Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Spring Wildflowers

The sunshine and wildflowers of spring provide a great starting point for an inspiration board. Today's the last day of April, so a spring inspiration board is in order! This one is for a relaxed, colorful, eclectic wedding with a vaguely bohemian feel--nothing too formal or too structured.

Light yellow bridesmaid dresses would work with whatever color of wildflowers are available in your area. Using local ingredients--from the food to the flowers--for a wedding is one way to lessen the negative impact of a wedding on the planet! Plantable invitations made from paper containing wildflower seeds are another eco chic trick.

Row 1. Photo 1. Wedding cake from Hippie Chick Bakery. Photo 2: Bridal bouquet from The Knot. Photo 3: Butterfly place card holders from The Knot. Photo 4: Hairstyle with daisies from Project Wedding.

Row 2. Photo 1: Bridesmaid dress from Jenny Yoo. Photo 2: Plantable wedding invitation from Custom Paper. Photo 3: Centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 4: Bouquet from The Knot. Photo 5: Boutonniere from The Knot. Photo 6: Wildflowers from Brides.com. Photo 7: Wildflower arrangement from Brides.com.

Update!

Check out this cake from Colorado Rose Cake Company--it fits this board perfectly!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ivory And Green

A soft, romantic vintage wedding dress inspired an ethereal, elegant wedding in shades of ivory, white and green.

Row 1. Photo 1: Vintage wedding dress from Vintageous. Photo 2: Green bridesmaid dress from Ann Taylor. Photo 3: Centerpieces from Waterlily Pond. Photo 4: Ivory aisle treatment from Project Wedding. Photo 5: Reception room decor from Project Wedding. Photo 6: Calla lily bridesmaid bouquets from Nancy Liu Chin Designs.

Row 2: Photo 1: Car decor from Waterlily Pond. Photo 2: Bridal bouquet from Nicole Ha. Wedding cake from Sweet Traders.

Row 3: Photo 1: Invitation from Alia Designs. Photo 2: Centerpiece from Project Wedding. Photo 3: Chair decor by Nicole Ha. Photo 4: Ivory rose and stephanotis boutonniere from Project Wedding. Photo 5: Mojitos from Brides.com. Photo 6: Centerpiece from Project Wedding.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Navy And Pink

Yesterday I did the first of two inspiration boards in the blue and red families. Yesterday's featured aqua and cranberry; today's features navy and pink.
Here is the navy and pink inspiration board:



Row 1. Photo 1: Pink flower girl kissing ball from The Knot. Photo 2: Navy and pink bridesmaid dress from The Dessy Group. Photo 3: Wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 4: Navy and pink reception decor from The Knot. Photo 5: Navy and pink wedding invitations from Custom Programs.

Row 2. Photo 1: Navy suit with pink shirt, tie and handkerchief from Sydney Morning Herald Fashion. Photo 2: Navy chair sashes from Bridal Bows and Balloons. Photo 3: Pink and navy favor tins from Sophie's Favors.

Row 3. Photo 1: Pink suede pumps from Nine West. Photo 2: Navy handkerchief with pink edging from Charles Tyrwhitt. Photo 3: Pink tulip bouquets from Brides.com. Photo 4: Pink peony bouquet from Brides.com. Photo 5: Hillary Duff with pink ribbon headband from Latest Hairstyles. Photo 6: Peony and hydrangea centerpiece from WeddingChannel.com.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Aqua And Cranberry

I am going to do back-to-back inspiration boards today and tomorrow with colors from the blue and red families. The first will be an aqua and cranberry inspiration board, with the playfulness of the aqua being countered by the sophistication of the cranberry. The second will be a navy and pink inspiration board, with the brightness of the pink playing up the deep elegance of the navy.

Here is the aqua and cranberry inspiration board:


Row 1. Photo 1: Table decor from Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo 2: Wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 3: Rose and hypericum berry centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 4: Large red rose centerpiece from WeddingChannel.com.
Row 2. Photo 1: Aqua and cranberry jelly bean favors from Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo 2: Aqua bridesmaid dress from J.Crew. Photo 3: Invitation from MyGatsby.com. Photo 4: Cranberry table linens and decor from Purple & Fine Linen.

Row 3. Photo 1: Aqua cocktail from The Knot. Photo 2: Table decor from The Knot. Photo 3: Notebook from Notepolish. Photo 4: Blue topaz and diamond earrings from Smart Jewelers.

