Tabletop: Rooms with a View

Four top wedding designers use stylish colors and meaningful details to transform your reception venue

Summer Breeze

by Luxe Wedding Design



Asian art, saltwater beaches, and love and respect for the earth inspired Luxe Wedding Design’s Annette Lefebvre and her team to dream up a study of summer serenity in tropical pink, soft blue, and pale green. Miki Maxey of Miki’s Flowers designed the botanical element, adding plump succulents to origami boxes created out of recycled Japanese newsprint by paper artist Lynda Sherman of Bremelo Press. Sherman also letterpressed haiku inside small hand-bound books made of archival quality Italian cotton paper; the same tactile textile treatment transforms smooth white rocks into place markers.

Fall Colors

by Steven Moore Designs


Updating traditionally earthy autumn colors with silvery blue-gray and antique gold, and contrasting rich, elegant fabrics with organic textures and shapes, Steve Moore’s crew brings new meaning to the idea of blending the old, new, borrowed, and blue. Utilizing his extensive array of décor accessories, Moore layered a farmhouse table with lavish silk and velvet table runners, knubby burlap, vintage chandelier centerpieces, and crystal candlesticks. Mismatched antique hotel silverware and heirloom stemware complete the elegantly ornamental aesthetic. Moore also created the Vendella rose floral arrangements, while Ashley Rodriguez of Ashley E. Rodriguez Artisan Sweets baked rustic loaves of artisan bread for guests. Dolce Design printed place cards and menus with a florid script; Moore wrapped them in decadent ink-blue velvet and added a delicate crystal accent.
Steven Moore Designs, 360-739-0117,; Ashley E. Rodriguez Artisan Sweets, 360-303-9124,; Dolce Design, 360-961-5983, www.dolce

Winter Wonderland

by The Adventure School


For a winter wedding look informed by cultural heritage and inspired by the handmade details of folk art, Cori Ready and Aviva Palmer of the Adventure School conceptualized a brightly colored table full of texture and tradition. Atop the duo’s own sheepskin rug and antique hand-embroidered linens, a drum from the Quinault tribe, a ceramic Christmas tree, and an array of pinecones set a storybook scene in which guests find their seats by locating the geode decorated with their name. The menu for the evening, based on traditional Polish celebrations, is displayed with vividly decorated wooden eggs called pisanki. Each guest will take home one of these handpainted symbols of friendship; members of the family and the wedding party also receive an antique elk tooth pendant.
The Adventure School, 206-354-3752, www.theadventure

Spring Ahead

by Good Taste Weddings and Events



Using Good Taste Weddings and Events design maven Maude May’s mother’s delicate Wedgwood wedding china as guidance, celebrations guru Jody Taylor-Smith imagined honoring the promise of new beginnings with romantic colors and soft textures. Taylor-Smith commissioned Julie Borrud of Bella Rugosa to evoke abundance, which the floral designer accomplished with handmade shot-silk tablecloths and oversized centerpieces in earthy greens and fresh purples. For guest gifts rooted in Northwest beauty and enduring love, May packaged Washington lavender into dream pillows and wrapped them with handmade papers matching the table numbers and menus.
Good Taste Weddings & Events, 425-818-0369,; Bella Rugosa, 206-789-1134,