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16 Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Tables

Wedding Design

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Ready for Thanksgiving? You can bet we are — there’s never any shortage of delicious treats to go around! All of your yummy dishes and pies need an equally eye-catching tablescape to tie everything together, so we’ve put together some of our favorite table setups sure to please all the hosts and hostesses this Thanksgiving + Friendsgiving season. Let’s dig in!

Tabletop 3 Ways with Pottery Barn

Sponsored, Wedding Design

Photos by:

Joyelle West

We’ve long been fans of , because c’mon, who hasn’t? Not only are they a great place to find staples for your home, they’re also the perfect place to shop for unique timeless pieces that are also versatile. We picked and imagined it in three different styles or occasions — a cheery bridal shower, bohemian chic, and botanical minimalism, all captured by Joyelle West and florals by Wild Folk Studio.

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We picked the set for its organic and imperfect-perfect lines. This set is handcrafted in Portugal, and it goes with many different tabletop styles. Here we picked three distinct themes, all super easy to reproduce if you’re hosting a dinner party!

botanical
botanical inspired table - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

botanical table - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

chic minimal wedding - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

chic minimal wedding - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

chic minimal wedding - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

Here we used the Cambria plates with these wood chargers and the . This flatware has the good looks of antique silver with the benefits of being stainless steel!

DIY Ideas for a Botanical tablescape:

DIY #1: Get terracotta pots in different yet small sizes at a craft store and paint them in chalkboard paint or different shades of black by buying paint samples at home improvement stores. We were eyeing this for a while and the dark planters made the votives pop.

DIY #2: buy pillar candles and paint them halfway down in liquid gold for a dipped look. It adds depth to the table without having to use flowers.

DIY #3: The tablerunner we used here is actually a roll of industrial felt. It adds texture and it’s super cheap, so no need to feel bad if you plan on using it just once. You can find it in lengths of 6 feet, which is the perfect length for most tables and it doubles as hot-dish holders. We got ours here.

Check back soon on how to make these DIY Calligraphy Decals!

summerbrunch

bridal shower decor - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

colorful table setting - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways
A Pottery Barn table imagined three ways - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

handmade wedding details - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

handmade wedding details - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

Using the same tabletop staples from the previous theme, we styled a summer brunch table, perfect for a bridal shower!

To keep things light and airy, we used as vessels and . Pops of pink throughout included the cutest Lemonade bottle ever.

DIY Ideas for a Summer Brunch table:

DIY #1: DIY Muslin table runner, instructions coming in later today!
DIY #2: DIY Hand-stitched placemats, instructions coming in later today!

bohemian

bohemian table setting - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

leather napkin tie - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

weaving centerpiece - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

weaving centerpiece - photo by Joyelle West Photography http://ruffledblog.com/a-pottery-barn-table-imagined-three-ways

No style range is complete without including Bohemian, amirite? We have been obsessed with weaving lately, so when we landed our eyes on this brass shelf, we knew what to do. We put a weave on it.

DIY ideas for a Bohemian tablescape:

DIY #1: plexiglass placemats. You don’t have to buy large sheets from home improvements stores and attempt cutting your own (like I did and gave up). You can simply hit the photo frame section of craft stores and buy cheap frames in placemat sizes, usually 11×14 or 16×20.
DIY #2: We used scraps of leather from an upholstery job to be our napkin ties
DIY #3: Using this brass shelf, we looped yarn in a zig zag shape on both sides of the shelf and weaved a few pieces of wool yarn in different colors, adding leaves and twigs. Flipped upside down and added candles on top.

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

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Floral Design

Wild Folk Studio

Best of 2014: Receptions

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From centerpieces to backdrops to sweetheart tables, wedding receptions are the crown jewels of wedding decor, and today we’re sharing some of our past favorites and most popular pins from the past year. We’ve got oodles of brilliant ideas to inspire and delight, so let’s take a peek at some of our favorites!

geometric backdrop ideas - photo by Alexandra Whitney http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Alexandra Whitney from this shoot

bohemian wedding table - photo by Danielle Poff Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Danielle Poff Photography from this shoot

simple wedding receptions - photo by Next to Me Studios http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Next to Me Studios from this wedding