Update!

How perfect would these arrangements from Simply Blooms be for an aqua and cranberry wedding?


Update 2!

This invitation from Athenaeum Press would work perfectly for an aqua and cranberry wedding. And I absolutely love the argyle-inspired monogram!




Update 3!

You know, at this rate, I'm just going to have to make another aqua and cranberry board! Check out this cake, which I totally love. It's made by Jim Smeal of Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal. He did Reese Witherspoon's wedding cake!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Paris, France

Paris, a city famous for its romance, seems like a perfect starting point for an inspiration board! Because of its "City of Lights" nickname, I decided to go with a silver and gold color scheme. A fleur de lis theme is adds another touch of Parisian influence.


A wedding inspired by Paris would of course have a croquembouche for the wedding cake. Champagne would be front and center at the reception. Fleur de lis bottle stoppers are the perfect favor and can be used to decorate each place setting. Votive candle holders and invitations adorned with a fleur de lis add a bit more depth to a subtle fleur de lis theme.


The overall feel of this wedding is rich, classic, timeless elegance, with a bit of a nod to Paris.




Row 1. Photo 1: Croquembouche from Fancy That Wedding Cakes. Photo 2: Bottle stopper from FrenchQuarterMarket.com. Photo 3: Bottle of champagne from Dom Perignon. Photo 4: Fleur de lis response card and wedding invitation from The American Wedding.


Row 2. Photo 1: Wedding dress from Monique Lhuillier. Photo 2: Bridesmaid dress from Jim Hjelm. Photo 3: Tulip centerpiece from Brides.com. Photo 4: Rose and stephanotis bridal bouquet from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 5: Tulip bridesmaid bouquet from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 6: Champagne and raspberries from The Knot. Photo 7: Fleur de lis votive candle holder from FrenchQuarterMarket.com.



Update!



I love these fleur de lis save the date cards from Papel Vivo!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Blue And Purple

My cousin is in the process of planning her wedding, which has a blue and purple color scheme. This inspiration board is in honor of her!


Row 1. Photo 1: Blue bridesmaid dress from The Dessy Group. Photos 2 and 3: Purple hydrangea centerpieces from The Knot. Photo 4: Purple place setting from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 5: Purple place card from Wedding Ideas & Details. Photo 6: Wedding dress from Sottero & Midgley.

Row 2. Photo 1: Blue paper lanterns from Indiebride. Photo 2: Blue hydrangea centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 3: Purple calla lily boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 4: Tanzanite and diamond necklace from Overstock.com. Photo 5: Purple bouquet from The Knot. Photo 6: Wedding cake from The Cake Girls.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Green And Yellow

I love spring--the smells, the sights, the sounds. The world coming to life again after a winter of rest. And, most importantly, a new baseball season! But, as evidenced by June being the most popular wedding month, I am far from the only one who loves spring. I love spring weddings--how everything feels so fresh, new and exciting.
I can't think of a color combination that evokes spring more than simple green and yellow, which are reminiscent of new growth and sunshine. This inspiration board is dedicated to spring!




Row 1. Photo 1: Green bridesmaid dress from Aria Bridesmaids. Photo 2: White, yellow and green bouquet from The Knot. Photo 3: Lemon decor from The Knot. Photo 4: Citrus centerpiece and menu from Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo 5: Yellow boutonniere from The Knot. Photo 6: Yellow daisy wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo 7: Yellow table setting from Stonewall Golf Club.

Row 2. Photo 1: Antique canary diamond engagement ring from Encore Jewelry. Photo 2: Wedding dress from Ann Taylor. Photo 3: Green cocktail from The Prairie Table. Photo 4: Lemon and flower centerpieces from The Knot.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ultra Feminine

My last inspiration board was for a somewhat preppy nautical-themed wedding. But then I wondered, what would the opposite direction from that be?

How about an ultra feminine wedding with a pink, white, green and silver color scheme, lots of peonies and candlelight? Something soft, girly, romantic and beautiful--an elaborate cake, a ballgown with beading, a wedding fit for a princess? These are exactly the sorts of things that would comprise an ultra feminine wedding. And while this is not my personal style, I think this inspiration board shows that such a wedding can be elegantly done:


Row 1. Photo 1: Pink sapphire earrings from Morgan Jewelers. Photo 2: Close-up of wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas. Photo 3: Pink peony centerpiece on pink tablecloth from The Knot. Photo 4: Pink chair sashes from The Knot. Photo 5: Pink cocktails from The Knot.

