I recently hosted a summer wedding shower for a close friend. The event drew inspiration from the bride’s love of soft blush tones, her romantic style and the smallest hint of edgy black for good measure. And, since she’s a writer, I couldn’t resist throwing in some typographic touches. Check it out for all the details, along with a simple guide for creating your own.
To begin planning the event, I used Stacey Meacham’s Arrowhead Pastels party suite. The set has a perfect combination of pretty pastels, graphic patterns, and hints of black throughout. I used this as a starting point for layering in soft and sweet details, then, taking cues from the party decor, I mixed in some worn textures and dark elements.
The shower took place in an intimate art studio, home to the amazingly talented Britt Bass (you’ll catch glimpses of her work in the background). I layered the space by starting with this vintage farm table, along with other eclectic pieces, from Four Inch Fold. On top of the table, I arranged small details and paper goods. My intention was to create a fresh space designed sparingly with care, steering clear of an over-abundant spread or too many complicated table accessories.
Clockwise from left: An arrowhead pastels sign hangs from an old painted door. Moglea’s Matthiola closure sticker embellishes a wooden drink stirrer. Custom cake plates created with Modge Podged paper on the back of a clear plate.
Each place card and envelope was lovingly lettered in playful script and white ink by Meme Davis.
Morgan Blake was on-hand to capture natural shots and special details of the day.
The flower arrangements were created using wholesale flowers from Blooms by The Box. I ordered yellow and peach garden roses, along with orange and white ranunculus. The flowers arrive at your door, and after they are rehydrated, they can last for several days, depending on the flower. Garden roses are not the most hearty of flowers, but summer is the perfect season for these bright, full blooms. For filler, we also used knock-out roses and greenery found in my yard.
Wine bottles were labeled using Melanie Severin’s Enjoy holiday gift tags. I simply threaded a tag with bakers twine and looped it over the neck of each bottle.
I emphasized the main table by using custom lanterns to create a focal point. I ordered lanterns of various sizes from Fenchel Shades, and covered each one with patterned paper. For added interest, A simple bunting banner and a “You and Me” art print frames the table without too much fussiness.
One of my favorite touches of the party were these Initial Note custom journals for the future bride and groom. They both received their own statement making journal; Each one customized with their last name (or future last name in the case of this bride-to-be).
To embellish the bride’s chair, I attached a small art print, Love Builds by Wondercloud. It makes the perfect memento to take home and frame (not to mention a perfect sentiment to pass along to a couple about to be married!)
To recreate this wedding shower, download this guide. It contains a master list of resources and images of all items needed to design this tabletop.
Photography Morgan Blake of Three Pennies
Vintage Farm Table, Ghost Chair and Pink Door Rental Four Inch Fold
Gold Upholstered Chair Rental Blue Eyed Yonder
Arrowhead Pastels Dream Party Minted
Initial Notes Journals Minted
Pajama Party Table Runner Minted
Matthiola Closure Stickers Minted
Enjoy Gift Tags Minted
Guapa Small Signs Minted
You and Me Art Print Minted
Love Builds Art Print Minted
Calligraphy Meme Davis
Wholesale Flowers Blooms By The Box
Lanterns Fenchel Shades
Felt Initial Cake Topper Steph Loves Ben, Etsy
Vintage Glassware Ebay
Dinnerware and Linens Smarty Had A Party
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