Linh wrote me with a request for a wedding that was elegant with a touch of modern flair, but was undecided about a color palette. Because of her venue (see that top right photo), and the fact that her dress is ivory with a gold sash, I definitely wanted to include gold in this board. Linh also expressed an interest in other neutral tones, so I incorporated some chocolate brown, champagne, and cream.
Mood: elegant with modern flair
Palette: gold, champagne, chocolate, cream
This board is for Emily, who is having a wedding in a central California. The venue has a slight outdoorsy, country feel, but Emily doesn’t want her wedding to be overly rustic. Emily wanted something that would reflect a swing dance vibe, without looking like you’ve stepped through a time warp. She also mentioned that the property has a building designed to look like a retro ice cream parlor. I used a white and red striped soda straw as my main inspiration and, working with these points, I came up with the following board.
Mood: a little bit country, a little bit swing
Palette: white, red, some yellow and brown
Katie wrote me looking for some inspiration for her Northern California wedding. It will be at her parents’ house, with the ceremony in a pecan orchard, and the reception on the backyard lawn. The challenge for this board was that I wanted to stick with ideas that Katie could do herself, and that would fit within her budget. Her fiance likes the idea of a kind of country wedding, and Katie wants things to be more elegant, with what she called a gypsy/French aesthetic. The way I imagine this event, then, is with single large blooms for the bouquets (I used hydrangea, but a single peony or magnolia would work well, too). Buying flowers that are in season will take down the cost considerably. I would also float candles in the pool, because what is more romantic than that! I like the idea of a family style meal, with large platters of food on every table that are passed and shared, as well as several bottles of wine per table and a dessert buffet (baked goods are something that everyone can contribute). Also, it’s amazing what kinds of beautiful white dresses you can find that are significantly lower-priced than bridal gowns. The one I used in this board is only $360 by BCBG, and I think it works well with the feel of this event. Best of luck, Katie! I hope this board gives you some ideas.