It all started with a little bird and a laser cut placemat months ago. I met Ceci, the luxury invitation designer and was immediately taken by her Vivre collection of paper tabletop items for Ceci New York. I was shooting a tabletop story for Bridal Guide and created a shot with photographer David Lazarus for Susan Schneider's editor's picks page. See it here. A few months ago Ceci asked me to style more photos along the same lines using her other tabletop pieces. They are featured today on the online magazine, CeciStyle. The shots above and below are for the Wildflower and Bird Watching stories using Ceci's pink peony placemat and bird cage table card. The background is a patchwork of vintage floral book prints.
To create a vintage style table I selected these gorgeous textured table linens from Nuage Designs and the pink dinnerware and glassware from ABC Carpet & Home. I like to leave little surprises at each place setting like the little orange bird you see here. I also like using glassware in varying heights to draw the eye upward.
The above photo shows the Caribbean Palm theme with Ceci's Seashell place card placed in a bowl of sand. A rolled napkin of layered organza sits beside.
A laid back but fun photo session with photographer William Brinson (and wife Susan of House of Brinson making jam) impressed Ceci so much that a huge paper art party idea was born. As I am writing this, I am transposing these small vignettes of fantasy tables into real live table designs for a party at Ceci's 23rd St. studio and showroom. All the little props and details you see here are items I have as single pieces. I've spent the last 2 weeks shopping and sourcing everything in multiples to bring these tables to life. I'm also collaborating with two super talented floral designers, Jessy from Fleurs NYC and Denise Fasanello in addition to Nuage, ABC Carpet & Home, Donna Karan Lenox, kate spade new york and Juliska. By the time you read this post, the event will be over, the photos published on CeciStyle and well, I'll be relaxing seaside in Cape May, NJ. Party pix will be here when I return. In the meantime, hope you enjoy! All photos by William Brinson, Styling by Robin Zachary for Ceci New York.