Picnic on a boat party inspiration

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Row your boat gently down the stream, when you get to the end flip it over, use it as a table, and have yourself a picnic with friends! Sounds like the perfect way to spend a warm sunday afternoon, yes? Whether it’s a small gathering of friends to celebrate your engagement, an intimate birthday party or anniversary – this inspiration shoot, crafted and designed by The Simplifiers and She-n-He Photography and Design gets our stamp of approval for giving us a refreshing take on a celebration made for two – or three, or 10.

picnic on a boat

The pointy black frame glasses and bold stripe shirt la Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley exudes this cool dude’s classic side, with a slight edge of rebellion bubbling underneath. As for our lady, she’s wearing vintage head to toe in vintage earrings, a pale salmon kickpleat skirt, matched with a simple, yet elegant white lace camisole.

picnic on a boat

picnic on a boat

picnic on a boat

Vintage china and tablesettings provided by Loot Vintage Rentals, make for an effortless soiree. Effervescent Perrier water and hummus on baguette with red pepper, caper, and olive spread make for the perfect brunch as the cool mist from the river brushes over the guests.

picnic on a boat

picnic on a boat

lanterns in water

At the end of the evening, guests were each given a wish lantern, personalized in calligraphy by Ahavah Design. The couple led the guests down to a magical spot in the river for them to release their greatest wish onto the Universe by setting it free into the water. A perfect way to cap a perfect day!

lanterns in water

So many fun new and creative ideas – from the mini model boats as favors to the brilliant idea of flipping over the boat to use as a table. Thank you to all the talent involved!

Photography: Melanie Grizzel of She-n-He Photography / Event planning + designer: Mary Baird-Wilcock of The Simplifiers / Floral design: Rachel Rehwinkel of Arranged / Fashion stylist + hair & makeup: Jenna Hollerbach / Vintage rentals: Anna Crelia of Loot Vintage Rentals / Catering: Megan Dubois  / Desserts: Queen of the FronTier – Sweets & Treats / Venue: Hideout on the Horseshoe / Calligrapher: Heather Kruger of Ahavah Designs / Bride: Cassidy Burke / Groom: Drew Walters / Officiant: Nathan Winant

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Krista A. Jones on Mar 6, 2012

Oh my gosh this is GORGEOUS! That may be the prettiest canoe I've ever seen and those placecard boats are amazing!!

kristi wright on Mar 6, 2012

This is so gorgeous. Love the canoe as a table. Great job you guys!

Calie Rose on Mar 6, 2012

Looked like a lot of fun and was styled beautifully!

Hannah on Mar 6, 2012

This looks like a fairy tale. My favorite part is the tiny boats. I'm a sucker for details.

Melanie on Mar 6, 2012

This is THE PERFECT team. It was an amazing experience. and it's soooo pretty.

Her North Star on Mar 6, 2012

This is absolutely beautiful. The details are amazing!

Amber on Mar 6, 2012

The pictures are gorgeous! Everyone did such a great job putting this together. So much attention to detail!!

Happily Ever After on Mar 6, 2012

What a lovely idea, love these pictures!

Mary of The Simplifiers: Event Planning on Mar 6, 2012

We had such a FAB time working on this project...no joke, this is a ROCKSTAR team of vendors and creative folks. I wouldn't hesitate recommending them to any of my brides. Thanks 100 Layer Cake for featuring our work!

Alison on Mar 6, 2012

These pictures are absolutely beautiful and I love how well they capture the couple's vintage style. The details are spot on and the wish lantern idea is super sweet. I suddenly have the urge to find me a canoe to have lunch on...

Katie @ Lovebird Productions on Mar 6, 2012

I am currently in love with paper lanterns. I think they are such a simple, sweet and inexpensive way to add intimacy to any occasion! I love the playfulness of the canoe with the mix of the fancy table scape!

Amy on Mar 6, 2012

Wow, this is lovely! Where is the bride's outfit from & the polka dot outfit?

SourcePlanner on Mar 6, 2012

Yeah Texas team, such creativity you want to be there, love those floating paper laterns, very cool

Jenna Hollerbach on Mar 6, 2012

Amy- Hi, im the wardrobe stylist from the photo shoot! The outfit is from JCrew with vintage Marni flats. The polka dot outfit is Dolce & Gabanna from Moss Designer Consignment in Austin. They have really great designer pieces for a great price.

Megan on Mar 6, 2012

I loved working with these woman. Such an amazing team and it all turned out so great. Incase anyone wants the link to the desserts it is www.facebook.com/pages/Queen-of-the-FronTIER-Sweets-Treats/102109026499733

bridal girl on Mar 7, 2012

Love this engagement shoot. I bet the couple totally enjoyed the whole event. Love everything from the canoe to the floating lanterns and of course the couple. Great job from the photographers to the couple.

Rachel Rehwinkel on Mar 8, 2012

Such a fun shoot! Everything turned out beautifully! Loved working with all of you lovely ladies.

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Mar 9, 2012

OH gorgeous styling!

Linda on Feb 1, 2014

What beautiful photos. I love all of the gorgeous props too.

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