In an alternate universe, my wedding would have been a picnic…
Red gingham is the quintessential summer pattern, reminiscent of picnics and backyard barbecues. Mixing it with other prints, such as the fun floral of the Ila clutch, adds some depth and playful sophistication. Gingham, florals, strawberries – by using them sparingly against a mostly white backdrop, they can work together without looking cheesy or theme-y. (For example, skip the gingham tablecloths, and instead choose a lovely white linen, or perhaps your guests will lounge on picnic blankets in the grass.) I imagine that this wedding would be simple and budget friendly, with details like baskets of strawberry shortcake favors that double as centerpieces and family-made layer cakes. A delicious box lunch is a totally budget-friendly way to feed guests, and is logistically much more manageable than most other options, and limiting alcoholic beverages to bottles of beer is perfectly appropriate for a picnic lunch. And yes, I know we’ve all seen mason jars a gazillion times, but they’re still sweet, especially when the rest of the wedding doesn’t look like an Anthropologie catalog exploded all over everything.
Mood: playful and sweet
Palette: petal pink and strawberry red
Top row from left: floral print clutch by Ila Handbags, photo of strawberry lemonade in mason jars from flickr, strawberry buttercream cake from Call Me Cupcake
Row 2: photo of red gingham shirt and drink by Thayer Gowdy, bouquet with pink and red ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings (photo by Johnny Miller), women’s red gingham bow tie from Forage
Row 3: strawberry shortcake basket favor from Martha Stewart Weddings, thank you note by Rifle Paper Co., photo from J.Crew
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