I shared yesterday about how I had the pleasure of styling/designing a tabletop in this season’s summer/fall issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom Magazine, so I’m SUPER excited to share some in depth details from the shoot on the blog today! When Laura Cassidy (editor-in-chief) first reached out to me about doing the shoot, I was really excited about her initial ideas for the concept and had a blast expanding on them to create the final product. I very much wanted the table to reflect a modern, crisp/clean, yet eclectic vibe (hence the vibrant pops of color against white & neutral tones) all the while throwing in some vintage touches to reflect the couple I imagined might have a bash reflective of the design. I imagined this to be a couple who first and foremost appreciates the celebration of love, friendship, community & food. This couple loves playing games into the wee hours of the night and would choose to do so under the twinkling lights overhead vs. having the more traditional dance party during their reception. They would drink wine, laugh until their bellies hurt and enjoy the simple pleasures of good company on their wedding day. Being foodies at heart they would opt for a yummy personal pie for each of their guests to enjoy, while nibbling on gourmet cheeses and charcuterie before the main course. The picnic basket would supply the couple and their guests with everything they would need for a communal setting (menu, extra napkins, wine, some bread for sharing) ensuring that the good conversation would never be interrupted by a buffet line and would lend to the “upscale & playful picnic” vibe of the evening.

The shoot would never have been the beauty or pleasure that it was without the AMAZING team of creatives that I had the good fortune of collaborating with. Teressa of Cashmere Floral Design was the visionary behind the final shade of blue that we chose for the table linen and her floral designs were absolutely breathtaking…those red poppies are stunning aren’t they?! Teressa has such a grand talent of seeing your vision in a “big picture” sort of way and complementing it in the most brilliant of ways. Thankfully she also SAVED me with regards to the lighting as I’d had my heart set on suspended caged edison bulbs for the shoot and she just so happened to have them in her very own collection – yay!!

The BEAUTIFUL and “oh SO yummy!” sour cherry pies were the talent of Chris, owner of A La Mode Pies here in Seattle – honestly if you haven’t made it to A La Mode yet…you are missing out! The tiny latticed personal pies were complete perfection and fit just perfectly on top of the wood pedestals I had custom made for each little pie & place setting. The larger pie in the center of the table of course available for those late into the night dessert cravings ;)

The letterpress details, including personal name tags at each setting (inspired by parisian market tags), a “dice dot” inspired menu and playing card table number were the contribution of the uber talented Tara of Ephemera Press. I’ve been dying for the opportunity to incorporate letterpress into one of my designs and Tara knocked the “game themed” paper suite outta the park. Such a joy working with her!!

The adorable napkins were borrowed from our dear friends at Skillet and the rest of the vintage props/decor including the milk glass vases, vintage game pieces and chairs are part of my SCOUT. collection. Last but certainly not least Dennis Wise, the talented guy behind the lens was such a pleasure to work with the day of the shoot – his studio space in Sodo is also INCREDIBLE by the way! He was also generous enough to provide the shots for this post…thank you Dennis!! And a BIG thank you to the team for helping make the vision happen!

Something extra special : In receiving the professional images from Dennis it was so fun to see a shot that captured a little “behind the scenes” action as I prepped the tabletop the morning of the shoot.

photo cred : {dennis wise}

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5 Comments

18.July.2012

this is ridiculously awesome. i am SO hiring you to do my wedding! and I want those cage lamps…badly.

SOOOO proud of you! :)

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18.July.2012

Amazing work! Kudos on the fantastic spread!

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18.July.2012

Thank you so so much ladies! Amy – I know aren’t Teressa’s cage lamps insanely gorgeous. Ordering myself a personal set ASAP!

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19.July.2012

This is so so good! You never fail to inspire me, friend!

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20.July.2012

I love everything about this. Especially those little wooden stands. Yesss Jenn!!

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