In December’s Perfect Wedding magazine, out now, I was lucky enough to have a double-page feature, showcasing a styled wedding shoot I worked on back in the summer. This shoot was designed to inspire readers to use vintage at their weddings in a fresh and modern way, and to provide some inspirational images for styling at your wedding reception. Want to take a peek at more of the images? Here is the wedding table design I put together and next week will be the dessert dresser and table plan…
I wanted this look to be as fresh as possible, so I started off with white lace tablecloths to give the table a crisp and neutral base. It is then all about adding the little details, layering up and really playing around with all of the items until you’re happy with the finished tablescape. I was set on using pale pinks & blues for the detail, and then to incorporate this wherever possible, from the flowers through to the calligraphy on the menus and through to the candles too. By using white as a background, you allow for the beauty of the colours and the delicate details of the vintage props to shine through.
Sugar and Spice Designs created the beautiful wedding stationery that I used, using cotton rag paper with delicate calligraphy, that worked perfectly due to its soft, romantic and feminine feel. From the blue on the menu, through to the gold on the place tags mixed with a wash of pale blue, it all complemented perfectly and completed the desired look.
I like to use elegant and authentic vintage props in all of my wedding styling, and by mixing these with some key modern pieces and keeping the look fresh and consistent in its colours and metals, you end up with a finished look that isn't twee or dated. For this tablescape I chose to use my favourite metal - brass, and keeping the metal consistent is key to an overall clean and luxe look. I added this within the candlesticks, cutlery and even on the plates and glasses.
The beautiful flowers were by Petal Headquarters and worked just perfectly with the overall look of the table design. They were delicate and not too overwhelming, allowing the whole look to be soft and romantic. I also popped little blooms into vintage medicine bottles, dotted around the table to create a further depth and add more detail.
The key to this table was the colours, the layering and the details. I really advise stepping back and looking at the table overall, looking at the balance of the items and from different angles. You can then go back to move things around until they work in a complementary and consistent way. Wedding styling really is about all the little details.
All images were taken by the incredibly talented Maxeen Kim Photography. So what do you think? Do you like this clean, fresh and pretty look? I love to use vintage in this way and if you do too, I'd love to hear from you here. Or perhaps you are getting married and would like to chat to me about wedding styling or prop hiring? Do drop me a line and let's chat.
Thanks for reading, VA x