Sunday, July 24th, 2011. High for the day: 101. Too hot for wedding season. Too early for engagement season. What on Earth are the Triangle’s community of wedding professionals to do with their combined talent in the meantime, with inspiration for wedding season bubbling up around every summery, sun-drenched corner? Just head to the Raleigh headquarters of the talented florists and event professionals at Fresh Affairs for their Biannual Tabletop Extravaganza, a coming together of wedding planners, DJs, photographers, and of course, food professionals for any bride or wedding planner’s dream wedding planning session in a much more intimate and cozy space than most bridal shows!
The place settings by Fresh Affairs were simply stunning and I’d have to have a post solely dedicated to pictures to give you an accurate idea of the many different themes Lyn and his hard working team put together for the event. I was blown away by the atmosphere at the show. Candlelight everywhere and an absolute profusion of stunning table settings made for a pretty magical and transformative respite from the sweltering summer just outside the doors. I felt somewhat like a set designer must feel like strolling through a production studio: over here, we have New York chic, sharing a table back with Jane Austen era romance, and across the room we have an English garden adjacent to Winter Wonderland. Here’s a few of my favorites, although you can (and should!) check out more on Fresh Affairs’ own blog and keep your eye out for stunning photography by Walters and Walters!
Take a look at just a few of the participating vendors at last week’s show and their fabulous contributions:
Paper Cafe showcased some of their beautiful custom designed invitations, menu cards, and the like at the event.
Premiere Catering lay out a fabulous spread of nibbles for brides and friends to keep their heads from spinning on empty stomachs from so many fabulous ideas for their weddings.
Sugarland brought the party with Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, Wimbledon, and Chocolate Caramel Fleur de Sel cake shooters. (My favorite cupcake has always been the Chocolate Caramel Fleur de Sel, but I’m pretty sure if I could plunk myself down at the English Garden table setting long enough to put away a bakery-sized mixing bowl’s worth of the Wimbledon mousse filling I’d be one happy woman.) And that was only at the door. In the back with the rest of the vendors Katie was hard at work scooping gelato and mixing up a gelato martini created specially for the event: The Blushing Bride, a riff on a classic Bellini with white peach gelato and raspberry puree. Yes, it’s exactly as good as it sounds and perfect on such a hot day!
A huge shout out to the other participating vendors last week: Walters and Walters Photography, Party Reflections, Heart Stone Films, Tesh Parekh’s Wedding and Event Paintings, Joe Bunn DJ Company, Savvi Formalwear, and Total Production Services.
Kudos to Lyn and the entire staff at Fresh Affairs for a wonderful evening!!
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