Wrangling Fire and Rustling Love at The Mount

Amanda and Stephan brought their families and guests together the night before their wedding at The Mount for a rousing rehearsal dinner featuring fire, food and flair by the dynamic and always entertaining Fire Roasted Catering.


Amanda & Stephan's Rehearsal Dinner at The Mount


This indoor-outdoor celebration took place at the Mount’s historic stables building.  Fire Roasted’s crew set up their campfire cooking stations on the grounds just outside the building and wrangled coals and flames, preparing a feast of meats and vegetables as the guests enjoyed each others’ company.


Fire Roasted's outdoor cooking area at The Mount


Bistro lights encircled the celebration area and filled the airspace inside the stables, providing the photographers on JP Elario’s crew with ample opportunity to create beautiful soft-focus backdrops for their candid portraits.


Bistro lights by Seitel Lighting at The Mount


The stables building’s rustic carriage wash room became a bar and cocktail lounge.  Fire Roasted brought their old-fashioned cider press and set up a western-style bar.


Vintage light bulbs behind the bar at The Mount


I created a backdrop for the bar using hanging vintage reproduction light bulbs with a variety of shapes and filament styles.  The incandescent glow brought out the character of the original wainscoting on the walls of the carriage wash beautifully.  An assortment of flameless pillar and votive candles brought the sensation of gently flickering flames inside the building — where, of course, live flame is not allowed due to the building’s historical significance and its lack of a modern fire suppression system.


Vintage bulbs and flameless candles


The Easy Ridin’ Papas providing a soundtrack of country blues, western swing, some bluegrass and even some jugband-style tunes.  I lit the musicians with one of my vintage Mole Richardson Baby Solarspot film fresnels, which fit right into the historical feel of the environment with its chipped red brick paint and early 20th century design details.  One of the pint-sized guests had a lot of fun with it…


Mole Richardson Baby Solarspot vintage fresnel


Amanda and Stephan’s guests dined in the adjacent theater room of the stables building.  Florist Crocus Hale provided gorgeous flowers and her tabletop bell jar fixtures with fairy lights, which shone and reflected beautifully on the coppertop tables provided by Classical Tents.


Flowers and bell jar fixtures by Crocus Hale


I focused some directional lighting fixtures on the cornucopia of meats and vegetables that Fire Roasted presented.  Showy as always, the guys carved the giant chunks of meat in full costume of leather chaps and cowboy hats.


Meats by Fire Roasted Catering


After the feast, these same fixtures provided ample lighting to illuminate and flatter speakers offering toasts and stories.  Here is Stephan’s dad recounting his pride in seeing his son follow his footsteps into the radiology profession, and his joy that his new daughter-in-law had just passed her exams to become a licensed dermatologist.


Stephan's father


After dinner guests enjoyed pies and coffees prepared by Fire Roasted–prepared by flame, of course!




Sparks flew all night long, symbolic of this beautiful couple’s fiery love for each other on the eve of their wedding.




Congratulations Amanda and Stephan.  It was a joy and an honor for me to have a part in making your celebration beautiful.


Bistro lights in full darkness outside the Stables of The Mount


Flowers by Crocus Hale

A special thank you to JP Elario for sharing his fantastic photos.


Catering by Fire Roasted Catering

Rentals by Classical Tents

Lighting by Julie Seitel of Seitel Lighting LLC

Flowers by Crocus Hale

Music by the Easy Ridin’ Papas

Photography by JP Elario of Elario Photography