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Pink and brown is one of those combinations that has almost been done too many times. But, as with anything, you can take something classic or even common, and make it new and fresh. How is a pink and brown color palette made into something unexpected? When it’s paired with a gray accent, and applied to a rustic ranch venue. I didn’t want the ranch theme to be too much here, so I kept it to boots for the bride and a cake decorated with different cattle brands. Photos hung on an aged barnwood wall and a rusty old mailbox for collecting notes from guests play up the rustic feel, while pale pink softens things. And I know I did a pink ranch wedding not too long ago, but this one definitely looks different. I’m telling you, there are an infinite number of ways to have a beautiful wedding, even if the colors and theme have been done before!

Mood: rustic, romantic
Palette: pale pink, brown, gray

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Top row from left: photo by Mulberry Photo, stationery by Hello! Lucky, bouquet by The Green Vase, boots photo by Sara Remington for Anna Kuperberg
Row 2: flowers by Prudence Designs, pashminas from Love Luck and Angels, mailbox “guest book” from Grapevine Weddings, photo by Jose Villa
Row 3: thank you note by Chewing the Cud, porcelain milk bottles by Alyssa Ettinger via In This Instance, wine glasses from Bellissima Vita, cattle brand cake by Sweet Pea Bakery
Row 4: photo line from The Knot, photo by Anna Kuperberg, dress by Coren Moore

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This board is for Laura, who needed some help visualizing her wedding in the colors she and her fiance had chosen. They imagine a wedding that is fun, elegant, and modern – no ruffles or frills here! Laura also mentioned an affinity for bees, so I tried to work that in as well. Another fun detail about this wedding: they’re getting married at the ruins of these cloisters in Paulinzella, Germany. What a unique and beautiful venue!

Mood: elegant, modern, fun
Palette: navy, rust orange, ice blue

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Top row from left: lanterns photo by Wedding Day Art from Lola Event Production, shirt and tie from Coles Shirtmakers, ribbon bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Kate Webber
Row 2: initials from Martha Stewart Weddings, busy bee invitation by A3 Design via Black Eiffel, photo by Vallentyne, beehive cake topper by Wren Handmade
Row 3: photo via Project Wedding, ranunculus via Toast and Tables, table numbers from Mi Mi Design
Row 4: calla bouquet from Red Ribbon Studio, ribbon boutonnieres from Martha Stewart Weddings, hair pin by Twigs & Honey, calligraphy by Laura Hooper

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Classic, formal elements define this wedding inspiration board, like elaborate calligraphy, floor length bridesmaid dresses, and garden roses. As much as I appreciate the desire for a unique and even unusual wedding, I also appreciate the timeless elegance of something like this. And I can’t get over Georgina Chapman’s perfectly romantic ruffly dress.

Mood: classic, romantic
Palette: pale yellow, pastel pink, green

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Top row from left: photo by A. Bryan, calligraphy by Bernard Maisner, photo by Adi Nevo, hydrangea arrangement photo from Jupiter Images, Georgina Chapman via bon mariage!
Row 2: tent from David Beahm Design, arrangement by Grandiflora, cake from Laurie Arons
Row 3: rose bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, bridesmaids photo by Mark Staff, invitation by Red Bliss, mint juleps from WED
Row 4: photo from New York Magazine, mint boutonniere from In Style, table number wreath from Alison Events, bouquet by Nicolette Camille

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Pink has so many personalities. Sometimes it’s sassy and bold, or flirty and sweet, or classic and sophisticated. In today’s inspiration board, pink takes on an antique faded look, for some timeless romance. I especially love the two bouquets, by Ariella Chezar and Nicolette Camille – perfectly romantic without being overly girly.

