Food and Love

A dark and rainy New Jersey evening couldn’t dampen the love and joy in the air at our friends’ wedding this past Saturday night. Held at the Park Savoy, a beautiful old house in Florham Park, NJ, the wedding was a celebration of two of our favorite people, a friend I have known since childhood and her now husband who has now become a friend to us.

Park Savoy

The evening was humid and pouring when we arrived, but we still got a chance to check out the beautiful grounds. While we waited for the ceremony, waiters passed out glasses of Champagne with blackberries floating in them. Yum!

Park Savoy

The ceremony was held in the ballroom, which was dimly lit with pillar candles lining the aisle, creating a cozy, romantic, and sacred feeling in the room. Just the ambiance made me a little teary eyed. The ceremony itself was one of the most beautiful I have ever been to. An interfaith ceremony, it was led by my friend’s cousin who is a Catholic priest, and a Jewish Cantor, and they did an amazing job of blending religious traditions. From both you could feel so much love and so many blessings.


The cocktail reception that followed offered any type of food that you could ever want. One room featured an endless selection of meats and cheeses, smoked salmon, sushi, oysters, and a carving station.


Another, smaller room offered Middle Eastern fare like hummus,pita and kebabs, along with a macaroni and cheese bar with toppings like Bang Bang shrimp, bacon, broccoli, chicken, and cheese. I had mine with the shrimp, spicy, creamy, cheesy, deliciousness.

macaroni and cheese bar

A literal garden of vegetables and dips made for a lighter option.

wedding food

We sipped Champagne and nibbled on a bit of everything but mainly stuck to the sushi. It was fantastic, and there were many different types to choose from.

Once the cocktail hour was over, we were led back into the ballroom which had been magically turned into an elegant dining room. Tall, narrow centerpieces made it easy to chat to our fellow table mates, all high school cross country and track friends. It was a fun table.

wedding flowers

I was too busy chatting and dancing to photograph dinner, but I couldn’t pass up on photos of dessert. In addition to cake, there were Belgian waffles with toppings, Bananas Foster, tables and tables of pastries, fruit, cookies, and tarts, and mini ice cream cones with a bunch of difference ice cream options. Coffee, tea, and mini dessert drinks rounded out the feast.

wedding dessert

wedding dessert

mini ice cream cones

Fueled and festive, we danced the night away to a great band and had so much fun seeing the newlyweds so very happy. I love when that happens.


How was your weekend? Did you go to any fun parties or events?

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Tags: dancing, Food, New Jersey, wedding, wine

  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    The venue looks gorgeous, and the food spread! I’ve never seen so many options. I could crazy for that dessert spread.


  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    What a beautiful array of food! I also would have gone nuts with that dessert table.


  3. Daisy’s avatar

    i can’t believe what a cool wedding!! all those different food spreads have me in awe. and the grounds look gorgeous. congrats to your friends!!


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    Aw, it sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! We took one of my childhood pals out to dinner on Friday night for her 30th birthday, had my mom and sister over on Saturday and went to Bret’s parents’ house on Sunday. It was a jam-packed weekend but one filled with lots of love!


  5. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Wow, I’m very impressed with their food options! I love the centerpieces too. So fun!


  6. Megan’s avatar

    What a gorgeous venue and an incredible spread! I am thinking of incorporating mini mokara orchids into my bouquet… and maybe the centerpieces. Love those flowers!

    We went househunting and got rained on as we trekked to open houses in JP.


  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    What a fun wedding! A mac and cheese bar?? Awesome idea. I was in NYC over the weekend!


  8. Heather’s avatar

    Too funny! I got married at the Park Savoy!

    What a beautiful place – and the food was amazing! Thanks for posting the pictures.


  9. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    What a beautiful wedding! I was working all weekend in San Diego – I’m so happy to be home!


  10. Charlene’s avatar

    Wow! That is quite the array & selection of food for a wedding! I love the presentation!


  11. Eric King’s avatar

    The food was out of this world – everything from the service, to presentation, to timing to food quality was exceptional. The Park Savoy made throwing a wedding at their venue look easy and polished. I was very impressed by their layout and use of space – and congratulate the events manager and evening co-ordinator on a job very well done.

    The photos are very pretty and the food was even better.:)


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