As soon as we saw this event, we knew we would feature it on the First Day of Spring. So here we are (technically one day later), with a dusting of snow that we are doing our best to ignore. Masterminded by Newport-based event design company Champagne and Ink, this was not a wedding – but I challenge you to not find at least a dozen spectacular ideas for garden- or nature-themed nuptials.
It all started when Champagne and Ink’s client, Constellation Brands, wanted to throw a launch party for their new Tom Gore Vineyards label. Constellation requested “an authentic farm-to-table event in a parking lot,” and that’s exactly what Champagne and Ink gave them! Here’s what event designers Danielle and Ellen had to say about this flawless luncheon:
“Constellation’s branding had us dreaming of Tom Gore in his fields on sunny Californian days. We wanted to reflect that by keeping the style warm and bright and the tone elegant with a masculine touch. Our goal was to have guests walk out of their office building and onto the vineyard field to enjoy a relaxed lunch with great food, good music and, of course, fabulous wine.
“With that style in mind we reached out to vendors that we knew had the same passion and commitment to the local movement. We wanted to bring together a team that would be as excited about the farm-to-table concept as Tom Gore is about his farm-to-glass wine. We started with the incredible duo at Greenlion Design, who sourced and foraged most of their greenery and blooms within a 200-mile radius of the event. They created stunning living runners made of various elements, including herbs, mini daffodils, grapes and artichokes. They also had centerpieces of bright daffodils and tulips placed in vintage cheese boxes. Hay bales, galvanized tubs of greenery and large forsythia branches were places in other areas of the event.
“Guests were seated at True North’s handmade farm tables, paired with their rustic crossback chairs. We balanced out the wooden tables with an elegant grey linen weave runner that we carried through to the other tables with grey floor-length linens.
“One of Tom’s signature elements in his life is his father’s Ford truck, which he drives to his fields everyday. He considers it part of his legacy as a farmer and a grape grower. As a nod to Tom’s actual truck we brought in a beautiful green 1950 Ford F1. We filled in the truck’s bed with hay bales, tubs of flowers and boxes of wine; it was an event centerpiece and a big hit with guests.
“The lunch kicked off with an authentic bluegrass band, Chasing Blue Band, and an amazing menu selection by Easy Entertaining. Easy Entertaining sources 70 percent of their ingredients from a 250-mile radius year round, allowing them to support and sustain local farmers and artisans while providing seasonal food. They creatively paired Tom Gore Vineyards wine with their main entree selections and created amazing desserts using the wine: Tom Gore Cabernet dark chocolate cookies and Tom Gore Chardonnay and Shartner’s Farm strawberry-glazed house-made donut holes.
“The day was captured so beautifully by Erin McGinn Photography; you would have never guessed that the day started with pouring rain and rivers flowing through our tent.
“Sourcing locally is a passion of ours and we were excited to bring this team together to play a part in the launch of this great brand.”
Additional Vendors: Venue: Horizon Beverage Group Headquarters, Norton, MA // Floral Design: Greenlion Design // Catering: Easy Entertaining // Band: Chasing Blue Band // Rentals: Rentals Unlimited and TrueNorth Event Rentals // 1950 F1 Ford: Owned by Sue Champagne // Audio Visual Rentals: PMA Industries, Inc. // Wine: Tom Gore Vineyards