Since the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, I thought it would be fitting to post a wedding inspiration board with that theme. It wouldn’t be a Kentucky Derby wedding without mint juleps, bluegrass, roses and horseshoes. Let the men wear seersucker and the ladies wear fabulous hats, and make sure to send your guests home with a miniature version of Derby pie. If you want to hold your wedding on the actual day of the Kentucky Derby, it might be fun to have cards at each seat for guests to “bet” on which horse will win.

Mood: charming Southern fun
Palette: red, blue, white

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Top row from left: horses, cake from Wedding Style Guide, bluegrass band, cake topper by d.Sharp via Black Eiffel
Row 2: roses from Laurie Arons, dress photo by Rodney Smith via Black Eiffel, mint juleps via Brown Turtleneck Sweater, horseshoe pin from Eclecticla
Row 3: miniature pies from Martha Stewart Weddings, seersucker suit via The Budget Fashionista, tent photo by Liz Banfield, bouquet by Artfool
Row 4: photo by Liz Banfield, horseshoe save-the-date by Darling Events via Style Me Pretty, chair garlands from In Style, hat photo from Martha Stewart Weddings

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More than any other colors, pale blue and yellow make me think of spring, especially early spring. This board probably would have been perfect closer to Easter, but I so wanted to make an inspiration board using the beautiful Italian cotton ribbons from Angela Liguori!

Mood: soft light, sweet spring
Palette: pale blue, pale yellow, white

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Top row from left: peony nests via Toast and Tables, rain or shine umbrellas from Soiree Charleston, photo by Ann Hamilton via The Bride’s Cafe
Row 2: floral headband by Twigs & Honey, Italian cotton ribbons from Angela Liguori, Alan Hannah dress from Brides UK, hydrangea bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: egg arrangement from Martha Stewart, photo from Brides, balloon decorations from Martha Stewart Weddings, boutonniere photo by Lisa Lefkowitz from The Knot
Row 4: photo via {frolic}, monogrammed cookies from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Trophy Cupcakes, telegram card from 16 Sparrows

Update! How sweet is this photo by Cameron Browne – and the colors match this board exactly!

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Pink and brown is one of those combinations that has almost been done too many times. But, as with anything, you can take something classic or even common, and make it new and fresh. How is a pink and brown color palette made into something unexpected? When it’s paired with a gray accent, and applied to a rustic ranch venue. I didn’t want the ranch theme to be too much here, so I kept it to boots for the bride and a cake decorated with different cattle brands. Photos hung on an aged barnwood wall and a rusty old mailbox for collecting notes from guests play up the rustic feel, while pale pink softens things. And I know I did a pink ranch wedding not too long ago, but this one definitely looks different. I’m telling you, there are an infinite number of ways to have a beautiful wedding, even if the colors and theme have been done before!

Mood: rustic, romantic
Palette: pale pink, brown, gray

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Top row from left: photo by Mulberry Photo, stationery by Hello! Lucky, bouquet by The Green Vase, boots photo by Sara Remington for Anna Kuperberg
Row 2: flowers by Prudence Designs, pashminas from Love Luck and Angels, mailbox “guest book” from Grapevine Weddings, photo by Jose Villa
Row 3: thank you note by Chewing the Cud, porcelain milk bottles by Alyssa Ettinger via In This Instance, wine glasses from Bellissima Vita, cattle brand cake by Sweet Pea Bakery
Row 4: photo line from The Knot, photo by Anna Kuperberg, dress by Coren Moore

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This board is for Laura, who needed some help visualizing her wedding in the colors she and her fiance had chosen. They imagine a wedding that is fun, elegant, and modern – no ruffles or frills here! Laura also mentioned an affinity for bees, so I tried to work that in as well. Another fun detail about this wedding: they’re getting married at the ruins of these cloisters in Paulinzella, Germany. What a unique and beautiful venue!

Mood: elegant, modern, fun
Palette: navy, rust orange, ice blue

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Top row from left: lanterns photo by Wedding Day Art from Lola Event Production, shirt and tie from Coles Shirtmakers, ribbon bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Kate Webber
Row 2: initials from Martha Stewart Weddings, busy bee invitation by A3 Design via Black Eiffel, photo by Vallentyne, beehive cake topper by Wren Handmade
Row 3: photo via Project Wedding, ranunculus via Toast and Tables, table numbers from Mi Mi Design
Row 4: calla bouquet from Red Ribbon Studio, ribbon boutonnieres from Martha Stewart Weddings, hair pin by Twigs & Honey, calligraphy by Laura Hooper

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Classic, formal elements define this wedding inspiration board, like elaborate calligraphy, floor length bridesmaid dresses, and garden roses. As much as I appreciate the desire for a unique and even unusual wedding, I also appreciate the timeless elegance of something like this. And I can’t get over Georgina Chapman’s perfectly romantic ruffly dress.

Mood: classic, romantic
Palette: pale yellow, pastel pink, green

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Top row from left: photo by A. Bryan, calligraphy by Bernard Maisner, photo by Adi Nevo, hydrangea arrangement photo from Jupiter Images, Georgina Chapman via bon mariage!
Row 2: tent from David Beahm Design, arrangement by Grandiflora, cake from Laurie Arons
Row 3: rose bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, bridesmaids photo by Mark Staff, invitation by Red Bliss, mint juleps from WED
Row 4: photo from New York Magazine, mint boutonniere from In Style, table number wreath from Alison Events, bouquet by Nicolette Camille

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