24 March 2009

Breathless: The Modern Table Top

I love being asked to do table top designs from emily at ONCE WED, it really gets my creative juices flowing. I get a budget of $200 to try and create a table that would give inspiration to all brides. I did all 3 of my recent tables, The Frida seen here and here, this Modern inspired table, and the next to come the Vintage Study {see sneak peek here}, with the base of a round table, white table clothe, basic dishes, white napkins or black napkins, all of which are the usual items given to brides at venues. I wanted to challenge myself to turn them into nothing short of fabulous. I usually end up going over the budget a smidgen but I made sure this table stayed right on target.
My inspiration for this table was based on the Movie "Breathless" by Jean Luc-Godard. I pictured roaming the streets of paris during the 60's surrounded by the mid century modern lifestyle, stumbling upon a street fair, stopping by the local record shop, photographing the Eiffel tower, sitting in a cafe, and finishing the day with a martini at the local beatnik bar listening to poetry readings. I had to include balloons, black and white stripes, a vintage camera, some records, and of course candy cigarettes. I wanted the yellow to be very subtle so I used just some yellow freesia and imagine the martini glasses already filled with lemon drops when your guests sit down.
I tore strips of fabric to make runners for the table. The records are all gathered from thrift stores, and the vintage camera is my own...
I added the hint of a paris cafe by placing flowers in small espresso cups. I was trying to make the table a little more on the "girly" side so I added pink vintage style plates from Anthropologie, to soften up the static geometric shapes of the vases, from ikea.
You can see the invitation I designed surrounding the theme here. The escort cards are tied to small 5 inch balloons for your guests to enjoy.
Go over to ONCE WED and take a look at the table and her gorgeous website filled with inspiration.
All photos are by my husband and myself. So without further ado Breathless-The Modern Table Top....












7 comments:

Kisses & Kumquats said...

I just wanted to let you know this table is absolutely GORGEOUS, like behind gorgeous!!!! I adore all the details =)

laissezfaire said...

I absolutely ADORE your work!!

the sassy kathy said...

loved the inspiration board over at once wed - where is that boatneck dress with the bow from? i'm dying to know!

the sassy kathy said...

thanks so much for your thoughts - what a bummer that the designer is still MIA! i'm more curious than ever now.

henzy said...

lovely table

Natasha @ FĂȘte Fanatic said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!

sarahlambersky said...

The pink, black and white colour palette were executed in a way that does not come off overly girly. It really gives off a modern yet soft feel.
Beautiful pictures.