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Virginia Wedding Inspiration- Bountiful Harvest

Styled shoots are a creative way for photographers, stylists, and other wedding pros, to show off their talent and visions to inspire readers for their own wedding planning.

Today’s shoot gets us in the holiday mood with a festival Thanksgiving theme styled by Exceptional Events by Elisa.

 

What we love:

Bold colors and lush floral arrangements make this tablescape not only opulent, but makes us remember why we LOVE this time of year!

The look would be perfect for a wedding near Thanksgiving or anytime in the late fall, not to mention this gives everyone some ideas for lavish Thanksgiving day table decor when hosting family and friends.

We can almost smell the delicious aroma of a turkey roasting!

 

The scoop

Thanksgiving is one of Elisa’s favorite holidays! It was one of her mom’s favorite holidays, and like Christmas, a huge family celebration. This design is inspired on Thanksgiving, and the concepts of “Thankful”, “Grateful”, “Bountiful” and “Harvest”. Elisa choose to use a bold, rich and deep color palette in blues, purples, violets and cranberry tones, complimented by greens and with a touch of gold. She used rich textured linens and bold colors to frame the exquisite florals and plated salad – a complete edible masterpiece. A final touch are the colorful fruits in the floral designs – pomegranates, grapes, figs and artichokes.

 

VENUE

2941 is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the metropolitan area. The restaurant is nestled in the heart of Falls Church, VA surrounded by lush landscaping, koi ponds, waterfalls, world-class artwork, and a lakeside view.

Named by Washingtonian Magazine in 2017 as a 100 Very Best Restaurant, Northern Virginia Magazine

​in 2017 as one of the Top 50 Best Restaurants, and by Eater DC as a 38 Essential Washington Restaurant, to name a few accolades, 2941 continues to charm gourmands with its sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance, outstanding service, ​and inventive cuisine.

TABLESCAPE

Growing up, family mealtimes were at the heart of Elisa’s family, and at the center of family dynamics. Elisa learned, communicated and experienced life through family dinners on both on her Chinese side and her Latino side of the families.

Elisa chose to stir away from a traditional fall color palette and instead selected a bold, rich and deep color palette of blue, purple, and cranberry tones, complimented with greens and touches of gold.  She used rich textured linens as the base of the tablescape; colored stemware to continue the color palette; and gold glass charger plates and flatware to balance the tablescape.  The bold colored florals frame the table and give the luscious velvet linens and table setting height and depth. Annette used florals to create a backdrop and a visual floral table runner composed of an assortment of high centerpieces, candles and low floral pieces. The candles and low florals add depth and texture to the design at the same time it provides for a transition in florals and gives the table a feeling of bountiful. The plated salad is a complete edible masterpiece that seals and compliments the design. A final touch are the colorful fruits and vegetables in the floral designs – pomegranates, grapes, figs and artichokes.

THE FOOD

Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel presents contemporary American cuisine accented with bold French and Mediterranean flavors. Exquisite and inventive cuisine, outstanding customer service and a great view are only part of the dining experience at 2941 Restaurant. Beautiful tablescapes can be part of the experience and a compliment to the edible masterpieces that are plated for their guests.

The Wedding Bouquet Salad is one of the salad options available for private events. It is literally a bouquet composed of greens, held together by chives and embellished by edible flowers.

THE FLORALS

Elisa shared her vision with Annette and they brainstormed together on bringing this vision to life. Annette loves flowers and working with flowers! She is not afraid of being bold in her designs. Annette is known for being a great listener that goes above and beyond to bring client vision’s to life. Her style is romantic and whimsical at the same time.

To bring Elisa’s vision to life, Annette used an array of florals that included Magnolia leaves, Pampas Grass plumes, Black Magic Roses, burgundy Scabiosa, burgundy Orchids, blue Hydrangeas, burgundy snapdragons, burgundy hypericum berries, Italian Ruscus, Ti leaves and an assortment of grapes, artichokes, pears, and figs.

