I had an awesome opportunity back in May to completely design and execute a wedding dessert table for my dear cousin's wedding. I've been itching to show you, and I finally have the photos to share.
This table was many months in the making. I started brainstorming clear back in November, pouring over magazines and books for the perfect inspiration. My cousin is a totally fun, laid back, enjoy life kinda girl, and I wanted the table to speak to that part of her, while keeping it unique.
I finally settled on my 2 main sources of inspiration…New York photographer Max Wagner and Margaux's wedding (which can be found all over the blogging world, it was truly an amazing event) and some design ideas from Anthropologie. My inspiration for the hanging garland backdrop can be attributed to both sources of inspiration. I've always loved this marshmallow fish line backdrop from Anthro and I really loved the garlands from Max and Margeau's wedding. So combining the two a bit and adding a little of my own, I came up with the backdrop.
The cake by this pillow at Anthropologie
I've made a lot of wedding cakes, but I was having a hard time envisioning this one perfectly. I made the plunge anyway though, and I was very pleased with the result.
Also inspired by Anthropologie were the little favor boxes, which contained miniature donuts.
I had seen some of their gift wrapping for the holidays which sported the felt circles and shoelace-type string. I modified the colors for the wedding, figured out how to cut out 1200 felt circles, and made my own (with the help of my ever-patient husband).
Setting the plates directly on the table as part of the display was also inspired by Max and Margaux's wedding, and their "pie pops" inspired my miniature blueberry pies. I wanted the table to have a cozy and welcoming feel, so I made the wood cookie crate, added some old books in the back, and used the flower blooms to add height.
Overall, the table was a huge success. It spent a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but when it was all put together, it was truly rewarding. I'll be back later to tell you about all the food!
Photography: RLT Photography
Sheer tablecloth overlay: JoAnn Fabrics
Cake stand: HomeGoods
Plates: Family heirloom
Blondie platter and favor boxes: Michaels
Pie crate: Tai Pan Trading
Tart stand and Pie Jar: Pottery Barn
Blossoms: Can't remember! Maybe PB, a few years ago?
Books: Thrifted and covered in off-white wrap
Backdrop (including frame), gift box garland, cookie crate: me (and my handsome assistant)