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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Mood: simple summer backyard charm
Palette: strawberry punch, lawn

Have I already mentioned how much I love plaid right now (along with stripes and gingham)? It’s charming and kitschy, and there’s nothing fussy or stuffy about it – and it makes for a great motif. Use it on ribbons, envelope liners, shirts, socks, napkins. Use solid white – and a green lawn – as a backdrop to keep the plaid from looking too busy. I also like this as a take on a pink and green palette, where the pink is punchy and instead of pale.

Row 1:  bouquet with plaid ribbon by Chelsea Fuss / plaid shirt photo via Mary Ruffle / punch jars  //  Row 2:  backyard tables via J. Cricket Events / letter-style invitation from Martha Stewart Weddings / earrings by Becky Kelso / bouquet from Brides  //  Row 3:  photo by Elizabeth Messina / plaid dress from Martha Stewart Weddings / cake from Wedding Style Guide  //  Row 4:  bicycles from Brides / plaid cupcake liners from Bake It Pretty / envelope photo by Carrie Patterson / confetti from Martha Stewart Weddings
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