Best of 2014 Reception - photo by Tamiz Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Tamiz Photography from this wedding

copper and green tablescape - photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Ashleigh Jayne Photography from this shoot

grey table runners - photo by Emily Wren http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Emily Wren from this wedding

whimsical wonderland tablescape - photo by Matt and Ashley Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Matt and Ashley Photography from this shoot

rustic glam receptions - photo by Pepper Nix Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Pepper Nix Photography from this wedding

greenery filled reception - photo by Lauren Fair Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Lauren Fair Photography from this wedding

framed seating chart - photo by Josh Gruetzmacher Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher Photography from this wedding

hanging bulb decor - photo by Papered Heart Photography http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Papered Heart Photography from this wedding

paper lantern wedding ideas - photo by Steve Cowell Photo http://ruffledblog.com/best-of-2014-receptions
Photo by Steve Cowell Photo from this wedding

Sweet Dreams Inspired Shoot

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Jackie Wonders

One of our all-time favorite wedding themes is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” There’s just something so positively romantic and whimsical about the play set in the woods that translates perfectly into wedding design. Absolutely Events, Rae Florae, and Jackie Wonders recently collaborated to bring together this stunning shoot, which includes not one but two flower girls dressed as fairies. Love!

sweet dreams inspired shoot photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

From the shoot stylist, Angie of Absolutely Events: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the inspiration for our “Sweet Dreams” shoot, showcasing a newer property for Estate Weddings and Events. We wanted to create a look that wasn’t too “over the top” and would be realistic and relatable, while still including some of the fantasy and whimsy of Shakespeare’s great work. Our photographer, Jackie Wonders, did a fantastic job in capturing it all.

purple wedding invitations photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

groom in suspenders photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

purple wedding invitations photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

romantic wedding bouquets photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

wedding ceremony decor photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

hanging votives photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

fairy flower girls photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

orchid boutonnieres photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

My favorite area of the property was where we designed the ceremony space for this shoot. The trees that line the courtyard and provide a natural canopy, along with the urn at the head of the space lend to a lovely setting for an intimate ceremony. Our amazing florist, Rae Florae, was able to enhance the romance of this space and the existing foliage with gorgeous Dendrobium orchids, Spanish moss, and delicate hanging votive candles. Once completed, the space provided a subtle nod to the fairy lights and the fairy hollow that may be imagined from reading parts of Shakespeare’s play.

fairy flower girls photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

woodsy wedding ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

romantic wedding ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

flower girl ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

flower girls with wings photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

Sugar and Scribe created whimsical treats to be highlighted in the dessert display. While all of the heart and fairy shaped truffles were fun, and while all of the sweets sparkled with “fairy dust,” I simply adored the candied fruit that the baker provided for the shoot; it was gorgeous and something truly unique. The tabletop display was set against the backdrop of a beautiful, expansive boxwood hedge wall on the property. Urns placed down the center of the estate’s gorgeous long wood tables housed a mix of roses, tulips, ferns, hydrangeas, and other vegetation. Charger plates at each place setting provided a base for a layering of mismatched china plates, napkins, and the charming place cards which had been nailed to thin wood slices.

outdoor wedding receptions photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

outdoor wedding ceremonies photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

rustic reception tables photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

woodland wedding desserts photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

gold place settings photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

outdoor wedding receptions photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

blue flower girls photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

The invitation suite, ceremony programs, and place cards all also featured details attributed to our inspiration. Moira Design Studio did an incredible job in incorporating so many elements of the play to the paper pieces; the little fairies, the silhouette of “Bottom” (the Craftsman with the head of a donkey), trees and flowers from the woods where the “dream” take place… the details and artwork put into all of the pieces were thoughtful and delightful. Our two sweet “fairy-girls” enjoyed frolicking and playing together across the expansive lawn of the property in their adorable tutus and wings. We were lucky to have such fun little girls take part in the shoot. I imagine that by the time we were wrapping-up our Sweet Dreams shoot our delightful little fairies were tucked in their beds, having their own sweet dreams.

outdoor wedding receptions photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

pink wedding flowers photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

rustic wedding cakes photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

wedding dessert ideas photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

reception place settings photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

rustic cake tables photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot

sweet dreams inspired shoot photo by Jackie Wonders - http://ruffledblog.com/sweet-dreams-inspired-shoot


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Jackie Wonders / Event Design, Coordination, and China: Absolutely Events / Floral Design: Rae Florae / Venue: Tuscan Del Mar property via Estate Weddings and Events / Wedding Dresses and Jewelry: Sparrow Bridal and Dahlia Bridal / Hair: Bethany Catalfamo of Lotus Den Hair Studio / Makeup: Ann DeNicolo Makeup Artist / Fairy-girl Tutus: Lilly James Co. / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Sugar and Scribe Bakery / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Plywood Bunting: Brad of Against the Grain, via Scoutmob / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Moira Design Studio / Models: Alex-Andra Nicholson, Jon Reid, Leighton Walker, and Lexie Melton

