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Autumn Affair

I know of a couple that got married several years ago in November and took advantage of the season. Instead of serving the usual chicken or filet mignon, they served a meal of turkey with stuffing and seasonal vegetables, presented elegantly and enjoyed by all. Perhaps they were ahead of the seasonal catering trend popping up this season. From what I can see, they came out on top (and under budget) for three reasons:

Guaranteed Freshness: So, it’s November and you’re hell-bent on having strawberries? Think twice, as these and other summer fruits are not at their peak season, ergo the quality may be sub-par. Instead, stick to fruits in season such as apples, figs, pomegranates, pears and cranberries, just to name a few, when they are at their best and can be incorporated into truly delectable dishes.

Cost-Effective: On the note of guaranteed freshness, I’m sure that you wouldn’t want to pay more for a lesser quality wedding meal, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Well, if you go for products that are out of season, that is exactly what you will be doing. Furthermore, holiday favorites such as turkey begin to cost less than chicken or fish during this time, making it a welcome alternative to the usual wedding meal suspects.

Comforting: There is also the comfort factor to consider. True, you and your guests may be eating a lot of turkey, stuffing, candied yams, pumpkin pie… but, is anybody complaining? These food tend to be comforting to most and rarely get complaints, thus making sure there is something for everyone. Besides, these food can be presented in an elegant, whimsical fashion (say pumpkin soup served in miniature pumpkins), lending a posh twist to a perennial favorite.

With that being said, here are my picks for a fall wedding menu, all taken from Epicurious.com:

Starters
Spicy Green Salad with Machego and Pears
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Main Course
Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Bell Pepper and Fresh Thyme
Haricots Verts, Roasted Fennel and Shallots

Dessert
Harvest Pear Crisp with Candied Ginger
Cafe Au Lait Pudding
Pumpkin Custard Profiteroles with Maple Caramel

Signature Cocktails
The Autumn Orchard
Rosemary Martini
Flaming Brandy Punch

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The latest from Farah Angsana is suited for the edgy bride in search of new textures and dramatic embellishment. The shameless addition of over-the-top details on classic silhouettes makes for a stand-out presentation on the runway and down the aisle.

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The current front-runner in the “little white dress” concept also included breathtaking ball gowns, curve-hugging trumpets, and chic bridemaids’ dresses in her collection.

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The latest from Junko Yoshioka gains its beauty from details such as rich draping, textured overlays, and architectural pleating.

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The gowns from Ian Stuart had two elements that I just adored. On the one hand were a few short dresses that reflect the retro-chic vibe that I’ve come to fall in love with. On the other hand were ball gown, trumpet, and A-line frocks that were full of grace, charm, and drama.

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Appliqués were the name of the game at Reem Acra this season. The gowns this season were accented with white floral accents, adding a frilly touch to the overall dreamy aesthetic.

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In keeping with my love/fixation with retro fashion, I naturally have to feature the latest from Jenny Packham. Her 1930s/1940s glamour aesthetic is just fabulous. I mean, what’s not to love?

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“Drama” is definitely the word for Kenneth Pool’s newest collection. These gowns are definitely not for a shrinking violet; brides looking to make a grand entrance should look in this direction. Come on, with Austin Scarlett of Project Runway being the creative director, did you really expect anything short of spectacular?

Neither did I.

I’m caught up in the simple dreaminess of the latest from Christos. The touches of champagne and gold (along with frothy details) are enough for the fantasy, but the classic silhouettes bring the frocks right back down to reality.