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How about a swanky black-tie soiree to take us into the weekend? A palette of aubergine and pomegranate red, accented with platinum details, works well for both a fall and a winter event. I imagine plenty of glowing candles lining the aisle at the ceremony and the tables at the reception. A signature cocktail would surely include champagne…

Mood: timeless, swanky
Palette: plum, pomegranate, platinum

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Top row from left: centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, dress via The Invitation Lady, champagne cocktail styled by Kirsten Strecker, invitation suite from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: photo by Arden Photo, fruit plate from Matthew Mead, vintage skyscraper photo, necklace via heysusy
Row 3: bouquet by Saipua, personalized menu by Laura Hooper, tuxedo via The Sartorialist, cake by Beaux Gateaux
Row 4: photo by Jessica Johnston, tiered centerpiece photo by Gemma Comas, Christian Louboutin flats from Barney’s, cymbidium boutonniere by Gillian Marie Events (photo by Lindsay Docherty)

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Beau-Coup invited me to take part in their inspiration challenge – create a wedding look based around one of their (many) favors. I chose the mini teapot as my inspiration for this sweetly sophisticate orange and blue tea party. Though it could easily work as a bridal shower, I do love the idea of an intimate tea party wedding reception. Centerpieces and bouquets that incorporate both flowers and citrus fruits (all of the flowers here were done by Ariella Chezar), charming blue and cream details, and of course a darling little teapot for a favor.

Mood: sweet afternoon tea
Palette: tangerine, Tiffany blue, cream

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Top row from left: centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, Jenny Lee dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Myrtle & Marjoram
Row 2: cake and bouquet both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: wish box from Martha Stewart Weddings, teapot favor from Beau-Coup, child’s dress
Row 4: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings, card by Carrot & Stick Press, teacups

The fun thing is that in this inspiration challenge for me, there’s an opportunity for you to win a $75 gift card to Beau-Coup! All you have to do is hop over to Beau-Coup and browse around for your favorite favor. Then come back here and leave a comment not only mentioning which favor you chose, but what type of wedding it would inspire (venue, colors, mood, etc). You have until midnight on Monday, November 17 to enter, and I will announce the winner on Friday, November 21. I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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I don’t know what it is about inspiration boards like this, but they always make me so happy! I don’t know if it’s the color, or the simple rustic charm, but it never gets old for me – I love it! Thinking about green and white as a palette for your wedding, I decided that it is an excellent color choice for anyone who feels uncomfortable with their ability to pull colors together – sticking with a simple, two-toned palette can help you focus, and various shades of green can work in almost any setting, from a rustic barn to a modern loft. What other simple palettes can you think of that are this flexible and user-friendly?

Mood: simple rustic charm
Palette: bright green, white, weathered wood

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Top row from left: tall grass, button mum photo by Jose Villa via Duet Weddings, lemon verbena water from Martha Stewart Weddings, jacket and tie photo by Megan W via Southern Weddings
Row 2: cupcakes photo by Laura Bruen, bentwood chairs from Brides
Row 3: table from Brides via Fairmount Bride, invitation suite from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet from A Charleston Bride, centerpiece by David Stark
Row 4: favor boxes from Bella Sera, photos by Jonathan Canlas, bouquet by Artfool, photo by W. Scott Chester

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One of my favorite weddings – such a beautiful place, a gorgeous dress, and that bouquet! Captured beautifully by Jose Villa.

  The ceremony took place at the bride’s parents’ home, with the reception just down the road at the private Valley Club of Montecito.

The couple lived in Barcelona for most of their engagement, and Georgia became friends with Cortana, a boutique dressmaker who custom-made Georgia’s beautiful dress.

Nate’s brother-in-law made the wrought iron arch for the ceremony.

Heidi Merrick, a friend of the bride, made the bridesmaid dresses in shades of blue.

The vanilla buttercream cake by was filled with fresh strawberries and decorated with figs and edible flowers.

Photographer: Jose Villa / Venue: private residence in Santa Barbara, California / Officiant: Saral Burdette / Day-Of Coordinator: Duet Weddings / Bride’s Custom Dress: Cortana, 93/310-3112 / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith / Groom’s Custom Shoes: Andre #1 / Flowers: Modern Day Design / Cake: Siblings Bakery
  • Romantic Garden Wedding in Santa Barbara

    5 November 2008
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    I fell in love with the cottage featured on Decorology the other day, and those images inspired this wedding board. I had a French country look in mind, with aged pastels in both warm and cool shades, with just a touch of gray – I know how much you all love gray!

    Mood: effortless charm
    Palette: faded pastels

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    Top row from left: patio table photo by Brian Andriola, bride and groom from Martha Stewart Weddings, bedroom via Decorology
    Row 2: photo by Jose Villa, bouquet by Saipua
    Row 3: bouquet by Flower Wild, Elizabeth Messina photo styled by Oh How Charming, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 4: calligraphy by Maria Thomas, photo by Tec Petaja, bridesmaid via Kim Gray, centerpiece by Ariella Chezar

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