Inspiration boards are back! If you want to give a bit of Halloween flair to your October wedding, without going all the way with jack-o-lanterns and candy corn, black-and-white stripes, checks, and silhouettes are the right color and add a certain whimsy. Just the smallest touches of orange make it a truly Halloween palette. But not a pumpkin in sight!

Mood: October whimsy
Palette: black, white, hints of caramel and orange

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Top row from left: bridesmaid with black cardigan photo by Jose Villa, gourmet candied apples from Michelle Rago, black candle holders from Wedding Style Guide, JM Flora anemone bouquet with black and white ribbon photo by Kate Headley
Row 2: s’mores from Brides, favors wrapped in black gingham photo by Gabriel Ryan via Green Wedding Shoes, fabric envelope photo by Marie Labbancz
Row 3: carnation boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, strapless gown with black sash photo by Bonnie Tsang, silhouette garland photo by Leigh Miller

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So inspiration boards sort of disappeared this week… sorry about that! I have several that are in the works (including a great Halloween-y/October-ish one), so hopefully they’ll be back soon. Meantime, enjoy some of my favorite links from around the web this week…

{probably one of my favorite photos ever from Martha Stewart, via Oh Happy Day}

How can you resist Ariella Chezar and Lisa Lefkowitz working on the same wedding?

Possibly my most favorite invites ever. No, really.

Go fly a kite.

Candied apples get spooky.

Add an orange VW Bug to my wish list.

And a map quilt, via paper tastebuds.

Virginia is for lovers, via Little White Book.

Tired of wooden mustaches? How about these cute alternatives.

I want to live here.

Hearts in your eyes (plus all of Joanna’s other wedding recaps).

Jill Lindsey rocks my world, via Automatism.

Blushers are the new birdcage.

How incredible is this chapel!

This might be the only tiara I’ve ever liked.

Running through the roses.

Congratulations to Ruffled and The Sweetest Occasion on the lovely blog launches!

Happy weekend lovelies!

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If you’re in the thick of wedding planning, then this post is for you… The Dessy Group, known for their beautiful bridesmaid dresses, has teamed up with the ultimate color authority, Pantone to help brides make the planning process easier. Need help coordinating wedding colors? They’ve got color swatch cards that you can give to your bridesmaids, stationer, planner – you name it! – to make sure that colors match perfectly.

In addition, you can use Pantone colors with Dessy’s new inspiration board maker to help focus your color palette, using their images and with the ability to upload your own. This is a great tool for creating a cohesive look on your wedding day (you know I’m a believer in inspiration boards!).

For help with choosing and matching colors, check out all of Dessy’s Pantone resources – but I warn you, making those inspiration boards can be addictive!

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Here’s a fun engagement shoot taken here in Austin shot by the talented husband and wife photo team, The Nichols. Holley and Jason wanted to take some pictures in a local record store, since music is a big part of their lives. They had also noticed a car junkyard one day, and thought it would make for some fun images. I think they’re all pretty fun!

Congratulations Holley and Jason! You can see their wedding pics over on The Nichols’ blog. And of course, thank you to Jennifer and CJ Nichols for sending over these fun photos.

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