The big day finally arrived for our Seeds to Celebrations wedding reception! Our staff and our partners at Open Book Farm put in many hours of preparation from the fields to the kitchen, and finally, to the table – and it was well worth it. By keeping everything local and sustainable, our happy bride and groom celebrated in style with very low environmental impact.

The wedding was held at Engedi Estate, nestled in a valley just east of Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains–a mere 20 miles from Open Book Farm, where all of the produce was grown. It was a beautiful backdrop for this whimsical farm-to-table event and the staff at Engedi Estate did their part to help us make this a green wedding.

At the end of the night all of the food waste was composted, leaving less than one bag of trash from over 100 people!

Hundreds of candles in recycled glass jars made perfect centerpieces for the event. The candlelight added a charming touch as the sun set.

At the bar we served Chilled Apple Cider and Minted Cucumber Water, with ingredients locally sourced and drinks made fresh. The minted water may be a new favorite!

Our passed hors d’oeuvres (featured below) included Pear and Goat Cheese Pastry Bites, Tomato and Basil Bruschetta on Rosemary Focaccia Bread, and Shots of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup – all made with locally grown ingredients. Also featured below is a close up of our Kale Salad with Feta Cheese, Dried Cranberries, and Sugared Walnuts – yum!

The buffet (featured below) showcased our flavorful homegrown food.

We served Fresh Lemongrass Chicken, Roasted Pumpkin with Sage and Browned Butter, Seared Baby Bok Choy, Braised Greens and Penne Pasta with Cannellini Beans and Roasted Eggplant.

And finally, the desserts! Desserts included Fresh Raspberries, Olive Oil Cake with Orange Zest and Cardamon, Preserved Peaches, Caramelized Apples, Husked Cherries and locally sourced vanilla ice cream.

Dessert by candlelight, although hard to photograph, was truly magical.

The staff at La Prima and Catering by Seasons would like to thank everyone involved in this Seeds to Celebrations event – our own crew, our partners at Open Book Farm and, most of all, the bride and groom. The many months of planning, growing, harvesting, cooking, and preparing led to a truly special and memorable evening!

All photos above were taken by La Prima photographer, Kimberly Haines. To view more photos of the ceremony and reception, check out their wedding photographer, Lauren C Photography.

If you would like to learn more about our Seeds to Celebrations initiative, contact us at, or call us at 301.477.3515.

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