A Food-Friendly Table Design for this Family-Style Served Wine Country Wedding in Los Olivos

California chic meets rustic Greek in this Modern Wine Country Wedding shoot that took place at the Fess Parker Inn in Los Olivos, the heart of Santa Barbra’s wine country. Recently featured in Santa Barbara’s Wedding Issue, this cool and contemporary take on Mediterranean modern included family-style served gourmet Greek food by the famed Petros restaurant which lives inside of the Los Olivos Inn as well as a second location in Los Angeles’ Manhattan Beach.

When designing a wedding tablescape for family-style served catering it’s important to keep in mind the space that you will need once the food is served. I found that by using creative risers and smaller clusters of vases and decor, you can easily transform the look from flowers to food with a few small tweaks. I’m fortunate enough to have yet another wedding at the Fess Parker Inn this fall and I’m reusing this same concept but with a much more modern take of glass cube vases that will be used instead of the boxes seen below.

A cool color palette of green and white combined with aqua sea glass, rattan and breezy cheesecloth gave this Wine Country Wedding table design a modern feel inside of the lush courtyard. We combined this earthy palette with crisp white and dark wood for added contrast.

Cows, sheeps & goats were icons used on the tags tied around the napkins with aqua ribbon. This clued each guest into which type of cheeses they were about to be treated to. To keep in line with the gourmet cheeses that were to be served, a simple cheesecloth runner was used for a fun and sheer linen option on top of the heavy wood table.

In lieu of all flowers, fig branches, rosemary and bunches of cabbage in modern sea glass vases were brought onto the table for interesting textures and a play off of the garden fresh catering that was yet to come. We used vintage boxes as risers for the clusters of florals that could easily be removed for the platters of food to be served family style. Blackberry limeaid was a beautiful and refreshing compliment to the warm summer night.

These boxes, which worked great to elevate and separate the clusters of Portuguese wine bottles, milk glass and sea glass vases of flowers, fruits and herbs, also worked to present the platters of delicious family-style food.

With the help of these rustic boxes used as risers for the platters of food, the presentation and design of this wine country wedding table stays beautiful and chic from the flowers to the food.

I absolutely love this shot the talented Cameron Ingalls captured of a bee getting a taste of Petros’ honey glazed Greek doughnuts. He’s no dummy!!!

Event Design, Coordination & Stationary Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Cameron Ingalls

Flowers by Renae’s Bouquet

Venue Fess Parker Inn

Catering by Petros

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One Response to “Celebration to Epicreation: A Wine Country Wedding served Family Style”

  1. KRISTY GRIGGS on April 8th, 2011 12:58 pm


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