Board #160 | Chasing Butterflies

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.


  • deanna says:

    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.

  • Jenna says:

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

  • April ~ Living the Sweet Life says:

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

  • Kate says:

    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!

  • Lucy says:

    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

  • perfect bound says:

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

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