Board #221 | Northern California Beach Wedding

You may have picked up on this already, but when it comes to beach wedding boards, I tend to lean toward a natural look and neutral colors. This may have something to do with growing up in Northern California, where colors on the coast are muted and the weather is moody. To me, that type of beach is beautiful and familiar, low key and laid back. And so that’s the wedding board I’ve tried to create here.

Mood: nature-inspired, low key
Palette: neutrals

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Top row from left: photo by Gertrude & Mabel, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, seating cards from Kathleen Deery, photo by Jude Mooney (thanks to Meg!)
Row 2: stationery by Linda & Harriett, bread photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Style Me Pretty, torches from Brides, blankets via Black Eiffel
Row 3: recycled vases via Ritzy Bee, photo from Brides, cake photo and favor box photo both by Union Photography
Row 4: rustic table and menus from Lyndsey Hamilton, photo by Mel Barlow via The Bride’s Cafe, twine-wrapped mason jar, bouquet by Artfool

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  • Maria @ {ritzy bee} says:

    LOVE this…this might rank in my top 3 favorites ever :)

  • HLM says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I grew up in Northern California and love the muted colors of the coast. Just seeing this board made me homesick.

  • Meg says:

    Agreed. It’s a really great board :)
    Now I’m wondering if you could do a wedding like this but in brighter boheman jewel tones. Hum….

  • Wedding Inspirations says:

    This board is amazing. I agree, it’s in my top 3 all-time favorites! I love it.

  • Anna says:

    I also grew up in Northern California and spent most weekends and holidays at house on the beach. This board gives me a lump in my throat! My husband and I were recently married on Tomales Bay – to our minds, the NoCal coast is the most beautiful place in the world…

  • bellsandbubbles says:

    The colors are very appealing, they give a soothing, comforting feeling. All of your boards are lovely.

  • Kirs10LA says:

    I like this a lot — it’s a bit too muted for my tastes, but it is very NorCal. You have to do Southern California next!

  • loren weltsch says:

    i love this board. you are so right about northern california beaches being muted – unless it is one of those rare days of blissful sunshine and zero fog. thanks for sharing all of your inspiration. your blog is fantastic!

  • Rebecca says:

    Wow, I just love how complex this board is–what depth….

    Thinking of beaches, I wonder what a board would look like if you did a Midwest Lake wedding, maybe Mackinaw Island. This NoCal wedding made me think of all the interesting, neat, old national park hotels, too.

    Whenever I visit, I always leave with more ideas, Kathryn! How do you do that? :)

  • Katelin says:

    Such a beautiful board! NorCal bride here – and you totally nailed it!

  • Shannon says:

    I love this whole board!!!!! great inspiration. gorgeous images.

  • Nina B. says:

    It’s even perfect for the Cali’s central coast. Another homesick girl.

  • the formidible mrs dean says:

    i look forward to reading your board every day. now i have to update my mood pages i’m prepping for my own wedding in october.

  • Liz Libré says:

    Thanks for using our stationery in your post! I love your blog!!

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