When Cherizar contacted me to design a dinner party around her family's re-location to the Laurentians and the birth of her son Hugo, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to start designing all the details with her. I love Quebec and have always had a soft spot for the mountains, but I never expected to fall so deeply in love with their chic, turn of the century inspired chalet and the absolutely breathtaking view of the Laurentian Mountains that their front porch afforded them with. Filled with elegant mid-century furniture and funky mod decor pieces, Cherizar was truly a woman after my own heart and working with her to design this Fall soiree was really a dream.
After our initial meeting, we spent about a month talking about details and dreaming over tablescapes and finally settled on raw cream-colored cotton tablecloths, French linen napkins with a grey blue ticking and a rich, natural fall-inspired color palette that was made even more luxurious with exotic floral arrangements featuring succulents and birds of paradise. We also kept in mind that on the day of the dinner party, we would of course load the table up with fresh-cut beauties from Cherizar's garden and surrounding land.
We planned the event for the beginning of October as its usually such a beautiful month-all crispness and blue skies, but after a few checks with the weather channel, both Cherizar and I were worried about the dinner party getting rained out and made backup plans just in case. Despite our worries however, it was a perfect day, with fall in its full splendor--the foliage already blazing in shades of persimmon, burnt orange, rust red and my favorite, chartreuse. We quickly snipped branches from the surrounding maple trees and used them as a leafy table-runner around our floral arrangements nestled in mercury-glass jars.
The ambiance for the evening was intimate, cozy and chic. Guests were invited to mingle outside on the front porch, gardens and veranda while enjoying a Basil Cranberry Tequila ---our signature cocktail--- that we had prepared in three large mason jar dispensers. Afterwards, the guests all sat down to eat together at two long tables under a canopy of lights, while being served by local traiteur Chez Bernard. His menu included a long list of in-house cured sausages, pates, and filet d'agneau /de boeuf as well as a delicious charcuterie plate as an entree. The evening was capped off with homemade, individual key lime pie tartlets and a good dosage of aged port!
Being an event designer and dinner party hostess is a privileged role, but the part that I enjoy the most, is being able to see the evening from its starry eyed conception to the last bite of dessert. I get to work with clients in creating something special, something beautiful and ultimately something fleeting, that hopefully acts as a drop of amber to crystallize a certain important moment in their lives.
All the breathtaking photography for this event was done by the extremely talented Mary Elam Photography. She is someone who I can't recommend enough and who inevitably through her dreamy photography, makes me fall in love all over again with the events I design. Check out her work and hire her for your next event or photo-shoot. Check out her Facebook page here: Mary Elam Photography
Don't forget that here at Autumn Wood Stylist HQ we're always available to help you design your next event, dinner party or photo-shoot!