Terra cotta has been my summer color crush. Whether it’s antiqued or new, on fresh patio stones or in chippy old pots, this color has been my muse.
Last year Emilee Mae Photography hosted a workshop for photographers, a simple gathering where they could come and get inspired and boost their portfolio. She asked me to be a part, decorating and adding florals to the day. When she shared the venue with me, the first thought that popped to mind was terra cotta. It’s all over the space and I’d finally have a creative outlet for my inspiration.
We decided to do two different setups in two different areas of the venue, giving photographers a better chance to photograph things that both inspire them and also align with the aesthetics of their brand. Today I’m going to show you part one. It was more casually inspired, leaning towards a slightly southwest vibe and would translate great into a dinner party with friends.
Texture was imperative in the design. I took inspiration from the patio bricks, the concrete floors and the subtle variations of brown and earthy tones throughout the venue and then added those same touches to the tabletop itself. I imagined what it might be like if the honeysuckle took over and grew into the porch. I was careful not to add too many colors into the florals or design itself because I wanted to retain the earthy and outdoor casual vibe that the space already boasted so beautifully.
Because we had so many wedding photographers on site, we incorporated things like a cement inspired wedding cake and a gorgeous couple to model. But I really wanted to think of this in the same way that I would host a dinner party on my own patio (providing I had one!) I’d want it to be causual and inviting, taking cues from the surroundings and would love to fill all those chairs with happy faces.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this workshop. Two Hats Ranch (our host venue) is actually a white tail deer ranch and fawn might just make a sweet little appearance 😉