A few of these images have been floating around for awhile in my head, and I thought it would be fun to put together a celebratory French-inspired board for Bastille Day. French flags, sparklers, and a croquembouche of course. If you happen to be in San Francisco today, head down to Belden Place, have some moules frites, and party (it’s what I’d do if I was there)!

Mood: celebration à la française
Palette: navy, red, white, gold

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Top row from left: photo by Koreana, French flag save-the-date from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet by Artfool, miniature champagne bottles from Wedding Style Guide
Row 2: shadow box from Martha Stewart, photo via Lolita, croquembouche from InStyle Weddings, photo via {frolic!}
Row 3: berry tarts from Martha Stewart, sparkler photo by Adrienne Page, both menus by Cynthia Warren
Row 4: miniature fries from Callahan Catering, photo via Black Eiffel, potted flowers from Martha Stewart

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You may remember One Love Photo‘s work from this real wedding that I featured a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to have another excuse to share their incredible images with you. Heather and Jon are the talented duo behind One Love Photo, and their photos do not disappoint! Here are just a few of my most recent favorites (be sure to click to enlarge the images)…

I love how Heather and Jon describe their work: “We love the exciting energy of weddings. We have an uncompromising artistic style and move in the opposite direction of cliche wedding photography. Our main goal is to create untraditional photographs of your family and friends being their fabulous selves. To capture your natural true love on your wedding day with a funky artistic twist.” How perfect is that!? They use digital, film, and homemade lenses, and they are totally up for travel (check out their inclusive Travel Bug Package). If you want gorgeous and unique photos to remember your wedding day by, you have to check out One Love Photo – and don’t miss the blog!

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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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