Today we’re taking you behind the scenes of our June lifestyle feature Blackberry and Sage. The initial inspiration for this shoot came from the idea of an enchanted woodland fete. We partnered with Colonial House of Flowers, A Squad Bake Shop, and Galerie 124 to make it happen.
I had been wanting to do a woodland-themed shoot for a while, and when I saw this taxidermied stag (whom we christened “Bubba”) in the back room of Paprika friend and contributor Jeanne Campbell’s Galerie 124, I knew everything was coming together. Jeanne agreed to let us use her courtyard for the shoot, and Colonial House of Flowers got on board to do florals and foliage and Natasha Gaskill from A Squad Bake Shop to make a cake. Natasha’s idea for the cake–blackberry and sage–dovetailed perfectly with the summer woodland feast theme of blackberries and peaches that I was developing and she dubbed the theme “raccoon wedding,” which I loved.
For the place-settings, I paired champagne chargers with white Waterford china and decorative plates from Anthropologie. I topped it off with a small jelly jar filled with blackberry jelly and decorated with fabric scraps from the Paris Flea Market collection. The place-settings were finished with fresh blackberries and rustic steak knives. I created place cards with torn edges using (blackberry-inspired) watercolor paints and paper and placing them in the adorable borrowed hoof place card holders.
I asked Colonial House of Flowers to create a moss runner for the table, which they built around the place-settings for a cohesive, organic feel. They built up the centerpiece with small succulents in coordinating vessels and we filled everything in with fresh summer fruits.
From Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers: “We’re huge fans of easy projects that make big style statements so when we found out Paprika Southern wanted a woodland table we naturally wanted to be a part with Colonial House of Flowers style! For us it’s always about using familiar elements in unexpected ways. As huge fans of mood moss and common flowers, we upped the ante by adding gold like the midas touched Accent Decor centerpiece compotes overflowing with plants. Plus we stumbled upon the Pottery Barn Found Dough Bowl as we headed out the door. And had to have it, because in the first half of the 20th centruy, bakers in Eastern European countries used this hand-carved, antique wooden bowl to bake bread every day. Could anything be more elegant and surprising… and cool? Knowing its history, its the perfect accent, overflowing sprouts and all, to add a meaningful, intentional component to the modern courtyard setting. Finally, we reimagined the champagne rack as a vertical succulent garden to add enchantment along the walkway. And you’re so in luck, because Paprika Southern captured the inside moments of every detail so you have a new chic way to dress up your table!”
- Colonial House of Flowers
- A Squad Bake Shop
- Galerie 124
- Paris Flea Market Collection
- Anthropologie plates
- Waterford china
- Accent Decor
- Pottery Barn
- Outfits for Colonial House of Flowers staff provided by Laura Lanier of Dish + Sole Boutiques and The Glitter Life
Words by Bevin Valentine Jalbert
Images by Siobhan Egan