Glam Carondelet House Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

Photos by:

Sloan Photographers

Any time we see a wedding at Carondelet House, we know we’re about to experience something special. The venue itself is nothing short of magical, and Nancy and Sam’s style only enhanced its natural beauty. Sloan Photographers and Live.Love.Create. blew this one out of the water, and you absolutely won’t want to miss the slo-mo booth shot by Studio 205 Films!

glam carondelet house wedding - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

From the bride, Nancy: We wanted something rustic, vintage and old fashioned. We really didn’t have one style or one vision to our wedding. We kind of put a lot of DIY projects together and hoped it would work. Our venue, Carondelet House, was built in the 1920s and much of the furniture, artwork, and interior design was kept intact so it was just beautiful as it is. We wanted to add things that fit well with the vintage feel, but we didn’t want to ruin the integrity of the venue and all its beauty.

bride getting ready - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bride getting ready - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bride getting ready - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bridal shoes - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

berry wedding bouquet - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/
Bouquet recipe: My bridal bouquet had an assortment of flowers from succulents, dahlias, wild flowers, ranunculus, wild berries, baby roses, orchids, and a lot more. The bridesmaid bouquets were also similar to the flowers in the bridal bouquet but my mom had added some more vibrant fall colors (dark red dahlias, more wildflowers).

navy blue suits - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

first look reaction - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

first look - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

guest book ideas - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

Download the guestbook poster above here!

Our wedding would best be described as vintage, rustic, woodsy, romantic with a touch of old flair. We didn’t really have a specific theme because we wanted the venue to shine. We used a lot of candles and hanging lights for the ceremony that made it even more romantic and ethereal. All the decor and florals were done by myself, mom, and my bridesmaids. We made succulent terrariums and used wood branches to decorate the long communal tables. We used a lot of candles on the tables and around the window panes to give the reception room a warm and cozy feel.

indoor ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

indoor wedding ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

indoor evening ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

wedding ceremony - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

romantic flowers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

polka dot tie - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

red blue bouquets - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bridesmaids dresses in blues - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

Our main color was navy blue but we ended up having an earth tone color palate. We had navy blue, slate grey, olive and sage greens, beige, and hints of gold. Some of the DIY projects we did were the marquee “bar” lights for the bar area. We used paper mache letters and some string lights. We also made a heart ombre cork board that our guests signed their initials on. We made some lace paper lanterns with doilies and paper lanterns. Also, instead of table numbers we decided to label the tables with all the cities that meant something to us. And for escort cards we made “boarding passes” with specific destinations (cities/tables).

sophisticated wedding receptions - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

unique escort cards - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

city table numbers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

indoor receptions - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

succulent centerpieces - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Some advice I would give to couples are: Enjoy every moment of the planning process. It goes by so fast but its really a time to enjoy being engaged and planning the most special day of your lives. You can find ways to save money so research, research research!! We saved a lot of money by doing a lot of the the work ourselves and making our own stuff. Start your DIY projects early. It’s better to start on it and see if it works, rather than starting it late and realizing its too late to fix/change/add etc.

bride groom initials - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

string wrapped bottles - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

eclectic centerpieces - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

city table numbers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

city table numbers - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

black and white wedding cake - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

succulent wedding cake - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/

confetti photo booth - photo by Sloan Photographers - http://ruffledblog.com/glam-carondelet-house-wedding/


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “We the Redeemed”
Ceremony: “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
Bridal Party Entrance: “Treasure,” Bruno Mars
First dance: “Make Me Whole,” Amel Larrieux

Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Sloan Photographers / Wedding Planning and Event Design: Live.Love.Create. / Floral Design: Mother of the Bride / Venue: Carondelet House / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Atelier by Dawn / Hair: Jasmine Chang / Makeup: Jen Wang Makeup / Wedding Caterer: Four Seasons Catering / Dessert: King’s Hawaiian / DJ, Lighting, and Music: Shine Entertainment / Live Singer and Pianist During Cocktail Hour: Erin McClain from “The McClain Project” / Videographer and Slo-Mo Booth: Peter Chang of Studio 205 Films / Photo Booth: Apixture / Wedding Invitations: Bridesmaid

Best of 2013: Reception

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We can hardly believe it, but 2013 is already coming to a close. It seems like yesterday we were just rounding up our favorites from 2012! We want to personally thank you all for being a part of the Ruffled community – you all are the force that keeps this train going, and you’re the reason why we start each work day with a smile on our faces. We’re starting off our ‘Best of 2013’ with a focus on receptions and tablescapes, so let’s take a peek at a mix of some of our biggest hits and our own personal favorites – so much more to see in our Pinterest boards, too:

