Hello lovelies, Erin here from Erin Ever After and I come today bearing Valentine's Day inspired gifts — and a confession. I am an avid reader of Twilight. There, I said it. Now only thousands of people know my little secret. But even if you aren't a fan of the vampire series and have no idea who Edward and Bella are, I promise you this tablescape is sure to delight. Plus, what could be more perfect for Valentine's Day than eternal love?
The insanely gorgeous collaboration between event planners Lina Wallace and Heather Ham was shot by photographer extraordinaire Meg Perotti. Now on to the goods, shall we? Let the pretty parade begin...
From Lina and Heather, the event planners behind the shoot:
We mainly took our inspiration from the fourth book in The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, Breaking Dawn, in which the two characters Bella and Edward get married. The wedding was described as taking place at the house where Edward and his family live in the woods surrounded by all white flowers. We also took inspiration from the iconic cover of the first book where hands are holding an apple. Apples were used as escort cards, candleholders, a cake topper, and our signature beverage, hot apple cider.
For our ceremony setup we had floating rose heads and crystals hanging from a tree with a simple white rose petal aisle.
For the bouquet, we used peonies, roses, lisianthus, dusty miller and bluporum tied with a simple white ribbon that had the words "so the lion fell in love with the lamb" written by our calligrapher, Calligraphy Katrina.
Melody of Sweet and Saucy designed the cake. She took our themes and ideas and made a cake that is truly unique and beautiful incorporating our color scheme as well as the branches and the apple of course.
For the favors, we had several options including buttons with "Team Bella" and "Team Edward", as well as miniature green trees and pashmina wraps in coordinating colors.
For our main tablescape we used all white flowers (roses, lisianthus and hydrangea) as well as some greenery (dusty miller and bluporum and a few succulents). We incorporated apples as candleholders as well as using floating candles in glass containers and silver candelabras. We had a lace table runner made by Sashes of love placed down the center of the table. We had menus made by our calligrapher with each guest's name (Bella, Edward, Alice, Emmett, Esme, Carlisle, Rosalie and Jasper). We used a chocolate brown satin ribbon with a crystal broach at each place setting.
We also decided to do a "Luxe for Less" look to show brides how they could take a high-end tablescape and interpret it into something more reasonable for those concerned with their budget. Instead of the rented wooden tables we used a standard linen in camel. We used wooden folding chairs in an antique finish and used a single candelabra with a few floral centerpieces for a similar effect as the main tablescape.
We wanted to bring Bella and Edward's wedding to life similar to how it is described in the book. We've seen other inspirations that are very gothic and dark using reds and blacks, but we wanted to show our interpretation of what their wedding would really look like with delicate, light, airy details.
Thank you ladies for the awesome inspiration and in case any of you out there are absolutely dying to know — I'm TEAM EDWARD all the way.
Event Design: Lina Wallace - A Stunning Affair and Heather Ham - Events by Heather Ham/ Photography: Meg Perotti / Floral design: Lina Wallace / Cake: Sweet and Saucy / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Stationery: Calligraphy Katrina / Table Runner: Sashes for Love / Venue: Church of Our Saviour