Styled Shoot: A Festive Tablescape with an Industrial/Rustic Twist
Written by on December 24, 2015.
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A Festive Tablescape with an Industrial/Rustic Twist
This month saw Bride Club ME and several of our fabulous vendors rally together in super hero motion, to create an impromptu ‘festive’ wedding tablescape shoot. Under normal circumstances, a shoot like this would have been planned months in advance and with careful execution, but recent personal circumstances have meant that the last quarter of this year has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me (personal 2015 reflection post coming soon) and in turn, I have had editorial set-backs. Despite this, we could not let Christmas pass us by without publishing this annual shoot. Each year, we coordinate a styled shoot aimed at inspiring couples who are planning an intimate Christmas/December wedding or engagement.
Enter Ayah of celebrations event management. Celebrations have been valued BCME vendors for the past few years and when I met Ayah for a much needed catch up recently, I mentioned my vision for a festive shoot with a rustic and industrial edge. Rustic AND industrial? Not your standard combination, but somehow, it all came together as you can see from the images below.
Ayah jumped at the chance of coordinating this shoot, and executed it all with calm, ease and professionalism, particularly given the limited time frame. I rallied together our talented stationery designer, Ritu of Creative Box and our lovely photographer, Joem Aldea Photography, whilst Ayah took care of the rest. This involved carefully constructing beautiful blooms into a cascading bouquet and deep burgundy boutonnieres, as well as creating an exquisite centre piece consisting of candles on pipe like holders and neon lights, to add an industrial edge against a faux brick wall backdrop. The metal Christmas tree with giant bulbs added an extra touch of magic.
Stationery designer, Ritu of Creative box, combined two typically rustic and industrial materials, wood and metal, to create the stationery suite, pulling it all together beautifully. Last but not least, Joem Aldea captured all of these elements beautifully with his photographic eye. Below, Aya of celebrations event management talks us through her vision for the shoot and how it all came together. Enjoy!
On the stationery, Ritu explains,
The elements that bring about the industrial feel are wood and metal. To create something unique, we decided to make an invite on brush metal. In keeping with the industrial theme we decided to give it a modern twist and therefore added a unique structured shape to the invite, which we then followed through in the other stationery elements such as the menu cards. The invite, made out of metal with the details and design etched on it, had an abstract shape which was stuck to a wood panel to incorporate the industrial look and feel. The menu cards were printed on wood as well to give them a rugged finish. The place cards were made of metal and names were etched on each of them.
A Note From The Wedding Planner/Stylist
Our objective was to look at celebrations that take place during the festive season with a fresh perspective. Staying true to its essence, we wanted to introduce elements that gave off an eclectic, industrial feel to our Secret Garden. The ideas had to carry the spirit of the festive season, and also be unique to the venue.
When choosing the flowers, we worked with hues derived from the basic palette of green and red typically used in Christmas decorations. Reds turned into burgundy, deep reds & pink. For green we chose a mixture of dusty and garden green shades, along with some yellow accents. The gold was accompanied with silver and rose gold. White flowers were used as a canvas to bring out all the other shades.
We relied on introducing metallic elements, from candelabras inspired by construction pipes to terrariums and metallic single flower vases, to contrast the “woodland” feel of the Secret Garden. An inverted Persian rug was used as the table runner to tie all the different ideas together on the tablescape. Additional elements such as the brick wall with the neon sign and the abstract Christmas tree assisted in turning the overall look and feel of the setup into a cosy and industrial festive season wedding dinner.
The Wedding Planners Little Pink Book
Venue: The secret garden / Photography: Joem Aldea Photography / Planned & Styled by: celebrations event management / Flowers, vases & tablewear, supplied by: celebrations event management / Stationery: Creative Box, Dubai / Co-Organised by: Rio at Bride Club ME.
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