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I love the juxtaposition of urban and garden that seem to exist in Diana and Osman’s beautiful wedding, sent to me by the talented Karen Wise. The Foundry in Long Island City was the perfect venue for this intimate wedding with only 80 guests – Diana works in the construction industry, so the industrial feeling of The Foundry seemed appropriate.

Diana wore a dress by Jim Hjelm.

The flowers were designed by Jorge at Celebrate Flowers in Chelsea, 212-736-2102.

Cherry blossoms were in season for this May wedding, and they made quite an appearance at the ceremony site.

A votive-lined wall gives the space a warm glow.

Osman chose each wine and champagne himself, and supplied them from his wine bar, Turks & Frogs.

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Ottoman replica lanterns – that Osman sells in his antique shop turned wine bar – were installed around the mezzanine over the dance floor. They were fitted with flickering electric lights to resemble a candle flame. As a nod to Osman’s background, a band played traditional Turkish music during the cocktail hour.

A fire pit was set up outdoors after the sun went down.

Diana’s good friend comes from a long line of Neapolitan bakers, and he owns Francesco’s Bakery in Hicksville (516-931-6821), and supplied delicious cakes and Italian pastries. The vanilla wedding cake was filled with chocolate mousse and strawberries.

Congratulations Diana and Osman! And thank you so much to Karen Wise for sharing these beautiful photos – be sure to check out her beautiful new website (just launched this week).

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I don’t want to wish away the beautiful fall weather, but I thought a little Miami getaway might be nice for the weekend. Inspired by mojitos, both in color and in flavor, I imagine a modern glamorous wedding, full of orchids, large tropical leaves, and diaphanous white fabrics. Oh, and a cigar roller for your guests, of course.

Mood: tropical modern
Palette: mojito green, sheer white

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Top row from left: lanterns from Big Sky Tents, bride and groom photo by Elizabeth Messina, escort cards and orchids from Mindy Weiss
Row 2: bouquet photo by Sara Remington, cattleya cake from Beth Helmstetter, mojito bar photo by Amanda Kraft, white candy bar from Rebecca Thuss
Row 3: canopied tables from Beth Helmstetter, lotus pod by Botanicals Chicago, lime sorbet via Whisk, place setting via Toast and Tables
Row 4: cattleya bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, table photo by Jennifer Davis via The Bride’s Cafe, cigar roller from Oh How Charming!, orchid arrangement by Rosenow Floral, boutonniere by Soiree

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I love the elegance and movement in this photo by Elizabeth Messina, not to mention the bluish slate gray color. So it served as the inspiration for today’s wedding board! The palette is muted and cool, and the bird motif lends a whimsical element.

Mood: classical sophistication, muted whimsy
Palette: slate gray, powder blue

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Top row from left: bird photo by Elizabeth Messina, dress via Oh Joy!, bouquet photo by f8 Studio, bench photo from Karsenika’s flickr
Row 2: car from Bobbi Rice, calligraphed menu via Ruby Press, nest of Jordan almonds from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: ceremony site from Martha Stewart Weddings, stationery photo by Duston Todd, table via Carpe+Item, dusty miller centerpiece photo by Jocelyn Filley
Row 4: boutonniere from Soiree, dresses from J.Crew, bouquet photo by Toole Art, calligraphy cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, ribbon-tied pearls via Hey Susy

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It is entirely possible to have an orange autumn wedding without a single pumpkin – actually, this palette of wheat gold, cameo pink, tangelo orange and cream would work equally well in spring and summer, but autumn is what I had in mind when making this inspiration board. These colors would let you use dahlias for fall, roses in summer, and poppies in spring. There is something eternally romantic about a cameo brooch (many of which can also be worn as pendants). Paired with a whimsical cake (decorated with crepe paper flowers!) and a dress with lace applique details, this is a wedding board that manages to be sweetly romantic without being overly saccharine or fussy.

Mood: soft, warm autumn romance
Palette: cameo, tangelo, gold, cream

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Top row from left: crepe paper flower cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet by Artfool, dress via Style Me Pretty, photo by W. Scott Chester
Row 2: gold frame photo by Jose Villa, citrus juice, invitation by Enfin La Voila, centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: poppy centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings, cameo from Jewelry Basket, bride and groom and confetti both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: gift bags from Ariella Chezar, Bari Zaki envelope from Greer Chicago, tie from Outstanding Occasions via Southern Weddings, dahlia bouquet via All Things Lovely

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