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I know the chronology is a little off to combine Billie Holiday and the height of the era called the Jazz Age, but those two related things are the main inspiration for this swanky, jazzy wedding board. An ancient piano creates an interesting visual, and harkens back to another time, as do a classic car and opera-length pearls, a vintage cake topper and invitation styled after one from the 1930s. Set up working vintage fans around the dance floor to keep guests cool, and turn an old bathtub into a cooler for drinks as a nod to the days of Prohibition. Of course the flower of choice for this wedding would be gardenia: float them in water, carry them in your bouquet, and wear them in your hair. And if at all possible – a tall order I’m sure – set up potted blooming gardenia trees or bushes at the ceremony, and then move them to the reception site. Can you imagine the fragrance of a wedding like that?

Mood: swanky, sultry
Palette: green, cream, black, white

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Top row from left: photo from La Fleur, piano photo by Leigh Miller, sheet music, Billie Holiday
Row 2: gardenia bouquet photo by Suzy Clement, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Anna Kuperberg, vintage fan via sfgirlbybay
Row 3: saxophone photo by Yvette Roman, bathtub cooler from Radeff Design Studios, floating gardenia from Martha Stewart Weddings, Elie Saab for Pronovias dress from Brides
Row 4: invite from the 1930s, photo by A Bryan Photo, vintage cake topper via Hello! Lucky, gardenia bouquet from Brides

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It’s the time of year for berries! How sweet would a backyard wedding be with a strawberry motif? I love each of these simple details. Tea tin and tin can centerpieces (see more here, here and here) are simple and lovely, especially if you include wild strawberries on the vine with cream-colored flowers. Set up a dessert buffet under a whimsical red-striped canopy, and let guests take home strawberry jam and biscuits for breakfast the next day. Fashion a ring pillow from a cute strawberry pincushion, and wrap your bouquet in an embroidered handkerchief. For more strawberry inspiration, check out another wedding inspiration board from awhile ago with strawberries and wheatgrass.

Mood: backyard, playful
Palette: red, pink, green, cream

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Top row from left: photo via Lucky Me!, bride in galoshes from Brides, tea tin centerpieces and cake both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: ladybug programs via Little Winter Bride, strawberry bouquet, photo by Cig Harvey, truck photo by Union Photography from The Knot
Row 3: strawberry jam favor from Martha Stewart, Farmers’ Market cards by Yeehaw Industries (thanks to Martha B for sharing!), centerpieces from Domino, “photobooth” from Lena Corwin’s flickr
Row 4: strawberry pincushions from Martha Stewart, kissing tree from Michelle Rago, Lisette dress from J.Crew via Something Old Something New, handkerchief wrapped bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings

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I know this palette isn’t anything new, but gosh it’s pretty. And as Ariella Chezar said, “Pink can be so saccharine by itself, but it’s sexy and moody when it’s integrated with other colors.” Need I say more?

Mood: elegant, dramatic
Palette: black, white, pale pink

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Top row from left: Burberry tie photo by Jessica Claire, centerpiece and cakes both from Martha Stewart Weddings, Monique Luo dress from Brides
Row 2: photo by Sara Remington for Anna Kuperberg, photo by Jose Villa via Classic Bride, Lovejoy vodka via Ruby Press, bouquet by Artfool
Row 3: Peter Som dress via Perfect Bound, Laura Hooper calligraphy via Elizabeth Anne Designs, photo by Timothy Lee, notecard by Paper+Cup
Row 4: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, painting by Kevin Dean via Design Sponge, programs from Rebecca Thuss, favors via Melissa’s Smitten

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I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!

Today’s board is an attempt to bring together contrasting elements, by placing an elegant, black-tie soiree in a rustic farm venue. The juxtaposition of the two things highlights them both: a crystal chandelier hanging in a knotty old tree, rose bouquets lined up along a weathered fence, bales of hay lit up after dark, muck boots and a tux. I imagine an old-timey string band during the cocktail hour, candelabras illuminating the barn, and blackberries mixed in with ranunculus. What elements would you incorporate to bring this wedding together?

Mood: sophisticated hoedown
Palette: green, white, black, pink

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Top row from left: chandelier photo from Brides, black-tie dress, cake, flowers by Floret
Row 2: photo from Sparkliatti, photo by Rachel McGinn, calligraphy by Laura Hooper, gold bird
Row 3: escort cards from Brides, door “altar” photo by Vallentyne, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, photo by Liz Banfield via The Bride’s Cafe
Row 4: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, peach preserves, lit-up hay bales from Fete NY, car from Cox & Cox

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If you haven’t had enough bright, bold wedding inspiration this week, I thought this board might do the trick. I’m going to be completely honest: I’m not sure how I feel about this color palette. I mean, it’s a lot. But I’m putting it out there because I’m curious to know what you think. Could it work? Or is it just too much? I think it could work, for the right couple, in the right venue…

Mood: yowza!
Palette: citron green, blackberry purple

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Top row from left: melons and berries, J.Crew shoes via Brooklyn Bride, table setting by Ariella Chezar (photo by Dasha Wright), photo by John & Joseph
Row 2: bouquet by Artfool, herbal ice cubs from Maria McBride, photo from New York Magazine, invitation suite by Bella Bliss
Row 3: bridesmaids and bouquet both from In Style, blackberry tart, green mum from Bellissima Vita Weddings
Row 4: boutonniere from Mi Mi Design, Bernard Maisner calligraphy for Brides, blackberry gin fizz from Martha Stewart Weddings via A Practical Wedding, green mums bouquet photo by Tanja Lippert via Style Me Pretty

Don’t forget to stop by later today to find out the winner of the Custom Fragrance Giveaway!

Update! Look at the beautiful flowers in this wedding shot by the talented Anne Ruthmann – blackberry and, well, not-quite citron, but still gorgeous!

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