Board #219 | Coral and Cattleyas

A reader suggested that I focus on beach inspiration boards this week. Though the possibilities for beach weddings could easily take up more than a single week, I thought I’d go ahead with five days of beach inspiration boards showcasing some of the varied ways a couple can throw a beach wedding. Summer’s almost here, after all!

Today’s board could take place in Mexico, or another equally warm beachy destination. Coral and cattleya orchids are the two major decorative elements here, and I think they allow the natural beauty of the location to shine through. If you do decide to use coral as part of your wedding decor, be sure to use faux or responsibly harvested coral. Pops of orange add depth and boldness, and contribute to the romantically modern look of the coral and orchids.

Mood: warm, modern beach style
Palette: orange, white, tan

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Top row from left: Calvin Klein tan seersucker suit via Weddingbee, photo by Elizabeth Messina, cake from Beth Helmstetter, photo by Yvette Roman via Style Me Pretty
Row 2: coral centerpieces from Brides, Jenna Hein calligraphed seating cards via Thoughtful Day, paloma cooler from Martha Stewart, cattleya orchid bouquet from Brides
Row 3: table from Brides, tent from Oh How Charming!, coral photo by Adrian Briscoe
Row 4: photo and coral boutonniere both from In Style, coral notecard by Invitation Consultants, photo by Jessica Claire


It’s amazing to me how often this happens – I discover something perfect for a board on the day I post it! Check out this beautiful coral invitation by Alee and Press, via Brooklyn Bride.

Update! Check out this gorgeous wedding shot by Leigh Miller.


  • Zoe Lingard says:

    Beautiful board Kathryn! I am excited for the rest of the week. I have a beach wedding coming up and we’re releasing sky lanterns, so beautiful!

  • Alexa Johnson says:

    Ooh! This will be such a pretty week, and much needed for a girl sitting in Seattle in the rain AGAIN.

  • Bliss Event Group says:

    This is really fantastic! The frilly edges of the catteleyas paired with the organic shoots of the coral are really a match made in heaven. Beautiful, Kathryn!

  • amber says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for mentioning that people should use FAUX coral or responsibly harvested stuff!

  • -K says:

    Beautiful! The color combo reminds me of the beach just as the sun is beginning to set, and the sky turns just a little more blue and the sun a little more orange, against the backdrop of the sandy shore. I have been contemplating a board using light blue (tiffany?) and orange. And I’ll confess, it’s mostly ‘cuz I’m thinking to re-do my kids bathroom in those colors! But, I see some of the elements coming thru here that I had in mind, only softer. Just perfect for this wedding, though!

    Off to investigate sky lanterns, thanks to zoe. I’ve never heard of them, but they sound fabulous!

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