Board #459 | Squeeze and Kiss

Get it? Like you squeeze an orange? Anyway…

Citrus fruits are so perfect in winter – they’re such a bright and refreshing note on otherwise cold and dreary days. And though I would never limit citrus to one season, I do think it’s perfect for a winter brunch wedding. At least, that’s what I had in mind when making today’s inspiration board. Buttery yellow and warm white act as a clean backdrop for bright pops of various citrus colors, from grapefruit pink to tangerine. Instead of a full bar, how about a few citrus cocktails and variations on the classic mimosa? Let vintage botanical prints inspire your stationery, or perhaps act as table numbers (I love them in the white frames on the wall in the top left corner). Ribbon wands are a sweet alternative for flower girls, instead of confetti or rice, or even for lining the aisle in an outdoor ceremony.

Mood: cheerful and sweetly sophisticated
Palette: grapefruit, lemonade, blood orange, tangerine, lime

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Top row from left: citrus centerpiece by Ariella Chezar for Martha Stewart Weddings, citrus cocktails from Callahan Catering, butter yellow cake on Frances Palmer cake stand
Row 2: vintage citrus botanical print from Vintage Printables, dress from Charleston Weddings
Row 3: calligraphy by Tara Jones, velvet ring boxes from Martha Stewart Weddings, kumquat place setting from Fiore Designs
Row 4: suit with orange necktie from Martha Stewart Weddings, ribbon wands by Chelsea Fuss, orange bouquet with small cup daffodils by Ariella Chezar for Brides

As I was getting this post ready to publish, I took a little break to catch up on some of my favorite blogs, and came across this gorgeous post. I guess I’m not the only one with citrus on the brain!


  • Anonymous says:

    You must be tapped into my brain today! I got married last May and this is our wedding in SO many ways! The palette was "citrus/sunset" with yellows, oranges, persimmon, soft pinks and then a bright fuchsia which surprisingly emerged as my accent color (I am sooo not a pink loving girl, but surprised myself in what I was drawn to in wedding planning). We got married in the garden of a southern plantation mansion at a country club here in Florida, and citrus fruit garlands accented the bars and cocktail tables. I was inspired by that EXACT grey tux picture and found amazing Calvin Klein grey tuxedos that were so southern-gentleman. The grey was a great alternative to black tuxes for an outdoor garden wedding in May, but still a little more formal than khaki. When I saw that picture I was so excited to see it could work with such a bright, warm palette because I'd always thought of grey as a cool color.

    We were going for "preppy chic" and incorporated grosgrain ribbon on fans, as napkin ties, hanging from the back rows of chairs, and in our arch, and had lemonade and tea in glass dispensers available before the ceremony. Anyways, I couldn't help but share because this is totally our wedding! …I guess it's easy to see I was reading your blog daily while planning because all of these images came from your posts and I always love your aesthetic. Thanks for all the inspiration, even 7 months post-wedding!! :)

  • Alyssa Goodnight says:

    LOVE this one–and I adore those velvet ring boxes! Beautiful!

  • Annie @ MarryYouMe says:

    Love this! Another fab board. Citrus is so hot right now. But this looks timeless.

  • dognbird says:

    Beautiful and on trend. Particularly love the colorful ring boxes. A dose of sweet Vitamin C!

  • Bailey @ peppermintbliss says:

    Why why why is it only february! I feel like I am getting scurvy just looking at this makes me crave a bright sunny orange so bad!

  • laurie arons says:

    this board is perfection, my new favorite board of all time, each image is better than the last. amazing job.

  • Truly Smitten says:

    I LOVE this summery citrusy palette! This combo is by far my fav!

  • jill thomas photography says:

    thanks for the link. i think oranges descibe me in almost every way! cheers, jill thomas

  • chelsea says:

    This is truly beautiful, Kathryn! It's fun to see my little ribbon wands in there too:)

  • chelsea says:

    This is truly beautiful, Kathryn! It's fun to see my little ribbon wands in there too:)

  • Leila Khalil |Wedding Publicist| Be Inspired PR says:

    Mmmm, a perfect winter pick me up :)

  • The citrus is indeed a refreshing look, I like the way it makes the whites and creams really lift out, vibrant yet still soft… nice

  • says:

    You have the best inspiration boards anywhere. I tell everybody about them.

  • Natalie says:

    I love the colors of this inspiration board- makes me say, "more citrus please".

  • Sandy says:

    I have never been a huge fan of the color orange but this is making me love it more!

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