Colorful Sonoma Valley wedding
vintage china tablescape via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Caroline Ghetes, Styling by Events of Distinction

California antique shop wedding

antique shop wedding reception via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Kate Harrison, Styling by Downey Street Events

Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding
moon photobooth backdrop via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Kelly Kollar Photography, Coordinated by Paisley Events

Lakeside Wisconsin wedding

orange pink wedding reception via ruffledblog.com
Photos by m three studio, Styling by Viva la Cottage

Melbourne rustic wedding
rustic banquet tables via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Louisa Bailey, Styling by The Style Co.

Chattanooga vineyard wedding
hanging bicycle decorations via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Ali Harper, Styling by Veo Weddings & Events

Late summer citrus inspiration
bright wedding receptions via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Sweet Monday Photography

Philadelphia industrial wedding at Urban Outfitters Headquarters
industrial reception ideas via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Love Me Do Photography, Styling by Table Art

Hickory Street Annex wedding
glitzy wedding ideas via ruffledblog.com
Photos by Nine Photography, Styling by After Yes Weddings

Moroccan inspired Palm Springs wedding
best of 2013 reception via ruffledblog.com
Photos by
Hazelwood Photography

Take a look at our ‘Best of Reception’ 2011 and 2012!

Apple Orchard Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Nessa K Photography

I have fond memories of going apple picking with my family when I was younger, so you could say this styled shoot from Sarah Park and Nessa K Photography hits home for me. The theme was brilliantly executed, right down to the apple tucked into the bouquet by Petal and Print. If you weren’t in the spirit of autumn yet, you’ll definitely be ready now!

apple orchard wedding inspiration // via ruffledblog.com

From the event stylist, Sarah of Sarah Park Events: For this shoot we were inspired by one of the most popular activities Fall has to offer, “Apple Picking.” We wanted to incorporate apples into the shoot as much as we could, so we found the most beautiful backdrop at Baugher’s Orchard and made magic happen. From the centerpiece to the escort card station, apples were everywhere! My favorite part of the shoot has to be the “Bobbing Station,” we took a simple idea and made it into a unique escort card station that guests will remember for years! I could have not asked for a better team to work with on this fall inspired shoot and we hope we have inspired many Fall brides.

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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Westminster, MD / Photographer: Nessa K Photography / Event Design: Sarah Park Events / Floral Design: Petal and Print / Venue: Baugher’s Orchard / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza “L315” via Garnish Boutique / Model: Stevi / Hair: Melanie Medeiros / Makeup: Makeup Artist Liz Wegrzyn / Vintage Rentals: Rusty Love Vintage Rentals / Stationery Design: Frills Paper + Goods

Organic Tablescape Ideas

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Urban Rose Photo

Hold fast to your seats, because we’ve got one doozy of a treat for you all today! Alisa Lewis Event Design recently paired up with Urban Rose Photo to bring together a beautiful, natural tablescape with eco-friendly appeal, sure to inspire all you brides and party planners with a passion for organic accents. Alisa will be back throughout the day to share a number of DIY projects from this shoot, so stay tuned!

ecofriendly tablescape ideas

bourbon wedding drinks

organic wedding tables

ecofriendly tablescape ideas

ecofriendly tablescape ideas

gold table numbers

watercolor name cards

petite floral arrangements

outdoor wedding receptions


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Photographer: Urban Rose Photo / Event Design and Styling, DIY Projects: Alisa Lewis Event Design / Flowers: The Garden of Eden / Vintage Rentals and Props: The Attic

Best of 2012: Reception

Design Inspiration

Photos by:

As the year comes to a close in the next few days, we wanted to kick off this back-to-work week with some of our favorite receptions of 2012 — a mix of our personal faves and popular features that made this year beam with creativity. In no particular order, here are 10 wedding receptions and tablescapes of 2012:

This hippie inspired table designed by Enjoy Events Co. and captured by Tinywater Photography is such a keeper, you must view every single detail and you will understand why.
turquoise wedding place setting

All the way from New Zealand, this wedding by Vela Images is a stunner. The long tables really set the mood for a chic intimate dinner.
suspended wedding centerpiece

The image below alone doesn’t even scratch the surface of how beyond amazing this wedding really is. Captured by n.barrett photography and designed by Bows and Arrows, this Dallas wedding is for sure to pin your little heart out.

