I love a theme, so when I was asked to create four different tablescapes for an inspirational shoot, I wanted to cover every season.
Following a theme can help guide your creativity, but it’s always good to step back and make sure you are using it in a subtle enough way. Kind of like when Coco Chanel advised us; “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” But this was an inspirational shoot so I ignored Coco and embraced Kondo with lots of sparks of joy!
For the Spring table I wanted to give a splash of light as the sun is just starting to warm us all up after the cold Winter. I used glass candle holders that throw the light onto the table like rays of sunshine.
I added a stack of books and a wood slice plate to continue the earthy tones.
Elk loves a detail: A dried artichoke heart in the heart of the setting. For the name tag I attached a card to a white feather quill and popped it in a little ink pot with white ink to tie it in with the books.
For the Summer setting I used one of my favourite combinations: pale pink roses and dusty miller leaves in a glass jar. All white and glass accessories keep the light, elegant Summer table sparkling.
Elk loves a detail: When I think of Summer I think of ice-cream, so I put little bunches of flowers in ice cream cones around the jar to add to the centrepiece.
I added a few scoops of rose buds to an ice-cream bowl too for good measure.
Also, I made ice cubes with petals for the water jug. Too cute? (Like this is not fair to other ice cubes I know, but Elk loves a detail!)
For the Autumnal setting I made three different size wood circles and added the table number to the centre of one.
I styled them with a cluster of treated moss, blush rose buds and antler ornaments.
Elk loves a detail: I made a little name tag holder from wood to tie in with the wood circles. Also a tiny wood circle for the napkins.
For the Winter setting I went dark with navy and copper. I have lots of these copper diamonds that I originally made to hang from trees and beams but I loved them so much that I made smaller ones for table centrepieces.
I wanted to stick to the copper theme so I made candle stick holders and a name tag holder from the same copper piping.
Elk loves a detail: I added a guest favour by wrapping macaroons in navy material and tied them into the shape of a Christmas cracker for a little Christmas Winter touch.
If you'd like to talk tablescapes, or styling your wedding for any season, reach out to Lorraine for a chat.
Elk styled a tablescape shoot with the incredibly talented Jenny from Flowers by Moira and photographer Katy Koliban, at 25 Fitzwilliam Place, wedding venue in Dublin city.