Berry Inspired Photo Shoot from Ruth Eileen Photography
July 5, 2013
CasualSummer Weddings
Nothing spells out Summer quite like a berry-infused tablescape. This has all the makings for the perfect summery get together or a wedding crafted around all things strawberries. We absolutely LOVE the sound of that, by the way. So take a cue from Ruth Eileen PhotographyPoppy Love Weddings + Sweet Tales Cake Boutique and sweeten up your upcoming nuptials or even a backyard shindig. Because not only is this shoot providing visual inspiration but there just may be a DIY and recipe or two below. Score! Have a look at the full gallery for even more.
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Ribbon Decor DIY


multiple colors and textures of ribbon, whatever fits your wedding color scheme
roll of twine or yarn that can be tied securely to the chair back
hot glue gun


Step-1Cut the ribbon to your desired length.

Step-2Lay out your ribbon pattern, alternating between colors and textures.

Step-3Using a hot glue gun, fold one end of the ribbon (about ¾ of an inch) over your twine/yarn, and glue ribbon together.

Step-4Repeat until you have glued all strands of ribbon, and as quick as that, you are done!


Strawberry and Coconut Cocktail


1 cup (250ml) of fresh coconut water
1 cup (250 ml) strawberries hulled and sliced
3 T of sugar syrup or agave nectar
1 shot (as much as you like) of white rum *optional


Step-1To make the sugar syrup, boil sugar and water together in a ratio of 1:3 sugar to water, and boil in until it thickens to a runny syrup consistency.

Step-2Cut open the coconut, or if you are lucky enough to live in a country that sells fresh coconut water in a bottle, measure one cup. Add the strawberries, sugar syrup and rum and blend with a blender.

Step-3Serve with loads of ice.

From Ruth Eileen Photography...We wanted to celebrate the summertime by designing a light and fresh spread for this styled shoot. Strawberries were the inspiration, and every vendor involved took the idea and did a beautiful job executing. Our friend Elizabeth from Sweet Tales Cake Boutique couldn’t have made a better strawberry layered cake and strawberry tarts for the occasion, which tasted absolutely delicious. Our friend Maya from Poppy Love Weddings did an excellent job with the florals, bringing in multiple shades of pink and red. Her arrangements were a treat for the eyes.

At the same time, we wanted to showcase the fact that there are many simple and easy ways brides can get creative and spruce up their “Bride and Groom” table or even the wedding cake table at the reception. By adding a few fun and unique details, you can bring the table to life and make a statement. For this shoot, the plates and silverware were from Anthropologie, handkerchiefs were a local thrift store find, glasses were from Crate & Barrel and vases were from Pottery Barn. The cake stand, which was actually a drink tray from Target turned upside down, added the perfect touch to present the cake. We also picked up some lovely lace-like, yet reasonably priced, fabric for the tablecloth. The “strawberry jam” jars were also an Anthropologie find, which were labeled with chalk for this shoot. These could also be used as a fun wedding guest favor.

Brides can also get creative with the Bride and Groom chairs by adding a touch of ribbon décor like the kind we included. This décor is very affordable and extremely easy to make. We’ve included the DIY instructions below along with pictures as an example.

Photography + Design: Ruth Eileen Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Love Weddings | Cake + Dessert: Sweet Tales Cake Boutique