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Fortunate Feast: Modern Wedding Inspiration + A Surprise Engagement!

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Simple. Modern. Tasteful; the first three words that come to mind while flipping through the photos by Michelle Chiu from this inspiration shoot turned surprise engagement at FLDWRK Fullerton. Originally set to showcase the food and styling talents of Colette's Catering & Events, the shoot quickly became a covert operation when Nick McClellan, the significant other of Kierstyn Rios, one of the models, approached the team with his plan to pop the question. The stunning tablescape of creams, blues and greens, with florals from Rekindle Creative Co. and stationery by Happily Ever Etched was set on rustic pieces by Found Vintage Rentals, all serving as the backdrop for a day Nick & Kierstyn will never forget.

After he asked and she said "yes", the couple celebrated by endulging in a deliciously creative menu cooked up by Colette's Catering, who've been kind enough to share that tantalizing line-up, plus a favorite recipe with us below. So, go ahead and feast your eyes on some cool cactus-inspired wedding decor, then jot down that lobster roll recipe and feast your palate.





 Sweet Corn Succotash, Basil 

 Pan Roasted Duck Breast

 Balsamic Pickled Cherries, Goat Cheese Mousse,Black Pepper Shortbread, Mint 

 Lobster Roll

 Meyer Lemon Aioli, Chive, Mini Brioche Roll 

 Panko Eggplant

 Roasted Tomatoes, Zucchini, Bechamel, Herbs 


 Compressed Watermelon Salad

 Whipped Feta, Prosciutto, Radish, Pickled Onion,Mache, Frisee, Balsamic Gel, Olive Oil 

 Bourbon Blueberry Salad

 Grilled Peaches, Blue Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Arugula, Maple Champagne Vinaigrette 


 Petite Strawberry Shortcake

Local Strawberries, Buttermilk Cake, Fresh Whipped Cream 

Yuzu Crème Freeze

Frozen Yuzu Custard, Basil Marshmallow Crème,Yuzu Gel




1 Meyer lemon, zest and juice

½ c. Mayonnaise



1 live lobster, poached with citrus, chilled, then meat pulled from shell and chopped

Celery salt, pepper to taste

1 Celery stalk, brunoised

8 Miniature lobster rolls

Edible micro flowers, for garnish


To make meyer lemon aioli: Whisk mayonnaise to aerate. With a microplane, zest 1 meyer lemon, add to mayo along with the juice of half of the meyer lemon. Taste for flavor, and balance with salt.

Gently fold prepared lobster meat with meyer aioli, and celery, season with celery salt to taste.

Butter and toast the miniature lobster roll, fill with lobster mixture, and garnish nicely with micro edible flowers.

Colette’s is a full-service catering company based in Orange County and serving all of Southern California. They handcraft menus, source locally and customize creative, delicious cuisines according to specific event needs, style and desires. They have a real passion for food, people and celebrations and take pride in creating a memorable experience, one meal at a time.