THE DETAILS

The secret to a GREAT tablescape is in all the details.

Stationery and invitations set the tone for any event. Invitations provide a “sneak peak” of what is to come. They share logistics details, event themes and colors as well as what attire to wear. This invitation suite is simple yet elegant. The gradient ombre transition is bold and dramatic; the colors compliment the color palette. The gold lettering brings the design to life and matches the flatware and charger plates.

Rossana’s plush velvet chairs complimented the linens. Her colored stemware were an extension to the color palette, while adding height to each place setting. The different height, colors, tones matched the florals; and the glass patterns added texture and along with the florals, give the design a whimsical, eclectic boho feel.

Using custom intelligent lighting can transform any room into something magical. Intelligent lighting is a great way to elevate a tablescape and/or design, create ambiance and catch your eye. Bob did an amazing job finding the right light color that both compliment the design, and at the same time frame the table setting.

 

 

 

Sources:

 

VENUE

2941 Restaurant

Contact: Michelle Marquez

Phone: (703) 27-1511

Email: Michelle.Marquez@2941.com

Website: www.2941.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/2941restaurant

Instagram: www.instagram.com/2941restaurant

 

 

CATERER

2941 Restaurant

Contact: Michelle Marquez

Phone: (703) 27-1511

Email: Michelle.Marquez@2941.com

Website: www.2941.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/2941restaurant

Instagram: www.instagram.com/2941restaurant

 

EVENT DAY OF COORDINATOR

All for You Events & Designs

Contact: Tasha Wells

Phone: (202) 550-2166

Email: tasha@allforyoued.com

Website: www.allforyoued.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/All-For-You-Events-and-Designs

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/allforyoueventsanddesigns

 

EVENT PLANNER & DESIGNER

Exceptional Events by Elisa

Contact: Elisa Yu-Shan Lion

Phone: (703) 752-6287

Email: eyushan@exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Website: www.exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisa.com

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/exceptionaleventsbyelisayushan

 

FLORAL DESIGNER

I Do Weddings with Love

Contact: Annette Lindsey

Phone: (757) 813-1115

Email: netterlinz@gmail.com

Website: www.idoweddingswithlove.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/idoweddingswithlove

Instagram: www.instagram.com/idoweddingswithlove

 

LIGHTING

Dominion Wedding Entertainment

Contact: Bob Yutzy

Phone: (703) 989-1874

Email: bob@dominionwed.com

Website: www.dominionweddingentertainment.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dominionweddingentertainment

Instagram: www.instagram.com/dominionweddingentertainment

 

PHOTOGRAPHER

Butterfly Photography

Contact: Sanaz Fahimi

Phone: (571) 274-7107

Email: photographycenter@yahoo.com

Website: www.butterflyphotographycenter.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/butterflyphotographycenter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sanazbutterflyphoto

 

RENTALS (Linens, & Napkins)  

BBJ Linen

Contact: Brittany Bonta

Phone: (202) 945-7631

Email: bbonta@bbjlinen.com

Website: www.bbjlinen.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BBJLinen

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bbjlinen

 

RENTALS (Barware & Velvet Chairs)

Bella Villa Antique Vintage Rentals

Contact: Rossana Funiciello Smith

Phone: (571) 921-0356

Email: squirrel@bellavillavintagerentals.com

Website: www.bellavillavintagerentals.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellavillaantiques

Instagram: www.instagram.com/bellavillashop

 

RENTALS (Tables & Table Settings)

Sammy’s Rentals

Contact: Sammy Pineda / Christine

Phone: (703) 361-6216

Email: info@sammysrental.com

Website: www.sammy’srental.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sammys-Rental-Inc

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sammysrental

 

STATIONERY

KK’s Stationery & Printing

Contact: Caitlin Troilo-Waddell

Phone: (540) 317-5440

Email: iinfo@kay-kays.com

Website: www.kay-kays.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KKsPrintingStationery

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kksprinting

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va, we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

 

 

The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.
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