You will have read in the Blog Queen’s ‘Under The Sea’ post yesterday all about the inspiration for our recent coastal adventure. We wanted whipped up hair, cool, silvery shimmering metallics, hot smouldering gazes out to sea and sand between naked toes.
I also wanted Captain Birdseye. I mean I pinned him onto our inspiration board and everything but the rest of the team copped a deaf ‘un every time I started to talk about the juxtaposition of a seasoned white-haired captain with a beautiful young woman.
Their loss and all that…
Usually I tend to write all about the styling influences for a shoot and Charlotte picks up the mantle and shares all the juicy details about the finished product but you’ll have noticed that we’re approaching things slightly differently this time.
There were so many gorgeous images to choose from, courtesy of the amazing Marshal Gray Photography, on both the fashion and the decor fronts that we’ve decided to split them this time into two posts…that way we’ll be able to do each of them justice. So today you’re stuck with me whereas O’Shea will be taking you through the fashion and fancy face paint tomorrow.
We hope you’ll love the final result as much as we loved creating it for you…
For a long time the RMW team have had their hearts set on creating a sweetheart tablescape – one where we can go hell for leather on all the gorgeous details and floral arrangements in such a way so that it inspires you lovelies but doesn’t put the willies up you worrying about how to recreate such a look on a grand scale.
When we started to brainstorm the concepts for ‘I Believe In Mermaids’, it quickly became apparent that this was the shoot to ‘sweetheart it’ so to speak. I’m not going to lie to you folks, the tablescape below was my favourite of all the editorials to date and it would make my year to see something similar created for one of your big days.
It was important for the first tablescape to be very organic and informal whilst remaining exquisitely but not obviously beautiful. It needed to speak of life underwater, to have a dreamy, ethereal quality to it, to make a statement but not necessarily in an obvious way.
The starting point began with an abundance of lush greenery and the skill of Katherine from Florist in the Forest. I’ve long lusted after tablescapes with a simple garland of foliage running down the centre and so I seized the opportunity to make this happen at The Gallivant.
Katherine and I conspired together and dreamed up this beautiful olive leaf centrepiece which galloped along the length of the table and dripped down the sides. It was wild, uncontrollable and had a mind of its own…just like the sea. It was love at first sight.
Nestled in amongst the leaves were candlesticks weathered by the elements, oyster shells filled with salt and thick papery goodness on a muted linen tablecloth of the softest blue.
We set about creating a deliberately simple set-up but one that screamed quality and luxury. Hand-thrown ceramic plates were paired with antique silverware and even mother of pearl detailing. We chose not to add too much colour to this tablescape to allow the olive garland centrepiece to shine albeit with a touch of help from the verdigris candlesticks and the oatmeal napkins. Slender glassware with lace inspired etched detail finished the look perfectly and added a sense of lightness to the proceedings.
We couldn’t help but vamp the table setting up a little bit further with a super sweet “My Dearest Husband’ and ‘My Darling Wife’ chair back detail hung lovingly from silky ribbons on the backs of the wooden chairs. Katherine entwined olive leaves around the tops and edges of the chairs to create a sense of harmony with the table.
Did I mention that you can actually download the chairbacks to use on your very own big day? Well you can! We chose to keep it simple and used chalky off-white toned card but you are of course able to print the designs on any coloured paper of your choice. The DIY tutorial is coming soon to RMW so keep your eyes peeled.
Obviously the foliage is optional…
The sequin tablecloth.
You knew it had to happen, hell we knew it had to happen, so where more fitting, more apt than for Mermaid Luxe. Resplendent and luxurious it was important for this tablescape to be glamorous yet remain contemporary at the same time.
Opting for blush pink rather than the traditional gold or silver so as to make the golden tableware and crystal clear glassware pop against it, the sequins shimmered their way to perfection.
We also wrapped strips of sequin runners around soft linen table napkins and carefully placed miniature brushed metal crowns in the centre of the glistening golden plates to complete the look.
Katherine and I had discussed at length the blooms for this set-up; I wanted ‘pretty’ without being overly saccharine and we needed the flowers to embody coastal influences too without the centrepieces looking anything like the first tablescape. I’ve long adored Dahlias and their urchin-esque qualities made them the perfect choice for ‘Mermaid Luxe’. Katherine worked her magic and created a myriad of centrepieces in different sizes adding in Astilbe, Brunia and beautiful thick heads of blush pink and creamy white Dahlias. Lastly she entwined a floral garland around the stems of the gold rimmed wine glasses for the ultimate in elegance.
It was important to create a sense of contrast, of depth in this table setting too so Adam put his DIY hat on and sprayed two chairs in a muted gold colour for that added bit of sparkle. I’m sure he’ll be telling you all about it in his DIY post coming soon…
Salvage And Paper Pretty
If there’s one thing that screams coastal chic to me then it’s the treasures that the sea delivers onto our windswept shores. Be it a plank of driftwood, a clutch of shells or a bundle of seaweed or even a message in a bottle, there’s nothing quite so beautiful as something that has been ravaged by the elements ready to be used again.
And it was this ‘vibe’ that I wanted to capture in the shoot particularly with regards to some of our new products due to arrive in Rock My Boutique very shortly. There are galvanised tealight crowns, verdigris candlesticks, sweet glass bottles with messages inside and rustic tin cans nestling between swathes of olive branches.
All of them time-worn and subjected to the elements ready for you lovelies to use on your own big days.
We were also lucky enough to enlist the services of the uber-talented Pirrip Press who produced a entire luxurious and gorgeous stationery just for this shoot. You might have spotted the menu or the table name in the ‘Desiring Driftwood’ tablescape earlier on in the post already. With the palest grey-green background and verdigris-green organic detailing of seaside plants, we fell in love at first sight.
If you haven’t sorted your W-Day stationery out just yet then I urge you to check out Pirrip Press for the ultimate in paper pretty.
In keeping with our sweetheart tables, we also decided to create a small but no less adorable dessert table too. Simplicity was key here – we wanted to style a set-up that didn’t rely on hundreds of different confectionery components and instead was more like afternoon tea at your Gran’s house.
Love Lust List Cake Extraordinaire Jenni from The Little Boutique Bakery warmed the cockles of our hearts with this off-white ruffled sweet cake that was both delicate and entrancing in equal measures. She’d decided to interpret our ‘Mermaid Luxe’ brief in only the best way possible – to the max – and filled a blousey sugar paste frothy flower at the top of the cake with hundreds of handrolled blush pearls.
The rest of the cakey delights were produced by the culinary team at The Gallivant and topped off with Rock My Wedding crown cake toppers that everyone wanted to take home with them. I even had to claim back a few that O’Shea had filched off set!
Styling, Concept and Design – Team Rock My Wedding
Assistant Stylist – Lauren at Fairly Light
Decor – Rock My Boutique – Coming Soon!
Stationery For Mermaid Luxe – Designed and made by Team Rock My Wedding
Stationery For Desiring Driftwood – Pirrip Press
Florist – Katherine at Florist In The Forest
Cake –Little Boutique Bakery
Photography –Marshal Gray Photography
Location – The Gallivant Hotel At Camber Sands
So lovelies, what do you think? Have we inspired you to add a bit of mermaid luxe to your life?
Will you be foraging for coastal delights to make your nautical tablescape shipshape?
And who wants to know how to create those adorable chair backs? Well that would be the genius work of Sir Adam who will be showing you how to do it yourself so to speak on the blog later this week.
All my love Lolly xxx