Holiday Party Shoot from Ryan Ray Photography
December 20, 2012
United States
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The holidays are the perfect time of year to slow down, celebrate and enjoy the simple things in life; like good food and conversation with family and friends. And if it happens to resemble anything even close to this dinner party captured by Ryan Ray, then we're in luck. A feast of epic proportions from Trumpet Vine Catering along with a relaxed, pine-infused tablescape crafted by Love & Splendor + Camilla Svensson Burns and wood menues by Julie Song Ink that we would totally hang on our walls.  Oh and the cranberry topped cake? Will take that too. Head to the gallery for even more inspiration for your next holiday party or gathering of loved ones. And if you missed it, see Part I of this collaboration right here.
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From Ryan Ray Photography... This second tabletop was simply draped in pine boughs, dotted with gathered acorns and simple potted mini trees. The more masculine elements were balanced by the same stunning lacy-edged white china, gold flatware, and clear pressed glassware by Casa de Perrin that graced the earlier table. This juxtaposition of the natural and the refined made for a stunning yet accessible setting. It was around this table that we gathered some of our real-life friends to enjoy an inspired winter meal.

As we sat down to wrap up our "shoot", we realized that the inspired setting we had created was more than just a still-life for inspiration only -- Our intention all along was to design a space that could actually be enjoyed, food and treats that could actually be consumed, a tabletop that would become an actual venue for laughter, conversation and holiday cheer. As the sun set and we passed dishes around the table, I knew we had succeeded in just that. We hope these images inspire readers to plan their own special holiday gatherings with lovely details that set the stage for making beautiful memories.

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography / Design + Styling: Love & Splendor / Floral Design: Camilla Svensson Burns Couture Floral and Event Design / Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering / Cake + Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes / Stationery + Calligraphy: Julie Song Ink / Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin / Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Film Processing: Indie Film Lab