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With the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, I thought it would be fun to pull together a race day inspired wedding board. Roses, mint juleps, ladies in hats and men in seersucker suits… Embellish bouquets with prize ribbons and use trophies or silver julep cups as vases for centerpieces. Decorate stationery and cakes with horseshoes, serve Derby pie, and hire a bluegrass band to serenade the cocktail hour. And if you hold your wedding on Kentucky Derby Saturday, be sure to provide your guests with cards so they can place their “bets” on the winning horse.

Mood: race day festivities
Palette: rose red, grass green

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Top row from left: bridal hat from Martha Stewart Weddings, ribbon seating card and trophy both from Wedding Style Guide, bouquet from Well Wed
Row 2: mint juleps via Brown Turtleneck Sweater, dessert buffet from Well Wed, tent from David Beahm
Row 3: wreath via Real Weddings, d.Sharp cake topper and confetti both from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Leigh Miller
Row 4: seersucker suit photo by Liz Banfield, horse photo by Punam Bean, bluegrass musicians photo by Jose Villa, horseshoe invitation by Greenwich Letterpress

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I suppose in some ways this wedding board is inspired by my road trips through South Carolina and Georgia – one of my absolute favorite things about driving through the South is the Spanish moss in the oak trees, and I wanted to create an inspiration board around that low-country look. Something simple and easy going. Nothing fussy or overwrought. A small town feel. Magnolias are an obvious floral choice, and peach jam and grits make for an appropriate regional favor. And I know it’s rather trendy at this point, but I never get sick of sweet tea served in a mason jar.

Mood: low country rustic charm
Palette: Spanish moss, kraft paper, pale peach

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Top row from left: photo by Liz Banfield, photo by Samuel Lippke, grits and peach jam from Martha Stewart Weddings, fan via sfgirlbybay
Row 2: magnolias via Style Court, photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, sweet tea from Vermont Vows, photo by Jessica Quadra
Row 3: Bible photo by Millie Holloman, jam photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, low country wedding, foot washing via Southern Weddings
Row 4: red velvet cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Victoria Pearson, seating card from Martha Stewart Weddings, floating magnolia from Rebecca Thuss

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So sorry for the late post today friends! Some inspiration boards are easier to finish than others, and for some reason I had the hardest time finding just the right images to pull this look together. I was going for a picnic wedding, but with a slightly different feel than some of the other picnic inspiration boards I’ve posted. This time, instead of a retro kitschy look, I wanted something that was a little bit bold and utterly feminine. Maybe with a bit of a woodsy feel to it? Anyway, I hope you enjoy and that it was worth the wait!

Mood: relaxed romance, flirty fun
Palette: oak leaf, raspberry, marigold

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Top row from left: beribboned tree, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Ericka McConnell, family photo clothesline display by Nicole Hill
Row 2: ring pillows from Martha Stewart Weddings, dessert table photo by One Love Photo, flowers in tin can vases via Earth Friendly Weddings, vintage stamps from Chelsea Fuss via Once Wed
Row 3: picnic blankets via Oh Happy Day, picnic meal on Mottahedeh tin plates, sodas from Kate Parker Weddings
Row 4: tart photo by Valls Photographic, flowers via Toast & Tables, photo by Liz Banfield via The Bride’s Cafe, bride with roses in her hair via Black Eiffel

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I was totally inspired by Stephanie Williams’ recent vintage-style photo shoot, especially this shot of the couple in front of an orange tree, and thought it would make for a beautiful look for a wedding. This is another example of how a gorgeous venue requires very simple decor.

Mood: vintage rustic
Palette: Valencia orange, almond, rust

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Top row from left: photo by Stephanie Williams, photo by Ericka McConnell, table under the trees by Laurie Arons and Stanlee Gatti (from InStyle Weddings), invitation from Wedding Style Guide
Row 2: drink table by Pollen via {frolic!}, vintage orange crate
Row 3: orange almond cake from Martha Stewart, hors d’oeuvres buffet from Rebecca Thuss, flowers by Napa Valley Celebrations, photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 4: rusty truck photo by Jasmine Star, gold locket photo by A Bryan Photo, photo by Stephanie Williams, Ariella Chezar flowers photo by Meg Smith

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