Metropolitan Bridal Expo 2012

by Big Cedar Lodge 7. September 2012 11:50

The Metropolitan Bridal Expo took place this past August 19th, 2012 where we got to meet with 550 brides and their families about their wedding day. Big Cedar Lodge and Dogwood Canyon teamed up to create an upscale wilderness table-scape and served items such as fried risotto, Yukon gold fig & cheese chips, dessert shakes, and mini fruit pies. Believe it or not, the inspiration behind the overall design came from a dog.

Leah Hardin, Big Cedar Lodge’s Wedding Planner, visited Scotty Dencklau, dog trainer and owner of Iowa Rivers Kennel. Leah came across a large pile of deer antlers in their barn. In asking about the antlers, she learned that one of their Labradors, Beauty, had been trained to hunt and recover deer sheds. Leah began to envision a beautiful table mixed with deer antlers, light cream flowers with accents of coral, logs, candles, and chandeliers.

The table design came together wonderfully with champagne crinkle linen, coral silk napkins, and beautiful flower arrangements from Artistry in Bloom; specialized copper plated menus designed by Big Cedar’s Marketing team; and an antique chandelier from the first lady of Big Cedar Lodge, Jeanie Morris.

Wondering what happened to the Labrador? Beauty is now living in her new home in Leon, IA on a hunting preserve. And every time the preserve manager lets her out—she comes up with more antlers!

Photographer, Heather Amer, captured the table-scape beautifully. Please check out her blog at:


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