Mood: timeless romance
Palette: faded pink, aged paper

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Top row from left: dress via Polaroids & Peonies, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, wish tags via Style Me Pretty (photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy), macaron cake from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: candy cups from Martha Stewart Weddings, napkin from Oh How Charming!, bouquet by Nicolette Camille via Design Sponge, photo from Rosenow Floral
Row 3: veil by Jennifer Leigh, Hans Fahden Vineyard volcanic ash cave, invitation by Ceci NY, Club Monaco suit from GQ (via East Side Bride)

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What would a week of earth friendly inspiration boards be without a charming garden board in green?!

Mood: fresh, charming garden
Palette: green, white

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Top row from left: sweet pea bouquet from The Knot, ceremony design from Oh How Charming, Lark Creek Inn via Here Comes the Guide, ivy favors via {frolic}
Row 2: table from Fete NY, cherry mojitos from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Perfect Endings, plant-able invitation by Round Robin Press
Row 3: vintage dress via Ocean State Bride, arrangement by Floret Flowers (photo by David Perry), Edwardian ring from Fay Cullen, photo by Gertrude & Mabel

10 Ways to Go Green:
1. Grow your own bouquet! I’m not going to pretend that I would ever take on such an ambitious task, but I know there are some die-hard do-it-yourselfers out there who would jump at the chance. Sweet peas make for a simply beautiful bouquet; other types of flowers (peonies, say?) would be a trickier endeavor. But if you have your date set, and you’ve given yourself plenty of time, or if someone you know has an incredible garden and green thumb, it’s a special way to go green.
2. Line your ceremony aisle with pots of living plants. You can either use them later in your own garden or home, or give them as gifts to your wedding party. Potted ivy wrapped in paper and ribbon make sweet favors for your guests, and if you want they could even act as centerpieces if you cluster them together.
3. Choose a caterer that uses seasonal, local and organic ingredients. The Lark Creek Inn is not only a lovely venue, it is one of the best restaurants in my hometown, using seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Search Portovert for green catering options in your area.
4. Cover your tables with delicate vintage linens. Search for them at antique shops and flea markets, or ebay (always a great resource).
5. Bottled water is a huge source of waste, so instead serve water in glass bottles that you’ve already used. Clean them, remove the label, fill them with water, and chill. If your local water isn’t too tasty, take the time to filter it yourself.
6. Beautiful little cakes can do double-duty as centerpieces, either on their own or surrounded by small floral arrangements. This example is adorned with delicate sugar flowers; real, non-toxic flowers would also be a pretty cake topper.
7. Send your guests invitations that will grow! Round Robin Press makes adorable letterpress invitations from organic cotton, with wildflower seeds embedded in the paper. Instead of throwing it away or keeping it around to create clutter, your guests can plant the invitation and think of you when flowers pop up!
8. Wear an heirloom dress. If your grandmother, mother, sister or aunt still has her wedding dress, have it altered to fit you. Or, you can have a seamstress or tailor incorporate details from the antique dress into a custom dress for you: lace trim, buttons, etc. And if you want to wear a vintage dress but don’t have one in the family, check out Vintageous or Posh Girl Vintage for some fun options.
9. Non-floral decorations are by no means the only way to go green. Choose a floral designer who uses organic local, seasonal, sustainably grown flowers. Erin from Floret Flowers emailed me some photos of her beautiful work, and shared this insight with me: There are other ways to go green with wedding flowers besides not having any or using paper blooms. I am an organic flower grower/floral designer and use a minimum of 80% local and seasonal flowers in my work. It is very possible for brides to have their florists source local blooms for their big day especially since wedding season and the peak local flower months coincide perfectly.
You can expect to see more of Erin’s beautiful work in future inspiration boards!
10. Vintage is green, and that goes for jewelry, too! This gorgeous Edwardian engagement ring is an amazing example. You can go vintage for any of your accessories, and feel good about making an earth friendly choice.

PS – If you love the bicycle photo by Gertrude & Mabel as much as I do, share the love! Go vote for it in the photo contest at Pacific Weddings by tomorrow, April 25.

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