A Woodland Wonderland Christmas Cocktail Party

A Woodland Wonderland Christmas Cocktail Party in Tacoma, Washington
Sometimes my friends do cool things and I take pictures.

In this case, my friends hosted a white elephant Christmas party with the theme Woodland Wonderland. Sarah and Renae (who also hosted this instameet) styled a lovely tablescape as well as three bar cart corners featuring signature cocktails. The woodland theme was mainly carried out in the greenery hanging throughout the apartment.

As with most parties, you’ll either find me posted up at the cheese plate or taking photos. This time I did both and even brought my big girl camera along to document. As much as I love to style a photo on my iPhone for my Instagram feed, when I get my DSLR in my hands, my inner journalist comes out and I favor a tiny bit more candid style. Even in a still life photo, say, I like to pretend I’m catching the vanilla bean cake in deep conversation with the pear by its side. Maybe they were styled by a human to be in the exact placement they are in, but to me, it’s as if they have always been that way–close to one another. Perhaps that feeling is an indicator of a job well styled.

When the photography subject is human, the concept of being candid comes more naturally, but it’s the styled photo that is  more popular these days. It’s funny, in Instagram I sometimes will throw my manicured hand in a photo to pose my latte or I’ll see top down photos in my feed of a brunch where every hand in the photo is premeditated for the shot (stretch your fingers just so, turn your wrist a little to the left). It looks good, but it’s funny. I’d like to report that in this selection of photos, when you see a girl slicing cheese, she really is slicing cheese.

Anyway, I love how these photos turned out! Excellent window light + talented friends = my jam. Brace yourself for pretty holiday overload. #nofilter

I’m told Heritage Distilling Co. of Gig Harbor, Washington kindly supplied spirits for the cocktail party. Yay for local booze! The cocktails served were a bourbon cider, a cranberry rosemary cocktail, and a grapefruit cocktail.

Merry Christmas darlings.

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Photos by Alexis Sargent.

Notes: Photos are unedited, save for adding brightness to a select few. All are candids, except for the last photo. Shot with a Canon Rebel XTi with a 50 mm f/1.4 lens. I was not asked or paid to promote Heritage Distilling. 

Sarah Close (@ladygolightly) is a stylist and event designer at myladygolightly.com. Renae Cooper (@colouranddust) is a chalk artist and event stylist at colouranddust.com.

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