Rich in Tradition Tabletop: Fench

We asked three wedding teams to show how culture and heritage can inspire meaningful and gorgeous reception rooms

Dennis Wise

Among ANNETTE LEFEBVRE’S favorite French traditions: the gâteau mariage, a caramel cobweb dessert known stateside as croquembouche—she commissioned miniature ones—and dragées en bonbonnière, Parisian cousins of the Jordan almond presented for generations in exquisite boxes. The Luxe Wedding Design founder, whose husband is French, brought these elements to a table spread with her custom-dyed damask linen and Miki Maxey’s very French laurel leaves, lavender, blueberries, and more. A scroll reading “Love and Happiness” by Curtis Steiner, Old World elements from Vintage Ambiance, and living botanical favors that double as name cards evoke the foreign countryside with Northwest warmth. Luxe Wedding Design, 206-679-8044,

Lefebvre recommends Golden Gardens Bathhouse, the Corson Building, Le Gourmand, and Fred Wildlife Refuge to couples who want to summon French spirit at their celebration.

Lefebvre says French weddings typically include four formal courses, none of which is hurried, of course—sometimes the cake isn’t served until 2 or 3 in the morning

Dennis Wise
Dennis Wise
Dennis Wise

Calligraphy Curtis Steiner (206-297-7116,
Flowers Miki’s Flowers (206-669-8820,
Dessert Le Gourmand (206-784-3463,
Napkins, dinnerware, serving pieces, candelabra Vintage Ambiance (425-829-8570,
Chairs ABC Special Event Rentals by Cort (425-493-6969,
Favor candies Ruth-Anne Ford (206-293-1798,
Décor elements, favor boxes and other guest gifts Luxe Wedding Design