“I Am That Merry Wanderer of the Night”

So says Puck, the mischievous fairy in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have always been a huge reader, and the whimsical playfulness that I envision as I read this play is exactly the feeling I would like to capture for our wedding.

This was my inspiration picture. If I could just shimmy my way into this picture Mary Poppins style, I would be one happy girl. There is just something about the cafe lights and long winding table that feels so perfect to me. It is classy, yet casual at the same time. I love that the table is surrounded by nature, like it is their own party in the woods. Sigh…


 Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo By Gia Canali

Then I ran across this inspiration picture and knew I’d found my vibe…

I think midsummer nights dream

Image via Oh Happy Day / Photo by Robert & Kathleen Photographers

Done and done.

This picture captures the playfulness that I hope our wedding achieves. Bright colors and sparkle tucked between classic floral arrangements.

A midsummer nights dream

Image via Style Unveiled / Photos by Beaux Arts Photographie

I am also loving the idea of having moss everywhere! It helps keep things feeling natural and “woodsy” without feeling too rustic. I swoon over this exposed table with sheets of moss covered with flowers and candles! Can’t you just imagine the cafe lights overhead bouncing playful shadows over everything as the evening progresses? Whoa man. I’m so excited!!!

An unrolled sheet of moss is a perfect table runner, piled with centerpieces, votives, and glassware

Image via United With Love / Photo by Geoff Chesman Visuals

I could seriously Pinterest-it-up all day long looking at these lovely tablescapes. I was pretty overwhelmed wondering how could I possibly recreate this magic? Honestly, details would have to come in their own time. All that mattered was I officially had my vision, my theme, whatever you want to call it. This wedding was ready to be planned!!!

Later I realized just how helpful a clear vision is in regard to vendor selection and communication. If they weren’t vibing with the vision. Done. What do you guys think? Woodsy, whimsical, and dare I say…dreamy. :)


Mrs. Squirrel

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May 2013
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  1. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:16 am

    Ugh I love it!!! I’ve always loved that first photo, I pinned it before we were even engaged (oops! haha). Is your venue helping you create that look of a long, winding table? I couldn’t find too many resources for advice/tips online so we ended up sticking with standard round tables, although we had a romantic outdoors wedding under the trees as well.

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 10:20 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I saw you had posted the picture a little while ago and I could tell we would be good friends :) Figuring out the logistics of the long tables was a little bit of a headache but fortunately we worked it out….I have a post about it coming up soon!

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    lobbyart 131 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:30 am

    That actually looks a lot like the “florals” we had at our wedding! The moss looks awesome in photos.

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:49 am

    @Miss Squirrel: No way! So excited to see how you’re making it happen!!

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    FoolsintheRain 1004 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:42 pm

    Love it! I have been collecting sheets of moss for a while for a similar vibe. So excited to see what you have planned.

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    Phoenix, Guest @ 1:16 pm

    Love it! My wedding’s theme is a Midsummer Night’s Dream..so totally get your vision (and appreciation for Shakespeare).

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:15 pm

    I love everything in this post, so pretty! I can’t wait to see how you make it all happen!

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:58 pm

    Love it! We’re incorporating moss into our garden-inspired springtime ordeal…still gives it that natural look without having to bust our budget with flowers!

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    mssmiley 349 posts, Helper bee @ 4:48 pm

    i first fell in love with the long tables like this from mrs.turtle. make sure you check her posts for her pics bc you’ll swoon the way i did!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:44 pm

    I love, love, looove the lighting in the first picture, your inspiration is fantastic I hope you can incorporate it in your day.

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 6:19 pm

    I love your inspiration pictures! You are going to have one amazingly beautiful wedding if you are planning on incorporating some of those details.

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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 6:41 pm

    Your inspiration pictures make me swoon: I love Shakespeare AND I love moss. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate them into your dream wedding!!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:00 pm

    so pretty. I originally thought we were going to do something similar but alas, not meant to be. so excited to see how it works out for you though!

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    Angela MagnottiAndrews, Guest @ 12:19 pm

    Not only is “Midsummer Night’s Dream” a fave of mine, I’m all over woodsy and whimsical. I once attended an outdoor wedding in the woods…all the guests were dressed as medieval knaves and maidens, and the bride and groom were dressed like a medieval prince and princess. They got married on a bridge, and the reception was a great feast on tables decorated with very similar elements to the ones you show here. It was absolutely enchanting!! I think your choice of style/theme is most excellent!

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