I’ve so enjoyed corresponding with Jeska of Lobster and Swan
over the last few weeks for her Table Trends feature on Once Wed. Her
blog is delightful and I was overjoyed when she so generously accepted
to put together a table for our series(if you are new to Once Wed and
want more info on what “Table Trends” is – click here). Jeska, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the love and time you put into this table…thank you.

I am huge fan
of small weddings attended only by close friends and family. Not only
do they tend to be a little bit easier on the budget, there is just an
intimacy about them that is a lot harder to achieve when you have a
wedding with 200+ people attending. The first thought that crossed my
mind when I opened my inbox and saw her beautiful images was how warm
and cozy every image felt. The enviroment she created with vintage
details, homecooked treats, and farmhouse style eating is incredibly
inviting and familiar. I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate a wedding than sitting under twinkling lights and beautiful banners laughing the night away surrounded by


The table I have designed is based
around a winter wedding with sentimental keepsakes, vintage treasures
and hand made charm. Perfect for anyone planning an intimate wedding.

I have used Rosemary as the centre
of my theme. Rosemary was once held to represent love and faithfulness.
The plant was used in wedding ceremonies in place of rings as a sign
of fidelity, and carried by newlyweds and wedding guests as a charm
for fertility. It is in-exspensive with a naive appeal and has such
a lovely scent.

Farmhouse style tables and chairs
borrowed from friends and relatives all coming together for the celebration
that is a marriage. The idea of old heirlooms dug out of a chest stored
up in the attic, like a treasured table cloth with a snowy lace pattern
and vintage linen handkerchiefs used as napkins. The glint of the family
silver used to set the tables.

Relations gathered round to hand
make decorations. Bunting with transparent flags printed from old postcards
with sentimental messages and well wishes from a bygone era. Paper garlands
made simply from preserving papers stitched onto gossamer fine ribbon.

A delicate fragrance from the Rosemary
and snowy potted plants used as the tables rustic centre piece. Edible
favors with warming wintery tastes, italian almond biscuits wrapped
in pretty paper wrappers and spiced chilli and orange infused nuts.

The glitter of plain fairy lights
amongst the paper decorations and glimmer of twinkling votives give
a cosy feel as the evening draws in and the celebrations continue into
the night.

Flower embossed plates, plain plates,
water glasses, champagne glasses and curtain used as a table cloth all
from Ikea.

My design is thrifty so search for
old linens and silver wear in antique or junk shops, garage sales and
flea markets.

If you are short on time for such
legwork find similar items on Ebay.

Guests keepsakes hand made from faux
rosemary sprigs, velvet flowers, millinery pearl strands, wrapped in
scraps of lace and tied with a mother of pearl button. Find all the
elements for these online. Some great suppliers are Vvrouleaux, MJ Trimming, and Tinsal Trading Company.

Of course Etsy has an abundance
of suppliers, my favorite for trims is Namolio and for
bits and pieces to make your own favors try Caramelos.

Potted herbs from local plant nursery.
Tea light holders from 

For invitation inspiration and custom
designs I love the work of Moon Tree Arts or for a smaller budget I like this simple

The recipe below is for the Spiced Rosemary Nuts…



Comments (13)

Lindsay | Reply

AMAZING. This is exactly how I want my wedding to feel. Intimate and romantic and doesn’t scream wedding. Very nicely done.

Leah & M | Reply

love it – it’s beautiful so intimate just what a wedding should be
also like the vintage items – tea lights and use of rosemary – well done! x

Elizabeth | Reply

I’ve been waiting for another table trends. I hope you will do more. This one is so lovely and the twinkling lights are so fun.

Erin | Reply

This is just the sweetest table! I am always so inspired by your blog, you’ve got wonderful content and these table trend features are my faves! Keep up the awesome work, it’s so much fun to read!

chelsea | Reply

Oooh. I just love this! It is so cozy and wam and wintry, I’d love to attend a wedding like this. Fantastic job, Jeska!!

Ann | Reply

Those silver planters are sweet! I want some for my wedding table. Awesome table! I want more too.

Rebecca | Reply

beautiful! the last dimmed shots–so delicate!

Courtney | Reply

just absolutely gorgeous and dreamlike. i’m a huge fan of rosemary at weddings…it has such rich meaning.

Courtney | Reply

This is gorgeous! I love how cozy but also very romantic this feels. The vintage silverware is perfect. Beautifully done!

collette | Reply

absolutely lovely! i woudn’t expect anything less from L&S.
i love the idea of small, intimate and reasonably priced.
every detail is so charming and inviting. makes one want to hot a dinner party with all of the same elements.

dani @ weddingsfresh.com | Reply

gorgeous! a fantastic post and a beautiful table. i love your blog!

~*"*Dia*"*~ | Reply

Wonderful is such a poor word comparing to the amount of work and dedication that you have put in this table trend. I must confess that the recipe intrigues me. I will surely try it these days! Sounds extremely interesting. Jeska – delicate and such a good taste for beauty!