Board #450 | Gingerbread and Lavender

This is sort of a mini-inspiration board – it just worked better this way than with any of the other images I tried to fit into it. Sometimes less is more…

If you’re a winter bride who loves lavender, how about a bouquet of dried lavender, wrapped in soft velvet ribbon? After the ceremony, treat your guests to dessert and champagne (I’m dead set on bringing this type of reception back, can you tell?). Gingerbread linzertorte is a perfectly appropriate, yet totally unexpected, winter wedding “cake.” Each dessert certainly doesn’t need to be color coordinated, but the table also doesn’t have to look like a middle school bake sale. Arrange things thoughtfully, maybe with a small vase of flowers, and let this table of sweets be the focal point in the room. Unless you’re lucky enough to hold your reception in a room with a working fireplace – that would be the perfect focal point for a winter wedding. You’ll have one less thing to worry about if you skip the party favors, though you might make small glassine bags available for guests to take some chocolate truffles home with them.

So what do you think? Can you still get a sense of this wedding with only 6 images?

Mood: sweet and simple
Palette: gingerbread, faded lavender, rosé

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Top row from left: winter bride and groom from Brides, champagne coupes filled with rosé and chocolate truffles both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: gingerbread linzertorte from Martha Stewart, dried lavender bouquet with velvet ribbon photo by Elizabeth Messina, snow-topped church

Things are winding down here at Snippet & Ink – this is the last inspiration board of 2009! I’ve still got a few beautiful posts lined up for you, though, before heading out for the holiday. Later this morning, I’ll be posting a beautiful shoot that Janie Medley, Courtney Spencer, Katie Stoops, and some other talented folks put together just for us! It’s full of winter and holiday inspiration for a wedding or dinner party, so don’t miss out on that. Also, don’t forget to enter in the giveaway before Thursday at midnight!


  • Shana says:

    Sometimes only 5 or 6 images really catch my eye, so I definitely think an inspiration board can be done with just six images. Today's is a perfect example. It just takes being extra choosy about what images you choose. :) So, actually (for me anyway) smaller boards are harder to maker than bigger board oftentimes!

  • A Bun Can Dance says:

    Absolutely beautiful, and right up my street!
    I love this….
    And yes, 6 pics are plenty – it makes me look more closely!
    Happy days to you,

  • Krista says:

    Lovely! And, btw, we're having a dessert & cheese reception ourselves, so I'm in huge support:)

  • Maria says:

    I can see all six images more clearly, there is less to distract me from the simplicity… It makes me feel relaxed and calm to not have a million things at once, so it looks to me to be a dream wedding :)

  • Apt. #34 says:

    super pretty. I'm in love with muted tones. Hoping to capture a similar feel in Mexico this spring!

  • Lisa Marie says:

    Subtle and charming. I always like to see vintage champagne flutes in this size & shape. The pink ones are especially yummy.

  • Maxine says:

    I love this…so simple and so sweet, it reminds me of the days in which weddings were not all about the stuff. Beautiful! I think it may be one of my favorite boards ever.

  • kari says:

    i love this board. i think this one could be my favorite of the year! i agree with everyone, less images helps me focus more. i spent a lot of time looking at each picture and envisioning the evening. so pretty! beautiful work! happy new year!

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