When it was time to plan my goddaughter’s bridesmaid luncheon, the color scheme and theme came together pretty quickly. Between the bride-to-be’s beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Theodore, and her nascent collection of blue and white porcelain that I had spotted as we were toasting her engagement immediately post-ask, including references to both was a must to personalize the event. With the choice of blush pink for the bridesmaids’ dress color, pink flowers became mandatory.
I discovered a darling gift card featuring a pair of illustrated blue and white Staffordshire pups at Redux 121 Design Studio on Etsy and immediately contacted the shop’s owner, Laura. Not only was she able to design a custom invitation and place/favor cards, she also hand-painted white porcelain ornaments in a Chinese Double Happiness design with the wedding date on the bottom for the favors. Working with Laura was a breeze, and the bride and I were delighted with the finished product.
Once the farm table-style set-up with white tablecloth and navy napkins was decided, I went to work securing the right low containers for the flowers. Wisteria was the source for this set of vases, and One King’s Lane usually features a variety of ginger jars that I knew I could add to my own growing collection of blue and white after the luncheon. aMl suggested scouring a Chinese food market for the blue and white bowls – who knew I could find just what I needed at a very budget-friendly price at the Tan-A-Market?
Finding a pair of actual blue and white vintage porcelain Staffordshire dogs as the centerpiece to the farm table and the wedding couple’s gift proved a bit more challenging.
Luckily, eBay finally came through.
Naturally rain threatened the day of the luncheon, but the staff at the Roanoke Country Club remained optimistic.
I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the terrace overlooking the golf course and to the mountains. We got the table with gold bamboo chairs fully dressed right before the first drops came down. Fortunately the sprinkles stayed light so I could grab a few pics before the race was on to get everything reset inside.
Despite the move indoors, the blue and white with an array of pink flowers running down the center of the table felt like a summer day.
This classic combination became au courant on the long farm table.
Filling the tablescape with items that represented the bride was just the beginning of a wedding weekend that reflected the joy and love of the exuberant wedding couple. Isn’t that exactly what the elements of a wedding should do?
July 11, 2017
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