Bloggers everywhere are posting pink this month to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I wanted to join in. So many of our lives have been touched by this disease, and I hope that this pink inspiration board does inspire you, to learn, educate, and give. And if you have your own blog, I encourage you to spread the word with a pink post!

Mood: garden sweetness
Palette: peach, grapefruit, cotton candy pink

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Top row from left: veil from Martha Stewart Weddings via Once Wed, pink shirts, bouquet by Artfool, garden gate photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 2: centerpiece via Once Wed, bird cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake from Callahan Catering, silver from Martha Stewart
Row 3: parasols via Daisy Chain, bridesmaids from Martha Stewart Weddings, centerpiece by Kathleen Deery via Alison Events, getaway car from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: floral arch by Artfool, pink lemonade from The Knot, candy favors from Martha Stewart Weddings

Also, if you’re in the Seattle area, check out the Get Hitched Give Hope event for a great way to give back while shopping for your wedding.

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Hello friends! I’m sorry about the late post today – I finished this inspiration board on the later side last night, and since I’m coming down with a cold, I couldn’t bring myself to stay awake long enough to post it. But, despite my head being in a total fog, here it is. This is what I consider a perfectly refined – without being fussy – yet rustic autumn wedding board for October first. Though I’ve used it before, I wanted to pull together another inspiration board around the barn in the upper left corner, but nothing seemed to work until the very talented Elizabeth Dye posted about her clever cocktail dress made from an old wedding gown. Once I saw that, I knew just what this autumn wedding board should look like.

Mood: unfussy refinement, autumn rustic
Palette: barnwood, pumpkin-gold, plum red

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Top row from left: barn from Brides, calligraphy by Maybelle, bench photo by Elizabeth Messina, dress by Elizabeth Dye
Row 2: centerpiece styled by Molly Findlay via Oh So RB, steel guitar photo by Abigail Seymour, getaway car from Brides, vintage mailbox “guest book” from Grapevine Weddings
Row 3: candle photo by Gertrude & Mabel, old-timey poster invitation via Black Eiffel, fall foliage bouquet and tiered Madina Vadache dress both from Brides
Row 4: stack of gold rings by Hannah Clark, monogrammed bread by Poilâne via La Dolce Vita, Pennington Berry Farm jams

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One of my favorite color combinations is one of the simplest: pink and blue. I love hot pink with navy, or maybe hot pink and aqua, or today, pale peachy pink with French blue. It is sweet, classic, and perfect for a garden luncheon. Hang a crystal chandelier from a tree to dress things up, and place various vintage bottles of tulips on tables to dress things down. And how perfect is the detail of lacing the groom’s shoes with blue laces?

Mood: classic garden romance
Palette: French blue, pale peachy pink

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Top row from left: chandelier and garden table from Domino, blue corset, cocktails from Martha Stewart Weddings, bouquet by Poppy’s Petalworks
Row 2: pink rose cake, just-married bike photo by Elizabeth Messina, favor box from Martha Stewart Weddings, vest photo by Terra Tabbytosavit via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Row 3: bottle vases and Florentine paper pencils both styled by Molly FitzSimons, bridesmaid dresses from J.Crew, rose arch by Ariella Chezar
Row 4: invitation via Mood Board, photo by Mi Belle Inc., rose bouquet photo by Carrie Patterson

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While I understand why a couple might want to have engagement photos for themselves, I had never seen any that really stood out to me (though I do love this idea). At least not until Samuel Lippke emailed me with these photos from Heather and Eric’s gorgeous engagement shoot. Heather is an assistant for Trina Turk, and Eric is a painter, art curator, and DJ. Before their engagement shoot, Samuel spoke with them and suggested doing something a little different – something unique and artistic that reflected who they are. The spring shoot took place at their friends’ ranch in Fallbrook, California. Items such as an antique dress, a parasol and a tripod helped to create a timeless story of a couple in love.

A huge thank you to Samuel Lippke for sending these photos to me, and congratulations to Heather and Eric! Maybe we’ll get to see some photos from your recent wedding…

On a personal note, as I was in the middle of getting this post ready, my dear sweet friend Elizabeth called me to share her good news – she’s engaged! Congratulations Elizabeth – I love you and could not be happier!

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