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
Flower embossed plates, plain plates,
water glasses, champagne glasses and curtain used as a table cloth all
My design is thrifty so search for
old linens and silver wear in antique or junk shops, garage sales and
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.
Potted herbs from local plant nursery.
Tea light holders from Lombok.
The recipe below is for the Spiced Rosemary Nuts…
Featured Unique Elopement in Spain
Elopements have this unique ability to allow a couple to shake off the reigns of tradition and do whatever suits them best. In this event, captured by Meghan Kay Sadler, we love how the couple combined their elopement with their honeymoon, travelling through Spain without any particular plans, and enjoying it all the way.