The winning arrangement of the tablescape competition at the 2017 Columbus Weddings Show

If you attended the Columbus Weddings Show at the Ohio Expo Center in January, you might have seen our tablescape competition. Three tables displayed three different takes on the same theme: vintage by candlelight. One table emerged as the clear winner, as chosen by popular vote. We talked to the table's designer—Trish Watters, banquet director at Chef T's Catering—about her inspiration.

“Actually, [I was inspired by] my wedding, because my wedding was vintage and we had a candlelight wedding. So that was kind of the motif for what I had from my wedding [in 2013],” Watters says. “What was really weird was, when I had picked out everything and showed it to Todd [Gross, owner of Chef T's], he was like ‘Ugh, the gold.' And I said, ‘Trust me, the gold is going to go.' ”

And Watters was right. Not only did show attendees cast the most votes for her table, one bride hired Chef T's and Watters for her wedding based on the display. “She's using the exact same table décor for her wedding,” Watters says.

Watters—who also serves as a de facto event planner for the catering company—sourced her table's linens and china from Lasting Impressions Event Rental; she purchased the flowers wholesale and arranged them herself.