One of the many decisions Rob and I were faced with as we planned for our vintage wedding was what to do about dessert. Serving wedding cake was always an option, but it just seemed like such a big investment for something so ordinary. We discussed many alternatives that might be a fun twist for our outdoor reception: a sweets table, pie, cupcakes, cobbler… but nothing really sounded that great to us. At one point, when we were discussion dessert options with our wedding planner, Kate, the possibility of service ice cream came up. It sounded perfect. We had a June wedding and everyone loves ice cream in the summer. I wondered aloud if perhaps we could find someone to scoop ice cream out of a little cart and Kate immediately spoke up and said she had the perfect vendor: Hello Ice Cream in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I fell in love with this wonderful vendor the moment I saw the gorgeous restored van painted mint green. I instantly started dreaming of serving dessert from this gorgeous showpiece, which goes by the name Ingrid.
As I continued planning for the wedding, Ingrid was my best-kept secret. Rob and I told our parents, our grandmothers and my matron of honor about the wonderful surprise we had planned for dessert. Everyone else was kept in the dark. I wanted them to be surprised when she pulled up.
Leading up to dessert, our guests enjoyed the natural ambiance under the lights of our sailcloth tent. They ate salad from vintage dishes, listened to the most beautiful melodies you can imagine from a vintage jazz duo, danced to great music, posed for photos on an antique gold sofa and enjoyed the lovely summer night.
Everyone was having the most amazing time.
And then the DJ announced that a tasty treat would soon be served.
We had made arrangements for Ingrid to sneakily be kept in my parents driveway and out of the wedding guests’ field of vision until we were ready to serve dessert. As the sleek little van drove across the lawn and to the tent, people got out of their seats for a better view!
Rob and I selected the flavors and toppings we wanted to be served at the wedding and we were both so excited to place our orders for the first cups ice cream.
Rob had the salted caramel and I enjoyed the mint chip. They were both delicious!
The vintage ice cream truck created the perfect light-hearted atmosphere for our dessert service.
Our guests were all raving about the ice cream truck at the end of the night, but I think our three little flower girls enjoyed it more than anyone else.
Just in case you’re keeping track of things…
Yes, we did have a small cake at our wedding. I really wanted to have a photo of Rob and I cutting the cake. As much as I didn’t feel a need to serve cake to our wedding guests, a part of me really wanted to embrace the tradition of slicing the cake and sharing a few bites with my new husband. It was a real cake that a few of my cousins enjoyed digging into later that night!
Read More About Our Wedding
If you want to see more photos from our vintage wedding, you definitely want to start by checking out this blog post. Many more details of specific projects, vendors and details can be found in our weekly Wedding Wednesday posts. We will see you next week Wednesday with another update!