Don't have an account? Sign up for Free

{{ messages }}
View as: List Masonry

French Country Banquet Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Debbie Lourens

This Debbie Lourens and Green Goddess Flower Studio collaboration shoot is a vision in red. The deep ruby is just so mesmerizing and definitely screams French countryside when you see how this rich color is woven and worked into this editorial. It’s such a strong color on its own and adding a delightful punch of pale blue to the mix of colors is the icing on the cake. Not only does it bring out the red even more, it softens the whole look, giving it a nice touch of whimsy. There are so many treats to see with this wedding inspiration!

countryside wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens

From the floral designer and stylist, Green Goddess Flower Studio: The inspiration for this shoot was a French banquet in a relaxed country setting. Reminiscent of traditional family dining around a big table in an old Loire Valley chateau. The overall look of the table is one that is relaxed, but elegant without being overly rustic – a little bit of French country botanical. We wanted a table that looked warm and inviting, particularly for couples who want to consider a cooler weather wedding. It can be a wonderful time of year to get married and really enjoy those rich, decadent winter meals, with great wine and a roaring fire. We opted for warm, rich colours of reds, peach and coral, with hints of mint and deep purple for some added drama. We chose large opulent, heavily petalled blooms to convey the sense of understated elegance and to off-set the rich textures of the finer berries. We chose to do a swag style arrangement which is very on-trend and suits the French banquet style of dining.

pets at weddings - photo by Debbie Lourens

bridal accessories - photo by Debbie Lourens

wedding hairstyles - photo by Debbie Lourens

cascading bouquets - photo by Debbie Lourens

Langverwagt is a historic farm with beautiful heritage buildings. As the reception cellars were built for practical use of storing wine, they are quite dark – which invites filling the rooms with lots of warm candlelight and rich warm colours. The farm has beautiful gardens around every corner and it was lovely to bring some of the garden into the venue as part of this shoot. And to make use of the venue’s permanent fairy light installations to add some romance to the look.

We wanted to use items that were effortlessly elegant, as if you had been invited to a French country chateau for this celebration. Almost as if the village had all rallied and lent all of their best family crystal, flatware and candlesticks to help the couple celebrate amongst those who had watched them grow up. The slight colour on the flatware added an interesting perspective instead of going for more neutral crockery. It also had a slightly raised pattern on it that gave it a more relaxed feel than if we had chosen something with a gold rim for example. The glasses from Woolworths were ideal they were very classic shapes with beautiful etching that conveys old tradition without the heaviness of a cut crystal glass.

vintage wedding invitations - photo by Debbie Lourens

rustic wedding decor - photo by Debbie Lourens

floral table runner - photo by Debbie Lourens

red place settings - photo by Debbie Lourens

We used a stone coloured linen tablecloth to keep the look relaxed and added a striped linen runner to give it a more French feel. The lighter coloured linen also served as a great backdrop for the deeper coloured flowers and complemented them, rather than competing with them. The gold cutlery was a little nod to some opulence and completed the look by adding to the warm colours of the décor.

We also chose the clear perspex Victoria chairs, which are based on the design of Louis chairs, again the French connection. But we opted for clear chairs, to let the opulence of the table do the talking, rather than confusing the look with more detail in the chairs. We considered using wooden chairs, but the clear perspex added a more contemporary feel, that was too old-world.

printed table numbers - photo by Debbie Lourens

smoky eye wedding makeup - photo by Debbie Lourens

red and pink wedding flowers - photo by Debbie Lourens

fall wedding flowers - photo by Debbie Lourens

olive oil wedding favors - photo by Debbie Lourens

romantic tablescapes - photo by Debbie Lourens

We call this type of arrangement a swag or a floral runner. It is often made with mostly greenery, but in our case given the season and the abundance of beautiful berries (in red, purple, brown, green and pink tones), we used the berries as the main ingredient of the swag, with a little greenery for some definition. This was complemented with coral charm peonies (from Holland as they are in season in the Northern Hemisphere between May and August), but peonies are available locally at the end of October, but not necessarily in this colour), red tulips (these are in season in South Africa between June and October), red ranunculus (in season in South Africa from June to November), cream, red and peach roses (available all year round), foliage, all complemented by a mix of seasonal berries.

