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Some of the most memorable wedding food we’ve ever featured was at Haley and Dylan’s Charleston wedding–my husband still thinks their bacon bar sounds like the best thing ever, and I’m sure he’s not the only one! When we found out that Haley is a culinary school alum, and her parents authored a cookbook, we knew we had to get inside the Kelly family kitchen. They cooked up a Southern favorite, tomato pie, while Catherine Ann Photography captured it, and if you’re as anxious to try it as I am, you’re in luck–Haley generously shared their top ten recipes with us (including a few of their originals, which you can download here!).

By day: Haley is a wedding planner with A Charleston Bride; Dylan is in medical device sales at Boston Scientific.

How they met: We met our freshman year in college! Our school (Presbyterian College) was really small, so you pretty much knew everyone. We instantly clicked as friends and it quickly grew into a relationship!
Their wedding: Absolutely magical! Our wedding was full of personal details, which was really important to us–we used family recipes for some of the food, a Presbyterian College flag flew high on the Lowndes Grove porch, and our bacon bar was Dylan’s pride and joy (and people are still talking about it!). It was full of color and really spoke to our personalities.

Who does the meal planning? Me, for sure!
Who does the cooking? Me–but Dylan is the best sous chef :) We have a great balance of I cook, he cleans.

Their favorite meal-related memory: The one meal that immediately comes to mind was at State Bird Provisions while on our honeymoon in San Francisco. We got the best seats in the house–watching the chefs cook from the bar. It is the most amazing restaurant–the servers come around with carts or trays with food on mini plates and information on the price of the dish. My husband and I love great wine and/or cocktails with dinner, but we didn’t even order a drink, the food was so amazing! We sat and enjoyed every bite and I don’t think we turned down a single dish!

Haley and Dylan’s ten favorite recipes:

1. Scallops and Grits: We created this dish together and first made it for my parents when they were in town visiting. We have been trying to successfully sear scallops for over a year now, and finally found the key: dry the scallops on a towel, season with only salt and pepper, put grapeseed oil in a pan on low heat, and let it heat up slowly. Then, depending on the thickness, sear the scallop for about three minutes on each side.
2. Panko-Crusted Tuna: Anything my cousin–in-law cooks is phenomenal, but our favorite is her panko-crusted tuna. This is perfect to cook when having friends over, because it’s super easy, but looks impressive!
3. B for d (breakfast for dinner, or bacon for Dylan, as we recently named it): This is our Thursday staple–just as our groceries are running out for the week, we will have bacon, eggs, and grits for dinner! Dylan likes it when his eggs are cooked in half a tablespoon of bacon renderings. This dinner is super laid back, but we love it!
4. Tomato Pie: A summer favorite! We love using fresh heirloom tomatoes from the local farmer’s market.
5. Cauliflower mashed potatoes: Dylan used to not eat many veggies, so I found ways to trick him into eating some of my favorites! For this recipe, I boil one head of cauliflower and then purée it with two tablespoons of Cabot Greek Yogurt (a must-have in our house–it’s the best!), a handful of cheddar cheese, a dash of garlic and hot sauce, and some salt and pepper.
6. Fish or shrimp tacos: Dylan and I go to a local fish market every Sunday and pick out fish for the week! At least once a month, we use it for fish or shrimp tacos. We either sear the fish or pan-fry it in panko, and then serve it with a sauce made of greek yogurt mixed with crushed red pepper, lemon juice, and sriracha.
7. Chicken and Dumplings: This is my mother’s recipe, and we love to make it when we are at my parents’ home. My mom has a special touch that I am still trying to learn!
8. Portabella burgers: These are AMAZING for dinner and perfect leftovers for lunch! I usually omit the broccoli.
9. Curried Cauliflower Soup: Can you tell we love cauliflower? This dish is perfect when it is a little cold out, and it is especially great with a little crumbled blue cheese on top!
10. Macaroni and Cheese: Literally every party we are invited to, our friends ask us to make this dish.

