Tradition and Modernity
Harry and Meghan, like so many of our brides and grooms-to-be, wanted a dream wedding that reflected their diversity and modernity, while at the same time preserving a sense of timelessness and tradition. Harry was the dashing prince, yet very much a modern man in touch with the real world; Meghan was the beautiful princess, but a revisioned version, with a sense of autonomy and her own identity. Her dress was, perhaps, the best metaphor for the balancing of tradition and modernity: understated, sleek, elegant, and yet devoid of the “princessy” trappings of royal wedding dresses of the past. Her train, a subtle nod to Diana; the dress, a sign of a new royal direction–less opulent and out of touch and more relatable and down to earth.
We saw evidence of the blending of culture, modernity, and tradition during the ceremony. African-American Gospel songs, traditional hymns, and Elton John (who seems to be a staple at royal events) were all incorporated into the program–a clear representation of this modern day royal couple.
Just like the newlywed royals, we feel that tradition often needs to be nudged to make room for new possibilities and realities, and a wedding is the perfect place to blend past, present and future. And while this can be achieved through the venue and the dress, the food plays a significant role. Just take a look at Harry and Meghan’s wedding reception menu:
The Royal Menu
- Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche
- Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham
- Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena
- Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls
- Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot
- Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam
- Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes
Flavour over Fussiness
We love this menu as it’s a perfect blending of traditional and modern: Lovely farm-to-table, locally sourced meats, and organic garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. The focus of this menu is clearly fresh produce and ingredients of the highest quality–a simple elegance that puts flavour over fussiness.
Dine Like Harry and Meghan
Our food philosophy is very much in keeping with Harry and Meghan’s wedding menu which means that when you book us for your big day you’ll be getting the royal catering treatment! You don’t have to be a member of the royal family to be able to eat like them!