There is something I love about the refined stuffiness of European style being unraveled by the heat and color of the tropics. Tropical fruits, rich wood, huge banana leaves, and delicate white fabrics. What a lovely and dynamic combination.

Mood: lush, vibrant
Palette: jungle green, mahogany, papaya

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Top row from left: Schumacher dress from Brides UK, sunscreen and tropical cake from MS, wooden clutch via All the Best
Row 2: bouquet from MS, banana tree and house, centerpiece from Ariella Chezar
Row 3: veil and pearl brooch from MS, invitation by Ceci NY, cigars
Row 4: passionfruit bowl via Erin’s Kitchen, Valentino dress from Brides UK, Plumo sandals, fan via Something Old Something New

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Okay folks! You’re going to get all five of this week’s posts today, because I’m imposing an internet ban on myself for the week (or two?) so that I can get some serious studying done. If you’re like me, you might have to scroll through them all at once. If you have personal discipline, you can come back and see a new one every day.

Now that it is officially fall, I thought I’d start this week with an all-out fall fest. The beginning of every season inspires me to say it’s my favorite, but you can’t deny the richness of autumn: its colors, foods, and oh the sweaters!

Mood: mellow fruitfulness
Palette: pumpkin, wheat, cream

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Top row from left: photo, soup, and flower girls all from Brides; goody bag from MS
Row 2: pumpkin cooler from MS, wheat bunch and barn from Brides, calligraphy from Laura Hooper
Row 3: bouquet from The Knot, ribbon decorations via Oh Happy Day, spun sugar cake from Brides, pumpkin lanterns from MS
Row 4: stationery from MS, photo via Style Me Pretty, bridesmaid dresses and candies from The Knot

Update! If you want more pumpkin love, then check out these two posts, here and here, over at Toast and Tables – gorgeous!

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is one of those children’s books that can be enjoyed by adults at least as much as by kids. If you haven’t read it, it’s wonderful. There are so many whimsical elements to this story. The things that stand out to me as points of inspiration are the red rose, the stars, and France itself. I also included the bird topper as an ode to the flock of birds that takes the Little Prince on his journey, the lanterns are for Lamplighter, and the map is for the Geographer.

Mood: simple and sweet
Palette: red, white, pale pink and blue

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Top row from left: bird cake topper by Ann Wood, French wedding photo via {frolic}, pink and poppy cake from MS, La Duree macarons via Domino Daily Dose
Row 2: stationery from Bluebird Studios, constellation seating cards from MS, Derek Lam dress, Linzer tart from MS
Row 3: photo from Brides, lanterns by Pottery Barn Kids via Faye and Greer, map by Maybelle, German glass glitter stars at Vintageweave
Row 4: bouquet and votives from The Knot, pocket telescope from Antique Scrimshaw

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When I taught kindergarten, I read Curious George all the time, and now it’s one of my nephew’s absolute favorites. It also makes for fun inspiration! It would have to be a zoo wedding, with red balloons and yellow details, a short dress and wild animal elements.

Mood: playful, bright
Palette: yellow, red

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Top row from left: Jack Johnson CD, alligator stationery from Linda & Harriett, Oscar de la Renta dress from Brides UK, chocolate-covered bananas from MS
Row 2: elephant hedges from Topiary Art and Designs, Barrel of Monkeys, glass-roof tent, yellow dress via Whispering Pine
Row 3: invitations by Austin Press, calla lilies and cake both from The Knot
Row 4: photo from Junebug Weddings, San Francisco Zoo, chilled mango puree from The Knot, Lucite bracelets from Plastic Fantastic

Update! You can really up the level of sophistication on a wedding like this with inspiration like this from Toast and Tables.
Update! Perfect cake from the Cake Girls!

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Sorry for the late post today! Now who didn’t want to run away to live in the Met after they read this book by E.L. Konigsburg? Okay, well I did. And what better inspiration for a wedding than a visit to one of the most incredible museums on the planet? For this board, I went with an elegant New York event, with mostly black and white elements, with some dabs of deep purple and grays.

Mood: elegant, tasteful
Palette: charcoal, white, aubergine

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Top row from left: black pearls, cake from Beaux Gateaux, Alberta Ferretti aubergine coat, hairstyle from The Knot
Row 2: the Met, Pronovias gown from Brides UK, thistle boutonniere from The Knot
Row 3: dahlia bouquet from MS, Prestat chocolates, suit from Brides UK
Row 4: Maybelle calligraphy, match barrel from Wedding Things, tuxedo bouquet from MS

Now, as for actually getting married at the Met, check this video out…definitely in the spirit of Claudia and Jamie Kincaid hiding away in the museum.

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