How are you handling the frigid weather that 2012 has brought?  Well, if you’re like us, we’re looking ahead to sunnier skies and warmer temps, dreaming of spring in the dead of winter.  Luckily, we have a lush and romantic tea party inspiration for you to help fuel your day dreams!  Nole and I attended a garden party at the Textile Museum in DC and we were so in impressed with the thoughtful inspiration and dramatic details.  Geoff Chesman was there to capture the lush outdoors of the museum and the rustic meets elegance design of Janet Flowers.  Between the tasty treats from Windows and the vibrant eye candy, you aren’t going to know where to look first!  (I can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous hand-made gigantic roses on each plate!!)

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With such a gorgeous setting, Janet Flowers wanted to embrace the natural beauty of the outdoors while adding a layer of rich florals fit for royalty.  From Janet:  “Instead of using a table cloth, to highlight the natural beauty of the outdoors and to showcase the elegant antique wood, a live moss table runner lined the long tabletop.  Rustic wrought iron topiaries, spiked containers, leafed bowls, and lanterns were paired with fragile flowers and charming China.   The décor invited attendees to have a spot of tea in style.”

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The food evoked an equally unique style thanks to Windows Catering.  Guests were met with a lavish menu of passed hors d’oeuvres and small plates.  Among the savory selections: prosciutto purses, squash and apple bisque, Norwegian lollipops and heart shaped gateaus.

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But what about the sweets you ask?  S’mores on a stick, mini caramel apples and raspberry pistachio parfaits?  Yes, yes and yes, please!  If you’re planning a romantic outdoor garden wedding, or an intimate tea-inspired bridal shower, you may just want to add one (or two) of these edible (and visual!) treats to your must-have list!

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Would you care for a cup of tea??  Here is to warmer temps!

The following Washington, DC wedding professionals contributed to this inspiration:

Venue: The Textile Museum
Photography: Geoff Chesman Visuals
Catering: Windows Catering
Floral Design: Janet Flowers
Event Planner: Doreen Tisone of Engaged! Magazine
Linens: Table Manners
Music: PopCulture Strings from Andy Kushner Entertainment
Stationery: The Dandelion Patch
Furniture: Syzygy Events
Tent: Perfect Settings

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals!

Photo Credits: Geoff Chesman Visuals

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