Barely-there pink often comes across as saccharine and girlish, but when paired with almost-black, ink blue it is moody and mysteriously romantic. This wedding board was largely inspired by Kari Herer’s gorgeous photo of peonies – if you haven’t seen her work, you must stop by her Etsy store – and the photo of blackberries and figs echo the colors perfectly. I’d love to see a bedroom based on this palette…

Mood: moody, romantic
Palette: inky midnight blue, soft pale pink

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Top row from left: peony photo by Kari Herer via Housemartin, table via Absolutely Beautiful Things, miniature ice cream cones from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: ballerina, piano photo via We Heart It
Row 3: dress via Girl Meets NYC, cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, calligraphy by Jane Farr, flowers by Saipua
Row 4: dressing table from House & Garden, Chanel dress via Oh Joy, figs and blackberries photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

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I probably could have posted this photo by Ellen Von Unwerth on its own to provide you with inspiration today, but I couldn’t resist a wedding board based on Carolina Herrera’s “ladylike linen top and buttery silk faille and tulle skirt” (Vogue’s description).

Mood: lush, colonial Caribbean
Palette: yellow, ivory, black, tropical green

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Top row from left: skirt and top by Carolina Herrera, French 75 cocktail photo by Jennifer Martine, cattleya orchid cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, lemons and melons
Row 2: invitation by Bird & Banner, Ariella Chezar bouquet photo by Meg Smith, bowl of lemons photo by Jose Villa
Row 3: roses and figs from Brides, photo via Cote de Texas, Acqua di Parma, cigars from Oh How Charming!
Row 4: plantation house, calligraphy by Bernard Maisner, centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, staircase via Belle Maison

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Sharon and Francis’s delightful rehearsal dinner took place at The Olde Farm in Bristol, a town that straddles the Virginia/Tennessee border, and Sharon’s hometown. Photos by Gertrude & Mabel.

 Sharon wore a dress by Miu Miu and shoes by Sigerson Morrison.

   The evening was planned in the spirit of “cheap and cheerful.” Red bandannas used for napkins were purchased from Oriental Trading. Red geraniums from a local garden center were placed in basket from the Texas Basket Company as living centerpieces.

 Sharon and Francis thought it would be fun to treat their out-of-town guests to some Southern food and music – barbecue and bluegrass! Dinner was catered by The Olde Farm, and included Southern favorites like pulled pork, barbecue chicken, baked beans, and slaw. Beer was kept cold in big galvanized tubs full of ice, with vintage bottle openers hanging from ribbons tied to the handles. Strawberry shortcake was served in red- and white-checked paper trays. There was also homemade ice cream in a variety of regional flavors such as peach and Southern Comfort pecan.

The large barn was decorated with custom papel picado banners from Mexican Sugar Skull. To make the huge barn seem more intimate, they “lowered” the ceiling by hanging the paper banners and strings of round party lights.

The piñata in Sharon and Francis’ initials was a huge hit. It was filled with all kinds of adult-appropriate goodies, like mini liquor bottle chocolates, candy cigarettes, fake engagement rings, little metal bird and bug pins from Silver Crow Creations, and old fashioned candy from Economy Candy in New York. The pins and rings were wrapped in small glassine bags, sealed with red dot stickers from Staples.

 Sharon designed the paper napkins, wooden spoons, and s’mores baggies to match a motif on the invitations (she is a graphic designer at Yours Etcetera).


The evening ended with a big bonfire and s’mores – graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate were in little bags nearby, along with sticks for marshmallow roasting.

For even more inspiration, check out Sharon and Francis’ beautiful wedding, featured on Martha Stewart Weddings.

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    My honey’s making dinner for me tomorrow night, and I’m thinking I might buy myself a box of these… What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week…

    An absolutely magical wedding.

    Vintage notions, via Please Sir.

    The sweetest labels, via {frolic!}.

    I can’t resist these invitations, via The Bridal Wishlist.

    And thank you to The Bride’s Guide and Punam Bean for the shout outs!

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