ALSO, we are being featured TODAY on Ruffled! Look for the post sometime this afternoon!
We began the styling of this photo shoot with a Pearl Harbor theme in mind and gravitated towards an upscale rustic rehearsal dinner. We wanted to incorporate 1940’s fashion with a modern flare and incorporate that design into the tablescape, decor and invitation/sign design as well. The use of a fishing net, boat, poles and anchor helped to set the scene for a romantic dinner by the water. At the same time, we used a crisp white tablecloth and natural colors to create a simple and modern setting as well as hints of gold and silver to add a touch of opulence to an otherwise outdoor setting.
I found the succulents at Calloway’s for $5 a piece in plastic pots and wrapped the pots in rope from Walmart to better fit with the design of the table. I’d say those babies probably cost a total of $6 each…if that! They were so easy and inexpensive to make but added such personality to the place settings! Though I’m sure you could figure it out, I will post a step-by-step tutorial next week to show how I wrapped the pots.
In keeping with the 1940’s theme Three used typefaces with vintage flair and spiced them up with a unique color pallet. The pop of bright gold was used in the invitation and the signs to unify the set but also to make it stand out!
The hanging clear bottles were empty cream soda bottles used as vases for bunches of baby’s breath.
The benches around the table were handmade by my wonderful husband who used stumps as support for two old boards. He also cut slices of tree stumps so we could use them to create a chalkboard menu, direction signs and coasters for the table.
I looked everywhere for the perfect fishing net and found one in the most unexpected place! As my husband was gathering wood for to make the benches he discovered a large net lying in the field behind my aunt and uncle’s house. In the midst of creating a fort, we have speculated that one of my cousins somehow acquired and abandoned a batting cage net and thus we found our centerpiece!
As always, a HUGE thank to the vendors that made this photo shoot a success:
Event design: Events by Shelbi Rene
Photography: EE Photography
Paper Products, Custom Signs and Model Styling: Three by The Quill Pen
Dessert design: Kendra Heard of Skunk and Bee
Fishing Boat: Patrick Drew
Venue: The Five Chimney Inn
*A special thanks to Preston Rampy for cutting all the wood for our photo shoot. Also thank you to our models: Daniel Bynum, Ashton Lloyd, Preston Rampy, Morgan Watten, Kevin and Katy McKinney and the puppies, Patti and Selma.*