It must be all this time I’m spending here in Montana that’s inspired two horse-related inspiration boards in a row. Whatever it is, I love the simplicity of this palette: the gray of aged barnwood, the green of summer grass and trees, and the rich brown of old iron keys and horseshoes. Refined rustic is one of my favorite looks, because it can be classic and unfussy at the same time.

Mood: equestrian elegance
Palette: gray barnwood, green pasture

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Top row from left: barn photo by Traci Griffin, stationery from Wedding Style Guide, bouquet by Ariella Chezar, key seating cards photo by Alisha Clark via Lucky Me!
Row 2: cake from D Magazine via Hip Hostess, photo by Punam Bean, photo by Meg Smith, photo by Martha Manning
Row 3: table from Brides, centerpiece via {frolic!}, lemonade and sweet tea photo by Cooper Carras, table number from Alison Events
Row 4: bouquet photo by Katie Stoops, wedding sign photo by Elizabeth Messina, photo by Millie Holloman, photo by Brooke Schwab via Little White Book

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If you like preppy, then you are going to love this wedding! Melanie Mauer sent this my way, and it seemed like such a perfect Southern summer wedding to share with you. Though Chloe and Shea live in Chicago, they decided on Lexington, Kentucky – Chloe’s hometown – for their July wedding. Southern hospitality and Lexington’s horse racing traditions inspired this traditional wedding, and since the wedding took place on Fourth of July weekend, the couple planned a number of activities and events for their 120 guests. One Fine Day helped to design and coordinate the weekend.

 Chloe created this green and blue argyle motif that was incorporated on many of the printed items, including the programs that Chloe printed and tied herself.

The ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Lexington. A string quartet provided the ceremony music.

Seating cards were clothespinned to Derby cups with miniature bouquets of roses and mint.

All of the bridesmaids and groomsmen found flip-flops at their seats so they could change into more comfortable dancing shoes.

 Mint juleps were served in mason jars. There were two types of cake from Martine’s Pastries: red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and bourbon cake with strawberries and white chocolate mousse.

Each table was named after a different Derby-winning horse from a year that holds significance to the bride and groom.

In lieu of a traditional guest book, guests were asked to take Polaroid photos and write notes, then leave them in an adorable filing box for Chloe and Shea to enjoy later. Chloe arranged for the band, Orange Krush, to surprise Shea by learning and playing one of his favorite songs, Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohen.

Photographer: Melanie Mauer / Save-the-dates by One Fine Day / Invitations by Crane & Co / Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera / Flowers: Suzi Hjorth at Magnolia Floral Designs / Reception Venue: The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, Kentucky
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Is it possible to injure your eyes by spending too much time looking at a computer screen? I think blogging may have finally gotten the best of me… But I had to share these links with you!

Still life photos, via Please Sir.

Something blue invites.

Such a happy bouquet, via Thoughtful Day.

And happy lanterns too!

Fascinated by ghost towns.

Always delighted by Betsy Dunlap’s work.

Check out the first installment of my color boards for The Bride’s Cafe!

Have a happy weekend lovelies – I hope you’re enjoying the summer!

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Even though we’re in the middle of summer, I know there are some autumn brides out there looking for inspiration. And since it’s one of the most beautiful times of year, I didn’t think the rest of you would mind this autumn wedding board, with it’s horseshoe motif and caramel apple details.

Mood: autumn on the farm
Palette: caramel, cinammon, orange

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Top row from left: photo by Union Photo, flowers by Ariella Chezar, tweed suit by John Varvato, jam favors photo by Suzy Clement
Row 2: venue from Martha Stewart Weddings, caramel apples from Rebecca Thuss, envelope and horse both from Wedding Style Guide
Row 3: cherry boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, horseshoes from Brides, candles in mason jars, caramel apple cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

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