I think this is one of those color palettes that can really capture the personalities of the couple getting married, and it would work well in a number of venues: a stark urban loft, on the beach, in a summer garden. Aqua and poppy red might be too bold for some, but that’s the fun of colors – there really is something for every style and taste!

Mood: bold, playful
Palette: aqua, poppy red, white

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Top row from left: photo by Eclectic Images, centerpiece by Nancy Liu Chin, yogurt berry popsicles via Dessert First, chandelier photo by Michele M. Waite via Married & More with Michelle
Row 2: turquoise vase, signature cocktails from Soiree, photo from Nancy Liu Chin, cake by Ron Ben-Israel for InStyle Weddings
Row 3: table from Martha Stewart Weddings, confetti packet photo by Our Labor of Love, photobooth save-the-date by Amber and Jimmy via Being Social, favor box from Rebecca Thuss
Row 4: cake photo by Liz Banfield from Southern Accents, turquoise votives from Brides (photo by Dasha Wright), red peony nosegay by Ariella Chezar, invitation by BellaBliss Design

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Here is the second inspiration board that I made a few months ago for Minted.com. I just adore the illustration that Rene Gruau did for Christian Dior, and really loved making this wedding board based around it.

Mood: feminine, modern
Palette: shades of gray, blush pink, orange, peach

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Top row from left: Rene Gruau illustration, dress by J.Crew, bridesmaids from Details Details, photo by Meg Smith
Row 2: champagne tower photo by Dasha Wright from Brides, monogrammed cardigan from Martha Stewart Weddings, gray dress by Elizabeth Dye
Row 3: Morgan Le Fay dress from Brides, orange calla lily bouquet photo by Red Ribbon Studio, calligraphed “cootie catcher” from Martha Stewart Weddings, ring by Kuoting
Row 4: invitation by Egg Press, lounge area from Laurie Arons, ring bearer from Love Luck and Angels, peach flowers

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I’m not sure if this is apparent from your side of the computer, but things over here have been incredibly hectic lately. I was away for two weeks, and as soon as I got back I had to pack up my life and move into a new place. In the midst of getting settled, I drove 14 hours to a friend’s wedding this weekend, and then yesterday drove 14 hours back (what made me think driving there was the best plan?). Needless to say, I’m still trying to get situated and re-organized. To help myself catch up, I’m doing some re-posting today, with two inspiration boards that I made awhile back for Minted.com’s Design Roundtable. Some of you may have seen them already, so I apologize for the repeat, but I actually really liked the way these turned out, so I’m happy to share them again. Hoping to be back to normal tomorrow. I’m not making any promises or anything, but I’m working on it!

Magnolias are one of those incredible smelling flowers that look perfect singly in a bud vase or mason jar. You can even carry one on its own as a bouquet! Magnolias are feminine without being dainty, and they are the central inspiration for this wedding board. I imagine this wedding being fairly small, on the casual side, with someone’s great-uncle passing around a jar of moonshine at some point during the reception. And if I were to make this board over again, I would probably go with homemade cakes or cupcakes in place of the more formal (though gorgeous) cake I included here.

Mood: soft, romantically rustic
Palette: green, cream, pale slate

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Top row from left: magnolias in jars, hanging mason jar votives from Hatch Creative Studio, hanging seating cards photo by Suzy Clement
Row 2: truck photo by Tiffany Aicklen via Elizabeth Anne Designs, photo by Mallory Samson
Row 3: invitation by Egg Press, dress from J.Crew, photo by Victoria Pearson, cake by April Reed
Row 4: church photo by Mark Staff, tables from Ariella Chezar, pear-lemon fizz from Martha Stewart Weddings, hair pin by Jennifer Behr

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Gosh that sounds ugly. Mustard and taupe. But those are the colors here, and I do think they look nicer than they sound…

Mood: playful, quirky
Palette: mustard yellow, taupe, white

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Top row from left: stack of books from Martha Stewart Weddings, bridesmaids photo by Jessica Johnston, chapel photo by Sugar Love, yellow rose wreath from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: bud vases via Armelle Jewelry, veil from Martha Stewart Weddings, cookie buffet from One Girl Cookies
Row 3: cupcake tiers from Soiree, bouquet photo by Ann Hamilton, monogrammed tie from Martha Stewart Weddings, striped tent drapes from Maria McBride
Row 4: envelope via Brooklyn Bride, frames photo by A Beautiful Day Photography, billy buttons photo by Cooper Carras

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The tiny bud vase and rose in the top left corner were the initial inspiration for this clean, all white wedding board. I wanted to put something together that blended the romance and sweetness of roses, ice cream and scalloped edges with a minimalist venue and palette, and I think the contrast of soft with stark works well. For those who think this all-white palette is too cold, another color could easily be introduced in the form of flowers, accessories, and paper items.

Mood: romantic, minimalist
Palette: cool white, shades of gray

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Top row from left: bud vase, vanilla ice cream, strapless dress from J.Crew, canopy from Artfool
Row 2: cake from Elegant Bride, modern lounge area, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, save the date by cevd

Row 3: ring pillow from The White Aisle via Something Old Something New, shoe photo by Olivia Leigh, flower girl from Rebecca Thuss, pocket boutonniere from The Sartorialist

Row 4: votive photo by Jennifer Davis via The Bride’s Cafe, rose bouquet, menu tag from Artfool

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