Texas romantic wedding

This Long Island wedding shot by Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love is summer nuptials perfection: pops of cheery hues under a tent by the shore.

pink and green lanterns

Just the right amount of whimsy in this Texan wedding captured by Sara & Rocky.

wedding cake table sign

Darling from end to end, this ombre wedding designed by Sweet Sunday Events and captured by Al Gawlik is still making the rounds on Pinterest:

paper flower backdrop

So much to love about this Santa Barbara wedding shot by Jen Rodriguez and designed by Adored Wedding Design:
barrel drink table

On Cloud 9 wedding inspiration created by Couture Events by Lottie and captured by nbarrett photography:

The couple from this wedding shot by The Life You Love went for an Heirloom and Lace inspiration, mixing what was meaningful to them with what they loved, vintage finds.

industrial vintage wedding

This carnival inspired wedding by event designer Very Merry Events and shot by Alfred & Emma Photography is a beaut!

carnival wedding ideas

DIY Paint Stick Table Runner

DIY Projects

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Inspired by a rooftop garden party, I made a table runner for our craft table at The Cream Event NYC using yellow “slats”. After endless trips to the paint store and a shelf stocked with buckets of paint, I was left with a healthy amount of paint sticks. As anybody would, I kept them all. Until this herringbone table runner came to life. You can arrange the stirrers in different patterns and paint them to match you color palette, or create a colorblock or ombre effect across the table!

paint stick table runner

DIY paint stick table runnerDIY paint stick table runner

DIY paint stick table runner

What you will need:
paint sticks (or wood trim)
primer + paint or stain
felt
glue gun
saw or miter saw
sand paper
roller brush

DIY paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runner

Start out by cutting the odd end of the paint sticks. For the arrow table runner, you will just need to cut the paint sticks in half. To make a herringbone pattern, you will need one extra cut, making three pieces per paint stick.

DIY paint stick table runner

Lay the pieces flat, spacing them out a bit so paint won’t stick. Using a large roller brush, start with primer.
DIY paint stick table runner

I used primer to hide the wood grain. Give one coat paint for now (I used Citrus Splash by Behr). Once they are dry, you can paint the edges. Stack the paint sticks sideways. With a clamp or just holding a few pieces at a time, run a few coats of paint. Let them dry, repeat on the other sides. Try a metallic gold or neon edge!

DIY paint stick table runner
DIY paint stick table runner

Once your pieces are painted, you can start playing with patterns. The herringbone pattern needs all pieces (mainly the center ones) to be as close to exact length as possible to ensure there are no gaps in the runner. The arrow pattern is a bit easier, so if the length of the pieces don’t really match, it won’t be noticeable. If you’re feeling handy, you can also cut the pieces at an angle to create a chevron pattern.

DIY paint stick table runner

With your chosen pattern in place and glue gun in hand, start gluing the wood pieces on a sheet of felt. I used felt because it’s thick enough that the glue won’t bleed through yet it’s not noticeable on the table, but you can use anything here. Trust me when I say gluing the pieces directly onto each other won’t work – it will come apart if you place them on an uneven surface. Glue all pieces in place on the felt. Flip it upside down and cut excess fabric.

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I bought sheets of felt at a craft store, and made the runner in tiles of 5 lines each. By making them in tiles, it will be much easier to transport. All you need to do is place them on the table next to each other, like a puzzle. You can also paint each “tile” in different colors to create a colorblock look. Once they were glued in place I sanded them again and gave one last coat of paint. After the wedding, you can take them home and use them as trivets! An all around win-win.

Speakeasy Wedding Tablescape + Downloads!

DIY Projects, Free Downloads

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There are few things we love more in the wedding world than Old Hollywood Glamour inspiration, and that’s just what we’ve got for you today from the endlessly talented folks at Hey Look. This table runner is easy to make in a snap, and we’ve even got editable menus and place cards for you to whip up at home! We’ll let the ladies from Hey Look take it from here:


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For the tablescape we made table runners from striped fabric that we tore into table runner sized strips, then simply folded over the sides neatly, added some fabric glue and ironed over to fix the seams.


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The centerpieces are made of old, rusty tins brushes lightly with gold paint, golden spray-painted vases and an old cigar box. We went for the classical dark red floral theme, using big, velvety roses, dark calla lilies and carnations as filler flowers. You could also add some smaller feathers or other classical flowers. Use some cigars for the table decor, lay out ostrich feathers or display them in high vases.


speakeasy art deco retro wedding ideas from hey look

The place setting is simple: a neatly folded cloth napkin and a themed menu card. The name card attached to a mini bottle of sparkling wine or champagne serves as place card and favor tag at the same time.

