Each of the three boards I will post today draws its inspiration from one of three arrangements by Ariella Chezar that appeared in the Winter 2007 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, in a spread called “Centerpieces with Fruit and Flowers.”

This board was created for Cole, a bride with a distinct and original idea of what she wants for her wedding. With a bespoke tweed suit for the groom, and a blend of Edwardian and roaring 20′s style for the bride, a love of birds and books, and a band composed of the couple’s friends, I wanted to pull together a board that would reflect the couple’s unique style as well as the rustic venue. Ariella’s centerpiece, which includes plums, pears and roses, seemed like a good focal point.

Mood: distinctive romance
Palette: red, purple, green, brown

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Top row from left: bird cake topper by Ann Wood, bouquet by Artfool, chairs via flickr, postcard by Ceci NY, veil from Victoriana
Row 2: photo by Grazier Photography, centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, car from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: photo by Belathee, mason jars from Hatch Creative, bouquet by Ariella Chezar
Row 4: tweed suit via The Sartorialist, the Blue Dress Barn, photo via {frolic}, invitations via Brooklyn Bride, Vera Wang dress from Brides UK

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I made a marigold and gray board awhile ago, but I have to say that it’s not one of my favorites. I’ve had a few more requests for a gray and yellow board, this time in more muted tones, and I think this one turned out nicely. The pale grays and yellows make me think of rain clouds and sunshine, like the beginning of spring maybe. And I cannot get over that incredible church designed by Maxim Velcovsky – the modern chairs work perfectly in the gorgeous old space.

Mood: subdued elegance
Palette: pale gray, pale sunshiny yellow, white

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Top row from left: St. Bartholomew’s Church via On Decorum, bouquet from Rebecca Thuss, J.Crew dress from Brides, lemonade from Rebecca Thuss, flowers via I Do Vancouver
Row 2: save-the-date via Thoughtful Day, tent from Ariella Chezar, cake by April Reed
Row 3: dress by J.Crew, bouquet by Artfool, invitation by Blue Ribbon, boutonniere and bouquet both from Martha Stewart Weddings

Keep an eye out for an exciting post tomorrow – my interview with the brilliant Ariella Chezar!

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Loving green acorns!

Mood: eco-chic, woodsy
Palette: green, brown, ivory

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Top row from left: bouquet from Michelle Rago (photo by Dasha Wright), Lara Helene dress from Brides, invitation suite by Bird & Banner, Marie Labbancz photo via The Bride’s Cafe
Row 2: photo from Lena Corwin, cake by The Cake Girls, bouquet by Artfool
Row 3: acorn wreath by Ariella Chezar, seating card from Brides, photo from Jo Gartin, boutonnieres via Sew That’s It

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I am finding that I really only like red in very small doses, such as in this board. It’s such a dominant, powerful color that a little goes a long way (I mean, there’s not much red here, but see how different this board is from the all-white one I posted yesterday?). Those balloons with the number tags, from the wedding of the associate style editor for Martha Stewart Weddings, are one of my favorite examples of a non-floral centerpiece. So simple yet so dramatic. Bakers’ twine and seersucker were the inspirations for that wedding, and I tried to continue that look here. I could easily see this as a summer beachfront event where all the guests wear white or seersucker…

Mood: neat, preppy
Palette: white, minimal red

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Top row from left: white flowers, invitation by Mr. Boddington, lemonade from Martha Stewart, J.Crew dress from Brides
Row 2: balloons photo via Brooklyn Bride, bakery box from Bliss Weddings Market
Row 3: tulips from Taste
Row 4: photo by Liz Banfield, photo by M. Polss, photo via Book By Its Cover, tie from Rebecca Thuss

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Raise your hand if you’d rather be in Hawai’i than somewhere with a low of -10 degrees? Me too!

Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality, so they are a perfect element to include in your wedding. Some other fun ideas for a Hawai’ian wedding might be to serve Hawai’ian potato chips in parchment cones, have important people wear leis instead of boutonnieres or corsages, and involve hula dancing in some way (either provide a lesson for your guests, or have a group of dancers come in to perform).

Mood: hospitable, easy-going, tropical elegance
Palette: yellow, green, orange

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Top row from left: tropical punch from Brides, invitation by Ceci NY, photo by Whitebox Weddings, flowers from Destination Wedding Style, photo by Dave Robbins
Row 2: photo by Whitebox Weddings, cake from MS, photo from Beth Helmstetter, pineapple flowers from MS, lei from Brides
Row 3: photo by John & Joseph, bouquet by Artfool, baby pineapple
Row 4: seating cards from Destination Wedding Style, ring pillow from Rebecca Thuss

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