It must be that it’s springtime, because I just can’t bring myself to create any indoor inspiration boards right now! I know I’ve posted several other green and black and white boards before, but ever since seeing Coty Farquhar’s gorgeous afternoon tea post, I couldn’t wait to put something together that incorporated black and white gingham into a casual garden wedding. From the groom’s casual shirt, to the checkered tablecloth, to the ribbons around honey jar favors and hanging flowers, black and white gingham is somehow both totally laid back and still refined. Maybe it will be the new damask…

Oh, and happy happy birthday little sister! I LOVE YOU!

Mood: garden casual, simple elegance
Palette: black and white gingham, garden green

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Top row from left: hanging flowers from Apartment Therapy via Oh So Beautiful Paper, limeade photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, gingham shirt from J.Crew, flower girls from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: bouquet from Wedding Style Guide, tablescape by Coty Farquhar
Row 3: bouquet by Modern Day Design, tablescape by Coty Farquhar, cupcake photo by Victoria Pearson, invitations from Brides
Row 4: bench photo by Art of Vision, photo by Karen Hill, honey jar photo by Red Ribbon Studio, photo by Miss Whit

Oh, and be sure to stop by With This Ring today – she’s taking votes on which of my inspiration boards to turn into a DIY series next!

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Today’s sponsored post is especially exciting, because it’s an awesome giveaway! is giving away a $2000 Marriott Honeymoon TravelCard, redeemable at any Marriott hotel anywhere in the world! And don’t think the TravelCard limits you to hotel rooms – you can also use it for spa treatments, golf, even breakfast in bed! Here are just a few of the 3000 hotels that you could choose from…
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Mood: cheerful countryside chic
Palette: poppy red, pale pink, French linen

Dearest readers! I cannot tell you how blown away I am by your sweet comments on my big announcement last week! If you’ve read this blog for a while, you probably know that I rarely include personal details here, and I’m still figuring out how much of my own planning and wedding I will post here, and how I will include it. And of course I want my wedding to be somewhat of a surprise, but I promise I won’t keep you entirely in the dark. All of your well wishes mean so much to me, and I know that I will likely reach out for your support and advice as I go through this process of planning. So thank you thank you thank you!

And here, after a week of real wedding features, back to inspiration boards! A little trip to the French countryside, fields of poppies, vintage linens, champagne, baguettes… Something simple and quaint, yet totally refined.

Row 1:  poppy field photo by Yves Samuel / bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / attendants via {frolic!} / French linen napkin from Vintage Weave  //  Row 2:  veil via Nancy Liu Chin / Cynthia Warren menu photo by Aya Brackett / cherries from Oh How Charming / champagne cork by 13 Creative  //  Row 3:  calligraphy by Maybelle / photo by Yves Samuel / calligraphy by Maybelle / breakfast photo styled by Pamela Duncan Silver  //  Row 4:  croquembouche from InStyle Weddings / ring pillow via LHEverything / French poppies / canopy and tables photo by Elizabeth Messina
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So remember last week when I told you I was heading out of town with my honey? Well he surprised me with a proposal! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend, and I wanted to share it with my dear, sweet readers. WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!!!


photo by us, sunset on our engagement day

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