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For the third inspiration board in my mini red, white and blue series, I thought something a little retro and sassy would be fun. How about a ruffled tea length dress and a blue birdcage veil for the bride? And lots of fun patterns in bold colors, on bridesmaid dresses, table runners and letterpress coasters. For more inspiration in this color scheme, check out Joy’s pretty post on “a medley of mint and tomato.”

Mood: retro, bold
Palette: mint blue green, poppy red

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Top row from left: red carnation centerpiece and grapefruit mint mojitos both from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of aqua birdcage veil by Silvana di Franco
Row 2: photo of toile dress with red necklace by Tara Whittaker, peony stem photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 3: vintage car photo by Kate Murphy, teal wedding cake with pleated paper decorations from Martha Stewart Weddings, ruffled wedding dress photo by Duston Todd, calligraphy tag by Betsy Dunlap
Row 4: shoe painting by Janet Hill Studio via Blah Blah Blahg, Lomography Diana camera from Urban Outfitters, letterpress peony coasters by Ruby Press via Poppytalk

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Another relaxed summer wedding inspiration board for you, with a touch of red, white and blue to continue this week’s color motif. And what’s more summery and Fourth-of-July than a picnic? Print save-the-dates or invites on brown paper lunch bags to give guests the idea of what’s to come. Set up a swing and some lawn games, and maybe decorate with some paper lanterns hung in the trees. And again, if this idea seems too informal for a wedding, it would be perfect for a welcome party or rehearsal picnic luncheon.

Mood: breezy summer picnic
Palette: brown, green, red, pale blue

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Top row from left: picnic baskets and pies (via Dress Design Decor) both from Martha Stewart, “games” wooden sign photo by Jose Villa
Row 2: swing photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of sandwiches wrapped in paper by France Ruffenach via Santa Barbara Chic
Row 3: brown paper bag picnic save-the-date by Sesame Letterpress, tea towel wrapped bottles from Martha Stewart, photo of basket of cherries by Kathryn Kleinman, tulip and daisy bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: photo of blue convertible VW Bug by Duston Todd, red punch jar from Custom Event Group, vintage handkerchief ring pillow photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, bride with blue shawl photo by Meg Smith

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Yesterday was a perfect day here, and we enjoyed it by cooking out with some friends – I hope we’ll have lots more days like that this summer! This week, I thought I’d post some red, white and blue inspiration boards, and I’m starting with this laid back lobster boil wedding. Get your guests in the spirit with lobster bib save-the-dates. How to make things both relaxed and lovely? For table numbers, tie tags around galvanized buckets filled with flowers, and for place cards, write guests’ names on smooth stones. Serve up ice cream in paper cups with wooden spoons, and drinks with striped straws. Send guests home with lobster-shaped lollipops. And if this seems too casual for a wedding, how about a rehearsal dinner?

Mood: relaxed, preppy
Palette: driftwood, pale blue, lobster red

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Top row from left: bride and groom with balloons via Nibs, ice cream with paper+cup wooden spoons via Martha Stewart Weddings, Cape Cod photo from Maverick Charters
Row 2: linen ring pillow from Eunice’s wedding via Martha Stewart Weddings, dahlias in mason jar vase from Wedding Style Guide, lobster lollipops and rubber stamp save the date both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: lobster save-the-date by Linda & Harriett, photo by Karlisch, blue striped straws via Kelly Oshiro Events, lobster bib by Bird & Banner
Row 4: photo of DIY programs with bakers twine by Leigh Miller, red checked napkin, dahlias in galvanized bucket from Real Simple, blueberry pie

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