Backyards, lemonade, dancing under the stars – these are a few of my favorite summer things, and they’re the inspiration for this summer wedding board. But the overall look isn’t casual or slapdash – it’s actually quite preppy and timeless. Parasols, fans, and hats are available for guests to keep cool at an outdoor ceremony. Flower girls wear dresses in an unexpected black and white gingham. Hand painted table numbers are a simple DIY touch. Buttercream cake and lemon meringue tartlets are sweetly simple desserts for a summer wedding at home. And if there happens to be a wraparound porch at your venue, wouldn’t it be just perfect for the cocktail hour?

Mood: equal parts preppy, vintage, backyard elegance
Palette: black and white, lemon meringue, garden green

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Top row from left: dance floor with string lights and lanterns via Style Me Pretty, guest book table from Martha Stewart Weddings, relaxed black tie photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, panama hats from Brides
Row 2: lemon meringue tartlets from Wedding Style Guide, peonies and olive branches, photo of yellow fans by Stephanie Williams, photo of black and white gingham flower girl dress by Jonas Peterson
Row 3: photo by La Vie Photography, table number via Poppytalk, vintage pickup truck via The Invitation Lady, lemonade photo via Creature Comforts
Row 4: porch cocktail hour from Blue Moon Events, whimsical calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, photo of yellow bridesmaid dresses by Mark Staff, buttercream lemon cake from Charleston Weddings

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    oh, how I heart summer. And the palette is perfect for the outdoors. Have a great week, Kathryn

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  2. Luna and Chloe

    Oh I so want to crawl into this board and spend my day there!!!! It would be the perfect summer afternoon. Love it!!!xoxokristi

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  3. jociegal

    AHHH! I LOVED this!!!! Aww – I am feeling sad my wedding is over, all of a sudden. GREAT post.

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  4. Chelsea

    super lovely.

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  5. Georgia Peters

    So many gorgeous details for me to steal for my wedding from this board. I hadn't thought of dressing my bridesmaids in yellow, but now I might! xG

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