I apologize for repeating images from time to time – there are some that I return to again and again. It seems like every year around this time, this sweet ruffled dress by Oscar de la Renta makes an appearance in one of my inspiration boards (like here, and here). I just can’t help it – I love it! And even though it’s short, it feels like the perfect winter wedding dress to me.

Though winter weddings are generally more formal than in other seasons – I think it’s the fact that we’re stuck indoors and wearing more clothes – that’s no reason to sacrifice the simplicity that we’ve been talking about lately. Choose a dress that makes you feel beautiful, a classic color palette (inspired by this post), and choose a few details that matter to you and make them extra-special (like quirky calligraphy, or a wreath in lieu of a traditional bouquet, or miniature panettone for your guests to take home). As Gia Canali wrote in this insightful post (which I linked to on Friday, but in case you missed it), take it easy and do a few things well.

Update! Check out what Meg posted this morning over on A Practical Wedding!

Mood: classic sophistication, elegant whimsy
Palette: ivory and evergreen

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Top row from left: tea-length Oscar de la Renta dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, shoes and birdcage veil photo by Jose Villa, olive branch heart via Cafe Cartolina, miniature panettone favors from Martha Stewart Weddings with letterpress tags by Austin Press
Row 2: bay leaf garland from Martha Stewart Weddings via The Bride’s Guide, chapel photo by Mark Staff, white rose petals photo by Jonathan Canlas
Row 3: laurel-wreath table number from Alison Events, cake with greenery decorations photo by Jose Villa, whimsical calligraphy by Betsy Dunlap, wreath “bouquet” from Martha Stewart Weddings via The Bride’s Guide

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If you’re in the midst of planning a wedding, I imagine that you might be looking for ways to save money without sacrificing style. Or maybe you’re a newlywed, wondering what to do with the extra 200 balloons left over from your wedding reception. Enter BravoBride. It’s an online marketplace where brides, newlyweds and wedding vendors can buy and sell new and pre-owned wedding items. From dresses to jewelry to decorations, on BravoBride you can buy and sell just about anything to do with weddings.

How about a Rivini gown for less than half the original price, or a never worn platinum engagement ring and wedding band set (that retails for $6500) on sale for $2500? Plus, with the holidays coming up, BravoBride is a great place to find the perfect gift or party decorations. Definitely stop by and see what they have – you might find just the thing you’re looking for, but cheaper!

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It is definitely starting to feel like the holidays around here. I’ve started a bit of my holiday shopping, drinking chocolate is making regular appearances in our apartment, and there’s even talk of snow! In Texas! What are you doing to get in the holiday spirit? How about some of these great links from around the web this week (like roasting chestnuts!)…

Beautiful brides in pink ombre and black sashes.

Mmmmm. Lavender.

Striped icebergs. Absolutely unreal.

Q is for Quail, and for sassy bridesmaid dresses.

How to roast chestnuts.

I’ve never been so excited about food coloring in my life.

My newest dream wedding, via Once Wed.

Oh, snap!

A magical little nook.

Isn’t this what we’ve been talking about all week?

Great inspiration-to-reality series on SMP.

Best Christmas card ever.

One of my inspiration boards became this reader’s wedding. How fun!

These would be a nice surprise in my stocking this year.

I always enjoy Hollister’s gift guides.

And a big congratulations to Elizabeth Anne Designs on the beautiful new site!

Have a happy happy weekend!

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As a bride, I’ve really been trying to maintain perspective about my wedding choices, and when you look at weddings all day long like I do, it’s definitely easy to get lost. It’s no secret that I love the pretty details, but there’s such a thing as too much. Instead, why not choose a few elements that matter to you and to make extra-special, focus on marrying the person you love and on being good hosts to your guests, and forget trying to style your wedding for a magazine/blog feature. Personally, I find understated elegance to be the most appealing look anyway! So, today’s inspiration board is another attempt at finding that balance of beauty and simplicity…

I’m a total sucker for lush florals, especially when they include seasonal fruit like this arrangement from Saipua, with its giant dahlias and young persimmons. That arrangement served as the inspiration for this board: a late autumn/early winter wedding with unexpected rustic details. We seem to see mason jars everywhere these days, but this porcelain version is a refined update, and giving off a pleasant glow when used as a votive. A basket of ganache-filled egg shells is both farm-appropriate and a delightful surprise for your guests. As for the color scheme, ochre is an unusual choice, but used sparingly it adds subtle richness and depth to a backdrop of cream and barnwood gray – pops of golden yellow in the form of persimmons, the bride’s bolero, and the velvet ribbon adorning her bouquet. Stationery pieces are printed on cream paper in black ink, allowing unique lettering to stand out.

Mood: heirloom rustic
Palette: cream, ochre, gray, brown

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Top row from left: centerpiece with dahlias and persimmons by Saipua, porcelain mason jar votive by Pigeon Toe Ceramics, calligraphy by Maybelle
Row 2: rustic apple tart photo by Gemma Comas, white ranunculus in vintage apothecary bottle photo by Tec Petaja
Row 3: birthday menu by Cynthia Warren (photo by Aya Brackett), bride with birdcage veil and ochre bolero photo by Rachel Thurston, brown and white invitation suite by Alee & Press, wine tumbler photo by Johnny Miller
Row 4: rustic farm building and chocolate ganache filled egg shells both from Martha Stewart Weddings, hand-drawn wedding invitation by Liam Stevens, bouquet with velvet ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings

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