This board is for Emily, who is having a wedding in a central California. The venue has a slight outdoorsy, country feel, but Emily doesn’t want her wedding to be overly rustic. Emily wanted something that would reflect a swing dance vibe, without looking like you’ve stepped through a time warp. She also mentioned that the property has a building designed to look like a retro ice cream parlor. I used a white and red striped soda straw as my main inspiration and, working with these points, I came up with the following board.

Mood: a little bit country, a little bit swing
Palette: white, red, some yellow and brown

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Top row from left: bouquet via Brooklyn Bride, swing dancing, dress from Stephanie James Couture, retro cooler from Coca Cola Coolers
Row 2: RSVP card via Brooklyn Bride, toy favors via Oh Joy!, veil by Leah C.
Row 3: tulips from Taste, dessert buffet via {frolic}, ice cream parlor from Casey Jones
Row 4: dress from Get Go Retro, photo by Karen Wise, soda straw

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Katie wrote me looking for some inspiration for her Northern California wedding. It will be at her parents’ house, with the ceremony in a pecan orchard, and the reception on the backyard lawn. The challenge for this board was that I wanted to stick with ideas that Katie could do herself, and that would fit within her budget. Her fiance likes the idea of a kind of country wedding, and Katie wants things to be more elegant, with what she called a gypsy/French aesthetic. The way I imagine this event, then, is with single large blooms for the bouquets (I used hydrangea, but a single peony or magnolia would work well, too). Buying flowers that are in season will take down the cost considerably. I would also float candles in the pool, because what is more romantic than that! I like the idea of a family style meal, with large platters of food on every table that are passed and shared, as well as several bottles of wine per table and a dessert buffet (baked goods are something that everyone can contribute). Also, it’s amazing what kinds of beautiful white dresses you can find that are significantly lower-priced than bridal gowns. The one I used in this board is only $360 by BCBG, and I think it works well with the feel of this event. Best of luck, Katie! I hope this board gives you some ideas.

Mood: country-gypsy-French backyard
Palette: mixed pastel

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Top row from left: BCBG dress from Nordstrom, Belathee photo via Brooklyn Bride, image from Portovert, antique hydrangeas
Row 2: antique hydrangeas, ribbon mobile via {frolic}, tree peonies, candlelit pool
Row 3: mixed fabrics via Design Sponge, flowers via Brooklyn Bride, programs from MS
Row 4: buffet from Brides, bouquet from MS, cake table via Perfect Bound

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on the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Eleven Pipers Piping

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Top row from left: little bagpiper, bouquet from Petals Edge, bagpiper
Row 2: photo from HBO, bouquet via Brooklyn Bride
Row 3: dress by J. Crew, photo from MS, photo from J. Crew (thank you Martha B. for sharing this one!)

ten lords a-leaping,
nine ladies dancing,
eight maids a-milking,
seven swans a-swimming,
six geese a-laying,
five golden rings!
four colly birds,
three French hens,
two turtledoves,
and a partridge in a pear tree.

…check in later for some Christmas reading ideas!

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Since it’s Saturday night and I’m spending it watching Ugly Betty online (what?) and my best friend is spending it in the library on Law School Exam Lock Down we both felt a weekend inspiration board was in order. A little Hollywood glam a la Marilyn. If this were my event, I’d walk down the aisle on a red carpet and I’d set up a movie screen for the kids. There would be a popcorn bar and lots of champagne.

Mood: Hollywood glamour
Palette: red, white, silver, black

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Top row from left: Marc Jacobs peep toes via Spork Fashion, bouquet from MS, photo from Dan Heller
Row 2: popcorn from MS, calligraphy by Maybelle, hairstyle from The Knot, cake from MS
Row 3: bouquet and photo both from Brides, old theater, starlight earrings from H. Samuel
Row 4: Marilyn Monroe from Art Knowledge News, film reel from Props Unlimited, programs from Brides, vintage camera

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on the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Ten Lords a-Leaping

I know this isn’t an inspiration board in the typical fashion, but I found so many great “leaping” images that I had to share!

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Top row from left: via Shiny Squirrel, via Faye and Greer, from Kaja
Row 2: from WPJA, Lisa Leigh photo via Style Me Pretty, Reem Acra dress from Brides UK
Row 3: from UK Bride, from WPJA

nine ladies dancing,
eight maids a-milking,
seven swans a-swimming,
six geese a-laying,
five golden rings!
four colly birds,
three French hens,
two turtledoves,
and a partridge in a pear tree.

Check in later today for stocking stuffer ideas…

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