I don’t know about you, but Spring cannot come soon enough. But since we can’t rush nature, I thought I’d put together an inspiration board based on one of the sweetest Spring flowers – pansies. Though they’re not the best flowers for bouquets – they’re awfully delicate and tend to wilt out of water, plus they have short stems that make them tricky to bundle up – it can be done if you really have your heart set on it. They also make delightful potted decorations, or even potted individually as favors or attendant gifts (here is a beautiful example using mercury glass votives and African violets). Though this is certainly a feminine color scheme, I think the richness of the purple and the hints of sage green keep it from being overly sweet.

Mood: sweet spring
Palette: palest blush pink, rich purple, a touch of faded sage

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Top row from left: violet and pansy nosegay by Matthew Robbins for Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage dress and African violets both from Martha Stewart
Row 2: sugared chocolate truffles and embossed scallop-edged card both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: calligraphy cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, Leone Pastilles photo from flickr, pale periwinkle bridesmaid dresses from Brides

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  1. miss fancy pants (the bride)

    Very pretty. Love that bouquet!

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  2. Carey@Lasso'd Moon Designs

    I love pansies- the best sign of spring to see their cheery faces- I even had them on my wedding cake!

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  3. dognbird

    What a cute idea to use pansies, they have such expressive "faces" – very nice board.

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  4. ever ours

    love that little bouquet! as well as those periwinkle bridesmaid dresses!

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  5. Camille Panzarello

    Oh pansies!! If I ever get a bride who lets me use pansies, I might die right on the spot. So charming and so nostalgic…plus they come in so many incredible colors these days. Thank you for always finding inspiration in the less-expected elements.

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  6. Karin

    Living in the Midwest, pansies are one of those annuals that can become perennials – often we'll see them popping up their cheery faces in the coldest days of early May! They have a delicate face, but are in actuality a very hearty flower. Thanks for paying homage to them.

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  7. thevintagebride.com

    The perfect cocktail for this inspiration board would be the re-released old time Creme Yvette violet liqueur that can be mixed with champagne. Wouldn't that be delightful?

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  8. Kathryn

    Vintage Bride – that's a perfect idea! It completely slipped my mind, but it's just right for this board.xoxoKathryn

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  9. Erika Unbehaun

    The pretty bars of soap top of this board perfectly. Beautiful colors

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