There is no doubt that I love the beautiful, thoughtful details that go into a wedding day, and often those details add up to something that is either costly or time consuming – or both! I wanted to create an inspiration board with special details without being overwhelmingly expensive or elaborate. I imagine an intimate ceremony followed by a low key dessert and coffee reception at a favorite cafe. A Quaker wedding certificate, signed by every guest, takes the place of a guest book. In their invitations, guests would receive a book plate and note indicating that the couple would prefer to receive a favorite book than traditional gifts. The bride would wear a skirt and jacket, and definitely a sassy custom hat. The groom would wear jeans, a vest and a pair of classic brown Oxfords. And how about a fabulous cocktail ring in lieu of a traditional engagement ring?

Mood: intimate cafe style
Palette: cafe au lait, espresso, cream

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Top row from left: Kelly Christy hat from Rebecca Thuss, shoes photo via sfgirlbybay, black and white cafe

Row 2: dessert buffet and Quaker wedding certificate both from Martha Stewart Weddings, bud vase photo by Anna Williams, vest and jeans from J.Crew

Row 3: book and bookplates via Style Court, smokey quartz ring by Marie-Helene de Taillac from Twist, hat by Ellen Christine from Brides, espresso
Row 4: calligraphy by Tara Jones, House of Dior ensemble from The Met, Modern Day Design bouquet photo by Jose Villa

{Thank you to Janie for loaning her blog name to this inspiration board!}

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It snowed here yesterday, and all I can think is what happened to fall! So I thought I’d go with a warm and sunny wedding board today. A preppy, summer, garden wedding in cherry red and white. Definitely white parasols at the ceremony to keep guests shaded, and a badminton court set up for the reception.

Mood: preppy summer
Palette: cherry red, tennis white

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Top row from left: dessert buffet from Martha Stewart Weddings, summer parasol, strawberries
Row 2: peony arrangement by Ariella Chezar, Linea Carta invitation via Brooklyn Bride
Row 3: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, French net hat from Martha Stewart Weddings, raspberry lemonade photo by Alison Miksch, red car
Row 4: monogrammed linens from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo booth photo by Meg Smith, tables by D’ette Cole via {frolic!}, rose centerpieces from Domino

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Navy and yellow is one of the preppiest color combinations around, and it’s often applied to a nautical theme. But not this time! In this inspiration board, I imagined a late winter or early spring City Hall wedding for a sassy modern couple (a ruffly yellow dress by Heidi Merrick! navy blue nail polish!). Lemons are a perfect decorative element for the season, and bouquets of narcissus and cattleya orchids are both sweet and sophisticated. And how could I resist the chair from the Viceroy Palm Springs? Where do you think the best place would be for this couple’s reception? An intimate meal at a favorite restaurant? A sleek urban loft? Any ideas?

Mood: whimsical modern glam
Palette: navy blue, lemon yellow, porcelain white

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Top row from left: book photo by ThussFarrell, lemon cake by K. Rose Cakes via Ritzy Bee, narcissus bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, fascinator by Rosa Clara
Row 2: leaving City Hall photo via Blah Blah Blahg, Austin Floral Indigo plate photo by Gemma Comas, lemon centerpiece from Martha Stewart
Row 3: lemon sparkler from Brides, lollipops from One Hundred Wishes, photo by Mulberry Photo, navy tights and yellow shoes from Blueprint
Row 4: cattleya orchid bouquet photo by Jocelyn Filley, Chanel nail polish from Nordstrom, lemon centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, lemon slice invitations by Brown Sugar Design

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There is no reason that a black and white palette has to mean black-tie. There is certainly something inherently chic about this palette of opposites, but not necessarily fussy or formal. In this inspiration board, I aimed for something playful with a modern edge. A black-and-white photobooth is a must, as are chalkboard elements and Oreo cookie favors. Any other ideas for playful black and white details?

Oh, be sure to stop by Kelly Oshiro’s blog today to check out my guest post!

Mood: playful chic
Palette: crisp white, jet black

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Top row from left: photobooth strip via Smitten, cocktails from A Charleston Bride, bouquet photo by Karen Wise, black suits from Martha Stewart
Row 2: necklace by Saylor Sage, photo by Look Photography via Casando Ideias, place setting via Inspired Goodness
Row 3: invitation from Lovely Morning, tables from Artfool, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, cake by Flour Patch Bakery from Brides
Row 4: chalkboard pots from Pottery Barn, black headband by Jennifer Behr, button seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, suit from J.Crew

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