WO­VEN TO­GETHER

UN­EX­PECTED, FRESH, AND AMAZ­INGLY VER­SA­TILE, BAS­KETRY CAN CHAN­NEL STYLES FROM FRENCH EL­E­GANCE TO BOHO-CHIC. WE COL­LAB­O­RATED WITH EVENT PRO­DUCER DAVID STARK AND HIS TEAM TO HELP YOU WEAVE SOME TEX­TURE THROUGH YOUR DAY.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - CONTENTS - Text by Chrisanne Grisé

The nat­u­ral beauty of bas­ketry— from wicker lamps to straw bags—can add sur­pris­ing style to your wed­ding dé­cor.

THAT’S A WRAP

Add a rus­tic touch to vi­brant blooms—ours in­clude sweet peas, ra­nun­cu­lus, and a va­ri­ety of gar­den roses—by ty­ing them up in a del­i­cate strand of hat­mak­ers’ braided straw in­stead of rib­bon. (Hint: Soak the straw for about an hour first, so it’s more pli­able.) There are plenty of al­ter­na­tives out there, in­clud­ing braided jute and raf­fia, raf­fif­fia, so if you’re not sure what best suits your bou­quet, take a look around your lo­cal crafts store. Raf­fia Raf­fif­fia tas­sels com­plete the look—visit marthastew­artwed­dings.com/tas­sel for in­struc­tions to make your own. TH E DE­TAILS: : Ja­mali Gar­den “Nat­u­ral” raf­fia place mat (sim­i­lar to shown), $10 for 4, ja­ma­li­gar­den.com. Man­hatco “Fine Mi­lan” braid, $26 for 60 yd., man­hatco.com.

NAT­U­RAL SE­LEC­TION

Your ride-or-die maid of honor de­serves all the pam­per­ing, so as­sem­ble a spe­cial thank-you gift: The silky robe and straw-themed ear­rings here are per­fect to tuck into a chic bag. Op­po­site: Hint at your wed­ding’s pas­toral-yet-so­phis­ti­cated style with a sta­tionery suite that mixes a va­ri­ety of tex­tures—in ad­di­tion to printed pat­terns, it fea­tures white­washed-maple in­vites and de­tail book­lets with wo­ven spines. THE DETAI LS : French Bas­kets wicker bas­ket with han­dles, $45, french-bas­kets.com. Saskia cot­ton-silk robe, in Blush Geo­met­ric, $150, lou­vellewear.com. Aurélie Bi­der­mann “Wheat” 18k gold–plated ear­rings, $320, au­re­liebi­der­mann.com. Ja­mali Gar­den “Nat­u­ral” raf­fia coin pouch (sim­i­lar to shown), $3, ja­ma­li­gar­den.com. Op­po­site: The Idea Em­po­rium sta­tionery and tag (on bag, above), thei­deaem­po­rium.com. Bella Forte De­signs cus­tom bindery, bel­lafort­edesigns.com. WaxSeals.com mul­ti­depth seal, waxseals.com. Curlicue De­signs Cal­lig­ra­phy let­ter­forms, curlicuedesigns.com. Cham­pion Stamp as­sorted vin­tage stamps, cham­pi­onstamp.com. (All prices upon re­quest.) Jute braid, ¼", $2 per yd., mjtrim.com.

WARM WEL­COME

“The es­cort-card mo­ment is one of the first places your guests in­ter­act with your party, so it should be mem­o­rable,” Stark says. His team cre­ated a con­tem­po­rary dis­play by re­pur­pos­ing an art­fully wo­ven bul­letin board and hang­ing en­graved cards with dow­els and beads. Op­po­site: Deck­ing out a sur­face—like a bar—with wo­ven wall­cov­er­ing is a quick and sur­pris­ing way to add a warm vibe to a space. (Just be sure to ap­ply it with re­mov­able tape on a rental item!) THE DE­TAILS: Tinekhome deco item for wall, $104, tinekhome.com. The Idea Em­po­rium es­cort cards, price upon re­quest, thei­deaem­po­rium.com. Cal­lig­ra­phy by Curlicue De­signs Cal­lig­ra­phy, price upon re­quest, curlicue de­signs.com. Op­po­site: Luigi Bormi­oli glasses and carafes, from $25 each, lui­gi­bormi­oli.com. Ichen­dorf “Sorsi Tall” glasses (with gold rims), $22 each, bar­neys.com. Soane Bri­tain “Rat­tan Hurling­ton” vase, price upon re­quest, soane.co.uk. For more craft sources, see The Guide.

SEE THE LIGHT

Ready to make a big state­ment? All you need is a few large wicker lamps. “Hang­ing all these shapes to­gether cre­ates a real land­scape over the ta­bles,” Stark says. A clever take on the pa­per-lantern trend, this stylish setup com­ple­ments other bas­ket-themed el­e­ments (think chairs and glass­ware), and the durable fix­tures can come home with you after­ward—a per­fect sou­venir for your new life to­gether.

SWEET THINGS

Up­date the clas­sic bas­ket-weave cake with nat­u­ral tones and whim­si­cal “flow­ers” from—sur­prise!—corn husks and doll­house bas­kets (get the how-to at marthastew­artwed­dings.com/bas­kets). Con­tinue the theme with cook­ies (op­po­site), piped in a lat­tice de­sign. THE DETAI LS: Wendy Kromer cake and cook­ies, prices upon re­quest, wendykromer.com. L’Ob­jet “Braid” cake server, $135, l-ob­jet.com. Cal­lig­ra­phy by Curlicue De­signs Cal­lig­ra­phy, price upon re­quest, curlicuedesigns.com. For more craft sources, see The Guide.

Pho­tographs by Pernille Loof

Cre­ated by Katie Cov­ing­ton Crane, Michael McCormick, and David Stark

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