Friday, May 30, 2008

Pink, White, Green

I saw this dress by Jenny Lee and fell for it hard. I decided to go with a subtle color scheme of pale pinks, greens, ivories and white. This wedding is sophisticated and romantic, with lots of soft textures--from the dress to the flowers.

I also love how, in the invitation from Papel Vivo, the complexity of the delicate pink scrollwork is balanced by the simplicity of the all-lowercase, no-fuss font. It's a little unexpected, and I love unusual touches like that.


Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding dress from Jenny Lee. Photo 2: Bouquet from The Designers' Co-op. Photo 3: Pear soap favors from Gianna Rose Atelier. Photo 4: Ivory bridesmaid dress from The Dessy Group. Photo 5: Pink wedding cake with sugar magnolia blossoms from Brides.com.

Row 2. Photo 1: Cocktail with pink rose petal ice cubes from Brides.com. Photo 2: Pink and white ceremony decor from Paradise Delight. Photo 3: Lily of the valley boutonniere from Paradise Delight. Photo 4: Wedding invitation from Papel Vivo.

Update!

I love this sweet little arrangement from Saipua!


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Aqua And White

Aqua is my favorite color and has been for years, so I love creating inspiration boards with it. I saw this dramatic stephanotis bouquet from Paradise Delight the other day and right away wanted to do an aqua and white inspiration board.

Also, this is the second board in a row in which I've used rock candy as one of the elements. I love the idea of rock candy because it's bright, sweet and summery, and can be made to work with any color scheme!





Row 1. Photo 1: Hand-lettered aqua and white mural from Brides.com. Photo 2: Aqua rock candy from The Knot. Photo 3: Cupcake from Brides.com.

Row 2. Photo 1: Stephanotis bridal bouquet with aqua and rhinestone wrap from Paradise Delight. Photo 2: Wedding stationery from Dauphine Press. Photo 3: Aqua and white reception decor from The Knot. Photo 4: Aqua bridesmaid dress from J.Crew.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Grass Green And Blackberry

Yesterday I posted a citron and blueberry inspiration board inspired by a citron and blackberry inspiration board designed by Kathryn at snippet & ink. Today, I am posting another inspiration board inspired by Kathryn's citron and blackberry one. This one is grass green and blackberry.

In her original post, Kathryn expressed that she'd been hesitant to use the citron and blackberry combination--even though it turned out spectacularly--because the combination was a lot of powerful color and a lot of contrast. So I decided to play around a little with the combo and keep its roots, but tone it down and make it a little more accessible. Yesterday, I paired the citron with navy blue; today, I paired the blackberry with grass green. I like how the feeling of this board is sweet and pretty but a little bit rustic.

Incidentally, I never really realized how much I actually like purple until I started creating inspiration boards!




Row 1. Photo 1: Purple halter bridesmaid dress by Donna Rico from Nordstrom. Photo 2: Green striped wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas. Photo 3: Purple and green place setting from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 4: Wheat grass centerpiece from Weddingbee. Photo 5: Bouquet from Project Wedding.

Row 2. Photo 1: Purple rock candy from Brides.com. Photo 2: Green lanterns from The Knot. Photo 3: Blackberry cobbler from MyRecipes. Photo 4: Cake with purple hydrangeas from The Knot.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Citron And Blueberry

Kathryn, the creative genius behind snippet & ink, recently posted a citron and blackberry inspiration board. While I love that color scheme--lime green and deep purple--she didn't seem convinced it worked (though it was popular with her readers!).

I decided to give a citron and blueberry (rather than blackberry) board a try. The combination of the in-your-face lime green with classic navy tones the combo down a little bit, for those who are wary of too much bold color. Also, blue and green are neighbors on the color wheel, while purple and green are near opposites, so there is a little bit less contrast in the citron and blueberry combination.

Another take on the citron and blackberry combination is grass green and blackberry. This green and purple combo still has a lot of contrast, but the effect is calmer and more subtle when the green is made cooler and deeper. Check for my grass green and blackberry inspiration board tomorrow!



Row 1. Photo 1: Orchid bridal bouquet from The Knot. Photo 2: Programs with lime green ribbons from The Knot. Photo 3: Blueberries with syrah and black pepper syrup from Sunset Magazine. Photo 4: Blue silk tie from Beau Ties Ltd. Photo 5: Blue bridesmaid dress by Maggy London from Nordstrom.

