Erica emailed me with a problem. She really wants to use pool blue as a color for her November wedding, but was having trouble making it work for fall. She wants her wedding to be playful, but still elegant and formal, and she loves hot air balloons and polka dots. To pull all of this together, I added tangerine orange and chocolate brown to the pool blue, making a palette that fits well with a fall wedding. How have you made off-season colors work for your wedding?

Mood: playfully elegant
Palette: pool blue, chocolate brown, tangerine

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Top row from left: fireworks, bouquet photo by Anna Kuperberg, hanging votives photo by Elizabeth Messina, dresses from Ann Taylor
Row 2: hot air balloon invitation by Sesame Letterpress, orange calla lily bouquet from Red Ribbon Studio, birdcage veil from Knottie AntiBridezilla, table from Brides
Row 3: dress via Weddingbee, chair decorations by Ariella Chezar, miniature gumball machines from Bliss Weddings Market,
Row 4: miniature cupcake tower from Martha Stewart Weddings, cocktail from Brides (photo by Dasha Wright), boutonniere from The Knot, hot air balloon

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With this wedding board, I tried to blend classic elegance with a touch of modern minimalism. Instead of elaborate floral centerpieces, simple potted miniature evergreens line banquet tables. Classic white linen napkins are monogrammed with bold black thread. Envelopes are addressed with simple calligraphy. This would be an excellent wedding in which to ask your bridesmaids to wear a black evening dress of their choosing.

Mood: elegant, modern twist
Palette: black, white, a touch of green

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Top row from left: photo by Sugar Love, photo by Jude Mooney, photo by Our Labor of Love, photo from Gathering Events
Row 2: bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Cheri Pearl via Style Me Pretty, cake from In Any Event, embroidered napkin from The Lettered Olive
Row 3: photo by Elizabeth Messina, draping by Antony Todd via {frolic}, ceremony decor by R. Jack Balthazar, The Cotton Bride gown via With This Ring
Row 4: photo from Artfool, postcard rack via Bloesem, hair piece from Las Coronas, calligraphy by Tara Jones

Be sure to check back later for the winner of the New Nesters giveaway!

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Melissa Schollaert sent me these photos of Mary Keller and JD’s wedding in Charleston. and I can’t get over how perfectly classic and timeless they are. The simple details of this wedding are evidence that there’s no need to overthink things when planning a gorgeous and meaningful wedding, and Melissa captured the day beautifully.

Mary Keller’s garter was made of lace from her grandmother’s wedding gown and served as “something old.”

The flowers, done by Heather Barrie-Ahern of Gathering Floral & Event Design, were roses, hydrangeas, gardenias, orchids and ranunculus, in ivory and blush tones.

Mary Keller had one bridesmaid, her younger sister, and two flower girls. The ceremony took place at the historic French Huguenot Church

The bride wore a dress by Ulla-Maija Couture. The groom wore a classic tux.

Following the ceremony, guests walked to McCrady’s, an historical restaurant located on a tiny alley off of East Bay Street. Traditional Southern favorites were served: shrimp and grits, benne seed wafers, lobster and pimento cheese. The guest book was a coffee table book about Charleston where guests signed their names and left good wishes.

Mary Keller and JD couldn’t agree on a cake flavor, so they served cupcakes made by Ashley Bakery in a variety of their favorites: red velvet, carrot, coconut, Italian creme, and mocha.

Mary Keller and JD left on a pedicab decorated with a Just Married sign and painted tin cans.

Congratulations Mary Keller and JD! And thank you to Melissa Schollaert for sending over these gorgeous photos!

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The wonderful Martha B. sent me some beautiful mossy images, and inspired this woodland wedding board, full of mushrooms, ferns, and moss. I’d love to see the men in tweed, and I especially love the fern in place of a pocket square or boutonniere. Place a tent in the woods, and light it with vintage camping lanterns, and lead the way with a path of petals.

Mood: whimsical, romantic
Palette: shades of green, shades of brown

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Top row from left: tent photo by Suzy Clement, bouquet by Artfool, photo from Brides, tweed jacket
Row 2: notecards by Yee-Haw Industries, moss and mushroom centerpiece from Martha Stewart (thanks to Martha B.), potted herb favors from Brides, woodland cake from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: suitcase from Annafaye via m.writes, woodland bouquet, fern “boutonniere” photo by Myrtle & Marjoram, faux bois invitations via Brooklyn Bride
Row 4: escort cards from Red Bliss, envelope by Yellow Owl Workshop, fern ring “pillow” photo by Karyn Iserman, mushrooms and moss from Better Homes & Gardens via Kim Vallee

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I’ve done a honeybee wedding board before, but that was awhile ago, and I couldn’t resist creating one around the fabulous invitation suite that I saw on Melissa’s Smitten. It’s one of those themes that I think can really add to a wedding without taking it over. So here is a rustic honey wedding for late summer or early fall, complete with a beehive cake topper, honey favors, and poured beeswax candles. And how about vintage bee skeps for centerpieces?

Mood: sweet summer rustic
Palette: yellow, brown, gold

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Top row from left: photo by Twin Lens, beehive cake topper by Wren Handmade, bouquet by Loop Floral, Beltane Ranch photo from Bridal Guide
Row 2: vintage bee skeps from Bill Casselman, sunflower escort card table by LMD Floral, bridesmaid photo by Heather Forsythe, honey favors from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: bouquet by Nicolette Camille, invitation by Handheld Press via Melissa’s Smitten, lemonade photo by Myrtle & Marjoram, beeswax candles via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Row 4: honey-saffron panna cotta from Martha Stewart Weddings, rose wreath from Rebecca Thuss, Luisa Beccaria dress from Brides UK, sunflowers, boutonniere via The Bride’s Cafe

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