When I think tropical beach, I think lush greenery, rich dark woods, fruit and bright flowers. And of course, palm trees. This is one of those looks that can easily go casual and relaxed, with a short dress and tropical-weight wool, or more elegant and dressed up with ruffles and a tuxedo.
Mood: lush, tropical
Palette: dark green, red, fuchsia
A reader suggested that I focus on beach inspiration boards this week. Though the possibilities for beach weddings could easily take up more than a single week, I thought I’d go ahead with five days of beach inspiration boards showcasing some of the varied ways a couple can throw a beach wedding. Summer’s almost here, after all!
Today’s board could take place in Mexico, or another equally warm beachy destination. Coral and cattleya orchids are the two major decorative elements here, and I think they allow the natural beauty of the location to shine through. If you do decide to use coral as part of your wedding decor, be sure to use faux or responsibly harvested coral. Pops of orange add depth and boldness, and contribute to the romantically modern look of the coral and orchids.
Mood: warm, modern beach style
Palette: orange, white, tan
It sure feels like summer to me. How did that happen? I swear it was winter just last week… Well, I thought I’d make a wedding inspiration board for today that reflected that summer feeling – blue and white by the beach. This feels like a very New England beach wedding to me, with driftwood, seashells, seaglass, blueberries and preppy style elements.
Mood: preppy, breezy
Palette: navy blue, gray blue, white
I know the chronology is a little off to combine Billie Holiday and the height of the era called the Jazz Age, but those two related things are the main inspiration for this swanky, jazzy wedding board. An ancient piano creates an interesting visual, and harkens back to another time, as do a classic car and opera-length pearls, a vintage cake topper and invitation styled after one from the 1930s. Set up working vintage fans around the dance floor to keep guests cool, and turn an old bathtub into a cooler for drinks as a nod to the days of Prohibition. Of course the flower of choice for this wedding would be gardenia: float them in water, carry them in your bouquet, and wear them in your hair. And if at all possible – a tall order I’m sure – set up potted blooming gardenia trees or bushes at the ceremony, and then move them to the reception site. Can you imagine the fragrance of a wedding like that?
Mood: swanky, sultry
Palette: green, cream, black, white
It’s the time of year for berries! How sweet would a backyard wedding be with a strawberry motif? I love each of these simple details. Tea tin and tin can centerpieces (see more here, here and here) are simple and lovely, especially if you include wild strawberries on the vine with cream-colored flowers. Set up a dessert buffet under a whimsical red-striped canopy, and let guests take home strawberry jam and biscuits for breakfast the next day. Fashion a ring pillow from a cute strawberry pincushion, and wrap your bouquet in an embroidered handkerchief. For more strawberry inspiration, check out another wedding inspiration board from awhile ago with strawberries and wheatgrass.