Monthly Archives: February 2008

Yesterday I posted an inspiration board that brought unexpected blue and orange into a rustic setting, and I do like the way it turned out. But the classic combination of green, brown and white for a simple outdoor wedding is always a favorite of mine. Here, some lovely nature-inspired elements for an intimate, do-it-yourself backyard wedding, such as hanging mason jar lights, and painted coffee can vases.

Mood: intimate, backyard
Palette: green, brown, white

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Top row from left: covered table and bicycle both from Brides, bouquet by Ariella Chezar
Row 2: coffee can floral arrangement via {frolic}
Row 3: photo by Jenny Ebert, moss seating cards from Kathleen Deery, hellebore cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, faux bois invitation suite via Brooklyn Bride
Row 4: group photo via Brooklyn Bride, star-of-Bethlehem bouquets by Tapestry Flowers via The Knot, mason jar lights from Hatch

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A rustic setting does not necessarily mean you need to use “rustic” colors, like browns and greens. This inspiration board is an excellent example of vibrant colors playing off of a neutral, rustic backdrop. I was inspired by the image in the top left corner, that Victoria posted on sfgirlbybay, and I was reminded of Viola and Phillip’s To Kill A Mockingbird inspired wedding (two of the images here are from that event). I love the colors here, and I love the birds…

Mood: playfully rustic
Palette: robin’s egg blue, orange, browns

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Top row from left: Kareem Rizk print via sfgirlbybay, Anna Kuperberg photo via Brooklyn Bride, blue pickup truck photo by Jose Villa, bouquet by Artfool
Row 2: arrangement from Beth Helmstetter, table via Si lo voglio!, A3 invitation via Black Eiffel, veil from Erin Cole
Row 3: save the date by Pancake and Franks, Anna Kuperberg bouquet via Brooklyn Bride, sangria punch photo by Elizabeth Messina, tree ribbons from Todd Events
Row 4: notecard from Whitney English, photo via {frolic}, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, flowers by Ariella Chezar

Update! Doesn’t this mood board from a decor8 contest last year fit perfectly with this inspiration board?
Update! Take a look at this beautiful invitation by Creative Montage, inspired by my blue and orange board!

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I have seen a few gorgeous and creative weddings that use school as their theme, and I thought I’d take a shot at it. By far the most detailed one I’ve seen is Minhee and Truman’s incredible event, featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, complete with an invitation suite modeled after old-school report cards, so if you’re looking for some real creativity and inspiration, take a look. Some other ideas are: a bundle of pencils printed with the date and place as save-the-dates, kitschy toys for favors (maybe classic yo-yos or Silly Putty), vintage flash cards as clever table numbers, a guest book modeled after a composition notebook, and how about a dessert buffet reminiscent of a bake sale.

(My good friend thought I should tell you that I used to teach kindergarten. As though that adds to this inspiration board’s legitimacy?)

Mood: playful, school fun
Palette: red, yellow, black, brown

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Top row from left: photo from Amorology, book “ring pillow” from Chewing the Cud, Ariella Chezar bouquet via The Bride’s Cafe, lunch boxes via Lucky Me!
Row 2: table via Brooklyn Bride, school bus photo by Belathee, pencil card by Passing Notes, photo by White Box Weddings
Row 3: cootie catcher from Love Luck and Angels, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, apple seating cards photo by Eva Dahl, Mead composition book
Row 4: Rob & Lauren photo via Blush, dessert buffet from The Green Vase, Pretty Pen Jen lettering via The Bride’s Cafe

Update! You have got to see this fabulous photo Erika from Urban Grace Interiors just sent over. She had her reception in a one-room school house that her dad salvaged, which fits just perfectly with this inspiration board.

Update! Look at these clever note cards from Cotton Idea Studio, via Design Mom.

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Ariella Chezar‘s gorgeous flowers have inspired me yet again. This Spring inspiration board incorporates the palest blues and pinks with soft white. Refined elements like hand fans and parasols, chandeliers and delicate toile evoke Marie Antoinette (though not as over-the-top). This could easily translate into a grand event on a sprawling estate, or an intimate garden party.

Mood: refined and sweet
Palette: pale blue and pink

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Top row from left: Urban Unveiled image via Style Me Pretty, blue favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquets by Ariella Chezar, monogrammed parasol from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: toile notecard by Whitney English Paper, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Little White Dress
Row 3: photo by White Box Weddings, Amsale dress from Brides, bouquet via Style Me Pretty, photo by Elizabeth Messina

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This incredible arrangement by Tage Andersen, via Twelve Chairs (I can’t read it, but it is a beautiful blog), inspired me to make this board. I haven’t seen Love in the Time of Cholera, but it is one of my favorite books by far, and this inspiration board is how I translate it into a wedding.

Mood: tropical refinery, New World elegance
Palette: mahogany, tan, green, gold

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Top row from left: hair pin by Las Coronas, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, tropical arrangement via Twelve Chairs
Row 2: horse and carriage photo by Susan Stripling, ring pillow via Twelve Chairs
Row 3: bananas from Ariella Chezar, cigars from Amber Chic, draped room from Modern Day Design
Row 4: dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, calligraphy by Bernard Maisner, Match pewter via Toast and Tables

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