Board #363 | Kitschy Key West

A little spring break for those of us who didn’t take one this year, inspired by Anna Melcon Bond’s fabulous photo of the Sunken Gardens motel. I’m thinking whitewashed beach cottages, once-bright colors faded by salty air, and bare feet, decorated with a fair amount of beachy Florida kitsch. And if you did go on a spring break this year, or plan to, do share so the rest of us can live vicariously through you.

Mood: lazy, breezy
Palette: white sand, seaglass, seashell

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Top row from left: photo by Karen Wise, vintage Florida postcard, bouquet by Artfool, photo via Rifle
Row 2: salty dog cocktails by Matt Bites, printed napkins by The Lettered Olive, sandals via Something Old Something New, vespa photo from Brides
Row 3: poppies from Saipua, seahorse invitation by Pearl & Marmalade, photo by Anna Kuperberg, glass fishing floats via More Ways to Waste Time
Row 4: photo by Ericka McConnell, photo by Stephanie Williams, van photo by Amy Squires, seashell salt dish from Martha Stewart Weddings


  • Amanda B. Young says:

    I must say, I’m from Florida (and a frequenter of Key West) and you did a marvelous job of capturing the feel that Key West evokes. It’s beautiful!

    But then, I’m not surprised since you always do such a marvelous job!

  • Stephanie says:

    I live in South Florida and I have to say this is the best ‘florida’ theme I’ve ever seen! Usually people overdue the shells etc but you added retro and funk to it and I love it! :)

  • Courtney says:

    I absolutely LOVE this Wedding, kind of like mine, but much softer, how beautiful!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hooray for Key West! I used to live in South Florida and we are going to KW for our honeymoon. I miss it so much. Great job.

  • AmyLynne says:

    If loving your inspiration boards more than my own children is wrong, than I don’t want to be right.

    P.S. I don’t have any kids so it’s okay that I said that.

  • missmiellen says:

    Every real wedding covered in this blog is photographed so beautifully! Do you have any real weddings that took place in Toronto, Canada? Finding a photographer we like here is like a needle in a haystack. Make that 10 haystacks!

  • Nicole-Lynn says:

    I didn’t get to take one, but these pictures are lovely! I’ll be taking off work and heading to a baseball game tomorrow, that’s my spring break :) Oh, and love the florida pic.. I’m in Fl.!

  • Jasmine says:

    i think this is my favorite inspiration board yet! it’s so cool and pretty. way to go!

  • merium says:

    Beautiful board!

    have you checked out Dark Roast Photography?

  • Ten Thousand Only says:

    why do you make me fall in love with every board and color scheme you put up.

  • marry me! says:

    my brother lives in Florida close to the Florida Keys! loooooove the color pallet for this one. gorgeous.

  • Cincy Event Planning says:

    love the vintage, salty ocean feel. I’m ready for spring break!

  • Charity says:

    LOVE it! How did you become so fabulous? And I bet everything you touch turns to fabulous too am I right? I am about 30 minutes south of the Sunken Gardens, and a few hours north of Key West, and I would say that this board definitely has an “Anna Maria Island” feel to it – who needs Key West?


  • Out of the Blue says:

    Love, love, love it!! I love anything with a “shabby beach” feel! My favorite color combo…beautiful!

  • -K says:

    You never cease to amaze! I am in awe at all the different themes and color schemes you come up with.

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