Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer inspired table setting

This photo shoot was created at La Cupola Ristorante & Inn. Which is situated in the historic town of Litchfield, Connecticut. This beautiful stone villa style reception venue overlooks Bantam river and a large pond. The owner (Frank Rosa) is from Italy and loves weddings. He believes that weddings should be an intimate gathering of family and close friends. Frank loves family style reception tables vs. the typical round tables. It is this amazing, quaint setting that lets people connect and enjoy each others company.

With my table designs, I wanted to create a look that was simplistic, yet completely romantic.  We sought out to create something different, but completely affordable.  Something that said romantic summer nights and complete sophistication.

Hand tied bouquet of 'Miranda' and 'Patience' garden roses, sarencena lilies and pink cymbidium orchids. I wrapped the stems with natural twine which I purchased at Ocean State job lot in the tool section. ($2.60 roll for 260 feet of twine)

The table setting featured farmhouse style tables. Then I added chocolate color burlap for a simple runner. The texture of burlap is wonderful and even the smell of it adds to the overall feel of this table setting. (burlap was $2.99 a yard at JoAnn Fabrics, but you can order online from various vendors for less) Three chocolate stone urns were overflowing with antique green hydrangea, 'Miranda' garden roses, 'Cool water' and 'Faith' roses. I used a collection of various vintage drinking cups and dessert cups as vases to bring a little touch of color and more detail to the table setting. (I found some wonderful vintage glasses on Etsy. In Burlington, Connecticut there is a wonderful shop that sells Depression glass and various vintage glassware.) I filled pint mayo jars with dry beans for really cute luminaries for the table. Adding some texture and more interest.

Sara Faella creates couture head pieces. She has a incredible selection of things on her web site to pick from. Anything from birdcage veils to floral and feather clips adorned with Swarovski crystals and tons of detail. She also travels throughout New England styling hair and make-up for clients. Her pieces paired wonderfully with the gowns from The Plumed Serpent. Alison showcased a short, cocktail style dress that was stylish and fun. She also had the most gorgeous sophisticated gown. The full length gown -Romona Keveza organza gown with rouched bodice and full ballgown skirt covered with hand formed organza flowers. The short gown is Anne Bowen's "Botanical Gardens" tea length faille gown. It has a high/low hem and is accented by tulle peeping from the hem. All accessories are Debra Moreland for Paris.

Kelly's Sweet Rewards created cakes that coordinated to each of our table settings. She also hand crafted the most delicate cupcakes with sugar flowers. They were carrot cake and packaged beautifully. She also dips red velvet cake in chocolate to create what she calls "cake balls". They are these bit size, purely yummy treats that your guests would surely remember as they savored every single bite! Linen napkins designed by Butterfly & company were a perfect addition to the cake table.  Gorgeous yet simple menu cards were designed by Fizz Paperie.  We worked with Jillian last fall on a wedding and the invites were to die for!
Photography: Jamie Collins Photography
Flowers & event design: Jessica's Country Flowers
Location: La Cupola Ristorante & Inn, Litchfield, CT
Stationery: (menu cards and place cards) Fizz Paperie
Hair & Make-up styling: Sara Faella
Dress: The Plumed Serpent
Cakes and cupcake favors: Kelly's Sweet Rewards
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited
Tea Dipped Napkins: Butterfly & Company


  1. This looks absolutely stunning, Jessica! It makes Christina and I so much more excited for the contest you're holding! We love every single little detail... they are amazing! Absolutely love the family style seating.

  2. So glad everyone loves this shoot we did! More details to come soon. There are SO many wonderful images that Jamie Collins took!