These days, everyone is watching their budgets more closely – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. One of my favorite stationers, Milkmaid Press, has just launched Pearl Press, a new line of wedding stationery that is not only luxurious, but an inexpensive alternative to engraving and letterpress.

These are some of my favorite designs from the signature collection, but custom designs are also available. And orders can be ready in as little as five days! Definitely check out the website, and keep an eye out for new designs soon!

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If my inspiration boards lately haven’t given it away, I am so ready for winter to take its leave and make way for spring. Alas, more snow in the forecast for this weekend, which I take as an invitation to read a new book and drink hot chocolate. The real kind, with melted dark chocolate and fresh whipped cream. While I’m doing that, enjoy some of my (many) favorite links this week…

So glad Elizabeth Messina started a blog

If you’ve searched for vintage gloves, search no further, via The Bridal Wishlist.

Gorgeous clockwork jewelry.

Studio On Fire is full of inspiration. Especially loving these invites.

Cutest proposal caught on film, via The City Sage.

And another great photo on the Brooklyn Bride.

Does it seem like all the talent these days is coming out of Portland? via Armas Design.

This looks like such a lovely place to visit.

A wedding program for music lovers.

Some of my favorite ring pillows have their very own website now, via Something Old Something New.

After the inspiration board comes the “concepting.”

Every wedding needs horseshoes and a swing.

And maybe some fabric boutonnieres?

Thank you to Ez and Rachelle for the love!

Happy weekend lovelies!

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I knew when I saw this bouquet by Ariella Chezar in an issue of Well Wed that I had to include it in an inspiration board – some kind of secret garden, that bursts into color and life as soon as you discover it behind a hidden garden gate. And I would make sure that there was a swing like this, with ribbons tied to it echoing those tied to the bouquet. The palette and venue make this a flexible enough wedding to work in spring, summer or fall (personally, I’m dreaming of spring these days…). And though it could certainly be applied to a larger wedding, I’m thinking of a more intimate party in a special little walled garden.

Mood: vibrant, secret garden
Palette: satsuma orange, sweet peach, garden green

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Top row from left: bouquet by Ariella Chezar from Well Wed, photo by Meg Smith from Martha Stewart Weddings, cherry lemonade from Martha Stewart, arrangement by Michaele Thunen
Row 2: nasturtium centerpiece from Well Wed, garden table and chairs via Desire to Inspire
Row 3: photo via Moodboard, garden gate from Artfool, blood orange cheesecake from Martha Stewart, flower girls photo by Laura Negri, dahlia centerpiece by Ariella Chezar
Row 4: invitation by Ceci New York, votives from Cox & Cox, Ariella Chezar bouquet photo by Meg Smith, seating cards by Linda & Harriett

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I love this color of pink – like the inside of a nautilus. Accented with black, it’s a little bit sexy, and with details like black millinery net and vintage paper cake decorations it’s sweet and whimsical. I imagine this wedding would take place in a whimsical and romantic city, like Paris or maybe New Orleans…

Mood: sexy, whimsically romantic
Palette: shell pink, sleek black

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Top row from left: photo from Martha Stewart Weddings via Knottie LJ Kaucher, perfume via The Dieline, photo via coco+kelley, chandelier via Moodboard
Row 2: love sparklers via {a glamorous little side project}, invitation by Ice Cream Social
Row 3: ballerina with camera via We Heart It, cake topper by via Black Eiffel, photo by Whitebox Weddings, pink flowers
Row 4: photo via ffffound, bouquet by Artfool, bride and groom from Brides, peach and blackberry sangria from Martha Stewart Weddings

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