Billy buttons (also called billy balls or craspedia) are so playful and silly, and I thought they’d be fun inspiration for a wedding board. No pastels here – the yellow in today’s inspiration board is highly saturated, and instantly cheerful. And though I’ve placed this wedding in a garden (because all I want is to be spending my days outside right now), this feeling and color scheme could definitely work indoors – maybe in a modern loft, or even a sleek restaurant.

Mood: playful, retro
Palette: mustard, cream

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Top row from left: cake photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, bouquet by Claire Bean for Brides, place setting from Martha Stewart Weddings, ceremony arch photo by Angela Anderson via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Row 2: tables and lanterns from Wedding Style Guide, invitation by Lulu Papers, photo by Union Photo via Once Wed, flowers via Amorology
Row 3: photo by Studio Nouveau, lemonade from Alison Events, craspedia boutonnieres via Brooklyn Bride, “Howdy” card by DWRI Letterpress

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As much as I still love gray as an accent color, I think that navy blue might be moving in as the next “neutral.” It adds drama to a palette, yet avoids taking itself too seriously like black might. And though there’s a certain unavoidable preppiness to it, I think it lends itself well to this romantic and whimsical inspiration board, inspired largely by the beautiful invitation by Mika78. So what do you think? Will navy be the next big thing? What would you pair it with? Also, I really love peach as an alternative to uber-girly pink…

Mood: preppy whimsy
Palette: navy blue, soft pink, pale peach, apricot

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Top row from left: tent with string lights, invitation by Mika78, plate of stone fruits from Martha Stewart Weddings, Sarah Seven via Armas Design
Row 2: dessert table from InStyle Weddings, rose photo by Victoria Pearson, hair piece from White Orchid Bridal (photo by Katie Stoops), photo by Johnny Miller for Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: suit and tie from Wedding Style Guide, tissue-wrapped candy from Amorology, calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, apricot place card by Rebecca Thuss

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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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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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