In an alternate universe, my wedding would have been a picnic…

Red gingham is the quintessential summer pattern, reminiscent of picnics and backyard barbecues. Mixing it with other prints, such as the fun floral of the Ila clutch, adds some depth and playful sophistication. Gingham, florals, strawberries – by using them sparingly against a mostly white backdrop, they can work together without looking cheesy or theme-y. (For example, skip the gingham tablecloths, and instead choose a lovely white linen, or perhaps your guests will lounge on picnic blankets in the grass.) I imagine that this wedding would be simple and budget friendly, with details like baskets of strawberry shortcake favors that double as centerpieces and family-made layer cakes. A delicious box lunch is a totally budget-friendly way to feed guests, and is logistically much more manageable than most other options, and limiting alcoholic beverages to bottles of beer is perfectly appropriate for a picnic lunch. And yes, I know we’ve all seen mason jars a gazillion times, but they’re still sweet, especially when the rest of the wedding doesn’t look like an Anthropologie catalog exploded all over everything.

Mood: playful and sweet
Palette: petal pink and strawberry red

Top row from left: floral print clutch by Ila Handbags, photo of strawberry lemonade in mason jars from flickr, strawberry buttercream cake from Call Me Cupcake
Row 2: photo of red gingham shirt and drink by Thayer Gowdy, bouquet with pink and red ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings (photo by Johnny Miller), women’s red gingham bow tie from Forage
Row 3: strawberry shortcake basket favor from Martha Stewart Weddings, thank you note by Rifle Paper Co., photo from J.Crew

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I know it makes me a delinquent blogger, especially since this is my second day playing hooky in a week, but I was just having too much fun with my nephews to finish a post for today! I hope you’ll forgive me, and accept this lovely photo from Rodney Smith as a bit of daily inspiration. I’m traveling home today and will be back with regular posts tomorrow. Have a lovely Tuesday!

by Rodney Smith

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Sometimes the simplest inspiration boards take me the longest time to make. I spend more time choosing perfect individual elements, since the palette or theme might be pretty traditional. For today’s garden wedding inspiration board, in the ever-popular palette of pink and green, I’ve used Sally Holmes roses (my mother’s favorite), and bows (on the veil, the invites, the bridesmaid dress, the groom’s tie, the favor cones). Lemonade and garden chairs are perfect for a backyard setting…

Mood: sweet and classic
Palette: garden green, pale rosy pink

Top row from left: veil from Martha Stewart Weddings, letterpress invitation and calligraphy by Laura Hooper, bouquet of Sally Holmes roses and thyme-infused lemonade both from Martha Stewart
Row 2: bud vase with roses from Martha Stewart Weddings, green polka dot favor cones from Wedding Style Guide, photo of vintage short bridal gloves by Wildflowers Photography via Green Wedding Shoes, photo of groom with white jacket and pink striped bow tie by Jose Villa
Row 3: cake centerpiece with sugar flowers by Perfect Endings, pink wedding cake with classic piping from Martha Stewart Weddings, garden chair with Panama hat styled by Chelsea Fuss and photo by Lisa Warninger, pale pink bridesmaid dress with bow detail from J.Crew


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This weekend I’m in San Diego visiting my sister and my darling nephews, going to swimming lessons and reading stories and snuggling. I’m also doing my best to put the burn on my sister to move to Northern California so I can see more of them, and so that I have someone nearby who’s more addicted to sweets than I am – I’ll let you know how that works out.

via Kristina’s flickr


Lots of fun links for your weekend…

Our wedding is in San Francisco Brides!

Loving Elephant Ceramics, via Sweet Paul.

This beach cover-up would probably look like a tent on me, but I love the idea of it.

Some day I will own an Hermes scarf, via Mrs. Lilien.

Marilyn at the beach.

A trip to Provence sounds lovely.

LOVE this wedding invite – X marks the spot! via Ritzy Bee.

A pool of sexy,” LOL.

Simple ladylike reminders.

Lovely DIY wedding hair.

Little cities in a bag – these would be cute in a welcome bag for out-of-town wedding guests.

One Love Photo has a new blog!

I don’t care when or how, but Cocoa Island isĀ in my future.

Darling striped favor bags.

And some delicious things I pinned this week…

Cookies and cream cheesecake cupcakes.

Fresh strawberry cream pie.

Serendipity-inspired frozen hot chocolate.


Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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