How fabulous is that horseshoe table with that fabulous red tablecloth and orange lanterns (found via Elizabeth Anne Designs)? That was the main inspiration for this sassy outdoor summer wedding board. Also, I think nasturtiums and limes are an excellent choice for a palette, because they are both fun and bold, and you can include them in so many other elements (nasturtiums on salad, limes in drinks and desserts). I know I could probably say this about most of the inspiration boards I post, but I would love to go to this wedding.

Mood: sassy, fun summer elegance
Palette: nasturtium orange, lime green

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Top row from left: Sasha Souza decor via Elizabeth Anne Designs, photo booth from Ariella Chezar, nasturtium and limes
Row 2: place settings from R. Jack Balthazar, photo by John Dolan
Row 3: nasturtium headpiece by Jude Miller, green bridesmaid dresses from In Style Weddings, bouquet photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, nasturtium cake from Oh How Charming!
Row 4: citrus decor by Ariella Chezar, invitations by Studio on Fire, photo by Pen Carlson

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Hello all! I hope everyone had a great week, and that you’re as excited as I am to see inspiration boards return. Even though spring officially started last week, it was still snowing in my neck of the woods on Friday. But, it appears that spring has truly arrived in most places, and I thought I’d start back up with a bright and colorful tented wedding, largely inspired by this gorgeous bouquet photographed by Mallory Samson. (Wouldn’t those quilts draped over a fence make for a fun guest photo backdrop?)

Mood: vivacious and vibrant
Palette: fuchsia, yellow, orange, pale pink, green

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Top row from left: bouquet and dinner photos both by Mallory Samson, quilt photo by Whitebox Weddings
Row 2: ring pillow photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, green dresses by J.Crew
Row 3: photo via Matt Bites, boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, tent photo by Mantas Wright
Row 4: cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, veil by Leah C., enfinlavoila invitations via Etsy Wedding, centerpiece by Ariella Chezar

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Julie and Kaori tied the knot at the historic Beltane Ranch in a September wedding, filled with beautiful personal details.

The ranch had an old truck from the 1950′s on it, and Julie and Kaori served lemonade out of the back of it as their guests arrived. At the end of the night, they filled the back of the truck with jars of local Sonoma honey for guests to take home with them. To echo the truck theme, Julie bought three old toy trucks on eBay to fill with flowers. (This is probably my favorite detail!)

There are huge, hundred-year-old raspberry bushes at the Beltane Ranch, so Julie and Kaori decided to incorporate raspberries into several aspects of the wedding. Kaori’s dad drew the raspberries on their letterpress invitations and programs, and there were raspberries in the cake, salad, and flower arrangements.

The cake had one layer of dark chocolate raspberry, and one layer of vanilla pound cake with crushed apricot preserves.

 For their guest book, they put out markers, stamps, and a Polaroid camera and asked guests to take a photo of themselves and write a note or make a drawing – what a fun keepsake!

Congratulations Julie and Kaori!



Photographer: Leah McCormick / Venue: Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, California / Julie’s Dress: Rivini / Kaori’s Pantsuit: Gucci / Flowers: Lavender Floral / Cake: Perfect Endings

  • September Wedding at Beltane Ranch

    15 March 2008
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    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! I’m taking off for a trip home to San Francisco, but I wanted to leave you with a green St. Patrick’s Day inspiration board. Lots of shamrocks and Irish luck.

    Mood: lucky in love
    Palette: green, white

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    Top row from left: shamrock cupcake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Meg Smith, pew decorations from Allure Consulting, love knot invitation by Cheree Berry
    Row 2: dress from J.Crew, photo by John & Joseph, flower girls photo by Mantas Wright, shamrock boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings
    Row 3: shamrock ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings, Guinness beer, bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, green bridesmaid dresses from J.Crew
    Row 4: lanterns photo from Ariella Chezar, Irish luck invitation via Style Me Pretty, centerpiece by Ariella Chezar

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    One of the best things about making inspiration boards everyday, is that I can transport myself to wherever I’m in the mood to go. I couldn’t be more ready for full-blown springtime, so I thought I’d make a springtime inspiration board (it would certainly work for an early summer wedding, too). I can’t wait to go home to California for a week, and this inspiration board takes me right there. And did you notice the server with the plate of apricots? What a lovely detail for after dinner.

    Mood: sweet, light, springtime
    Palette: gray, yellow, white, peach, green

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    Top row from left: Mallory Samson photo from Brides, Perfect Endings cake via Bliss Video Productions, seating “wands” via Brooklyn Bride, bouquet by Ariella Chezar
    Row 2: Claire Pettibone dress from Brides, flowers, apricots photo by Michelle Pattee, gray dress photo via Perfect Bound, zinc tags from Cox & Cox
    Row 3: John Dolan photo from Brides, typewriter key seating tags from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Mallory Samson, flowers
    Row 4: bouquet by Ariella Chezar, hair pin by Jennifer Behr, Marie Chantal suits from Martha Stewart Weddings, Peter Kruty invitation via Elizabeth Anne Designs

    If you could be instantly transported to any place and time, right now, through an inspiration board, what would that look like?

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