Monthly Archives: June 2008

I love a rustic look, but I also love a garden look. Here, I’ve softened a rustic venue and its more rugged elements with pale pinks and blues, plenty of beautiful flowers, and pretty calligraphy. In lieu of a traditional guest book, let guests write their notes on address cards and then file them alphabetically in an old recipe box – or use this as a way to organize escort cards instead. Cover some favorite hardbound books with kraft paper. It’s a simple and cost-effective decorative element which can double as a favor for guests to take home.

Mood: feminine, rustic
Palette: pink, blue, tan

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Top row from left: photo by Jen Siska, bouquet and table both from Martha Stewart Weddings, custom dress via Kim Gray
Row 2: truck photo by Eleise Theuer, kraft paper covered books from Oh How Charming!, vintage style cake via Once Wed, musicians photo by Jose Villa, bouquet by The Green Vase
Row 3: mason jar centerpiece photo by Heather Forsythe, lavender lemonade from Martha Stewart, escort cards on twine photo by Karen Wise, ceremony seats photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Row 4: envelope via Brooklyn Bride, pink pashminas from Jo Gartin, wood recipe box, pizzelle ice cream cups from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Apparently gray is the accent color of the year, but I’m not sick of it yet! I love the way it looks here – both charcoal and dove gray – paired with pale pale blue. Something so sophisticated about it…

Mood: sweetly refined
Palette: charcoal, cyan, dove gray

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Top row from left: cake photo by Jude Mooney, ring bearers from Martha Stewart Weddings, ballroom photo from Ashley Baber
Row 2: hand-written menu via Ruby Press, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, Vera Wang dress from Brides UK, bridesmaids via {frolic!}
Row 3: favor photo by Boutwell Studio, dog photo from Kathryn Kenna, veil from Bride’s Head Revisited, invitation by Milkfed Press
Row 4: photo by Yvette Roman, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Style Me Pretty, bouquet from The Knot

Update! This photo that Chelsea shared with me is just perfect for this gray and blue palette.

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If there are any colors that summer really showcases, it’s green and yellow. Once the trees have lost their blossoms, but before the grass dries up, greens and yellows dominate summer landscapes – as they do this wedding inspiration board.

Mood: relaxed summer charm
Palette: shades of green, yellows

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Top row from left: tree ceremony photo by BB Photography, bouquet by Livia Cetti for In Style, bride and groom via Always a Blogsmaid
Row 2: cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, table photo by Liz Banfield via Style Court, invitation from The Lettered Olive, boutonniere from Brides
Row 3: bouquet from The Knot, photo by Heather Forsythe, ivy via {frolic!}, photo by Adi Nevo
Row 4: invitation by Alee & Press, limeade photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, cookie favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, arrangement by Ariella Chezar

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This palette isn’t a far departure from one of last week’s boards, but I think this one is a little less formal, more playful. Right now I’m really loving these colors together, and think they would make for a lovely wedding. I especially love the cake with the bell topper and the groom with an orange shirt under a white suit. If this were an outdoor wedding, it might be nice to set up some white sofas for lounging outside of the tent.

Mood: cheerfully sophisticated
Palette: yellow, peach, pink, orange, fuchsia

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Top row from left: tent photo by Liz Banfield, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, dress by Cocoe Voci, lollipops from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: image via Perfectbound, citrus vodka from Martha Stewart Weddings, yellow bridesmaid dresses from J.Crew, daffodil bouquet from Brides
Row 3: bell cake topper from Martha Stewart Weddings, orange boutonniere photo by Mi Belle, floating flowers from Artfool, favor boxes from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation from Wedding Paper Divas
Row 4: ice cream cones from Brides, flowers by Ariella Chezar, ring pillows from Rebecca Thuss

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This wedding inspiration board centers around the palette found in Tim Walker’s beautiful photo, that I found awhile back on m.writes. The deep burgundy of the bougainvillea and the navy of her dress make for a striking and somewhat unusual palette for a wedding, especially a summer wedding (though I think it would work well for autumn, too).

Mood: late summer drama
Palette: burgundy, claret, navy blue

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Top row from left: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, fans from Knottie Crafty Rachel, navy and gray groomsmen via Perfect Bound, photo via m.writes
Row 2: dresses from Thread, invitation suite by Dauphine Press
Row 3: photo by Joseph Mark via Santa Barbara Wedding Guide, table arrangement from Brides, iced tea photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, blue bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: butterfly and flower cake from In Style, bouquet by Jo Gartin, Reem Acra dress via {frolic!}, illustration by Grady McFerrin via Design Crush

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