Board #374 | Vineyard Vows

Mood: low-key elegance
Palette: grape leaf, ivory, oak

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Napa Valley might seem like a wedding cliche, but there’s a reason for it – California’s wine country is classic, gorgeous and romantic, and I thought it would be a nice way to end this series of regionally-inspired boards. I obviously haven’t even begun to cover all of the possibilities with only seven boards, so I’d love to hear your ideas. What regions do you have in mind? How would you play up that region in a wedding?

Vendor Credits

Row 1:  photo by Positive Light / bentwood chairs photo by Elizabeth Messina / bouquet from Brides / calligraphy by Maybelle //  Row 2:  olive tree centerpieces from Martha Stewart Weddings / getaway car photo by Jesse Leake / fruit and cheese plate via The Invitation Lady / wine bottle favors from Duet Weddings  //  Row 3:  invitation by Ceci New York / photo by Ian Grant / photo by Leah McCormick / cake from Martha Stewart Weddings


  • Molly Jean says:

    beautiful board! i would love to see some SE region boards. Charleston, SC is a classic SE city full of beautiful architecture that would make a lovely board. there are also some lovely islands on the Georgia coast. And NC’s outer banks are endlessly inspiring! keep up the great work!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I would love to see a Santorini inspired wedding! I fell in love with Greece after being there for a study abroad program and the latest JCrew Wedding shoot was held there, I think. It’s so magical. Great work!

  • Devon says:

    I am having my wedding in the Southeast, and would love to see some boards inspired by that area of the country! I look at your blogs for inspiration and would love to see something classically Southern… old mansions, sunshine, lots of floral motifs. I would really enjoy seeing what you could come up with!

  • MDC says:

    How about a New Orleans inspired board? The beautiful old world architecture, the food, the jazz, and the cajun idea of “let the good times roll.”

  • gemma says:

    I’d love to see an urban Texas wedding, working in some things Texas without it being too rustic. I’ve loved this week’s regional boards!

  • Maggie says:

    This is lovely and so helpful! I’m getting married on on Oregon vineyard (soon!) and these are great.

  • Ingrid Nelson says:

    Being in CA with so many diverse regions I’d like to see a Gold Country Board, a lost coast board, a Yosemite board.


  • Angela says:

    I would love to see an Asian vintage style theme. With parasols, silk, bamboo, filigree, japanese war bride-ish dress…

  • Meg says:

    You know, my dear….
    Wine country it great, but what if your next ‘wine country’ board was Russian River instead? Wilder, greener, more unkept, more bohemian, (cheaper), but still with lots of wine?

  • KarenB says:

    I love these regionally inspired boards. My daughter got married last Fall and some of what we did was New England inspired. We gave away maple sugar candies for favors and had (of course) Fall colored flowers that had fresh acorns and apples in them. Plus, Vermont and Massachusetts have tons of gorgeous buildings and scenery.

  • Miss Type-A says:

    Oh my gosh! This board is EXACTLY what I want for my wedding :) way to read my mind! although I’ll be doing it at a southeastern vineyard!

  • Anna says:

    I’m getting married in the midwest, but not what I would call the ‘heartland.’ Maybe something a little more urban and less country for those of us in the ‘flyover’ region? Each small city in this corridor has something unique that could be used as a launching pad- Kansas City has as many fountains as Rome; Chicago has beautiful Lake Michigan; Minneapolis/St.Paul a wonderful artist community. What about focusing in on specifics? The majority of people in the middle of this country aren’t farmers and don’t care for their weddings to look that way.

  • Natasha says:

    Well I said yesterday that I’d love to see a Mackinac Island board: bicycles, fudge, horses and Great Lakes postcards/souvenirs, lighthouses and those marching band guys all spring to mind.

    I’d also love to see a Southwestern wedding with terracotta and turquoise colors, colorful tilework, cactus jelly and absolutely no umbrellas.

    I’m getting married in the Outer Banks, so I’ll second Molly Jean’s request for that, or just for a general Mid-Atlantic or Southeastern coast theme. I love this area because it combines beachiness and a relatively wild coastline with a hint of Southern charm. (The Outer Banks’s Sanderling Resort and Spa pretty much personifies this for me).

    Likewise, one of my best girlfriends is getting married in New Orleans, so I’ll second MDC’s request for that. Or Charleston. I’d especially love to see a wedding planned around zyedco music.

    I’d also love to see something Canadian, with that unique combinaiton of outdoorsiness, friendliness and British properness.

  • Natasha says:

    Oh and I also agree with Anna. I grew up in the Midwest and have never been to a heartland or farm-themed wedding. Perhaps a Chicago themed wedding? That city has so many possibilities! You could go gangster/Capone, or Great Lakes or Mies Van Der Roh.

    And I’d love to see upstate New York, perhaps the Finger Lakes or the Thousand Islands region? Apple pie would be a must. Pine branch centerpieces.

  • Taylor says:

    I’d love to see a Texas Hillcountry board. Its a beautiful region of Texas with lots of green rolling hills and plenty of wildflowers. Perfect for an outdoor wedding with a soft romantic palette with Texas, southern charm.

  • abbatron says:

    i LOVE the regional boards! as a native Texan, i gotta agree with others’ request for a Texas board. and as a new(ish) Midwesterner (in good ol’ Iowa) i must say i really loved the wheat and the pastels! for holidays i have to make the 14 hr drive from Iowa City to Dallas and that really summed up the cute and quaint little towns i drive through on my journey.
    keep up the wonderful work!!

  • Natasha says:

    A Walden Pond themed wedding, snap peas a must on the menu. decorations should include botanical sketches for sure. everything very rustic.

    Scottish highlands with kilts, of course, sheep and hairy cow table number holders, thistles everywhere, a tartan sash for the bride, some kind of scotch tasting bar perhaps.

  • yco says:

    lovely board! I’m getting married in the Santa Cruz area of Northern California — some wineries, but redwoods instead of oaks, etc — and would love to see your take on this region.

  • Amy Lynne says:

    I love the idea of a Vineyard wedding, I’ve thought about North Fork Long Island which would be awesome.

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