We received a DM via Instagram from a young woman who was looking for a personal chef for her micro-wedding in early spring 2021. We had a few Zoom meetings since she and her fiancé at the time lived in Minnesota. They told us their wedding plan with 13-15 guests in Idaho Springs, Colorado, on June 22, 2022. We thought their idea was brilliant and we were delighted to serve the reception on such a special day. The bride-to-be and I kept in touch throughout the year, and she gave me detailed information on the wedding day so we could prepare the reception meals ahead. The couple wanted to do a brunch instead of dinner, we discussed what theme would fit their wedding, and Chef Aric created a customized brunch menu for them.
It was a beautiful day on their wedding day, and we were excited and honored to serve our food for the reception. It was a gorgeous place, waterfalls ran right by the back patio, and the bride's maid of honor beautifully set up the table and decorations. But it got brighter when the beautiful bride in an elegant dress and handsome groom walked through the kitchen to the patio. We started firing up the food as soon as they settled down and were ready for our food. The menu was contemporary breakfast, a taco bar (since Colorado is famous for Mexican food), and a whole tenderloin. We cooked silver dollar pancakes almost to order since everyone loved it.
At the end of the reception, our hearts were bouncing with happiness as we sent them our best wishes. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Skaar, on your new journey together!
Not long after the micro-wedding, we received a phone call from a young woman asking about our service for yet, another micro-wedding in early July. After our complimentary initial consultation, we decided to meet the couple in person and we discussed the menu over lunch. Chef Aric gathered the information and put a nice twist on it. A cool thing about this wedding was I could add some dishes of my own, too! We had so many similarities to this couple; I'm Japanese, Chef Aric and I both lived in Japan, Mexico, and now back in Colorado, and the groom-to-be is Japanese, the bride-to-be is of Mexican heritage, and they live in Colorado!
Chef Aric and I traveled to serve our delicious dinner for this cute couple, their family, and friends in another beautiful town, Breckenridge, Colorado. The bride was so beautiful, wearing a colorful wedding dress, a river ran behind the ceremony stage outside, and the patio set was full of flowers and decorations.
The ceremony started on time, but a funny thing happens in Colorado, and you know it only happens in Colorado. Yep, it started raining. I mean...It started pouring rain. Everyone came inside the kitchen, Chef Aric and I picked up the speed to put the appetizers on the plates as quickly as possible so they could have something in their stomach while they patiently waited for the rain to stop. The theme was international; Japanese curry croquette, Japanese Potato Salad, Braised Acorn Squash, Roasted Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Butter on the side, and fruit platters. (They told us that these items reminded their childhood during the menu creation)
It made me smile that the bride and groom were still laughing, hugging, and sharing the food during this "accidental" rain. I hope you guessed it, but the sun started peaking its head up within half an hour, they tied the knot, and the couple embraced the moment in the leftover rain during the photo shoot session.
After the ceremony, we served untraditional "build your own" Chirashi Sushi and Roasted Whole Red Snapper which is a traditional Japanese dish for celebration. Red Snapper is "TAI" in Japanese, and the name "Tai" sounds a lot like "o-Mede TAI" which means joyous auspicious or congratulation. Chef Aric and I also served a traditional Mexican dish, red and green Enchiladas with salsa and the sides, and a Caribbean dish, Roasted Whole Pork Loin with Black Beans & Basmati Rice.
We topped it off with traditional Flan and Matcha Cheesecake to celebrate the countries where their roots are. As always, our hearts were bouncing with happiness, wishing for their bright new journey after we packed our truck back to Denver.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Hirose! May your new journey bring endless waves of laughter and happiness!
On the way back to Denver, Colorado, Chef Aric and I talked about how we will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and I started thinking about how we got married. I looked at him and said, "We must be the pioneers of the micro-wedding! Because it was just two of us in the small American embassy in Japan when we got married, we moved to Colorado, and we had a wedding ceremony a year later with your mom, dad, brother, and sister with a few friends of theirs!"
We looked at each other and started laughing.
We've spent 30-plus years together, but it feels like just yesterday and these micro-weddings remind our wedding day every time. It's not surprising why we get super excited whenever we get requests for micro-wedding reception, we feel like we're serving our family members!
My answer to the question in the title of this blog? I may be a bit biased, but YES! it's the best idea to work with U N I Personal Chef Services for your Micro-Wedding!
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