This was one of my very first styled shoots and I was lucky enough to collaborate with some very talented Annapolis ladies for this special feature! We wanted to do a Valentine’s inspired bar cart shoot with other details to inspire the perfect Galentine’s soiree. For this shoot, I wanted to bring out the playful, “love drunk” nature of Valentine’s Day by using a whimsical, recognizable theme to freshen up the typical Valentine’s Day decor. I decided to pull Valentine’s references from the timeless story of Alice in Wonderland (i.e. Queen of Hearts, painting the roses red, etc), and incorporate them into a modern, everyday bar cart vignette. Aiming to modernize a very romantic-heavy holiday with quirky little “Alice” touches, we executed the shoot in a black, white and fuschia color scheme, accented with bright pops of gold. Thankfully, local restaurant Blackwall Hitch was the perfect spot for the shoot with it’s bold “BH” wall as a super modern, graphic backdrop for our pretty bar cart vignette.
I used simple, tightly packed roses (as well as some painted red!) to echo both the book theme and the Valentine’s holiday without seeming overly cliche, while tiny apothecary bottles were grouped as bud vases reminiscent of Alice’s whimsical “size-altering” potions on the bar tray (an amazing gold tassel-rope mirror that we used as a tray from XOXO Vintage Rentals!). Small gold stacked tea cups are a chic, contemporary nod to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The Cardamon Rose signature cocktail is another play on the rose-marked holiday, with a fresher, unique flavor combination. For a less complicated Valentine’s cocktail, you can substitute pretty, blush-toned sparkling Rose (for typical champagne), garnished with a simple rose petal for a special touch (view the look here). Pretty cocktail napkins from Kate Spade and Caspari added stylish details for the theme without breaking the bank!
I used fabulous oversized “Drink Me” and “Eat Me” tags from the talented Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and our Society Social bar cart was the perfect piece to style an amazing bar focal point. We added bowls of blush macarons with gold “X” and “O”‘s painted on them for a pretty, edible addition to the look, but pretty vintage compotes with iconic candy hearts and other goodies would be very cute too!
Be sure to head over to Style Me Pretty to see the full shoot and feature – it was an exciting day for Strawberry Banke when this shoot was picked up! Grateful to have had the pleasure to work with Amy of XOXO Vintage Rentals, Courtney of Haven Court boutique gift boxes, Meg Hale (my fabulous former styling partner in crime who was instrumental in achieving this look!), Laura Hooper, and the amazingly talented Krista Jones of Krista A. Jones Photography who documented the day so beautifully with these gorgeous images. I think I need to take a trip back to Annapolis for a reunion shoot with these ladies!
Cheers to “Love Drunk” bliss this year with your favorite Galentines!