With California’s perpetual sunshine, it’s the perfect location for year-round outdoor weddings and receptions. If you have your heart set on a romantic garden wedding, this styled shoot at Filoli Gardens – photographed by The Big Affair – has plenty of rose-filled inspiration for your tabletop décor and bridal photography sessions.
There’s no limit to what type of flowers and foliage you choose to grace your table with, but statement-making displays of roses will always be a classic choice. Loosely shaped centerpieces of flowers tie into the Filoli Gardens’ surroundings, while votive candles cast an iridescent glow, creating a different effect once the sun goes down.
Wooden tabletops and chairs bring a rustic aesthetic to a reception space, contrasting with modern floral arrangements and place settings. It’s a great way to create a dinner table that is brimming with elegance and sophistication, yet warm and welcoming enough for guests to feel comfortable as they wine and dine.
During the day, the gardens are a prime spot for photo sessions. Natural lighting and green backdrops complement wedding gowns of the vintage and lacy sort, while reflection pools can add another gorgeous element to your images. Here, couples can have pristine California weather and an air of relaxed luxury at their fingertips, but with the romance and timeless style of a European garden wedding.
Photography: The Big Affair, Los Angeles, CA; Location: Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA; Planner: Jenny Chang, Los Angeles, CA; Planner: Rock N’ Events, Los Angeles, CA; Hair & Makeup: Beauty Affair, Los Angeles, CA; Wedding Dresses: Jinza Bridal, Floral Design: Paul Robertson Floral Design, San Francisco, CA; Cake: Cake Coquette, San Francisco, CA; Caterer: Taste Catering, San Francisco, CA; Stationery: Shine Wedding Invitations; Linens: La Tavola Linens, San Francisco, CA; Rentals: Encore Event Rentals, San Francisco, CA; Lighting: Allegra Kier