Thanks so much for sharing, Haley and Dylan!

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Julie reply

    This was a great article. The recipes are yummy because I have tasted Haley’s chicken and dumplings and her cauliflower mashed potatoes (they are so good and I am a carboholic). The macaroni and cheese is delightful. I am going to follow this blog. It is authentic. Julie

  2. avatar Sherry Colarusso reply

    Love the shared recipes!! I’ll be trying some of these for sure.

  3. avatar Julie reply

    I can tell you these recipes rock. I have eaten most of them. This was a great article.

  4. avatar Heather reply

    These recipes sound so good! Can’t wait to try some soon in our newlywed kitchen too!

  5. avatar amanda reply

    so great…keep cooking

  6. avatar Steve Hein reply

    I’ve had fried green tomatoes and eggplant but never Tomato Pie! Very neat, So happy to see the man of the house helping out. Having given up red meat years ago anything with a veggie base is enticing. Portabella or mushroom burgers is on my to do list.Thanks!

  7. avatar Steve Hein reply

    So nice to see the man of the house in the kitchen. I’ve had fried green tomatoes but never Tomato pie-sounds enticing. Portabella burgers is on my to cook list!

  8. avatar Bethel Lemke reply

    Loved reading about Dylan and Haley
    Great couple. Will try the receipes.

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The iconic “little blue box” color can be a tough one to pull of in a wedding, but as Southern belles know, that’s no reason to shy away from your signature color! The trick, as evidenced by Cally and Robert in today’s lovely wedding, is to use the color sparingly and intentionally, letting it accent your venue and details rather than distract from them. That is especially important when your venues are extra special–Cally and Robert were married in Cally’s brother and sister-in-law’s home, and their reception was at a fabulous downtown Houston restaurant that was a delicious nod to Robert’s Cajun roots.

Thank you so much to Cameron & Kelly Studio for sharing Cally and Robert’s special day with us!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed my sister-in-law’s gorgeous earrings. My something blue was my sapphire engagement ring, something old was my grandmother’s wedding rings, and something new was my dress.

For my procession, the string trio played “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clark, and for the recessional, they played “La Rejouissance” by Handel. Great classics!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? The ceremony was at the home of my brother and sister-in-law. The reception was at Brennan’s of Houston–a nod to Robert’s Cajun heritage.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: There were many wonderful details, but one that really stood out as different was the scotch bar that my sister-in-law came up with. Robert loves scotch, so it was a really neat surprise.

We had a white three-tiered cake with real flowers on top. Each layer had a different scroll design, and each layer had a different flavor inside. The wedding flowers were mostly white and consisted of peonies, roses, orchids, and hydrangeas. They were gorgeous!

When did y’all get married? May 22, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 40
Tell us about finding your wedding dress. My mother and I found the dress on our first dress shopping appointment. It was the third dress I tried on.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” and my dance with my father was to “My Girl” by The Temptations.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge I faced in planning the wedding (even with a wedding planner) was working a very full-time job while trying to pull everything together. There was a lot of travel involved as well, since I bought my dress in one city, lived in another, and had the wedding in a third city.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The whole day was full of beautiful memories, but walking down the aisle toward my husband-to-be was probably the most exciting part.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Don’t wait to start planning–it’s never too early.

Photographer: Cameron & Kelly Studio / Planner: Mary Beth Burrow / Ceremony Venue: Private residence / Reception Venue: Brennan’s of Houston / Florist: David Brown Flowers / Wedding Cake: Who Made the Cake / Music: Yvonne Washington / Bride’s Gown: Romona Keveza / Hair Stylist: Monica at Adytum Salon / Makeup Artist: Melissa Morvan / Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla

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  1. avatar Cameron Clark | Cameron & Kelly Studio reply

    Cally & Robert were so thrilled to get married to one another. Everything about this wedding was classic Southern elegance. We loved these two families!

  2. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    The tea length dress is adorable and not worn often enough! I love the scotch bar and the bright touches of teal throughout.

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