My honey’s very favorite thing in the world is ice cream, and it definitely makes my top three of favorite things, and though we haven’t had much talk of our wedding in the past couple months, we’re fairly certain that ice cream will make an appearance in some way or another. Then the thought occurred to me – what if ice cream was the whole reception? So I imagined this inspiration board: a chapel wedding with just a few guests, followed by a visit to your favorite local ice cream shop. Of course, if you wanted to include ice cream at a larger wedding, many ice cream shops have catering options (my personal favorite ice cream is Ici in Berkeley – mmmm…. caramel cashew). And I couldn’t leave out pretty details like a gorgeous bouquet, a playful necktie for the groom, and sparkly ballet flats. So I have to ask – what’s your favorite local ice cream spot? Favorite flavor there?

Mood: ruffles and ice cream
Palette: pale pink and peach, powder blue, sweet cream

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Top row from left: bouquet with anemones, peonies, ranunculus, and lily-of-the-valley by Ariella Chezar; Twigs & Honey birdcage veil photo by Elizabeth Messina, wedding invitation letter from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: pink and blue plaid necktie from J.Press, Miu-Miu shoes photo by Jose Villa
Row 3: pink vintage dress from Allen Company via Oh Hello Friend, ice cream cups photo by Gemma Comas, little chapel photo by Missy McLamb, Jemime Dot Tulle dress by Ida Sjostedt

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  1. Alicia & Shez

    I miss the fabulous ice cream choices growing up in the bay area (Botts' Heavenly Raspberry Surprise was a fave). Now I live in the UK where ice cream is not so fantastic, but there is still the pretty great G&D's in Oxford (love the lavender & honey combo in summer) and Marine Ices in London.We're getting married on Cape Cod in june (another location) and trying to find an ice cream cart from a good local company – if anyone has any suggestions in the Wellfleet/Truro area they'd be welcome – I heard of a Truro creamery but no details yet.

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  2. Alicia & Shez

    I miss the fabulous ice cream choices growing up in the bay area (Botts' Heavenly Raspberry Surprise was a fave). Now I live in the UK where ice cream is not so fantastic, but there is still the pretty great G&D's in Oxford (love the lavender & honey combo in summer) and Marine Ices in London.We're getting married on Cape Cod in june (another location) and trying to find an ice cream cart from a good local company – if anyone has any suggestions in the Wellfleet/Truro area they'd be welcome – I heard of a Truro creamery but no details yet.

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  3. Shana

    I love the Java Bean Cafe near Indy! It's tropical themed. My favorite flavor – I love anything with chocolate or coffee! Great board, btw!

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  4. Miriam

    I love Dolcezza Gelateria, an Argentine-style gelato place in Washington, DC. Their orange honey cardamom flavor is like a grown-up creamsicle! I can't wait to walk down there on a hot summer day…

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  5. Camille @ STYLE NOTES

    Well, here in Austin, local fave Amy's Ice Cream would definitely take the cake (pun intended!), but I'm personally partial to the gelato selection at Mandola's Italian Market. The coffee flavor is to die for!!!

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  6. Katherine

    Ingenious idea – perfect for a hot summer and for getting my mind off of all this cold.

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  7. Rachel Dangerfield

    This board is so so lovely. As far as icecream, I'd have to go with Boubon Buttered Pecan from Jeni's in Columbus, Ohio.

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  8. shanon

    Oh, so lovely. And I really dig that tie.

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  9. Kari

    LOVE IT!! This board is wonderful! My favorite ice cream…definitely Mackinac Island Fudge served at our local ice cream shop, Feather and Fin, here in Swartz Creek, MI.

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  10. ***Positively Preppy in Pink***

    I love this board! The peachy-pinks make me smile!! :)

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  11. Cyd

    Ok. So the question of the day might be if I can crash your wedding, because ice cream is my favorite food. Hands down. And my husband's is cookies so we had both at our wedding. Lots and lots of homemade cookies. I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to ice cream. I love a great vanilla bean or cookies and cream. And the original peanut butter cup ice cream with the peanut butter swirled in vanilla, not chocolate.I could go on for days about ice cream, but I'll refrain. ;-)

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  12. Tessa, Utah Bride and Groom

    This board gets me excited for spring!!

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  13. Myra – twigs and honey

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah~! This is one of my Favorite boards!!! Plus… T&H! Thank you!!!!! xo -Myra

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  14. ohana photographers

    I adore this color palette!!! it's just so romantic!

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  15. olivia@thinksplendid.com

    If I could eat ice cream all day long I would. I'm with your hunny- it's by top, numero uno, favorite thing to eat. Ever. :). Unfourtunately we don't have many good, traditional, ice cream shops in Alabama so I end up with Ben and Jerry's…Mmmm.

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  16. julie @ duet letterpress

    ooh! these colors are splendid. now off to eat ice cream :]

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  17. Chandra

    Love this, especially the bouquet!

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  18. kgr

    Vic's Ice Cream in Sacramento, California. I grew up a few blocks away and I still head straight there from the airport every time I visit my parents. Their chocolate milkshake is to die for. No other ice cream comes close.

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  19. {The Perfect Palette}

    lovely idea and lovely color palette

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  20. Anonymous

    My cousin is having a sundae bar at her reception!!

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  21. Feather + Stone

    Mmmmm craving creamy gelati now, not just because it's the middle of summer here in Australia…. but because of these delish details! :)

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  22. Kristy

    Love this idea.Please tell me y'all have been to Amy's. I think the only flavor I've ever gotten there is Belgian Chocolate with Junior Mints crushed in. That's what I loved when I was little, and it's still the only kind I'll get (even though I've tasted several other flavors and they're all delicious).

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  23. elaine

    i LOVE this inspiration! ice cream seriously brightens up my mood instantly! (never fails!) :) this post is making me crave ice cream now!

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  24. Laura

    "Ice Cream" is an appropriate theme for this board, because I want to eat the whole thing. And that bouquet- oh my gosh!!

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  25. Becca

    Graeters Ice Cream from Cincinnati, OH. We have some here in the Louisville area. In honor of our location, we have bourbon ball ice cream. It's the best!

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  26. Amanda

    That bouquet is to die for. Just gorgeous.

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  27. Jamie

    Rachel has it right, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in Columbus, OH is the BEST!! I love the Stout flavor paired with the pistatio honey topped with their to-die-for caramel sauce mmmmmmm! they have lots of unusual flavors that i love as well: salty caramel, black coffee, spicy thai (coconut, peanuts, and cayanne pepper if you can beleive it!), the list goes on.

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  28. Emily

    Handel's ice cream in Columbus OH…graham central station is my favorite flavor! Thanks for the board, for me, ice cream is to die for and your board made me smile today!!

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  29. Joanna Goddard

    LOVING the shoes and birdcage veil! what a beautiful round-up, as always!!

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  30. Kelsi

    We have a fabulous homemade ice cream parlor called Mallard's that makes exotic and amazing flavors like basil, black pepper, rosewater, etc. I love most the local berry fruits that pop in summer…there's a Cloudberry ice cream that they make only in September and October, and it's made with hand picked high mountain alpine blue- and huckleberries. Whoa.

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  31. cake & cider

    this really brings out my girlie side, for sure. swoon. got 1/2 a mind to buy that tie for my mans.

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  32. cake & cider

    this really brings out my girlie side, for sure. swoon. got 1/2 a mind to buy that tie for my mans.

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