wedding food and drink - photo by Debbie Lourens

painted wedding cakes - photo by Debbie Lourens

lace wedding dresses - photo by Debbie Lourens

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography and Shoot Concept

Debbie Lourens

Shoot Concept, Styling, and Floral Design

Green Goddess Flower Studio


Langverwagt Wedding Venue

Wedding Dress

Robyn Roberts Bridal Wear

Antique Jewelry and Silver Goblet

Kays Antiques

Dressing Gowns

Lace Blossom

Hair and Makeup

Makeup and Delight

Wedding Cake and Cookies

Cakes by Wade


The Tablecloth Hiring Company


Pretty in Stains

Oldfield Plantation Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

A soft and luminous wedding editorial at a plantation in the deep south? We signed up for those pictures from Jose & Teresa Photography and they definitely did not disappoint! For a few days, photographer Jeremy Chou held a workshop in Okatie, South Carolina and this southern countryside was the setting while Design Studio South was in charge of all of the details and elements. Under the swaying Spanish moss and centuries-old oaks, they chose a pastel color palette of blues and greys. In came dashes of blush from Colonial House of Flower‘s elegant floral arrangements created with roses and ranunculi, to name a few choice blooms. We can only imagine how dreamy it was to shoot this editorial!

weddings in South Carolina - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

From the photographer, Jose & Teresa Photography: This styled shoot took place in the low-country of Oldfield Plantation in Okatie, South Carolina. It has an ethereal feel with the soft Spanish moss hanging from trees as a background and a beautifully in love couple, who are actually engaged and to be married later this year. The bride has a tattoo of a cross on her right hand’s ring finger, as she is a woman of faith, which really captured my attention as I am also a believer. This concept came to be by Jeremy Chou’s Workshop given on February 29 – March 1.

bridal portraits - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

plantations in South Carolina - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

elegant wedding invitations - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding bouquets - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

bridal photos - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding flowers - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

romantic wedding tables - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

white and pink centerpieces - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding menu ideas - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding details - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

taper candles - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

Long taper candles always add a great deal of romance to any wedding tablescape. They come in a wide variety of colors so you can mix and match them and ensure they suit your color palettes. Set them in glass candle holders like these for a more elongated effect, or add even more elegance and use dreamy metal candelabras. Swoon!

wedding cake ideas - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

cake cutting - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding photographers in South Carolina - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding transportation - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

wedding photography - photo by Jose & Teresa Photography

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Daily Pick

Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

Become a vendor

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid


Photos by:

If you’re following Ruffled on Snapchat (@ ruffledblog), you might remember seeing my snaps last month of our trip to Spain and Morocco. We spent three weeks traveling and I got lots to share! I will start with our first stop, Madrid, where we first landed and last stayed from our itinerary.

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Location is key when staying in a big city, and since we had our 2 year old daughter with us, we wanted to be within a short stroll to everything. We stayed at the Westin Palace Madrid, and true to Westin fashion, sleeping on one of their Heavenly beds after a long haul flight is pure bliss. We’ve been big fans of theirs ever since we went to St Marteen/St. Martin a few years ago.

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Itinerary ideas - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

The Palace Madrid is a historic hotel dating back to 1912, with architectural details to feast your eyes on. Having breakfast (which was amazing, btw) at La Rotonda Restaurant under the glass dome was one of my favorite parts of the day.

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

Spain + Morocco Travel: Madrid - View more:

We were close by Museo del Prado, El Retiro Park, shops + restaurants. The one thing you will be eating all day is TAPAS! Tapas for lunch, for snack, for dinner. These mini dishes were also perfect for our toddler, and we get to try different dishes.
The train station being just a 15 minute walk made for the perfect starting point to our adventure. In 21 days, we were able to visit Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Majorca and Marrakech, so stay tuned for our next stop: Seville!

Daily Pick

Redfield Photography

We are a husband and wife team. We live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with our beautiful and majestic cat; Ms. Beans. We met in art school and one of our favorite parts about wedding photography is using our artistic backgrounds to tell your story with a fine art perspective is what we love to do.

We love exploring new places, making new friends, and collaborating with you to tell your story. We take our job very seriously and we have just about the best time ever doing it.

Become a vendor