I thought you all might get a kick out of this. When I was sixteen, my sister’s wedding was included in a National Geographic story about the flower trade. A photographer from National Geographic, Sisse Brimberg, took some shots at the wedding, and guess who made it into the article? Well, part of my face anyway.

You can see more about this article here or here, and more about the talented Michaele Thunen here (she did all of the gorgeous flowers for my sister’s wedding, including the bouquet in this photo).

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Lauren is in the interesting position of holding her reception at the same location where two weeks later her good friend will be having her own wedding! She wants a traditional wedding, in apricot and green hues, and needed some inspiration for making it stand out from her friend’s wedding. Passing out miniature desserts (like the cotton candy here, or tiny milkshakes, or miniature pies) is a unique way to end dinner. A golf cart as a getaway car is a fun and slightly different way to depart.

Mood: classic with a twist
Palette: apricot, pale green

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Top row from left: rose bouquet and save-the-date both from Martha Stewart Weddings, hairstyle from The Knot, mini cotton candy from Callahan Catering
Row 2: invitation by Cheree Berry, photo via Social Event Design, photo from Soiree, cocktail from Martha Stewart
Row 3: photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, cake from Rebecca Thuss, program by Ceci NY
Row 4: Laura Dowling arrangement via Style Me Pretty, dress by Watters, photo by Mark Staff, photo from Red Ribbon Studio

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Not A Contest

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For those of you worried that your wedding isn’t big enough, or unique enough, or whatever, take a look at this post by Offbeat Bride. It’s a nice reminder that your wedding day isn’t about out-doing other brides, but rather about expressing who you and your fiance really are, sharing your special day with the people who matter most to you, and getting to spend forever with someone you love.

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I’ve had a few questions about how I find inspiration, so I thought I’d take a stab at answering them here.

I really believe that inspiration can be found anywhere, especially when coming up with a vision for a special event. Things that I think about when I make these boards are:

1. What season is it?
2. What is the mood of the event? Is it formal, casual, or something in between? Is it grand or intimate? Sophisticated? Playful?
3. What is the location? Inside or out-of-doors? How can I play up regional/local elements? Does the architecture/scenery inspire me?
4. What single element can tie everything together? Is it a theme? A certain flower or fruit?
5. How can I stretch this idea? What is unexpected but fits perfectly with all the other aspects?

A note about color schemes: Sometimes I do have a palette in mind, and that’s what I use to come up with the other elements of a board. Other times, I have all those other things in mind, and I pull images together that fit, and a color scheme emerges. While having your colors all picked out can focus an event and help pull everything together, I think it can also be limiting and too obvious. To avoid this, I try to make room for color families – so if I’m mostly working with celery green, I won’t automatically abandon celadon or pine. I’ll see if I can make them work with the rest of my vision.

So, that’s it. I hope this is helpful for those of you planning your own events, and either way, I love to hear your ideas and try to pull them together in a cohesive board.

PS: Yep, I just use Adobe Photoshop to put these boards together. It’s a little tricky if you haven’t used it before, but play around and read the tutorials and you should get the hang of it.

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