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Ladies Who Lunched: Women In Weddings Fall 2012 Recap

Earlier this week we told you we were putting on our pearls and our riding boots, and heading to Red Cliff Ranch for the Fall 2012 Women In Weddings Luncheon. The event did not disappoint! Today we’re sharing a glimpse of the festivities, with beautiful photos courtesy of David Newkirk Photography.

When we arrived at Red Cliff Ranch, owner Virginia Whitby greeted us dressed in cowgirl-chic attire–she looked like she stepped right out of a Ralph Lauren ad from the page of a glossy fashion magazine. Red Cliff is 200 acres of pure ranch heaven–a breathtaking location for weddings. Mountains, meadows, red cliffs, and aspen groves surround the venue–this time of year, the trees were vibrant with fall colors. To add to the allure of the setting, cows, horses, a donkey named Burrito, and a pack of blue heeler puppies were roaming around the grounds during the luncheon. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!

The luncheon was held inside the venue’s elegant barn. Bistro lights and lanterns were strung from the rafters, twinkling above long vineyard tables paired with benches. The tables were set with gold beaded chargers, cream dishes, green glassware, and gold flatware. Amanda Schelin of Branches Event Floral designed gorgeous centerpieces full of colorful, textural blooms, and striking arrangements of tall grasses.

The fork at each place setting was tied with a place card printed on wood–so darling! Mollie Openshaw of Polka Dots & Daisies created the place cards, as well as adorable wood table numbers and menus.

Being a luncheon, we all arrived hungry–which was good, because the food was phenomenal. (When it came time for my presentation, I didn’t want to put my fork down–it was all so delicious!) Culinary Crafts designed a family style menu featuring grilled Italian chicken breast with grilled sweet onions, oven-dried tomatoes, and baby eggplant; fresh green beans with lemon and toasted almond butter; fresh mozzarella and local Utah tomatoes with basil chiffonade and shaved parmesan; cider-glazed squash and arugula salad; and house-made artisan sourdough bread and jalapeño corn muffins paired with sage butter and chili lime butter served on small wood dishes. For dessert, Mary Crafts presented two homemade specialties: banana bread pudding with hot fudge and toasted walnuts, and chocolate and Grand Mariner cream cake. Divine!

Rob Ferre with Life of the Party Entertainment played MC for the day. After we all took our seats, Virginia Whitby welcomed us to the luncheon and Mary Crafts explained the menu–then we all dug in and chowed down. During lunch, I gave a presentation about the media and how vendors can build solid relationships with the press. Following the presentation and lunch service, we were treated to more sweets from Culinary Crafts: gourmet popcorn, homemade fudge and candies, and custom Red Cliff Ranch cookies. After all that sugar, we needed a little walk, so Virginia escorted us around the ranch and gave us a tour of the pristine property.

It was a wonderful afternoon–we didn’t want to leave! Many thanks to Melissa Nickle of Blossom Sweet and Audrey O’Brien of Studio Stems for another fantastic Women In Weddings event. And thank you to Red Cliff Ranch, Culinary Crafts, David Newkirk Photography, Polka Dots & Daisies, Branches Event Floral, and Life of the Party Entertainment. We were honored to be a part of this fall’s WIW luncheon!

{All images courtesy of David Newkirk Photography}