On Friday 29th April, 2011 many people around the world stopped to watch Kate Middleton marry her prince. Whether a royal follower or not most of us could not avoid the hype over this wedding and sure, Kate Middleton made a beautiful bride and her prince William struck a handsome figure. The following day, my family celebrated the marriage of our own princess, my niece. And yes, the bride looked gorgeous, the groom was emotional and the day was perfect. Our princess has her prince!
After a wonderful wedding ceremony, we moved onto a local family run hotel for the reception. Food and drink flowed, speeches brought tears to eyes and the music played.
My challenge for the day was to produce two macaron towers to accompany coffee.
Of course, I thought the day was perfect so I decided to give you a little peak.
A twist on the Italian tradition of bombonieri, the selection at the elegant Candy Buffet was abundant.
Full blown white roses decorated the reception area.
Guests wrote their personal messages to happy couple then hung them on the message tree.
A candlelit hallway welcomed the guests.
The bridesmaids posy added colour.
The wedding dress was cleverly crafted.
(Doesn't my niece display it perfectly?)
The two macaron towers on the coffee table along with other sweets.
I use Tartlette recipe for macarons as I find they always (well, almost) work. Visit her blog for the recipe. The macarons were plain with flavoured ganache -
White macarons with Amaretto milk chocolate ganache,
Purple with Parfait d'Amour, white chocolate ganache and
Purple with Creme de Cassis, dark chocolate ganache.
Just by reducing the cream and adding liqueur to taste produced delicious ganache.
For two towers I needed almost 180 macarons which was about six batches of the macaron recipe. I covered the styrofoam cones in foil then used white chocolate as the glue to stick the macarons on. I was concerned with our very humid climate that the usual toothpicks would not hold the macarons. The white chocolate worked well and the small amount did not interfere with the taste.
The next morning as we arrived at the back door of the family run hotel to collect the last few remaining items we were greeted with this sight. Nonna had been up earlier and washed all the wedding tablecloths and hung them to perfection.
Don't you just love it?