To edit and print the set, first download these free fonts: Santana and Andes


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Then open the pdf in Adobe Reader (download it for free from the Adobe page, if you don’t have it installed already), click the texts and fill in your own. Now just print on white card stock and cut out along the lines.

Download the editable Menu and place card templates

Please note…these downloads are for personal use only. They are not intended for commercial use, distribution or alteration.


View all images from this inspiration in the gallery

Best of 2011: Reception Details

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We’re continuing our Best of 2011 week with a perennial favorite, the reception table! From airy and floral to rustic and slightly rugged, we’ve got something for everyone. Click on each image to see the original feature. Here are some of our favorite reception settings, in no particular order:

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1. Farmer’s Market inspired wedding shot by Steep Street and designed by Simply Modern Weddings

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2. Streamer photobooth backdrop from this Ontario wedding by J.R. Clubb, backdrop handmade by the bride and groom.

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3. Conservatory wedding shot by Jen Huang, floral design by Zuzu’s Petals.

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4. Smog Shoppe Wedding shot by onelove photography, planning by Jamie Stein

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5. Woodsy Wedding shot by Braedon Flynn Photography, styling by Kerry Bergler, Mint Events

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6. Wedding in Paris, captured by One and Only Paris Photography

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7. Musical PA Wedding shot by Love Me Do Photography, planning by Kimberly Fink at Styled Creative

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8.This envelope guest book wall idea from this Utah wedding shot by Meg Ruth Photography certainly has made the rounds on the web, but it’s worth another look!

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9. 1960s Inspiration Shoot shot and styled by Rebecca Hansen

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10. Australian Wedding shot by Natasja Kremers

seersucker wedding decor ideas
11. Garden wedding table designed by Kelly Oshiro and Tricia Fountaine. Captured by Beaux Arts Photographie

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12. NYC wedding shot by Clayton Austin, designed by Hatch Creative Studio.

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13. Rustic Barn Wedding shot by Mary McHenry Photography, styling by Vibrant Events by Corina Beczner

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14. The mason jar chandeliers from this Georgia wedding shot by Heidi of Our Labor of Love are amazing, and so is the menu poster!

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15. This Brisbane wedding shot by Jonathan Ong will have your eyes full of pretty.

We have many, many more to show here in the photo gallery!

Greenhouse Garden Wedding Ideas

Wedding Design

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If you saw yesterday’s Eco-friendly Virginia Wedding, you saw how well a “Plan B” can turn out. If you’re working on a garden themed wedding, we can’t imagine a better back-up plan for a rainy day than taking things inside the doors of a greenhouse! Warm, lush, and flowery, they seem to bring out the romantic in almost everyone. This inspiration shoot captured by Soul Mates Photo showcases the talent of Rosemary Stafford Floral Design, who brings together the worlds of pink and purple in a perfect way. There are plenty more photos in the gallery, so don’t miss it!

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greenhouse garden wedding ideas

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greenhouse garden wedding ideas

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greenhouse garden wedding ideas

greenhouse garden wedding ideas

Eco-friendly Virginia Wedding, you saw how well a “Plan B” can turn out. If you’re working on a garden themed wedding, we can’t imagine a better back-up plan for a rainy day than taking things inside the doors of a greenhouse! Warm, lush, and flowery, they seem to bring out the romantic in almost everyone. This inspiration shoot captured by Soul Mates Photo showcases the talent of Rosemary Stafford Floral Design, who brings together the worlds of pink and purple in a perfect way. There are plenty more photos in the View more images from this inspiration shoot

Wedding vendors (Salem, OR):

Venue: Aspinwall’s Farm and Fruitstand / Wedding photographer: Soul Mates Photo / Hair Stylist: AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup / Event Planner: Gather Event Planning & Consultation / Floral Designer: Rosemary Stafford Floral Design / Invitation Designer: Paper Bloom / Dress Store: AniA Collection / Wedding cake: One Divine Party / Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions / Tuxedo: Collier

Bohemian Tablescape Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

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This inspiration shoot is pure vintage floral heaven. Styled by Yelena of Stylish Soiree and shot by Meg Perotti, the shoot provides wonderful ideas for how to incorporate cool color palettes into your summer wedding. We adore the idea of muslin-wrapped swingtop bottles with flowered sprigs tucked inside! Be sure to visit the gallery for more images.

