I found this photo by Rodney Smith, of the man and the boy chasing after butterflies, via Perfect Bound, and it inspired this board. What a fun idea, to have a wedding that has a bit of a butterfly theme, without being overly girly and pink, and instead is reminiscent of old scientific papers and illustrations. I imagine centerpieces under bell jars, notes from guests dropped into an old bird cage, and butterfly-shaped seating cards arranged in a shadowbox. You could even name each table after a different species’ Latin name. For little guests, butterfly nets make a fun favor, perhaps with a long ribbon tied onto the handle.

Mood: cheerful discovery
Palette: green, brown, white

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Top row from left: photo by Rodney Smith, Michelle Rago arrangement (photo by Dasha Wright), papered wall via Desire to Inspire
Row 2: dress via Nibs, bouquet by Ariella Chezar
Row 3: butterflies by Lushbella, ribbons and lanterns from In Any Event, insect jars, Old Town Florist boutonnieres via Perfectly Pearl
Row 4: shoes via A Cup of Jo, Le Petite Fleur cake from Brides, flowers via {ritzy bee}, envelope by Bari Zaki


These butterfly seating cards by Hello! Lucky would have been perfect in this inspiration board.

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  1. deanna

    love this board! so beautiful and inspiring! aren’t the paper butterflies (1st photo, 3rd row) from lush bella’s etsy shop? just wondering cause that photo didn’t have a credit beside it.

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  2. Kathryn

    Yes Deanna – thank you!

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  3. erika

    you are amazing. i wish i could start each of my new projects with a snippet & ink inspiration board – i know my clients would love it! something to think about!??http://urbangraceinteriors.typepad.com/

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  4. Stephanie

    Love that dress!!This reminds me of your Night at the Museum board: http://snippetandink.blogspot.com/2007/11/board-66-night-at-museum.htmlI could see this board infused with the dark orange of a monarch butterfly too.

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  5. Jenna

    I need to find someone willing to create the wedding you just described. A really beautiful introductory paragraph on this post!

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  6. April ~ Living the Sweet Life

    Beautiful Board-I just came across you blog and Love it!April

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  7. Kate

    I love that you went with the old scientist theme. It definitly updates the butterfly theme that can seem childish at times. Great work & thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Lucy

    I think this is one of the most beautiful boards yet! So easy for butterflies to be saccherine and girly but this is so much more refined

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  9. perfect bound

    Isn’t his work amazing? I agree, one of your most beautiful boards yet.

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  10. Livy

    So pretty, it is just my style.

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