I probably say this every time a new season rolls around, but Summer is just my favourite. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but people do tend to walk a little taller, stress a little less, and throw the most fabulous bashes that ever existed. Styled by Gray Harper Event Maker and captured by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, this al fresco dinner is overflowing with warm summer-like inspiration, and it’s unquestionably one for the books. Don’t miss the rest of this pretty evening right here!


From Jade and Matthew… This shoot is a summer time collaboration between Gray Harper Event Maker, Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, Strawberry Moth, and Lavender & Honey Designs. Samantha of Lavender & Honey Designs’ husband even added his own touch with a bourbon bar. This festive + cheerful dinner party is meant to be a celebration of eating, living, and laughing outdoors. Jessica, of Strawberry Moth’s, backyard was the perfect setting with its glorious light and blooming jasmine vines. They were everywhere you looked and filled the air with a delicious sweet scent. It added a lovely natural quality to our bright color palette of citron, fuchsia, gold, and emerald. Samantha’s bowling alley table provided the perfect canvas for what evolved into a fun, flower rich, table-setting.

Andrea of Gray Harper Event Maker is a huge fan of succulents and loves when she finds an opportunity to incorporate them into any floral design. She also added floral elements and a funky pink gnome from her own garden to add some local flare. She hung floral swag everywhere in order to visually tie everything together. We ultimately decided that this dinner party would be a “BYOC: bring your own chair party”, so we each brought chairs from home which added to the eclectic look.

Samantha’s desserts were inspired by our colour palette and summer season. Granita’s truly are the perfect dessert for this time of year, and what a better way to round off the night than with s’more pies and cigars!?


Flowers, Styling, Props & Food from: Gray Harper Event Maker  | Menu, Invitations, Runner & Signage from: Strawberry Moth | Desserts & Place Cards from: Lavender + Honey Designs | Photography & Tacos from: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

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