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Monday, February 20, 2012

Woodland tablescape : Bridesmaid's breakfast on the forest floor

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Please click below to vote for Lillie's tablescape in the contest!


Whenever we get a chance to style an event beyond pure floral, I admit, Tracey and I get just a little bit giddy. Besides our shared love of nature and flower, we've both worked extensively in photostyling for print publication and share a more holistic approach to design than combining flowers with pretty containers. 

So, when local fine jeweler, Bromberg's, approached Lillie's  to design a table for their February 2012 bridal event, we couldn't resist! Each of the six designers chosen to participate was given a different china pattern to serve as the design theme for their table. Lillie's was to be a new pattern by Arte Italica. Little did we know that the design was so new, that we would never actually see the dishes until the day of the event! As a matter of fact, we set up our table early Friday before heading out of town to deliver another event, and the dishes were still in transit!


Our second inspiration was this adorable vintage silverware chandelier hanging over the table. Immediately I knew it had to become a major design element.


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Next, we needed a theme. 

That was easy. The mystery Arte Italica dishes were to be earthy and rustic with grayed white and purple.



Burgeoning silver pussy willow branches, happy tulips coming up everywhere and a patch of plummy hellebores nodding in my backyard were all begging to be used. 


 






A bridesmaid's breakfast 
on the forest floor! 


  

We gathered yards of soft green moss and created a berm down the center of the table from which the floral elements were to spring naturally, as if scooped up from the forest floor. Along the moss berm we added tiny resurrection fern, purple and silver begonia leaves, African face mask and shelf lichen. The cloches which we'd just brought back from market were perfect for this table. I couldn't have them empty, so I ran over to Continental Bakery for the perfect little brioche. 






To help us pull the theme together, Melissa at Weddings, etc. in Homewood created a sweet invitation for our woodland "bridesmaid's breakfast" with a brown faux bois backer.
   









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Early Saturday morning, brides began streaming through the store doors, dressed in all manner of pearls and pumps and LBD's (little black dresses) and dark sunglasses in hopes of winning the Holly Golightly look-alike contest. Photographer Arden Ward was busy snapping away, getting every detail. Suddenly Bromberg's looked like a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's. All of the Bromberg's family were so helpful to the brides.

And the giveaways - Oh my goodness! I think every bride won a cool prize.






The grand prize winner of the Holly Golightly contest won a beautiful strand of pearls for her ensemble, including a vintage mink and an equally vintage cat (aptly named "Cat" in the movie)



Now we need a vacation!...which brings me to my next point-

Lillie's in the running for a beach weekend give away so . . . please vote  xo ~

Again, here is the link to vote for our woodland tablescape!

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