Themed shoots! We love them. Here’s another one for you. It’s charming. It’s modern. It’s elegant. It has lots of purple (yay!). We can sometimes be a bit purple-obsessed – don’t be surprised if we get a little too excited if you tell us your colors involve plum, eggplant, lavender, etc.
In the full table view here, you can see that we achieved much of our purple theme through lighting effects and linens. To add some depth and visual interest to the room, we hung several mirrors on the wall.
When you’re working with a strong color like this, you want to ensure that your guests aren’t completely overwhelmed by your main shade. We added some color diversity in pink, peach, and sage green in the florals to ensure that the centerpieces maintained the charming, elegant theme while moving slightly away from the deep purple. The mercury glass vases and votive holders also add some silver and gold tones to give the table a richer look and feel. (The lighting here made most everything silver appear gold.)
We wanted elegant chairs, like these silver Chiavaris, but we wanted to soften them a bit for this shoot. So, we added a sheer overlay that drapes over the back of the chair and reaches the floor. The shimmer in these lightweight covers really emphasizes the modern elegance of the table and the decor.
We also used several charms and pendants in the bouquets and table elements to bring a little more personality to the tablescape. This can be a great way to incorporate a family piece of jewelry or a memento without making it the focus of the day.
For the paper suite, we wanted to convey a feeling of elegance without falling back on a traditional look. So, we chose the laser cut overlays in silver and the fun patterned envelope liners to bring a more contemporary feel to the suite. Also, having the names slanted across the invitation belied the traditional fonts and wording. We carried this through into the table via the table numbers and place cards on each plate.
This is a fun touch if you’re into wine as a couple or a family. Having your own wine label for the evening makes the bar a little more interesting for your guests. If you have roots in a winery and the time in your planning schedule, a personalized blend would be an amazing and unique touch for your big day. Otherwise, check out the plethora of customized label printing sources online, or work with your stationer to design something that uses the same themes and fonts as your paper suite to add something extra to your favorite wine bottle.
Our Charming Modern Elegance theme was published in Brides of North Texas magazine in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue.
Thanks to the vendors who helped us out!
Photos: Jessica D’Onofrio Photography
Venue: Grand Hotel McKinney
Floral: We + You
Paper Goods: Imaj Design