During our slow season when we aren’t executing as many events, we love styled shoots. It’s a great opportunity for our team to showcase design ideas and new materials that we’ve added to our inventory, to exercise total creative liberty, and to work with collaboratively with other vendors. The photos are powerful tools that we can use as inspirational photos for clients, as well.
Sometimes we work with models and style ceremonies, bars, welcome tables, and anything else we feel drawn to. At this particular shoot, out focus was on banquet tables. We chose this theme because not only is the dinner table a major focal point of any event, but there’s a very large range of styles from basic to elaborate, rustic to modern, and a thousand others in between. We decided to do four specific setups, each with their own specific design style.
The first table was very simple, and we stayed with white and gold throughout. We used a polished white wooden table, gold chiavari chairs, and a champagne runner as our base pieces. We layered in gold bead chargers, gold-rimmed stemware, gold flatware, and cream linen napkins. For the centerpieces, we used miniature white ceramic pots with greenery, geometric bird cages with greenery, taper candles, Gold and clear votives, and a sprinkling of other candles.
Our second table was my favorite of the day because I love the mixture of bright pink tones with the dark wooden table and gold and copper accents. This table featured both tall and low arrangements, gold chargers stacked with white dinner plates, layered with pocket-folded cream linen napkin, and a custom dinner menu tucked inside. On each napkin was also a deep purple succulent. I love the idea of many layers at a place setting, including various materials and textures. Here we were able to layer glass, ceramic, linen, paper, and a living succulent. We also included traditional wine and champagne glasses, diamond cut water glasses, and gold flatware. The centerpieces were gorgeous with burgundy protea, stargazer lilies, and pops of dark eggplant calla lilies. We added some orange circus glass capote candle holders for a little contrast to the pinks. This table was good enough to eat at!
The third table was the most simple, yet elegant. We started with a round banquet table covered with a champagne sequin linen, and added chocolate brown chiavari chairs for seating. We used the gold beaded chargers again in this arrangement, and added a folded napkin, and a personal bottle of tequila at each place setting. The centerpieces were made up of one large multi-colored floral arrangement surrounded by 4 small, with clear votive candles mixed in. the outcome was simple yet beautiful!
Our final table was very unique in that we tried to stick to varying shades of blue and aqua. We were losing light as we got to table number four, so you’ll see a lot more muted colors in the candle light. We started with a white wooden table, and navy and white striped runner, and antique white cross back chairs. The place settings were clear and silver chargers with grey napkins, and traditional flatware. We used cobalt blue diamond cut goblets and clear diamond cut water glasses, which looked amazing on this table. The center arrangement was a large white ceramic pot with white orchids, flanked by tall aqua candlesticks. The rest of the space was filled with aqua floating candles, silver mercury glass votives, and pale blue circus glass candle holders.
These four tables were a joy to style, but the most rewarding part was working with the team at Bliss Events, Flowers and Events, The Cabo Wedding Company, and Anna Gomes, who photographed the setups.