Mood: warm autumn romance
Palette: rose gold, caramel, cocoa, cream

Pink is such a versatile color – though it might be an obvious choice for a spring wedding, it looks lovely for fall when paired with shades of brown and gold. Fall leaves and pink roses are the perfect pairing of rustic and romantic, and gold foil on kraft paper is equal parts elegant and down-to-earth. And no matter how fancy the wedding, there’s always room for a little playfulness, like caramel corn snacks in striped paper bags.

Row 1: road through fall trees via Big Picture / wedding cake with pink and gold ribbons and menu napkin, both from Martha Stewart Weddings / bride and groom, photo by The Image is Found  //  Row 2: pink dress and pearl ring, Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker / pink ranunculus with autumn leaves by Ariella Chezar / pink and gold ring pillow and champagne with sugar cubes, both from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 3: gold satin pumps by Manolo Blahnik from Barneys / candles from JL Designs / caramel corn in striped bags and pink wedding dress by Vera Wang, both from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 4: Jennifer Behr headband, photo by Belathee, via Style Me Pretty / gold foil on kraft paper baby announcement by Lindsay Letters via Oh So Beautiful Paper / rose and oak leaf nosegay from Brides
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Mood: elegant, moody
Palette: midnight black, gold pumpkins, candle white

For my annual Halloween inspiration board, I wanted to avoid anything too obvious, so I chose a gold and black palette (instead of orange and black), and let the main decor be pumpkins painted gold plus lots and lots of candles. Other little details nod to the spooky holiday without being theme-y: a skull-and-crossbones bow tie, and a gorgeous gown reminiscent of a spider web.

On a totally separate note: Sending all my thoughts to everyone on the East Coast – I hope that everyone weathered the storm safely, and that things go back to normal very soon!

Row 1: black and gold 1800s photo back via Vintage Oh My / black and gold Art Deco wedding cake by Lael Cakes, photo by Jen Huang / black wall with gold mirror from Canadian House and Home / gold pumpkins from Swank Productions  //  Row 2: champagne via Grey Likes Weddings, photo by Eric Kelley, styled by Easton Events / black diamond ring by Anna Sheffield from Bonadrag / gold garland tiara by Jennifer Behr, photo by Belathee / black and tulle dress, photo by Jamie Beck  //  Row 3: white pumpkin with gold oak leaves from Ladies Home Journal / bow tie with skulls, photo by Steve DePino, via Ritzy Bee / Czech gravestone via Ketchup & Mustard
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Mood: playful, rustic, low-key
Palette: black, white, honey gold, green, tan

I love black and white as a way to dress up a rustic event – it seems sort of unexpected and even a little bit modern. Here it’s more black and tan, I guess, and the effect is warm and a little bit playful, especially with details like funnel cakes and a silhouette artist. Dahlias and sunflower centers tiptoe back and forth between summer and fall, and a rustic venue feels like the perfect place to be as one season transitions into the next…


Row 1: woman in gingham shirt and cardigan with vintage camera, photo by Kate Powers / letterpress invitation, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap / funnel cakes from Food and Cook  //  Row 2: Motorman chocolate lager, packaging designed by Freshthrills, via Lovely Package / bouquet with maidenhair fern and brown sunflowers by Ariella Chezar for Brides  //  Row 3: barn and field with dandelions, photo by Rebekka Seale / musician with mandolin, photo by Jose Villa / silhouette artist from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 4: escort cards nestled in peanuts from Kelly Oshiro, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, photo by Jose Villa / centerpiece with dahlias and fruit by Amy Merrick / black striped linen tablecloth from Relish Decor

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Mood: rustic, refined abundance
Palette: green, plum, black, white

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Row 1: bowl centerpiece with purple artichokes and plums by Amy Osaba, photo by Jose Villa for Once Wed / black and white gingham necktie from J.Crew / oak leaf and daisy garlands from Michelle Rago / chalkboard art sign by Dana Tanamachi   //  Row 2: dress photo by Yazy Jo via Elizabeth Anne Designs / square wedding cake with stone fruit, photo by Jose Villa for Once Wed / barn wedding with party lights, photo by Jose Villa / wedding guest in black and white dress from Martha Stewart Weddings  //  Row 3: garden letterpress invitation by Ceci New York / baskets of seasonal fruit and vegetables, photo by Karen Mordechai for Sunday Suppers, calligraphy by Paperfinger / miniature blackberry pies from Martha Stewart  //  Row 4: Lyon’s Farmette photo by Alison Vagnini / dark purple boutonnieres by Flowerwild, photo by Jose Villa / black and white gingham tablecloth, table styled by Coty Farquhar


My baby sister is getting married! She seems set on doing most of the planning on her own, but she did give me a little direction so I could work on an inspiration board for her. They’ve picked Lyon’s Farmette in Colorado as their venue, and the date is set for about a year from now, so I went with a “late summer bounty” theme. Lots of deep purple fruit, foliage, and black and white gingham to keep things playful. You’ll probably be seeing a couple more inspiration boards made with Lora’s wedding in mind – hopefully she’ll end up using one of them!


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Mood: carefree whimsical elegance
Palette: night sky blue, silver and gray

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Row 1: MacAusland’s wool blankets / starburst earrings by H.Stern / “We Are Made Out of Stars” postcard by Yay Meeralee / vintage star map from Etsy // Row 2: wine glasses on rustic table, photo by Johnny Miller / star hair pin from Rodarte via This is Glamorous / blueberry buttermilk pie with star cut-outs from Adventures in Cooking / constellation embroidery hoop by Miniature Rhino // Row 3: blueberry arrangement from Little Flower School / Morgane Le Fay constellation dress via The Owls Are Not What They Seem / sparklers photo by Pam Cooley

Star gazing is such a summer activity for me – growing up spending summers in Montana, with its big big sky, we spent so many nights identifying constellations and hoping for shooting stars. Anyway, I thought it would be fun – and unexpected – to imagine a wedding that was equal parts elegant whimsy and relaxed rustic. Deep inky blue and sparkling silver, plus the weathered gray of barnwood or driftwood, makes for a romantic summer palette. Blankets, sparklers, and pie invite a carefree summer vibe, while starburst earrings and a whimsical dress add a little magic.


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