Row 2. Photo 1: Pink wedding cake from Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo 2: Wedding dress from Mori Lee. Photo 3: Pink bridesmaid dress from Mori Lee. Photo 4: White peony bridal bouquet from Brides.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Centerpieces and table setting from Belle Fleur. Photo 2: Peony, rose and ranunculus centerpiece from Brides.com. Photo 3: Pink peony and green snapdragon bridesmaid bouquet from Brides.com.

Nautical Navy

I came across this cake and decided to use it as the basis of a nautical-themed inspiration board with a white and navy color scheme. I grew up in a town on the beach and love the ocean, so I am always drawn to the pictures I see of seaside and nautical weddings.

Simple, classic--even preppy--wedding attire perfectly suits a nautical-themed seaside wedding. For the groom, a tan suit; for the bride, a simple strapless dress and classic veil and updo. Navy shift dresses are perfect for the bridesmaids. White and blue flowers evoke the sea and the sky.

A themed wedding can easily go overboard, but a careful balance of nautical touches throughout comes across as polished. Sail-shaped save the date cards; flag-shaped escort cards; lanterns included in the centerpieces; a lighthouse and a compass rose adorning the cake; displaying programs in sand-filled vases; and sea stars or shells at each place setting are just a few ideas.

Row 1. Photo 1: Cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Place setting from Brides.com. Photo 3: Flag-shaped escort card from Brides.com. Photo 4: Programs in sand-filled vase from The Knot.

Row 2: Photo 1: Save the date card from Broadway Paper. Photo 2: White and navy menu from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 3: White hydrangea and grape hyacinth centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 4: White hydrangea and lantern centerpiece from Brides.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Bride and groom on the beach from Brides.com. Photo 2: Bridesmaid dress from J.Crew. Photo 3: White bridal bouquet of hydrangea, gardenia, roses and stephanotis from The Knot. Photo 4: White rose boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 5: Hydrangea hanging pomander from The Knot.

Orange Crush

A good friend of mine loves the color orange, so I created this inspiration board with her in mind, using shades of orange ranging from a soft, pale peach to a deep blood orange. Orange gerbera daisies are a natural choice for an orange wedding--the color and the flowers are both distinctive and bright. And of course, actual oranges can be incorporated into the decor.

In addition to being used in the centerpieces, food can be an extension of the color palette--steamed shrimp and carrots, blood orange cocktails, etc.
Circles are sort of a secondary theme of this wedding, from the shape of the daisies and orange slices to the dots on the cake, and the paper lanterns hung from the ceiling to the round tables.

The wedding has clean lines and a bit of a retro feel--just my friend's style.


Row 1. Photo 1: Bridesmaid dress from Alfred Angelo. Photo 2: Wedding dress from Alfred Angelo. Photo 3: Blood orange cocktail from Epicurious. Photo 4: Steamed shrimp from Brides.com. Photo 5: Orange gerbera daisy bouquet from The Knot. Photo 6: Orange ceremony decor from The Knot.

Row 2. Photo 1: Cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Invitation from The Knot. Photo 3: Daisy and orange centerpiece from Blumengarten Florist. Photo 4: Earrings from Carrie D Mader. Photo 5: Wedding cake cookies from The Knot.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fifties Charm

A romantic, vintage-inspired wedding with a purple color scheme--complete with a vintage ivory tulle dress with a lavender underlay. The vintage feel is continued with an ivory tulle birdcage veil adorning a soft, curled updo. The loose flowers, in many shades of purple, are classic and beautiful.





Row 1. Photo 1: Striped tie from Bluefly.com. Purple bridesmaid dress from J.Crew. Tulle ivory, lavender and silver wedding dress from Vintageous.


Row 2. Photo 1: Chairs with lavender sashes from Elegant Chair Decor. Photo 2: Favor boxes with purple ribbon from The Knot. Photo 3: Small purple bridesmaid bouquet from The Knot.

Row 3. Photo 1: Cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Purple flower wreath from The Knot. Photo 3: Ivory tulle birdcage veil from BirdcageVeils.com. Photo 4: Loose purple bridal bouquet from The Knot.

Black And White Toile

I love toile and think it would be a great theme around which to base a wedding. For this inspiration board, I used black and white toile and accented with red and pink. The flowing, flutter sleeve dresses, roses and feminine accent colors give the wedding a romantic feel, but the predominance of black and white in the color scheme retains an air of formality and does not become overly girly.

