I’ve been wanting to do an inspiration board in these colors for awhile, and the gorgeous photo of the gold shoes and hot pink tulle was just the push I needed to finally put it together. This color combination channels a sort of retro vibe (1950′s or 1980′s, I can’t figure out which), and I love the balance between refined gold and playful hot pink. For this wedding, I imagine champagne and an abundant dessert buffet, piled with Parisian macarons, a traditional croquembouche, and countless other goodies. Maybe a gelato cart for good measure. And, if it’s entirely too sweet for your wedding, consider it for a bridal shower instead!

Mood: retro chic, playfully refined
Palette: hot pink, gold

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Top row from left: shoes and tulle photo by Katya de Grunwald, gold dress photo via Lulu Events, peonies via Oh Joy!, Oscar de la Renta dress from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: sweet pea centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, place setting from Ceci New York, dessert buffet from In Style via Always a Blogsmaid, chandelier photo by Claire Morgan
Row 3: locket from Vintage Rehab, pink and gold box from Bell’occhio, champagne from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet photo by Myrtle & Marjoram
Row 4: stationery suite from Martha Stewart Weddings, gold floral ring pillow by Anna Whitford, macarons from Rebecca Thuss, Moschino suit via Nibs

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So after last week’s inspiration board and conversation on purple, I thought I’d try again. There was something a little too My Little Pony about the lavender and pale blue for me. But, instead of scrapping the blue, I changed things by going with a richer, more grown-up shade of plum. Also, to keep things from feeling overly girly, I thought I’d try this palette in a refined yet rustic, country setting. What do you think? How do you feel about this color combination versus the one from last week?

Mood: rustic, subdued
Palette: plum, baby blue, dark wood accents

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Top row from left: ribbons from Linnet via Once Wed, photo by Erik Ekroth, photo via Perfect Bound, invitation by Bird & Banner
Row 2: boutonniere from Wedding Style Guide via Brooklyn Bride, cakes from Gathering Events, pansy nosegay by Artfool, flower girl from Carolyne Roehm
Row 3: chocolate truffles from Matthew Mead Style, dahlias photo by Mikkel Vang, blue cardigan photo by Ann Hamilton, lanterns stairway via {frolic!}
Row 4: wine bottles photo from Jupiter Images, locket necklace, ceremony seats photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, jam from Maine Crafts, sweet pea bouquet photo by Jasper-Sky via The Knot

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We’re still in the midst of summer, so I thought a camp-themed wedding board would be fun. Rustic and slightly kitschy, with s’mores, compasses, lanterns and sparklers. I love the getaway canoe, complete with tin cans, and the burlap table runner. But my favorite detail by far, one that would work in any number of outdoor weddings, is the tie tree – a place for guests to hang up their ties and relax!

Mood: rustic, a touch of kitsch
Palette: shades of green and brown

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Top row from left: boutonnieres by Custom Event Group, lantern and pinecone centerpieces photo by Woodward & Rick via Southern Weddings, getaway canoe photo by Emilie Inc.
Row 2: groomsmen photo by Cappy Hotchkiss, flower girls photo by Karlisch Photography, bouquet photo by Tiffany Aicklen, sparkler cupcakes via More Ways to Waste Time
Row 3: canoe and flowers photo by Karlisch Photography, compass favors by Laura Hooper Calligraphy, lantern photo by Suzy Clement, Adirondack chairs photo by Susan Stripling
Row 4: tie tree photo by Suzy Clement via The Bride’s Cafe, seating card table by Claire Bean, lettering by Crystal Kluge, s’mores from Brides

Update! Check out these perfect camp engagement photos by Abigail Seymour, via Weddings with Tara.

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Though I’m still not 100% convinced about purple, especially in pastel form, I’m not willing to ignore it either. Here I went all out with the purple, adding pale blue on a backdrop of white. What do you think – classically sweet? Or overly saccharine?

Mood: sweet, preppy
Palette: pastel purple and blue, white

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Top row from left: photo by Karlisch Photography, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, tissue paper pom poms from Martha Stewart Crafts, front porch
Row 2: flowers via Desire to Inspire, invitation by Bird & Banner, photo by Rebekah Westover, ribboned favor box from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet by Artfool
Row 3: photo by A Bryan Photo, hydrangea boutonnieres and escort cards both from Martha Stewart Weddings, purple plaid dress by Luisa Beccaria via Perfect Bound
Row 4: favor boxes from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet photo by Eleise Theuer, groomsmen photo from Junebug Weddings, pansy bouquet by Todd Events

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I am in love with the image of all the old canceled stamps from around the world, and that was the inspiration for this bold and bright wedding board. I see no problem in mixing red with fuchsia with pale pink, especially when set against a clean white backdrop. It’s a palette that could work in winter or spring, and done the right way it could even work in summer. Even though red is pretty dramatic, and the title of this board comes from a quote about red roses – that they are for “love triumphant” – I don’t think that it takes itself too seriously here, and that’s when I love it most.

Mood: romantic, bold
Palette: red, fuchsia, pale pink, white

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Top row from left: old stamps via Ruby Press, Mast Brothers Chocolate via Black Eiffel, Carolina Herrera gown from New York Magazine, ceremony chairs from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, floating peonies by Artfool, red rose statue photo by Heather Forsythe
Row 3: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, pink favor box and balloons both from Martha Stewart Weddings, bridesmaids dresses from In Style Weddings, grapefruit mojitos from Martha Stewart
Row 4: save-the-date by Alee & Press, strawberry ice cream and boutonniere both from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet by Artfool

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