It’s been nearly four months since Ryan and I got married, and I am so excited to finally share our wedding with you! There are so many things I want to share, about planning and the day and the details, but I couldn’t think of a better place to start than with my inspiration board…

Mood: classic, playful
Palette: Golden Gate red, charcoal gray, winter white

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Top row from left: vintage framed chalkboard from Blue Bell Bazaar via This is Glamorous, Golden Gate Bridge photo (can someone please help with a credit for this beautiful photo?!), Grace Kelly, Presidio Social Club
Row 2: letterpress menus with tree motif by The Lettered Olive, classic wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of Mindy Rice bouquet by Jose Villa via Jill LaFleur, gray chiffon bridesmaid dress by Amsale
Row 3: topiaries from Martha Stewart Weddings, Presidio Social Club logo, photo of gray suits and ties by Jose Villa, eggnog cocktails with letterpress coasters from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: red and white striped cupcake liners from Fancy Flours, photo of vintage photo booth by Jonathan Canlas, paper cracker from Present & Correct, vintage postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge

A couple things about my inspiration board. Our ceremony and reception were at two separate locations, and the church really needed such little decoration, so my inspiration board focused mostly on the reception site and details, as well as the overall style we wanted for our wedding. Also, this is probably the third or fourth version of my inspiration board, which I played around with and tweaked until it felt right. Once we chose a venue and a date, the colors and feeling stayed pretty much the same, but I refined details over time. And a confession: I never actually shared my inspiration board with my vendors. (I know!) But I did use it as a way to focus my own vision, and from there narrowed down the zillions of tear sheets and stationery samples and things, and brought my (very fat) binder of saved inspiration to vendor meetings.

Charcoal and red were the perfect accents for our December wedding – not only were they seasonal without being Christmas-y, they were also colors that appeared in our venue. The buildings in the San Francisco Presidio, where our reception took place, are this wonderful combination of cream and brick red, and the walls inside the Presidio Social Club are charcoal gray. We wanted our wedding to be timeless and elegant (Grace Kelly, a traditional wedding cake, stationery with edge painting), as well as festive and playful (eggnog cocktails, a vintage photo booth, Christmas crackers). And of course, it was only appropriate to include the Golden Gate Bridge.

So how did it all turn out? Thanks to our amazing vendors, and our incredible friends and family, our wedding day was a huge success – as I said after returning from our honeymoon, I’ve never felt more present, more loved, more beautiful or more joyful in my life than I did on our wedding day. I’ll be sharing lots more this week and next, so make sure to check back in!

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  1. Carly@Inspiring Brides

    Such a pretty palette! I can’t wait to see more from your wedding :)

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  2. Brindey

    I can’t wait to see them, I am sure it was incredible!

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  3. Katherine {flower & honey}

    I love your color combos :) can’t wait to see the real deal!

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  4. Rhiannon {Hey Gorg}

    Show us more more more!!!

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  5. Jessica

    Dying with anticipation to hear and see more.

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  6. Emily @ Peach and Pearl

    So fun to finally see the inspiration board of the inspiration board queen! Looking forward to more!

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  7. angel

    Love your inspiration board! Jeez I didn’t one. I guess our planner had all that :) Charcoal and red is lovely for december. Great colors for not being christmas-y but still in the holiday spirit. I’m remembering all my wedding memories too. Excited to see more!

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  8. Tara Whittaker

    So excited to see this this morning!

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    LOVE the understated elegance of this. Amazing! We cannot wait to see more!

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  10. Heidi@TrulyEngaging

    Wow, you have painted so far a lovely picture for us to anticipate your wedding photos by… Looking forward to seeing them!

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  11. Nancy Duggan

    I can’t wait to see more! BTW…I am a huge fan! Your Blog is candy and pie to me! LOVE IT!

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  12. Melanie Nashan

    love the storyboard…..

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  13. jenna

    we can’t wait! xoxo

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  14. jacin {lovely little details}

    when do we get to see the rest! can’t wait. love the color palette

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  15. Kate Parker

    Such a sophisticated color palate- red and gray… love it!

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  16. johanna

    what a pretty palate. love the eggnog cocktails – chic and fun. looking forward to seeing the photos!

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  17. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Such a pretty palette. Just can’t wait to see!


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  18. Scott Andrew

    It looks lovely just from the inspiration board Kathryn! I’m so happy for you two and can’t wait to see what Elizabeth came up with :)

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  19. Shannon Leahy

    can’t WAIT to see the photos! i absolutely adore the presidio social club and have always wanted to plan a wedding there!

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  20. Amy@OldSweetSong

    How lovely! Can’t wait to see the rest of the details, Kathryn.

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  21. lydia {ever ours}

    can’t wait to see more!

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  22. kate

    i cannot wait! loving everything about your board. so timelessly classic.

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  23. Janie

    Hi Kathryn…..GORGEOUS as always…I can’t wait to see all the images…love and miss ya…xoxoxo

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  24. Annabel

    The color choices are beautiful!

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  25. Leila @ Be Inspired PR

    OMG!!!! I love it and I love you. Can’t wait for the rest…

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  26. Silvia

    So fun. It’s so nice to see YOUR inspiration board. You are so talented.

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  27. Amanda

    Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for ! :-D

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  28. Lisa

    So cool. So unique. So San Francisco:).

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  29. Shana

    Wow! So surreal to see YOUR inspiration board! Awesome! I LOVE it! I can’t wait to see and read more! :)

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  30. Tranquility

    I’m curious, did you pick your colors before realizing they matched the venue, or was that part of your decision? I’ve had my heart set on a green and yellow / white wedding for years (with lots of spring flower arrangements on the tables and in the bridesmaids hair) but I’m having trouble finding a venue that matches. I’ve found some outdoor venues on Gathering Guide but I don’t know if I trust spring weather enough to rely on outdoors. Just checking what another bride thinks. I’ll probably go with a garden wedding with a large indoor space attached, I’ve been seeing enough of those.

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  31. Josie

    FINALLY! Can’t wait to see more pics!

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  32. Kate from Party Resources

    So fabulous! I love the inspiration board and the Golden Gate Red!

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  33. Kirstie

    Grace Kelly cool.

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  34. Kath

    Wow, finally! Such a pretty inspiration board… Looking forward to seeing more of your wedding :)

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  35. Meredith

    So lovely, Kathryn! I just saw one of Elizabeth’s preview images on her blog. I cannot wait to see more!

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  36. The Perfect Palette

    Great color palette. Love the board too. Excited to see this timeless + fun inspiration come to life.

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  37. Kelli Crannell

    OMG! I am dying with anticipation – I LOVE what I see so far, great palette! Hurry, hurry and post more!

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  38. esme

    lovely! i was considering the presidio & presidio social club for our wedding, and this was the exact palette i had in my head but couldn’t articulate! just perfect!

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  39. Alexandra

    Lovely, lovely wedding, many congrats to you both !! wishing you much blissful happiness !

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  40. Gloria @ I Do Venues

    I love this board- as some one who has been to the Presidio Social club- the board captures the best elements of the facility- love it !

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