There are rumors of 70 degree weather here in California this weekend, so I’m planning on enjoying that before I head back to the snow next week. Some of my favorite things from around the web this week…

Joanna’s engagment photos have been all over the blogs.

Jewelry made out of tea cups and plates, via Katy Elliott.

Custom letterpress stationery from Black Pearl Press – yes please!

Lauren and Tim’s New Orleans wedding caught on 8mm.

Snippet & Ink is one of Joel Flory’s favorites!

A clever way to do your own calligraphy.

My dream vacation of the day, via Hollister Hovey.

Also, Cassandra was sweet enough to invite me to share my 2009 color predictions, so check them out over at coco + kelley, along with all of the other predictions here.

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Bringing primary red and yellow together in the same palette is a tricky endeavor – if you’re not careful, it evokes McDonald’s. Or the circus. Hopefully, here, using mostly white with just pops of color keeps it playful and fun, without making you crave a hamburger. What do you think? Does it work?

Mood: whimsical, cheery
Palette: cherry red, school bus yellow, crisp white

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Top row from left: branch and birds photo by Tina Rupp, yellow shoes photo by Jose Villa, programs via Brooklyn Bride, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Row 2: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation suite by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, bridesmaids from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: cake photo by Tina Rupp, candy buffet from Rebecca Thuss, balloons from Amy Atlas
Row 4: bowtie photo from smwarnke4′s flickr, bouquet from Soiree, jam jar

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I won’t lie, classic dairy cows did occur to me while working on this inspiration board…

Mood: bucolic elegance
Palette: olive black, picket fence white, field green

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Top row from left: photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, chairs via Katy Elliott, flowers in tin cup from Donna Hay, milk illustration via The Speckled Egg
Row 2: homemade cake photo by Tina Rupp, photo from ijklee’s flickr, silhouettes photo by Leigh Miller, bouquet photo by Carrie Patterson
Row 3: bouquet by Saipua, cheese photo by Jennifer Causey, barn photo from clairehelene7′s flickr
Row 4: horse photo by Punam Bean, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, kissing photo by Jocelyn Filley

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Ever since the last issue of Martha Stewart Weddings came out, I’ve been wanting to make an inspiration board around this gardenia bouquet. The combination of a timeless, elegant flower with the unexpected pop of orange-heavy coral seemed perfect to me, and I wanted to make a wedding board that reflected that sense of tradition with a twist. These colors would work well in any season, and play off one another beautifully – and they’re a nice twist on pink and green. (Also, if you haven’t seen the original article from Martha Stewart Weddings, it’s a wonderful concept: inspired bouquets – much like inspired wedding boards!)

Mood: tradition with a twist
Palette: gardenia white, emerald, coral

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Top row from left: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, dress from Brides, handkerchiefs and boutonnieres from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: entrance via This is Glamorous, gardenia topiary
Row 3: champagne photo by Jonathan Canlas, glove photo by Anna Kuperberg via Kelly Oshiro, envelopes from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake from Portland Bride & Groom
Row 4: bouquet by Artfool, vintage Jaguar photo by Arden Photo, green tie via Duet Weddings, orange chair via Desire to Inspire

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I thought I’d try and start the year off with a sweet, bright, and cheerful wedding board. The palette and mood of today’s board were inspired by Eva Lindh’s sweet photo – darling curls, a green gingham ribbon, and pops of orange and yellow. And I know they’re not exactly original, but for added sweetness, how can you resist balloons and cupcakes?

Mood: simple spring charm
Palette: spring green, pale aqua, yellow, orange, white

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Top row from left: green gingham headband, Ann Wood cake topper via Style Me Pretty, balloons and bouquet both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: Swans Island Blanket via A Little Sussy, melon cups from Martha Stewart Weddings, ties photo by Thornton Photo, lemonade from Amy Atlas
Row 3: plate from Anthropologie, cupcake photo by Victoria Pearson, mason jar lights from Martha Stewart Weddings, notecards from Martha Stewart Crafts
Row 4: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, dress via coco + kelley, boutonniere by Twigs & Honey, dress from Brides

Update! A lot of you have asked me about the Martha Stewart notecards, and my original link no longer works, which makes me think they’re not available anymore. If anyone has any luck tracking them down, please let us know in the comments!

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