Mood: down home rustic
Palette: brown, white, red

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I’m headed down to New Orleans for the day, and then driving over to Mississippi for the weekend for my sweet friend‘s wedding! After having lived in Mississippi for two years, it holds a special place in my heart, and I thought a rustic board with a cotton bole motif would be fun. Dinner would be barbecue of course and there would have to be a really great blues band for dancing.

Row 1:  groomsmen from Martha Stewart Weddings / bucket of drinks from D Magazine via Hip Hostess / cotton bouquet via pretty.pretty.paper / invitations by Hello Lucky  Row 2:  photo by Leigh Miller / photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy / photo by Myrtle Marjoram  //  Row 3:  Oxford save-the-date by Lucky Luxe / cotton bouquet via Victoria with Roses / ring pillow from The Knot / photo by Martha Manning  //  Row 4:  red truck photo by Linda Chaja / dance hall sign from Martha Stewart Weddings / Paper + Cup utensils from Anthropologie / cotton boutonniere via Rock ‘n Roll Bride
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Mood: a bit of garden charm on the beach
Palette: sand, shell, plum

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Who says a beach wedding has to include sand dollars and seashells? Instead, incorporate elements like flowers, twine, and wicker furniture, and enjoy the romance of both the garden and the beach. I chose to use a palette of mostly sand and shades of plum, and I think the result is unexpected and lovely (if I do say so myself!).

Row 1:  dress from Brides / bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / photo by Elizabeth Messina / boutonniere from InStyle Weddings  //  Row 2:  tent from Sperry Tents / suit via GQ / cake photo by Union Photo / utensils via Duet Weddings  //  Row 3:  centerpiece via Marry Me / cheese starter from Martha Stewart Weddings / photo from Beth Helmstetter  //  Row 4:  invitation by Hello Lucky / lilac centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings / wicker seat from Brides
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One of the things I’m most excited about getting married is creating a new home with my future husband. And since my taste is often more expensive than my wallet allows, I was really happy to hear about One Kings Lane.

This exclusive online shop features limited quantities of highly-coveted home decor brands at bargain prices – up to 70% off! Plus, they’ve got an entire section devoted to designer tips and inspiration – perfect for those of us lamenting the loss of some of our favorite nesting magazines.

Be sure to sign up for the members-only site, and then check out the events they’ve got going on this week: Jardins en Fleur (my two favorite pieces are pictured above), Reed & Barton, Cote Bastide, Somma, Fatboy and others. Oh, and don’t miss their recent New York Times mention to learn even more about One Kings Lane and the two ladies behind it. Click HERE to join.

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The beautiful weather we’ve been having has me itching for a picnic. As much as I love a casual picnic, I think a more dressed up version is also appropriate for a wedding. In today’s inspiration board, I drew inspiration from this Kate Spade ad, using jadeite and lawn greens to create a fresh springtime palette.

Mood: garden picnic
Palette: jadeite, lawn

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Top row from left: Kate Spade ad campaign, photo by Meg Smith, bouquet and cufflinks both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage stamps from Things Are Better With A Parrott, ponytail bride photo by Jonathan Canlas
Row 3: RSVP cards by Austin Press, jadeite dishware via Classic Bride, photo by J’M Photo

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