Setting a Pretty Wedding Table for LNW

LNW  aka “Lindsay & Natalie’s Wedding

Part TWO:  Table Settings

Always one of my favorite parts of every party, is watching the table come together. It was especially fun at Lindsay and Natalie’s wedding, because I used all my personal collections, of which I have many.

Let’s start with the salt and pepper shakers. I had nineteen sets ready to go, and then the guest count went up. I needed twenty three. The day I left for the celebration, Tara, one of my super hospitality professionals, brought me a prize. Four salt and pepper sets. She saw them and knew I should have them. She was right! Kismet!

I used a family treasure on the couple’s table. It’s a bridesmaid quilt made by one of my great relatives. I nabbed it from my mom years ago and used it on my Easter table. It was perfect for their table for two. There’s also some gold filigree glasses from Johnny’s great grandmother on their table.

They collected napkins for months. The White Elephant Sale in Oakland gave them almost all of their collection. They were tied with garden herbs and butcher twine.

This is a wedding ring quilt I found at the Huntington Collection, one fine day.

Lindsay and Natalie collected tablecloths, too. It was fun to see some retired cloths I sent home with Lindsay in years past.

Of course, Lindsay wanted the shabby chic mixed vintage china. I had another client that same day in Los Angeles who wanted it too, so I managed to do a good bit of shopping and can now serve over 400 people on mixed vintage china.

This basket quilt made a beautiful palette.

The couple collected carafes for water service, and I used all my pounded aluminum cake plates for  the breads.

Every table was a little different, all set with love.

You can see one of my cake plates, repurposed into a breadbasket at this table. I have many more. This one is particularly large.

The barn was wearing beautiful!

I’ve decided every LNW wedding blog must have a picture of the newlyweds.

It doesn’t have to pertain to the post, but it needs to be a good picture.

Check it.

Next up… FOOD. Rehearsal dinner for 150, wedding for 180, and all the while, the Mother of the Broom.  I’ll tell you about my little breakdown.

The Wedding Barn in All It’s Glory

LNW  aka “Lindsay & Natalie’s Wedding

Part ONE:  The Perfect Wedding Barn

Let’s talk about the wedding barn for a quick minute.
Remember the before picture?

This is it, short of all the Camp Winnarainbow equipment that is housed in the barn during off-season.

This is the picture Lindsay sent me, so excited, because it looked SO GOOD!!

This is how it looked on Wedding Day.

And this is how it looked during the reception, filled with love.

There was a bit of a flea infestation when the clean sand was brought in to even out the floor. Fortunately, the fleas were abolished and the only critter present (that we know of) was a potato bug crawling up
my friend Scott’s pant leg.

That’s Ok. He got over it.

They found that big rainbow while cleaning out the barn and used it at the bar.

The couple wanted drinks to be ready available, so it was a combination self-serve and tended situation. Had Lindsay not been my daughter, I would have rallied really hard for a fully tended bar. But it worked out!

Most of the guests were camping next to the barn, so over-consumption
was not a huge concern.

The barn, the ceremony, the reception; every part of the day was filled with Mendocino Magic. The fires, less than a hundred miles away were clouding the skies with heavy smoke. On wedding day, the sky cleared, all the while, the fires continue to rage, on the other side of our blue sky.

I’ll do a few more installments about this amazing celebration,
I have so much to report!

It truly was a perfect wedding for so many reasons. But for now, let’s just bask in  the glory of this old barn, brought back to life, because a ten-year-old girl said to her mom over twenty years ago, ” I want to get married in this barn”.

And so it was.

Next up… table settings.