Tablescaping - Yep, it really is a thing and it really does have a place. It’s amazing how quickly a bit of effort and attention to detail can transform the feel of a space.
Collaborating with chefs is definitely a highlight. This was a pop-up fire fuelled dining experience hosted by The Herb Kitchen. These boys can seriously cook on fire. It was super early spring - maybe even still winter just jesting at spring - The aim was to bring the woodlands inside and create a platform for the feast to emerge from.
Foliage, wood, delicate flowers, and hand tied bundles of dried foraged seed heads from the Japanese vegetable farm where some of the food was sourced really did bring this room to life. Not to mention the wine…
‘Just do what you think is best Annie’ (every stylists dream….)
Grant me free reign and this is what happens, but I’ll work to your brief too I promise. Actually, truly, my favourite part is the planning, the mood boards, the concepts, ideas - working with you to capture your style.
This must have been the 50th birthday party of all parties and I was asked to style it.
The food would take centre stage, a sharing feast delivered to 130 guests. I used wooden planks down the centre of the tables to elevate the food - for ease of diving in, but also to really make a feature of the platters full of delights - The trellis was dressed with a combination of foliage and lengths of Passion Flower delicately woven through. A mixture of low level, gold beaded, brown glass and black metal candle holders and vases were used to stage a pop of bright from the enormous Dahlias. Sage green napkins were used to break up the white linen, with copper cutlery placed atop to pull together all of the textures.
Handmade place names, table numbers and seating plans created a relaxed, informal feel and suggested a very personal, thought out event.
What an epic commission!
The brief: ‘I want a huge feather headdress!’
I just loved working with this awesome bride to create her dream head dress. Once I’d finished making, we looked back at her initial sketches which she had never previously shared with me. It’s safe to say we nailed it! Such fun and such love in this wedding. It’s rare to be given sole creative direction and trust, but Charlie really did put all of her trust in me, asking me to choose flowers and make her bouquet and all arrangements to compliment the head dress. Ah, so, so good, the pictures just make me want to scream ‘Live wild, Live free!’
I regularly work with flowers when styling. Foraged and found or specifically chosen, I love them. They bring calm to my world and life to a party.
For large scale work the AnnieFern team grows as I work alongside various super skilled florists, creatively coordinating beautiful florals for your event.
Ways to Serv(iette)
There are endless options for styling your table and gifting your guests. Pulling inspiration from the foliage in your floral arrangements or herbs from the food being served really does begin to develop a theme and atmosphere. Folded, knotted, gingham, floral, stripes - all the colours, all the patterns, all in the details.
Serviette simplicity - a beautiful monochrome ribbon, a sprig of Pistache and hey presto your table is complete