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Laura Hunt

Minis at a Mansion - Wedding with Diminutives

Karen Bradford & Johanna Kaestner
Photography: Martina Konietzny

"There are actually handsome men working in our building," Karen thought when she first spotted Maz four years ago. They were engaged two years later and another two years later they married at their favorite wedding venue, the Kohl Mansion. As every bride, Karen pondered about a theme that would make her wedding special. Since she collected miniatures she came up with the idea to incorporate many facets of "mini" into her wedding.

The bride and Teri from the catering company La Bocca Fina planned the whole wedding. Special touches were added to make the celebration more meaningful. Karen used her beautiful sari, she wore at her Indian wedding ceremony, to cover the marble side board in Kohl's morning room. Here she displayed pictures from the groom's Indian relatives. Maz, who spend several years during his childhood in Hong Kong, loves Chinese food. To commemorate this time in his life, Amaan, the three year old ring bearer presented the ring in a Limoge porcelain box in a shape of a Chinese food carton. The groom's cake was the Liverpool's code of arms, because Maz is a big fan of this city's famous soccer club.

The color theme was platinum and shades of blue. The two layered miniature wedding cakes were from Maralyn from Have Your Cake. Their ribbons were of the same blue shade as the satin trim of Karen's  silk Mikado gown from Peter Lagner.

Appetizers were three mini salads and an asparagus bisque served in mini cups. The portions of the two menus: Steak with peppered cabernet sauce and Portobello mushrooms and a pan-seared monk fish with a lemon grass ginger cream and confetti basil, were as tall as possible so they looked smaller.

The desserts, served immediately after dinner, were chocolate dipped strawberries and mini tartlets.


The flower decoration, designed by Leighsa from Branch Out were miniature bouquets and centerpieces created with the variety of miniature flowers such roses, gerbera daisies, and calla lilies.


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A miniature horse and its owners greeted the guest and handed out the wedding programs.


Alcohol was served from mini liqueur bottles.

Mini tartlets were served after dinner.

The two-tiered miniature cakes with a bottom layer of traditional cake with vanilla custard and a top layer of spice cake with mocha mousse.

Favors were a miniature edition of Joy of Cooking, personally signed for their guests by Karen and Maz.

Austin Power, Dr. Evil and his mini entertain the guests during the cocktail hour.


The get-away-car is waiting, one of the new fun minis is waiting in front of the Kohl Mansion.

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