Fortunate Feast: Scandinavian-Inspired Wedding Decor
The colors, flavors and traditions of Seattle’s strong Scandinavian culture meet Pacific Northwest style and sensibility during a rustic summer meal filled with fine food, drinks, love and laughter.
(above and below) A new take on the traditional maypole in the form of a wreath—created by Christiane Zweifler of Flora Nova—hovers over a long wooden table set for a memorable meal. Floral arrangements include garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, begonias, anemones, ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus, also by Flora Nova. Chairs from ABC Rentals. Blue and white ticking napkins from Choice Linens. Rentable silverware, milk glass vases, red wooden bottle holder and Champagne coupes from Vintage Ambiance. Colored rim glasses, tall pitcher, bird sugar bowl and butter dish from Anthropologie. Assorted cookies, red ceramic berry bowl and red lidded canister filled with lemon candy from World Market. Wooden candleholders and candles from Crate & Barrel. Cherry wood panel table number with a linen border and natural wood napkin ring embellished with a handmade carved wood flower by Paper Moxie, with spray roses from Flora Nova. Dishes and pale green jacquard napkins, available for rent from Seattle Farm Tables.
(above) Herban Feast created two refreshing beverages, ideal for serving ice cold on a bright, sunny day. From left: a cherry gimlet with vodka, cherry and lemon-thyme shrub, and cherry and lime juices; and a lemon spritz with gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and Champagne. Strawberry-filled bowl and cake stand from Anthropologie. Napkin from Choice Linens. Glassware from Sur La Table and Vintage Ambiance.
(above) A passion for enjoying the bounty of the region and the season unites the Pacific Northwest and Scandinavia. Pair a platter of citrus-rubbed salmon in a piquant blackberry brown butter emulsion with lemon thyme green beans and raspberries. Bowl from Anthropologie. Plates from Seattle Farm Tables rentals. Platter and all serving utensils from Herban Feast.
(above) Bonnie Lyons of Queen Anne–based New Renaissance Cakes created a sumptuous yet simple layered spice cake filled with ginger-infused cream cheese frosting and topped with ginger buttercream embellished with raspberries, blueberries, kiwi berries, crystallized cranberries and garden roses lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Bridal crowns are a wedding motif seen throughout Europe, and specifically in Scandinavian countries, where they are often passed down through the generations as heirlooms. Decorative crowns, similar to the one shown, from Lucca Great Finds in Ballard and Ruffles & Rust Square in Snohomish.
(above) Lightly lemony cookies from Renton-based Cakes by Crème de la Crème are topped with fondant buttercream and edible vintage flower imaging. Add them to a dessert bouquet or give them away as favors for a sweet treat. Cake stand from the Herban Feast Design Studio. Flowers from Flora Nova.
(above) Flora Nova designed a ring bearer pillow of white button chrysanthemums with anemone and ranunculus embellishments; a floral fairy wand with ranunculus; and a boutonniere with a spray rose, ranunculus, rose hips and craspedia. Blue and white ticking napkin from Choice Linens.
(above) Sheryl Bracken of Snohomish-based Paper Moxie used a traditional Nordic floral motif for invitations printed on artisan paper and secured to a cherry wood panel with a linen border. The natural kraft envelopes are lined with a basket pattern. Coordinating guest tags tie the look together.
(above) These colorful, Scandinavian-inspired favor boxes are wrapped with mix-and-match paper patterns, colorful striped cotton twine and a natural wood button embellishment. Favor boxes from PS-Stores
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