For centerpieces, toile teapots could be filled with red and pink roses.



Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas. Photo 2: Cake from The Knot. Photo 3: Red roses from The Knot. Photo 4: Teapot from Replacements, Ltd.

Row 2: Photo 1: Wedding dress from The Dessy Group. Photo 2: Pink rose bouquet from Lindisfarne. Photo 3: Bridesmaid dress from The Dessy Group. Photo 4: Red boutonniere from The Knot. Photo 5: Pink roses from FTD. Photo 6: Program from Brides.com.

Red And Yellow Tulips

The neckline of the dress is reminiscent of a tulip. I decided to make a tulip-themed inspiration board, pairing the light and flowy dress with the flowers that epitomize springtime. I chose a red and yellow color scheme for a bright, cheerful vibe. The vibrant color scheme represents how full of life spring is, while the red cocktails garnished with lemon slices invite thoughts of summer. The overall feeling of this wedding is charming, cheerful laid-back simplicity.





Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding dress from Watters. Photo 2: Bridesmaid dress from Watters. Photo 3: Boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 4: Tulip and sunflower bouquet from The Knot. Photo: Chairs with red fabric from The Knot. Photo 5: Save the date card from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 6: Red tulip centerpiece from The Knot.

Row 2. Photo 1: Wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Yellow table linens from DSA. Photo 3: Red cocktails from The Knot.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Silver And Coral

Silver and gold is a classic combination. Silver and coral takes the same play on the combination of cool and warm and kicks it up a notch. Coral is more unexpected than gold--it's a bolder color that packs more of a punch--but coral and silver still manages to exude elegance. The combination calls for luxe fabrics and lush flowers. Here is an inspiration board for a silver and coral wedding:

Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding dress from Alfred Angelo. Photo 2: Bridesmaid dress from Alfred Angelo. Photo 3: Cake from Brides.com. Photo 4: Hanging letters from The Knot. Photo 5: Coral roses and alstroemeria from Parkview Gardens. Photo 6: Rose petals from The Knot.

Row 2. Photo 1: Gray suit from Nordstrom. Photo 2: Coral rose bouquet from Bloomery Weddings. Photo 3: Shoes from Nine West.

Eco Chic

With the global climate crisis on many people's minds, a reduced carbon footprint is a trend that can help. By using natural, organic, recycled, re-used and re-usable materials wherever possible, couples can minimize the impact their wedding will have on the environment. Dresses that bridesmaids would wear again are practical.

With a predominantly green color scheme and a rustic, outdoorsy vibe, the "green" message will get across without Al Gore having to come make a PowerPoint presentation.
Silk is perfect for an eco-friendly wedding gown. For the bridal bouquet, a loose nosegay of white ranunculus and greenery is beautiful but not too formal. Cotton bridesmaid dresses in grass green are environmentally friendly and sure to be worn again. For the bridesmaid bouquets, pink ranunculus contrast with bright green hypericum berries and provide a pop of color against the green dresses. Engraved recycled white gold rings are the perfect symbol of commitment for a eco-concious couple. A boutonniere made of white ranunculus blooms is a whimsical touch. Planters of wheatgrass make for simple and vivid centerpieces. For the groom and groomsmen, a streamlined cotton suit is a natural choice. A cake with scattered dots and painted wheat grass continues the theme begun by the centerpieces. A lush green garden is the perfect setting for an eco chic wedding.

Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding dress from J.Crew. Photo 2: Bridal bouquet from The Knot. Photo 3: Bridesmaid dress from J.Crew. Photo 4: Bridesmaid bouquet from The Knot.


Row 2. Photo 1: Wedding rings from greenKarat. Photo 2: Boutonniere from The Knot.


Row 3. Photo 1: Cotton suit from Brooks Brothers. Photo 2: Cake from The Knot. Photo 3: Garden space at the Jardin del Sol.

About Wedding Inspirations

Since becoming engaged a few months ago, I have come to discover how much fun wedding planning is. This blog is where I will put together inspiration boards of things that interest and intrigue me as I plan my own wedding.

Whenever possible, I will link to the sources of the images used to create each inspiration board. If you find an image for which I don't link to a source, and you know what the source is, please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due. If you see that I have used an image that belongs to you, and would like me to take it down, just let me know and I will!

Thank you!