We had our first flurry of snow the other night, which inspired this board. Whether in a rustic lodge or a clean white banquet hall, this snowy wedding is warm, cozy and chic.

Mood: warm, chic
Palette: warm white, chocolate

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Top row from left: image by Aaron Almendral, bouquet from Brides, Fresh Studio seating cards via Oh Happy Blog, milk and cookies via Le Tartine Gourmand
Row 2: flowers and cake both from Brides, boutonniere from Fresh Studio, monogram from MS, photo from Alan Maudie
Row 3: candy and birdhouse both from Brides, lanterns via Classic Bride, table via An Excited Bride
Row 4: snow bride, Taste desserts via Style Me Pretty, photo from The Knot

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My dear friend Laura is getting married! This board revolves around two main points of inspiration: House Martin‘s beautiful bouquet and the Fort Mason Officers’ Club. The pom-poms, photobooth guest book, and chocolate cake are all playful without sacrificing the smallest bit of elegance. Also, these colors are wonderful for a September wedding, without being too heavy or rustic.

Mood: warm, playfully elegant
Palette: spicy pink, coral, yellow, cream

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Top row from left: image from The Brides’ Cafe, bouquet by Nancy Liu Chin, chuppah decorations from Waterlily Pond, chocolates from MS, Carolina Herrera dress from Brides
Row 2: hibiscus tea from MS, 1 Fort Mason, cake from Brides, boutonniere from Waterlily Pond
Row 3: image from The Knot, car from MS, guest book via With This Ring, invitations from MS
Row 4: bouquet from House Martin, dress from J. Crew, centerpiece via Toast and Tables, necklace from Satya Jewelry

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I flipped when I saw this reader’s idea for a destination wedding: retro travel elements and an island destination. Fabulous. She has sunset colors in mind, paired with neutral tones, so I thought the cocktails, ring pillow, and frangipani bouquet (also called plumeria) were perfect. I also love the paper airplanes made out of maps – what a fun save-the-date idea! If you could find some tropical shirts that aren’t too loud, they would make for a great groomsmen shirt or gift.

Mood: retro travel fun
Palette: sunset pink, yellow and orange, raffia

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Top row from left: photo from A Rainbow in Paradise, cocktails from MS, vintage postcard, tropical cake and paper airplanes both from MS
Row 2: retro surfer girl, bouquet from Ariella Chezar, table setting via Toast and Tables, vintage suitcase
Row 3: cake from MS, tent decoration from Ariella Chezar, ring pillow from Brides, invitation from Ceci NY
Row 4: coconut cocktail, Watters dress from House of Brides, vintage map of Fiji, bouquet from Wedding Bunches & Blooms

This is board #3 of 4 that I’m posting today for real brides. Keep an eye out for one more!

Update! These little drink umbrellas from MS could make great seating cards.

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This reader is having a backyard wedding in northern Minnesota, with pink and purple elements, and she wanted some ideas for incorporating birch bark without making it too rustic. I actually think that birch bark works into this color scheme well, and you know me – I love a rustic touch. Another detail that I wanted to share, is this bride is using mismatched thrift store china for dessert plates. I just love it, and I tried to keep that in mind when I made this board.

Mood: rustic yet refined
Palette: pinks, purples, birch bark

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Top row from left: mason jars via $10,000, bouquets from In Style, Olga D’Gallegos dress from Brides, woodgrain stationery via Brooklyn Bride
Row 2: photo from The Knot, tree favors from MS, cake from Brides, ice cream from Matthew Mead
Row 3: woodgrain wrapping paper from MS, bouquet from Ingela’s Design, pew decorations from Michelle Rago (photo by Dasha Wright), favor bag from Rebecca Thuss
Row 4: photo from Quechee Inn, birch candles via Style Me Pretty, bouquet from Fresh Studio

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our other reader inspired boards today. This is #2 of 4 that I will be posting today.

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I am really excited, because today I’m posting four boards, each one for a real bride. I have to say that some boards are definitely tougher than others, especially when I am making it for someone else, and especially if I don’t know that person, well, personally. But, I won’t post a board that I don’t think pulls together well or if it doesn’t create a strong vision for an event. So, to the ladies who these boards are for, I hope you find them helpful. To everyone else, enjoy!

This first board is for Rebeckah. She is interested in a Miami/South Beach sort of feel for her summer wedding at the Toronto Botanical Garden. I have to say, I just love botanical gardens (my honey and I had our first date here). They are beautiful, romantic, and full of inspiration. For this board, I wanted to make sure that there was a balance between the Miami theme and the botanical garden setting, so I put turquoise aside (because I don’t know about you, but when I think Miami, I think hot pink and turquoise). Instead, green cymbidium orchids, the ones with the pretty pink speckles, were my main inspiration: they add to a tropical feel, and the hot pink is very Miami but not overpowering. I also love the pink tulle accenting the ceremony chairs, and I think it would really pop at an outdoor ceremony. I also love the small cymbidium centerpiece, and I think that several of those on a long banquet table, or a cluster of them in the middle of a round table, would be gorgeous.

Mood: vibrant, tropical
Palette: green, hot pink

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Top row from left: photo from Toronto Botanical Garden, bouquet from The Knot, invitations by Ceci NY
Row 2: cocktail napkins from MS, drink from Brides, bouquet from Pat Gibbons Floral, photo from Mel Barlow
Row 3: cake from The Knot, pink “R” via Lucky Me!, veil by Couture Bridal
Row 4: Johanna Hehir dress from Brides UK, chairs from The Knot, photo from Toronto Botanical Garden, flower from Fresh Studio

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