Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hi friends! Sorry for the late post today – I am finally completely moved! Today’s wedding board was inspired by the incredible tent in the top corner, both for color and for the feel of it. I don’t know that a destination wedding would be for me, but either way it’s nice to have a little getaway in the middle of the week.

Mood: warm, exotic
Palette: orange, turquoise, lime green, sand

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Top row from left: tent via Topsy Turvy, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, photo by Vallentyne
Row 2: sand dollar seating cards photo by Jennifer Dery, lemonade caipirinha from Martha Stewart
Row 3: bouquet from Brides, ceviche from Ariella Chezar, photo by Elizabeth Messina, beach ceremony from Alison Events
Row 4: invitation by Ceci New York, beaded ring by Kuoting, flowers by Ariella Chezar for Brides, Oscar de la Renta dress via Zoe Lingard

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(The pun was just too obvious to resist!) It’s not here yet, but autumn is on its way… There is something moody in the look of this wedding board, which I think works because autumn is sort of moody. The light changes, the colors change, and the temperatures fluctuate. For this wedding, I imagine late afternoon light, or early evening lit by firelight. I also wanted to incorporate the colors you would find in pears – nothing as bright or saturated as you would find in apples, but still varied. The kraft paper invitation is perfect too, since both its color and texture are reminiscent of the skin of Bosc pears. And if you’re look for the perfect favor for your guests, try these paper-wrapped pears.

Mood: elegant harvest
Palette: muted natural shades

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Top row from left: photo by Katya de Grunwald, photo by Mel Barlow, invitation by Jelsen Jargon via Brooklyn Bride, caramel pear from Martha Stewart
Row 2: pear still life, seating card board via BV Weddings, bouquet by Ariella Chezar for Brides, tweed suit
Row 3: pie from Martha Stewart, “guest book” and feather pen, pear place cards photo by Mel Barlow, pear cider and donuts by Callahan Catering

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I think this is one of those color palettes that can really capture the personalities of the couple getting married, and it would work well in a number of venues: a stark urban loft, on the beach, in a summer garden. Aqua and poppy red might be too bold for some, but that’s the fun of colors – there really is something for every style and taste!

Mood: bold, playful
Palette: aqua, poppy red, white

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Top row from left: photo by Eclectic Images, centerpiece by Nancy Liu Chin, yogurt berry popsicles via Dessert First, chandelier photo by Michele M. Waite via Married & More with Michelle
Row 2: turquoise vase, signature cocktails from Soiree, photo from Nancy Liu Chin, cake by Ron Ben-Israel for InStyle Weddings
Row 3: table from Martha Stewart Weddings, confetti packet photo by Our Labor of Love, photobooth save-the-date by Amber and Jimmy via Being Social, favor box from Rebecca Thuss
Row 4: cake photo by Liz Banfield from Southern Accents, turquoise votives from Brides (photo by Dasha Wright), red peony nosegay by Ariella Chezar, invitation by BellaBliss Design

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Here is the second inspiration board that I made a few months ago for Minted.com. I just adore the illustration that Rene Gruau did for Christian Dior, and really loved making this wedding board based around it.

Mood: feminine, modern
Palette: shades of gray, blush pink, orange, peach

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Top row from left: Rene Gruau illustration, dress by J.Crew, bridesmaids from Details Details, photo by Meg Smith
Row 2: champagne tower photo by Dasha Wright from Brides, monogrammed cardigan from Martha Stewart Weddings, gray dress by Elizabeth Dye
Row 3: Morgan Le Fay dress from Brides, orange calla lily bouquet photo by Red Ribbon Studio, calligraphed “cootie catcher” from Martha Stewart Weddings, ring by Kuoting
Row 4: invitation by Egg Press, lounge area from Laurie Arons, ring bearer from Love Luck and Angels, peach flowers

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I’m not sure if this is apparent from your side of the computer, but things over here have been incredibly hectic lately. I was away for two weeks, and as soon as I got back I had to pack up my life and move into a new place. In the midst of getting settled, I drove 14 hours to a friend’s wedding this weekend, and then yesterday drove 14 hours back (what made me think driving there was the best plan?). Needless to say, I’m still trying to get situated and re-organized. To help myself catch up, I’m doing some re-posting today, with two inspiration boards that I made awhile back for Minted.com’s Design Roundtable. Some of you may have seen them already, so I apologize for the repeat, but I actually really liked the way these turned out, so I’m happy to share them again. Hoping to be back to normal tomorrow. I’m not making any promises or anything, but I’m working on it!

Magnolias are one of those incredible smelling flowers that look perfect singly in a bud vase or mason jar. You can even carry one on its own as a bouquet! Magnolias are feminine without being dainty, and they are the central inspiration for this wedding board. I imagine this wedding being fairly small, on the casual side, with someone’s great-uncle passing around a jar of moonshine at some point during the reception. And if I were to make this board over again, I would probably go with homemade cakes or cupcakes in place of the more formal (though gorgeous) cake I included here.

Mood: soft, romantically rustic
Palette: green, cream, pale slate

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Top row from left: magnolias in jars, hanging mason jar votives from Hatch Creative Studio, hanging seating cards photo by Suzy Clement
Row 2: truck photo by Tiffany Aicklen via Elizabeth Anne Designs, photo by Mallory Samson
Row 3: invitation by Egg Press, dress from J.Crew, photo by Victoria Pearson, cake by April Reed
Row 4: church photo by Mark Staff, tables from Ariella Chezar, pear-lemon fizz from Martha Stewart Weddings, hair pin by Jennifer Behr

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