I know we showcase tons of real weddings and inspiration shoots filled with steal-worthy details for your upcoming nuptials. But, so few and far between do we feature a bachelorette inspired shoot. And not every hen party is created equal. This particular fête has left me wishing all get-togethers could be this pretty. Crafted by Camille Styles with seriously gorgeous florals by Kristen Caissie, this just might be the loveliest pairing of all – your best girlfriends, loads of scrumptious cheese and really great wine. Does it get any better? We think not! Catch more of this bachelorette bash in the full gallery as well as some great pairing tips from Camille below.
From Camille Styles… The concept is a summertime get-together with great rose wine and cheese pairings, girly flowers and a simple, organic vibe for the table. From the floral designer Kristen Caissie: “Summer holds in its warmth some of the simplest delights, and there’s no better way to celebrate the bride-to-be than with an al fresco get-together…with loads of pink wine, of course!”
A beautiful wood farm table was the canvas for the crisp white linens and a cheesecloth runner. Vases were filled with coral peonies, David Austin garden roses, viburnum, and astilbe. The summer blooms in shades of blush paired perfectly with the pinks of the wines. Each bottle of Rose was also paired with a summer inspired appetizer. The lovely ladies enjoyed the afternoon around the table tasting wines, sampling the summer bounties, and chatting about all the details for the upcoming wedding!
We thought it would be fun to ditch traditional bachelorette “games” in favor of a slightly more sophisticated rosé wine tasting. Why rosé, you ask? Because it’s the prettiest and girliest of libations, of course! Don’t be intimidated if you’re not a wine expert; we headed to the wine department at Whole Foods for a mini lesson in what wines to serve, and were able to pick up all the cheese and accompaniments in one place, too!
To set up the tasting, create cute labels that identify each wine and offer some suggestions on what flavors might make delicious pairings. Don’t forget to provide plenty of glassware for each guest to try multiple wines! Of course, the cheeses and other nibbles play starring roles as well, so provide a delicious variety of sweets and savories. When putting together a cheese tray, I try to follow these rules of thumb: Serve one to two ounces of cheese per person, include a mix of fresh, aged, soft and hard cheeses. and arrange – and sample – the cheeses starting with the freshest and lightest, ending with the ripest and most intense.
The biggest rule of all? Have fun! It is a bachelorette party after all, and the giggles, gossip and sharing of memories will be the special moments that the bride-to-be will carry with her long after the big day!
You can also view an adorable behind-the-scenes video of the shoot here!