It's Not Just Wedding Season! It's S'mores Season!
Y’all, it’s summer. And while it’s “wedding season” to every wedding professional and current couple in America, it’s also another season here in the great U.S.A.
Ok, so maybe more generally speaking, it’s bonfire season. But we all know that the best part about camp fires (or fire pits if you don’t happen to be camping) are the delicious things you can cook on them. And we all know that the best thing you can cook on an open fire is dessert. So, while you’re in the midst of planning your wedding during the peak of s’mores season - maybe you should think about including them in your big event. Because almost everyone loves a gooey melty marshmallow.
Fire pits abound at the venues here in Snohomish. If you're planning a Snohomish wedding, you should find out if your venue has a fire pit available. And if you're planning your wedding outside the area, it doesn't hurt to check either!
Some venues, like Dairyland have big metal contraptions that they’ve installed in their courtyard just for the purpose of having big ol' fires during your reception.
[Dairyland S'mores Pit by Melissa Miksch Photography]
Maroni Meadows simply has rings where fires are designated to be held. It has a decidedly backyard feel that just begs for someone to come hang out.
[Maroni Meadows Bonfire by Melissa Miksch Photography]
Jardin Del Sol has a paver-surrounded fire pit perfect for gathering around. You could probably even prop your feet up to warm if the night was particularly chilly.
[S'mores at Jardin Del Sol Shane Welch Photography]
And, perhaps the most creative solution I've seen, you’ll find fire pits in modified barrels at the Lookout Lodge .
[Fire Pit at Lookout Lodge]
So go out there and plan your s’mores bars ladies and gentlemen! After all, it’s s’mores season! And just for those of you who might need a little help avoiding the dreaded flaming ball of fire, here’s a few tips to roast the perfect gooey marshmallow.
Place your marshmallow(s) on the end of a roasting stick (preferably one at least a couple feet long).
Find a spot where the coals of the fire are exposed if you're at a traditional wood fire, and you can sit or stand near the fire without getting overwhelmed by smoke.
Hold your marshmallow a few inches from the coals. Don’t hold over/in direct flames unless the fire is propane-fueled. Also don't be afraid to get close. Holding the marshmallow a foot away from the heat will mean you spend a VERY long time waiting for your treat.
Be patient. Turn your marshmallow often to avoid burning any one particular part. The process should take a couple minutes.
Once you’ve achieved the perfect tan color on the majority of the marshmallow, make your s’more!
The classic s’more is two graham cracker squares, part of a chocolate bar, and a roasty toasty vanilla marshmallow. Popular variations include peanut butter cups instead of chocolate, flavored marshmallows, and I’ve even seen bacon included in recipes. What’s your favorite way to eat a s’more? BUT WAIT! What can you do if your venue isn’t one that has a home for a lovely campfire? Or if your wedding day is supposed to be swelteringly hot, or alternately raining? Well - you can always consider ordering up a batch of custom s’mores from someone like Tiffany at Flour and Girl. Her s’mores include homemade graham crackers and marshmallows in almost any flavor you can imagine. You and your guests will be too busy drooling over their deliciousness to worry about whether or not you get to toast them. Problem? Solved.
[custom s'mores by Flour and Girl, Dan Manning photography]
Melissa is the owner and lead photographer for Melissa Miksch Photography. What started out as a hobby in high school has turned into her passion, and she loves being a part of weddings and making such important memories for her clients! She's a big fan of chocolate, the Pacific ocean, her daughter's hugs, and anything sparkly.