8 Mar

Late Winter Tablescape

categories Ceremony & Reception, Flowers + Greenery, Neat Venues

We have such a good way to start the week, this lovely Monday morn. A few weeks ago Amanda and Kristina (hugely pregnant) and Danielle of Brown Paper Design headed up to Santa Barbara to meet Mr. Jose Villa at the Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse for our winter tablescape project. Let’s start by saying that the farmhouse is pretty darn amazing. And remote. You really really feel like you’re the only people out in those beautiful California hills. Second, OMG Jose Villa. He’s the nicest guy ever. We are so lucky that he loves shooting pretty things. And Danielle. We love Danielle.

Now, let’s start. We have some cute idee-ers for you all.


Winter in our part of California is clear and cool.



Danielle used paper whites, tulips and loads of pine cones for a simple, rustic vibe. We mixed in greys and browns with the weathered wood, plus some simple vintage textiles you can find at any flea/antique market, proving that you don’t need snow for things to feel cozy and winterful.



Blue hydrangeas and berries for a more colorful option. Plus vintage apothecary bottles (also from the flea market)… we were sold on the little numbers.


For favors we made English Toffee, which is a super yummy little treat for guests that goes perfectly with cooler weather. It keeps in the fridge for weeks so you can make it well ahead of time and package it just before the event. (You can see the recipe and tutorial on Lovely Morning, if you’re so inclined).


And perhaps our favorite detail, vintage clip-on earrings for placecard holders. There are endless options available at thrift stores and flea markets, they’re great mixed up with each other and they’re inexpensive. AND pretty darn cute, right?


Two lovely bouquets… simple tulips and paperwhites, and a more textured version with berries and a big velvet ribbon.


Thanks so much Jose, Danielle, and Gretchen from the Farmhouse! Such a beeeeautiful venue. And such talented peeps.

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  1. Great flower arrangement. Congratulations on a job well done.

  2. Absolutely stunning!

  3. Jose has done it again! Not to mention the design work is fantastic!

  4. This post is absolutely gorgeous – congratulations to everyone involved in creating such a beautiful event.

  5. Absolutely stunning! We’re thinking paperwhites for our wedding, so this is going right into my inspiration folder!

  6. Jose- beautiful photos! What cameras did you use to capture this beautiful tablescape?

  7. So many beatiful pictures! Love your blog and your style in the pictures. :)

  8. Beautiful rustic elegance at its best! Kudos! Awesome job!

  9. gorgeous event and table setting! so elegant yet not over the top, so perfect!

  10. LOVING the vintage clip-on earrings for placecard holders… so clever!

  11. Beautiful job everyone!

  12. Love the clip-on earrings idea! Do they stay up on their own? Thanks for this post!

  13. Beautifully done. I love that babies breath, too. And the little place cards? So sweet.

  14. Loving the pine cones and that bouquet!! Gorgeous job!

  15. lovely work ladies! xo

  16. Beautiful work to everyone involved!! There are lots of sweet details and great ideas here! xo

  17. There is something about a rustic setting paired with sophisticated elegance – it is truly tres chic and absolutely stunning.

  18. Everything about this is exquisite! Great job!

  19. i like the rustic setting the pine cones everything looks absolutely beautiful!

  20. I went to a summer wedding here…it was gorgeous!!!!! very fun and you feel like you are in your own little world with views of the mountains. Some of the best shooting stars I have ever seen on the west coast.

  21. love the table setting…. have a nice weekend!

  22. Love the place cards with clip ons! How did you put them together? Glue? Anything attached? Thanks!

  23. The paper white theme couldn’t be more vintage. It’s rustic, indeed, but not too earthy; just really gives a fair balance to the already organic feel of the cottage. It’s interesting to see how the simplest flowers could give you the most impressive effects.

  24. These pics are absolutely gorgeous! Almost makes me wish we were having a winter wedding! :)

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