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From the photographer, Meg: Yelena and I created this entire summer themed shoot in the pouring rain! Props to our model, and my best friend, Aubrey for not only walking around in wet grass but for laying in it… while rain fell into her face, and for looking positively gorgeous while doing it!

dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

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dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

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dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

dreamy bohemian inspiration shoot

Stylish Soiree and shot by Meg Perotti, the shoot provides wonderful ideas for how to incorporate cool color palettes into your summer wedding. We adore the idea of muslin-wrapped swingtop bottles with flowered sprigs tucked inside! Be sure to visit the View more images from this shoot

Wedding vendors (San Francisco, CA):

Wedding stylist: Stylish Soiree / Wedding photographer: Meg Perotti

Stylish Soiree is a member of Blue Label.

DIY Floating Boat Place Cards

DIY Projects

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Closing our showcase of selected entries for the DIY Contest is a project for floating sailboat place cards, to match the fishing in a jar table numbers posted earlier this afternoon. Another great project made by Jane, who submitted this project all the way from Switzerland!

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 sailboat floating placecards tablen umbers

– a cork
– a toothpick
– colored paper
– a pen
– some glue
– a glass http://www.ikea.com/ch/fr/catalog/products/60081734/)/
– water
– some sand
– a cuter
– a pair of scissors

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Cut the cork in half.
Cut the toothpick in two equal halfs.
Stick one half of the toothpick in the cork.
Cut the boat’s veil.
Fold the small veil.
Write the name.
Stick the veil to the toothpick.
Fill a glass of water and add some sand to it.
Land the boat in the water.

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Here’s the project for the fishing in a jar table numbers.

Happy Easter!

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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Photographer Brion Hopkins sent over this collaboration spring shoot, chock full of gorgeous ideas for a tablescape that certainly could be used for a wedding. Wedding Planner Joy from Joy de Vivre and Floral Designer Nico from Nico Designs came out with the most darling Easter tablescape.

Love the Depression Glass goblets in pink and green, the Robin eggs, and the flowers. The color palette says spring like no other!

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Vintage Depression Glass pink vases Easter Spring tablescape wedding

Brion Hopkins, photographer; Joy de Vivre, wedding planner and Nico Designs, Floral Designer are based in Santa Barbara, California.

Turquoise and Yellow Tablescape

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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This spring tablescape is a joy to look at, specially being from the East Coast where it’s making me eager for brighter, warmer days. Elissa Keno styled this tablescape in turquoise, yellow and natural tones on a vintage inspired design. The gorgeous yellow, pink, and gray bouquet was provided by Tre Bella Bridal as well as the wedding dress (Junko Yoshioka) and earrings. Shot by the wonderful photographer Kellie Kano, in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas
Spring Anthropologie Vintage door knobs burlap aqua yellow turquoise depression glass wedding Centerpieces and Decor ideas

Has this table design inspired you? Submit your project to our DIY Contest. First place will win $500 and second place will win a $100 to Wendy Mink Jewelry!

Vintage Gold and Green Tablescape

Design Inspiration, Wedding Design

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Kristy Rice, the artist behind the hugely fabulous Momental Designs created this vintage inspired tablescape based on her hand painted stationery designed just for the shoot! I fell head over heels over the paper flower cake topper, which she also handmade. The vintage charm doesn’t stop there…the eclectic mix of vintage vases in amber and white combined with gold place settings under vintage black china are all visually tied together with a paper table runner that Kristy painted as well. So much inspiration!

Absolutely loving the stacked vintage cake stands:
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Hand Painted Bouquet wrap and vintage handkerchief French wedding inspiration
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Paper table runner Fall wedding vintage French inspired
Paper table runner cake topper Fall wedding vintage French inspired
Paper table runner Fall wedding vintage French inspired
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Vintage Southern Wedding with DIY bar refreshment station
Vintage Southern Wedding with DIY bar refreshment station

From Kristy Rice of Momental Designs:

Designing a tabletop concept has always been a dream of mine but I held off on so many occasions because frankly why would a stationer design a tablescape? Finally the inspiration struck one crisp fall day last year while sketching in Jim Thorpe, PA and I knew I could hold off no longer. I wanted to bring a unique, somewhat paper-centered approach to the world of tabletop shoots… My vision included a look that was both lush and romantic with a distinctly artistic edge. The inspiration began with a simple idea for a cake stand. I collect vintage milk glass and had recently purchased a yellow glass cake stand for my renewal celebration this coming May. I started to vision and sketch a three tiered cake incorporating these cake stands with of course my Sculpted Bloom Paper Flower as a topper. Truly all other design elements grew from the cake concept!

