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Photo Shoot: a casual St. Patrick's Day lunch at an Irish pub

Happy St. Patrick's Day. Today we continue with the feature of modern spring themed photo shoots from the Wedding Vendor Challenge for March. I asked vendors across the US and Canada to team up and create an intimate tablescape for two with a dessert display. I supplied a color palette for all vendors to work with and for this shoot it was green with accent colors of brown, cream and pale yellow. It could be St. Patrick's Day related, although this wasn't a requirement, so you'll be seeing a bit of both this week. I also asked each team to provide at least one DIY design. For today - the 4th Wedding Vendor Challenge for March is from Kim of Something Floral in Michigan with photography by Mark of You Bet I Do Photography. The paper designs are by yours truly and my etsy shop, Wedding Girl.


Today's photo shoot was held at O'Connor's Public House - this pub was designed and built by the Prairie Pub Company, one of only five Guinness approved authentic Irish pub builders in the world. The finished pub was then shipped to the US and reassembled in the historical downtown district of Rochester, Michigan. Other special features of this pub include the floor in the main bar area that dates back more than 140 years, the stone wall separating the dining area from the bar was once an exterior wall, and the stain glass and wrought iron in the pub was harvested from crumbling churches throughout Ireland.


above two photos courtesy of Kim from Something Floral


above photo courtesy of Kim from Something Floral

For the centerpiece, Kim repotted two, small shamrock plants (Oxalis) into a yellow ceramic container. And, then she inserted two different varieties (Sundee and Delmonte) of fresh, yellow mini gerbera daisies and light yellow, Limoncello spray roses into the shamrock plant to give the centerpiece additional color, texture, and to add some visual interest. Also, tucked into the arrangement are fun drink stirrers turned into floral picks.


The sweet treats provided by O'Connor's included Jameson Irish Coffee Cake with Bailey's Icing, Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Irish Coffee.


DIY Download : Today, I'll be shariing with you the template for the cupcake toppers and drink stirrers along with the paper napkin rings. Simply print out the pdf after downloading via Scribd and follow the directions that are included on the pdf for the toppers/stirrers. The napkin rings will just be trimmed out. {the download link is directly underneath the item title in the right column once on Scribd}. Please note that I added little rhinestones to add a bit of embellishment to the designs.

A huge thank you to Kim and Mark along with O'Connor's for joining us in the 2nd Wedding Vendor Challenge this week with a beautifully eco-friendly tablescape for spring.

Planner, Concept Collaboration: Kim of Something Spectacular Custom Floral & Event Design
Florist: Kim of Something Floral, Warren and Center Line, MI
Photographer: Mark of You Bet I Do Photography, Clarkston, MI
All Paper Designs: Brenda of Wedding Girl
Venue, Desserts, and Irish Coffee: O'Connor's Public House, Rochester, MI
Plates and Napkins: Pier 1

Centerpiece Container: Home Depot