I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!

Today’s board is an attempt to bring together contrasting elements, by placing an elegant, black-tie soiree in a rustic farm venue. The juxtaposition of the two things highlights them both: a crystal chandelier hanging in a knotty old tree, rose bouquets lined up along a weathered fence, bales of hay lit up after dark, muck boots and a tux. I imagine an old-timey string band during the cocktail hour, candelabras illuminating the barn, and blackberries mixed in with ranunculus. What elements would you incorporate to bring this wedding together?

Mood: sophisticated hoedown
Palette: green, white, black, pink

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Top row from left: chandelier photo from Brides, black-tie dress, cake, flowers by Floret
Row 2: photo from Sparkliatti, photo by Rachel McGinn, calligraphy by Laura Hooper, gold bird
Row 3: escort cards from Brides, door “altar” photo by Vallentyne, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, photo by Liz Banfield via The Bride’s Cafe
Row 4: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, peach preserves, lit-up hay bales from Fete NY, car from Cox & Cox

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  1. Sparkliatti

    Love this board, it’s gorgeous. You are super talented!!

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  2. Bliss Event Group

    OK, even the title of this post made me smile! I love “down home black tie!” Beautiful board–such fun details.

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  3. -K

    Wowza! Talk about coincidence. I just finished posting on my blog and came to visit yours and couldn’t believe it! I posted an inspiration board with very similar elements, although I have to say you are the master! I was attempting to create an event where formal meets country, but all in black and white. In fact, I use the same image of the chandelier in the tree. And I love the black car- that is exactly what I was trying to find.Great job, as always!-Khttp://findingcalminchaos.blogspot.com/

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  4. Martha

    The use of the haystacks as seating is a wonderful touch to this board! :)Martha B.

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  5. Kate

    You are a ROCKSTAR! This is exactly the look we’re going for with our vow renewal. I love the board. Thanks!

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  6. kate

    having no board to enjoy yesterday caused me to go back and peruse the ones i haven’t made time to enjoy — i can now officially say i’ve seen every board you’ve ever made.i can also officially say that every good idea i plan on using in my wedding next month has come from your inspiration!we chose our colors before taking in all your boards, but they’re further confirmed as being the coolest colors ever by how many times you come back to them — green, white, brown & light teal. just can’t go wrong.we also have the same name… i’m beginning to wonder… might we be the same person?hmm.:-)thanks for taking time and creativity to pull together so many great ways of throwing an aesthetically pleasing party.

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  7. kate

    having no board yesterday caused me to go back and enjoy the boards i haven’t seen yet.i can now officially say i’ve seen every board you’ve ever made.i can also officially say that every good idea i plan on using in my wedding next month has come from your inspiration.we chose our colors seeing them all though, but our choices are confirmed as being the coolest colors ever by how many times you come back to them — green, brown, cream & light teal.just can’t go wrong.we also have the same name… i’m beginning to wonder — might we be the same person?!hmm.:-)thanks for all your time and creativity bringing us brilliant ideas.

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  8. east side bride

    This is a killer board! We’re planning on hay bale seating for our ceremony – I like the idea of cushions on top :)

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  9. studio wellspring

    this is filled with ideas i’d love to use ~ just the perfect combo of town & country! and how did they do those lit-up hay bails? looks wonderful!

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  10. Kathryn

    I think they just set up little spotlights pointing at each hay bale, or alternating bales… it’s so pretty though, isn’t it!?

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