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Black and white probably isn’t the most obvious palette for a garden wedding, but the gorgeous invitation by Ceci New York convinced me otherwise. A bouquet of sweet peas and privet berries, white roses on a wrought-iron fence, Wedgwood jasperware, black figs and cheese – each of these elements play up the combination of black and white in a way that is elegant and subtle, rather than stark and modern. I would pull black bentwood chairs up to tables covered in soft white linens, fill black vases with lush white ranunculus, and hire a silhouette artist to send guests home with unique, custom favors. Yes, I think black and white works well for a garden wedding.

Mood: garden elegance
Palette: black, white

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Top row from left: invitation by Ceci New York, photo by Mi Belle Inc. via The Bride’s Cafe, cheese and figs styled by Heidi Johannsen, dress by Atelier Aimee from Charleston Weddings
Row 2: photo by Katya de Grunwald, bouquet by Artfool, chandelier photo from Domino
Row 3: silhouette from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Tec Petaja, cake from Nancy Liu Chin, Blumengarten centerpiece photo by Myrtle & Marjoram
Row 4: photo from Miss Whit’s flickr, black Wedgwood jasperware from Appleby Antiques, photo by Carrie Patterson, bentwood chairs via Katy Elliott

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I’m not sure I’m completely satisfied with the way this inspiration board turned out, but I certainly like the idea of this palette. Navy blue and hot pink are a sort of preppy meets glam punk combination, and the silver dresses it up a bit. I imagine that if Marie Antoinette were to throw a party today, it might look a bit like this, but with more. Of everything. If you wanted to tone down the sparkle, replace the silver with ivory for a bold preppy look.

Mood: modern-day Marie Antoinette
Palette: navy blue, hot pink, silver

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Top row from left: photo via This is Glamorous, hydrangea boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, pink lanterns from Artfool, navy blue dress
Row 2: ribbons from White Lilac, invitation via Style Court, bouquet by Artfool, macarons from Mad Baker’s flickr
Row 3: flowers from Carolyne Roehm, organza shrug by Elizabeth Dye via {frolic}, ring pillow by, cake topper by d. Sharp

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How cool do you have to be to wear a mini-dress on your wedding day? Pair it with a chic mini-coat and yellow heels, and you’re all set. (Well, that and figure out where that amazing interior is and convince them to let you have your reception there.) The different elements in this wedding board – from the mix-tape invitation to the craspedia bouquet – are both modern and retro mod, and I think they fit together nicely. I included pops of both lemon yellow and lime green here, but you could easily go with one or the other.

Mood: playful, mod
Palette: lemon, lime, white, touches of gray

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Top row from left: le Spose di Gio dress via The Bridal Wishlist, restaurant interior via Desire to Inspire, button mum pomanders photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, mix tape invitation by Heatherjeany
Row 2: arrangements by Michael George for In Style Weddings, miniature limoncello popsicles by Callahan Catering, striped tie from J.Crew, ring pillow by Vané Broussard
Row 3: smooching pins by Button Empire, craspedia bouquet from Bliss Events, Colette Peters cake via Brooklyn Bride, yellow shoe photo by Jose Villa

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Hi all! Sorry for the late post today! The idea for this board started with the sweet stitch sampler from Purl Bee, and inspired this faded, folksy prairie wedding. And it feels like a perfect way to celebrate late summer and the coming of fall. It also blends two of my favorite looks: vintage and rustic. I would pull old grain sacks into this wedding, maybe sewn together as a tablecloth or table runner, and let regional wildflowers play a prominent role in decor. And if you’re planning on having brave and generous friends and family pull together a meal for you, maybe you can include shucking corn as a rehearsal dinner activity…

Mood: prairie Americana
Palette: sun-faded yellow, green, brown, orange

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Top row from left: photo by One Love Photo, stitch sampler by Purl Bee, jam and shortbread favor from Martha Stewart Weddings, wildflower bouquet
Row 2: iced tea photo by Tiffany Aicklen, kids shucking corn from Martha Stewart, wheat boutonniere by Jo Gartin from In Style Weddings, vintage plates via Brooklyn Bride
Row 3: bale and quilts from Country Living, wildflowers in pitcher, pie, seating cards photo by Tanja Lippert
Row 4: invitation by Bluebird Studios, Claire Pettibone dress from Brides, American Gothic photo by Weddings By Two, arrangements in tins by Salt Harbor Designs

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There’s no reason pink has to be set aside for fall weddings; just pair it with a more typical fall color. Here I’ve used copper, and the pink almost ends up being more of an accent color, which I think works. Also, this color combination is a nice twist on the ubiquitous pink and brown, with copper’s ruddy metallic patina lending more complexity than a flat chocolate. How would you make pink work for a fall wedding?

Mood: feminine, complex
Palette: copper, pink

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Top row from left: copper platter from Martha Stewart, garden photo by Michelle Pattee, copper and pink dahlia, feather and rose bouquet from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: bouquet by Nicolette Camille, miniature ice cream cones from Custom Event Group, boutonniere by Emplume via Sparkliatti, dress via This Is Glamorous
Row 3: ribbon invitation from Brown Sugar Design Studio, dress photo via Daisy Chain, ranunculus photo by Meg Smith
Row 4: cake by April Reed, paper flower headband by Jude Miller, invitation from Innove Events

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