Thursday, February 24, 2011

French Inspired Wedding Table and Decor

Walking into the Conservatory following cocktail hour was one of several moments in my wedding that took my breath away.   I literally shed a tear as I stood at the head of the table with John and scanned the length of the table filled with roses and twinkling with creamy candlelight.  

It was the moment when my vision for my wedding became real.  From the start of our planning, I wanted our wedding meal to be the highlight, an intimate and formal dinner party with French inspired decor filled with romance, fabulous food and our closest family.  

Image by Visio Photography

One of the reasons we chose the Conservatory at the Biltmore in Asheville as our wedding reception venue was the simple gorgeousness of the greenhouse.   The backdrop of the lush greenery provided just the right amount of natural elegance for our wedding dinner.

Image by Visio Photography

Our wedding colors were champagne, blush, ivory and gold.    Hundreds of roses in muted shades in square vases ran down the length of the central table draped with with champagne and ivory linens and set with gold rimmed place settings.  We chose simple ivory candles intermingled among the roses.  Menus and place cards in the same soft color scheme.   (If you are in North Carolina, both Salutations and Laura at Yellow House Calligraphy were a dream to work with.  All flowers by Blossoms at Biltmore Park.)

Everyone says that your wedding day goes by so fast.   They are right, of course.   So you try and take moments to breathe it all in and mentally capture images to carry with you after it is all over.     Looking around at my new husband and family laughing and having fun in this gorgeous setting is a memory I will have for a lifetime.  

Image by Visio Photography

I'd love to hear about your wedding and from those of you that may be in the midst of planning now.   What moments in your wedding took your breath away?    What was or is your vision of your wedding day?

7 comments:

  1. Ah, how pretty. One of my favorite moments of the day was seeing the chapel decorated beforehand (we took pictures first) and thinking that it looked so badass.

    The whole ceremony was probably my favorite, since we wrote it ourselves.

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  2. Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!!! I'm sure the memories will thrill you forever!

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  3. Goodness! These photos are gorgeous! It looked like a fabulous wedding!

    Looking into my husband's eyes as we stood before all of our loved ones is a moment I will never forget.

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  4. Paige - The ceremony sounds amazing. I was too nervous to do a personalized one and am always a little jealous of those that do as it makes this unique to only the two of you.

    Thanks Melody and Linda!

    Emily-Claire - Sigh, what beautiful imagery. At that moment, it feels like it is just the two of you. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. One of my favorite memories from my wedding was walking into the reception. It was in my in-law's barn. We had paper lanterns and twinkle lights strung in the rafters. It was 1000% more beautiful than I imagined it, and it was remarkable to walk into a room full of all the people I love. {i'm tearing up writing this!}

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