My honey’s parents are in town this weekend, so we’ll be doing our best to show them a good time here in Austin – which will of course involve lots of eating. It has finally cooled down to the point where we can turn off the AC and open up the doors and windows, so I hope it stays that way at least while they’re here. Any fun plans for you all this weekend? This is sort of a marathon list of links, so I hope you’ve got a little time…

by Bonnie Tsang

 

Meet Jack.

Loving this sweet new addition to my cookbook collection.

Giant white paper flowers.

Pretty little papers.

Illustrated pie.

Love myself a picnic wedding, part one and two.

And a DIY picnic bouquet.

How about a TOMS party, via Wishfulfillment.

Our almost-wedding venue.

The greatest pillow ever.

Leigh Wells’ inkwells! via Design*Sponge

Irresistible yellow flowers,

a fabulous yellow dress,

and sweet yellow invites.

Favorite new venue, via Always a Blogsmaid.

Marriage certificates are cool, via SeeSaw Designs.

Say yes to suspenders.

And streamers.

Go camping and get married!

Green and gray.

Somebody please buy this clutch.

And I totally forgot to share it yesterday, but don’t miss my newest color board over at The Bride’s Cafe!

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Gosh guys – so sorry for the late inspiration board post today! I’m the queen of working last minute, but for some reason it was especially tough to find good photos with just this shade of green. What would you call this? It’s not quite bottle glass green, not exactly emerald or jade. It’s a little dark to be called mint, but maybe that’s the best word for it? Anyway… Something I really enjoy doing is playing with the shades of colors in otherwise common palettes. Black and white with green is not exactly new, but this shade of green is unexpected, so I think it’s fresh and it works.

Mood: fresh art deco style
Palette: black, ivory, green

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Top row from left: inspiration board with black striped ribbon photo by Johnny Miller, black and white button escort cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, bride with black striped nylons photo by Missy Cochran, black and white anemone cake via Hip Hostess
Row 2: black and white anemone bouquet with striped ribbon by Janie Medley via The Bride’s Cafe (photo by Kate Headley), updo with white feathers from Brides, black and white silhouette invitation by Hammerpress via 100 Layer Cake, floating flower in green bowl photo by Cori Kindred
Row 3: green glass bottles with black and white tags via Lobster & Swan, deco party venue from Artfool, VanĂ©‘s bouquet photo by Belathee, getaway car photo by Drew B

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I know I’ve been mostly posting autumn inspiration boards lately since it’s, um, autumn. But for some reason I was feeling inspired by pansies and violets, and just had to make a sweet little wedding board with them as the focus. Cut pansies don’t last very long when they’re cut, and they wilt quickly when out of water, so potted pansies and violets are a good choice – and can double as favors for your guests. If you want to use them in your bouquet, keep it in water until the very last minute.

Mood: simple romantic whimsy
Palette: violet, lavender, green, gray

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Top row from left: photo with short ruffled dress and parasol by Jessica Kettle, purple gingham shirt with linen jacket and black bowtie photo by Tec Petaja, escort cards with potted violets by Ariella Chezar, gray floral headband photo by Stephanie Williams via Utterly Engaged
Row 2: violet and pansy nosegay by Artfool, photo with vintage Mustang by Erin Hearts Court, violet and gray notecard by Ice Cream Social, pansy place setting via Blomsterverkstad
Row 3: pinwheels from Hatch Creative Studio, galvanized metal lemonade dispenser via Wedding Chicks, potted pansy centerpiece photo by Meg Matyia, gray and white buttons designed by Passing Notes

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Okay, I know I used those darling paper rosettes in yesterday’s inspiration board, but when I started making this one, how could I leave it out? It was entirely too perfect for this look! Again, I tried to put a twist on a more traditional autumn wedding look, by pairing sweet pale blue with rich gold. This could easily translate to a winter wedding, too, or even spring or summer if done well.

Mood: whimsical harvest
Palette: icy powder blue, rich golden ochre, warm white

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Top row from left: gold leaf hair wreath by Ban.do, gold-foil pear place card via 100 Layer Cake, blue trailer photo by Elizabeth Messina, Edgardo Bonilla dress on gold sofa from D Magazine
Row 2: escort cards in gold ribbon and branches from Martha Stewart Weddings, pale blue strapless dress by Samuelle Couture, gold banded wedding cake from Rebecca Thuss, gold pear still life by Matthew Mead Style
Row 3: tissue rosettes by A.Hana Design, lily bouquet with gold and blue ribbons by Ariella Chezar, gold and pale blue invitation suite from Martha Stewart Weddings

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