The hand painted runner is perhaps the centerpiece of the table overall. I sat for 12 hours one afternoon drawing freehand peonies along 15 feet of rice paper. Each bold, black outlined peony sketch was then filled with watercolor in shades of gold and green. To soften the look overall and give a more used look I filled a spray bottle with brown shimmering watercolor paint and sprayed the entire surface. Daniel Lanton, our amazingly talented photographer didn’t simply record the details but he instead captured the spirit of the location and the creatives behind the look.

We were attempting to give this tabletop a spring backdrop but doing so on a beautiful early November fall day made it quite impossible. Instead we went with our instincts, completely dismantled the table and relocated to the gorgeous bridge location you see in the final shots. Yellow leaves were dripping from every surface – quite magical.

Vendors:
Table Designer and Stationer: Kristy Rice of Momental Designs
Photographer: Daniel Lanton, Darker Shades of Brown Photography
Floral Design: Central Park Flowers
Cake: Cathy Reppert, Truly Scrumptious
Venue: The Cottage at Hillside Farms, Dallas, Pennsylvania
Linens: LaTavola Linens / Submitted by: Be Inspired PR

Sarah + Rick’s Backyard Chic Wedding, Part II

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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Continuing with Sarah and Rick’s intimate wedding shot by rockstar photographer Jessamyn Harris. There are so many DIY details – from planning to design, they did it all. The bold and bright color mix of orange, red and aqua and colorful paper lanterns in this outdoor setting made for a perfect summer wedding.

From the bride, Sarah:

“The idea for the favors originated when my mother lucked into a bunch of gold picture frames. With some help from friends and family, Rick and I created individual collages for every single guest at the wedding! The collages inside the picture frames then doubled as favors and place settings. The materials we used in the collages helped personalize the wedding. We used leftover red, turquoise and gold paper from our invitations, plus images from vintage Hungarian matchbook covers to reflect our time living in Budapest, and images from wedding-themed vintage jazz sheet music to reflect the love of early jazz that brought us together.”
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris

Catering: Neal Sheridan and Jessica Rampel (talented caterers, and Jessica is a best friend of Sarah’s from high school)
Florist: Rhonda Stoffel for Grace Street Flordal and Event Design
Photos: Jessamyn Harris Photography www.jessamynharrisweddings.com
Dress: Katie Irish, costumer (friend)
Invitations: handmade by a college friend
Venue: private location in Glen Ellen
Cupcakes: Love at First Bite Bakery

Sarah + Rick’s Intimate Backyard Chic Wedding, Part I

Garden Weddings, Real Weddings

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We have so much good stuff going on today! We will start with this beautiful backyard chic wedding, shot by Jessamyn Harris no less. She shares, “this was a college friend’s wedding. It took place in beautiful Glen Ellen, on the bride’s family friends’ estate (where she spent many summers and weekends). And it was beautiful, with oak trees, Sonoma County views, bright colors, lots of music, and family style dinner.”

Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris

From the bride, Sarah:

“My dad passed away when I was seventeen, and one of my keenest regrets is that he couldn’t walk me down the aisle. So instead my dad’s band played the processional. It was really special since they basically hadn’t played together since my dad passed away. They even had my father’s guitar on a stand, symbolizing him, with them while they played.

(The chuppah was) made by friends Judy and Don, made out of cloth that a friend brought back from India, and a Tibetan temple (to reflect Sarah’s mom’s Buddhist beliefs).”

Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
“One of the most important parts of the day to us was the ceremony, which we wrote entirely ourselves. We’re both writers, so we knew we had to rock our vows. I have to say, Rick’s vows had the whole place in tears. Our friend Garth acted as our officiant for the interfaith ceremony — and 12 hours later moved to Jerusalem to attend yeshiva! Our friends Neal and Jessica catered the whole event with wonderful local organic food, from local artisanal cheeses to heirloom tomatoes to pesto crusted chicken. It was the best day of my life, hand down. There was just so much love.”

Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris
Intimate backyard chic orange wedding in Sonoma Northern California by Jessamyn Harris

Check back soon for wedding design detail overload and reception images!

Eco Chic Tablescape

Design Inspiration

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I am smitten by this beautiful eco chic table setting created by Emerson Made. The kraft paper table runner makes the color of the flowers pop and stand out. This is, by far, my favorite alternative to flower centerpieces. They have the most stunning handmade fabric flowers I have ever seen. I will take one of each, please. This tablescape would be perfect for a bridal shower and the best part is, you can use the flowers again after the party.

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Eco Chic Flowerless centerpiece wedding table runner fabric flowers handmade DIY table decor