Family Friendly Photos by Jennifer Chang Photography
I’ve been looking forward to working with Martine and her husband, Jim for quite some time. The planets aligned and I organized a promotional event for Martine’s Pastries, together with several other fantastic contributors. Owner Martine is French, so when it came to naming the event we decided on, “I Love Kentucky” or “J’Aime Kentucky”
Martine’s Pastries has been in business for 20 years and is known far and wide for their exceptional cakes. The goal of creating their event was to inform the community on the variety Martine’s has to offer. They opened a café in 2018 and provide wonderful catering of sweet and savory fare. Their in-house chef, Mary Edwards is creative, incorporating vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and more into her enticing recipes. Martine and I discussed the details of the affair, wishing to tie Kentucky into our theme. We bounced a few ideas around when Martine remarked, “Well you know, I am French…”. Thus J’Aime Kentucky (I Love Kentucky) emerged as our motif!
Our menu listed both French and Kentucky-related hors d’oeuvres. Martine’s presented a wildly tasty, iron skillet ratatouille, mini stacked BLTs and an endive boat cradling a delectable chicken salad to die for.
We finished on the sweet side, indulging in scrumptious Nutella brownies, oatmeal-cranberry cookies drizzled with white chocolate and adorable, Kentucky sugar cookies dotted with a hot pink heart.
Signature drinks were concocted just for our occasion. The Sparkle and Shine was served in a sugar-rimmed flute, filled with effervescent champagne and a bright pink pour of Chambord Liqueur. A plump raspberry was dropped in to enhance the cordial. The Kentucky Girl blended the rich flavors of Kentucky Bourbon with Chambord, lime and ginger ale; the perfect marriage of French and Kentuckian!
Martine’s good friends, Johnathan and Fran operate a balloon artistry and décor business, Lighter Than Air, Inc. We were confident they would add a nice touch. What delighted and surprised us was their amazing transformation of the cafe’s upstairs room! Fran gets so excited that she comes up with ideas in the middle of the night.
Fran fashioned a beautiful display by the hearth which served as a backdrop for photos. With her attention to detail she crafted an enchanting garland of bright, cupcake liners. Bloggers love a good photo op and Lighter Than Air balloon artistry created the crowning effect.
I drew French mustaches and attached them to festive straws to use as amusing photo props.
For the goodie bags I enlisted an incredibly talented, local artist, Connor Query, who carefully burned wooden tags by hand, with inspirational words. “You are enough”, “Shine bright”, “Hello Beautiful”, “J’aime Kentucky” and “Perfectly You” were among the selections.
To capture the merrymaking we invited the highly gifted, Jennifer Chang. She took such lovely photos of our gathering. Jenn was a joy as she gently encouraged and posed her subjects. We chuckled as she’d jump on a chair or make whatever move was needed to get the best shot. Jennifer co-owns Rays of Light Photography and is a a marvelous portrait and wedding photographer.
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Family Friendly Photos by Jennifer Chang Photography I’ve been looking forward to working with Martine and her husband, Jim for quite some time. The planets aligned and I organized a promotional event for Martine’s Pastries, together with several other fantastic contributors. Owner Martine is French, so when it came to naming the event we decided…