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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Mood: sweet summer simplicity
Palette: peach, cream,

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Row 1: vintage peach botanical illustration from Christies / groomsmen in front of small white chapel, photo by Avery House, via Elizabeth Anne Designs / modern hand lettering by Alison Iven via Oh So Beautiful Paper  //  Row 2: bouquet with rattlesnake grass from Martha Stewart Weddings /  vintage lace gloves, photo by Anna Kuperberg / peach shirt dress by Elias & Grace //  Row 3: basket centerpieces from from Martha Stewart Weddings / apricot jam favor, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy / glazed bundt cake with magnolia bloom from Food & Wine / beige gingham linen from La Tavola Linen  // Row 4: apricot place card by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings / blind impression invitation by Ruby the Fox, calligraphy by Angelique Ink, via Oh So Beautiful Paper / gingham shirt and bridal skirt by J.Crew, photo by Bend the Light, via Love & Lavender / bridal hat by Louise Green, photo by Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic

You may have guessed that I’m seriously missing the South right now, but I’m also having a thing with gingham lately – I love it! This inspiration board started out with the botanical illustration, and was originally going to be a straightforward peach-themed wedding, but then I started pulling in peachy-beige gingham details and the whole thing came to life. Super simple and perfect for summer.


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Mood: sweet, summery Americana
Palette: cherry red, grass green, crisp white

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Row 1: red ranunculus bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / letterpress cocktail napkins by Oscar & Emma / wedding dress with flower details from Martha Stewart Weddings / glassine favor bags with cherries from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 2: vintage patriotic bunting / black and white banjo, photo by Aaron Delesie / outdoor table with wicker chairs from Martha Stewart // Row 3: letterpress business card by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / basket of cherries, photo by Kathryn Kleinman / cherries and peonies via Design*Sponge, photo by Jose Villa / straw sun hat with red ribbon and cherries by Whichgoose


I really love the idea of a wedding motif – not a theme, exactly, just something that runs throughout the event. For this summer inspiration board, cherries seemed like a sweet choice. In baskets as centerpieces, in baggies for favors, or even in a hat band or boutonniere, cherries are a simple and affordable motif. You can even incorporate them into your invitations. In the rest of its details, this board feels like vintage Americana at its best: a banjo, patriotic bunting, old-fashioned typeface. If I could sum it up in one line, I’d call it “summer in a small town.”


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