When I started working with Jennifer Dunham-Starr with The Memory Journalist on the Tabletop Photoshoot for Our Wedding magazine (Fall/Winter 2010), I knew immediately what my design theme would be… something I am drawn to and connect with – “Farmhouse Chic”. Call it whatever you want, but my story-line vision is the bride wanting to marry at her grandparent’s old farm house, with the reception being held in the very cool old barn. Grandma would open up her linen closet and china cupboard and pull together all the elements to make for a beautiful table. All with love and sentimentality. The barn that we used for this photo shoot was the perfect locale… Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, CA.
For vintage charm, I used a milk glass pitcher, blue Mason jars, Quaker Lace tablecloth, and antique dessert plates. Thanks to Classic Party Rentals for providing the gorgeous blue china, glass chargers and the napkins.
And don’t you think that Grandma would be happy being busy making home-made preserves for take-home gifts, as well creating gorgeous wedding pies? Many thanks to Jen’s Petite Pies for creating three full sized pies (we enjoyed eating them after the photo shoot!!)
I love all the old fashioned and charming details such as the rustic jute wrapped handle on the bridal bouquet, the meaningful expressive tags hanging from the jelly jars, the salt cellars with tiny spoons, a simple chalkboard sign listing the yummy pie flavors, and an embroidered wedding sampler (yes, hand-stitched by yours truly!!)
Thank you to Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design for the beautiful, yet relaxed floral concept. I also thank you so much for volunteering to paint your four chairs to blend so perfectly with the china and color hues! What a champ. Thank you to Classy Calligraphy for the jelly tags and to Calligraphy Girl for the chalkboard sign.
A photo shoot is a lot of fun… no pressure, just imagination, collaboration and good times, as is evident in the recent issue of Sacramento Magazine’s Our Wedding. I asked my friend, the very talented Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral Design to join forces with me as we designed the Farmhouse Chic tablescape. The location chosen for the shoot was pure perfection – Wilson Vineyards in Clarksburg, California. Stay tuned for many more photos taken by The Memory Journalists – I know they’ll be awesome!
I thought it would be fun to show some happy couples, posing in the vineyards, during specific months…
Below is the very fun and lovely Carissa (and cute Mike!) ofSugar and Spice and… (Specialty Desserts), whose wedding took place the last weekend in February at David Girard Vineyards. As you can see, the foilage is just breaking out on the vines (but look at the lovely sky on a winter day!)
This photo is of Katie and John was taken at Wilson Vineyards, in the month of April. The vines are getting a great start and beginning to thicken.
Sarah & Kyle are happily smiling in the rows of vines at The Harvest Inn in Napa Valley in the month of May. The vineyards are really beautiful.
And now we’re back at David Girard Vineyards with Jessica and Steven during the month of June. The rows are thick and very full. Quite a bit of difference in just four months!!
To my vineyard couples – Enjoy the continued growth of your love!