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Garden Party: Inspired By The Breathtaking French Countryside, This Styled Shoot Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Inspired by the crème de la crème of the French countryside, wedding planners Juliet & Lou dream up a decadent dessert spread—replete with classic gâteaux and more modern delights—that’s sure to transport couples and guests alike. 

In an avant-garde take on a classic cake confection, almond sponge cake, mascarpone mousse and peach purée make up all three tiers of this statement maker, embellished with handcrafted florals and fondant draping. Starting at $10/slice, from Morfey’s Cake in Belltown.

A classic croquembouche—composed of profiteroles assembled on a cylindrical cone and traditionally served at French weddings—takes on a baroque theme when embellished with gold. An assortment of ivory flowers, along with greenery and twigs, give it a natural finish. Starting at $6/serving, from The Last Bite in Redmond.

For a modern spin on the traditional croquembouche, meringues, assembled in a cone shape, sit perched atop a two-tier cake wrapped in fondant and hand-painted with florals, leaves and stems in a dusty mauve hue. Starting at $9/serving, from The SweetSide in Wallingford. 

The traditional French gâteau—given a “Romeo & Juliet” flavor profile, composed of vanilla génoise, almond syrup, vanilla Bavarian mousse, blood orange mousse and chocolate cake with dark chocolate mousse—is composed of 17 alternating layers of cake and mousse. An outer wrapping of striped biscuit Joconde, together with a mirror glaze finish and handmade sugar flowers, put this cake center stage. Starting at $8.50/serving, from The Last Bite in Redmond.

Classic European romance gets a modern update with this invitation suite, where understated typography is paired with handmade paper, delicate floral illustrations and paint swash accents in neutral hues. Starting at $12 per set for a four-piece invitation suite, by Libby Tipton.

Velvet table runner in walnut, velvet napkins in bone, and “Yuma” table linen in ivory, all available to rent from BBJ Linen. “Provence” woven-back chair with pad, dinner and salad plates in linen, glassware, and “Uptown” flatware in white, all available to rent from CORT Party Rental. Votives from Juliet & Lou. Table  arrangement, composed of garden roses, peonies, butterfly ranunculus, ranunculus, Italian ruscus and spirea, styled by Juliet & Lou. Escort and menu cards by Libby Tipton.