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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Sorry for the late post today folks!

I loved this photo of the old-school station wagon picnic, so I thought I’d use it to create this inspiration board. This is one of those boards that by no means has to be for a wedding – I think this would be a fun birthday picnic, maybe in late summer or early fall. Or early spring for that matter.

Mood: woodsy retro chic
Palette: faded pistachio, brown, cranberry red

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Top row from left: station wagon, petal path from Brides, photo by Rodney Smith
Row 2: bouquet from Rebecca Thuss, dress from J.Crew, tartan blanket from Highland Store
Row 3: cupcakes via Maple Sugar, invitation by Bird and Banner, headband by Jennifer Behr, bouquet via Brooklyn Bride
Row 4: photo via {frolic}, retro picnic cooler from Soda Machines, flower girls from Ariella Chezar, invitation by Bird & Banner

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If you have been following my little project with Martha from Nibs, then this board should seem somewhat familiar. We challenged ourselves to pull elements together for a wedding inspired by a J.Crew ensemble. As a finale, I thought I’d pull an inspiration board together, using images from our challenge, and using the key words that Martha came up with to focus this project: nautical, classic, blue, white, simple, silver, playful. How do you think it turned out? Does this inspiration board fit the feel of the original outfit and the key words?

Mood: nautical, classic, simple, playful
Palette: blue, white, tan, gray

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Top row from left: dress by Amanda Wakely; dandelion, blue bottles and fans all from Brides
Row 2: Chie Mihara sandals from Barefoot Tess, monogrammed stationery by Cotton Idea Studio
Row 3: sand dollar napkin by David Stark, bouquet by Artfool, photo by Belathee, cupcake tiers from Rebecca Thuss, rose petal and candle centerpiece from R. Jack Balthazar
Row 4: tulips, Blue Bird restaurant photo from Traditional Home, triple strand pearls from Overstock, nautical knot invitation by Good On Paper

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…it’s a library wedding! Complete with library card save-the-dates and stacks of books under every centerpiece. You can use an old typewriter for your guest book, and give small journals for favors. Here, even the bridesmaids’ bouquet is part book (would that be a book-et? bad pun?), wrapped with colorful ribbon and decorated with chocolate cosmos. Another idea is to use book catalog cards as seating cards, and name tables after sections in the Dewey decimal system. Even if you don’t get married in a library, the stacks of antique books as part of the centerpieces is one of my favorite elements, and is an easy way to incorporate your and your fiance’s love of reading.

Mood: erudite elegance
Palette: rich red and mahogany, faded-paper ivory

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Top row from left: boutonnieres from Rebecca Thuss, library book save-the-date by Crossroads Creative, cupcakes from Jen’s Desserts
Row 2: bouquets by The Green Vase, Priscilla of Boston dress from Brides
Row 3: photo by Heather Waraksa, centerpieces by Artfool, library card invitation by Lily Darby, vintage type via More Ways to Waste Time (photo by thetypejunkie)
Row 4: centerpiece by LMD Floral, bow tie photo by Jessica Claire, old typewriter from Matthew Mead, book bouquet from Chewing the Cud (photo by Anna Kuperberg)

Update! I meant to include this earlier – Martha B did a library-inspired wedding board awhile back and it is truly lovely. For more library inspiration, take a look!
Update! How about this perfect invitation?
Update! Look at these beautiful invitations by Sesame Letterpress via Faye & Greer.

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Initially, Christina and Sam wanted to elope, but it was important to the bride’s mother that she see them get married. An intimate wedding, with immediate family members only, at the gorgeous Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara was the perfect compromise.

Originally, Chris didn’t plan on carrying a bouquet, but her stepmother ran down to a local florist and had a bouquet and boutonniere made at the last minute. 

Guests included the bride’s parents and sisters, and the groom’s children from a previous marriage.

There was no set time or place for the ceremony – the couple and their families just gathered together on the lawn (which was luckily unoccupied!).

During their stay at the Bacara, the couple and their families enjoyed spa treatments, fitting with the relaxed feel of the wedding. The reception was an extended dinner at the resort’s restaurant. What a lovely way to celebrate a wedding!


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Photography: Elizabeth Messina from Kiss the Groom / Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara / Bride’s Dress: Marchesa / Bride’s Shoes: Rene Caovilla / Rings: Jack Kelege
  • Intimate Beach Wedding at Bacara Resort

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