Row 2. Photo 1: Blueberry cupcakes from Kate Parker Weddings. Photo 2: Green mum arrangement from Nicole Ha. Photo 3: Hydrangea arrangement photo from Stacy Kane. Photo 4: Calla lily boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 5: Lime green slingbacks by Stuart Weitzman from Nordstrom.


Row 3. Photo 1: Paper crane from Kate Parker Weddings. Photo 2: Blueberry and floating candle centerpiece from Brides.com. Photo 3: Blue Citroen from Frogfurlong. Photo 4: Bridal hairstyle with flower from WeddingChannel.com.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Short Wedding Dresses

It's almost Memorial Day weekend, which means summer weddings. In my mind, summertime is the perfect time for brides to try a short wedding dress rather than a floor-length one--especially if they are having a destination wedding, or having a backyard, courthouse, casual or morning ceremony.

So, in looking around at dresses for rehearsal dinners, I also came across many that would be perfect as wedding dresses for the bride who doesn't want a long dress. Below are some of my favorites!

I will be going camping tomorrow through Monday (cross your fingers for nice weather!). I will be back on Tuesday with a new inspiration board! Happy Memorial Day!

Row 1. Photo 1: V-neck jaquard dress by ABS by Allen Schwartz from Neiman Marcus. Photo 2: V-neck belted dress by Max & Cleo from Nordstrom. Photo 3: Ivory rosette dress from J.Crew. Photo 4: Strapless eyelet dress by Shoshanna from Nordstrom. Photo 5: White dress with full skirt from Ralph Lauren.

Row 2. Photo 1: Ivory strapless dress from White House Black Market. Photo 2: Strapless jacquard dress by BCBGMAXAZRIA from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 3: White dress with ribbon straps by ABS by Allen Schwartz from Nordstrom. Photo 4: Flower applique dress by Dior from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 5: Lace sheath dress by JS Boutique from Nordstrom.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Berry, Aqua, Green

I saw this cake on Brides.com and loved how the soft pale green of the cake looked against the berry-colored background and decided that a berry, green and aqua inspiration board was in order. I love how the romantic yet icy shades of green and pale aqua are balanced by the bold warmth of the berry.


Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding cake from Brides.com. Photo 2: Wedding invitations from Dauphine Press. Photo 3: Pink and green centerpiece from Simply Blooms. Photo 4: Aqua table setting from Project Wedding.

Row 2. Photo 1: Green strapless bridesmaid dress from THREAD. Photo 2: Pink paper lanterns from The Knot. Photo 3: Blue topaz and diamond earrings from Overstock.com. Photo 4: Pink orchid centerpiece from WeddingChannel.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Aqua fan favors from The Knot. Photo 2: Green reception decor from Brides.com. Photo 3: Pink strappy sandals from Nordstrom.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Art Deco

I love the Roaring Twenties and the Art Deco movement--in architecture, art and fashion--so I decided I needed to do an Art Deco-themed inspiration board. I didn't focus too much on the color scheme for this one; while it's mostly blue, green, yellow, ivory and metallics, I was much more concerned about the style all flowing together and becoming cohesive than about having a strict color scheme. The colors are secondary to the era in this inspiration board.


Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding dress from Jenny Packham. Photo 2: Wedding invitation from Bella Figura. Photo 3: Birdcage veil from Brides.com.

Row 2. Photo 1: Wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Gold and silver heels by Prada from Bergdorf Goodman. Photo 3: Green bridesmaid dress by Badgley Mischka from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 4: Top of the Chrysler Building from Wired New York.

Row 3. Photo 1: Sapphire and diamond wedding band from Fay Cullen. Photo 2: White calla lily bouquet from The Knot. Photo 3: The Musician by Tamara de Lempicka from the University of Michigan.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Orange, Red, Purple

I wanted to do a board with really rich colors today, and I wanted bold colors that were close to each other on the color wheel. That made it easy for me to pick orange, red and purple as the palette for this inspiration board!


Row 1. Photo 1: Orange, red and purple reception decor from The Knot. Photo 2: Red bridal bouquet with purple ribbon from Brides.com. Photo 3: Purple and orange place setting from Paradise Delight.

Row 2. Photo 1: Red jeweled sandals by Stuart Weitzman from Nordstrom. Photo 2: Orange escort cards from The Knot. Photo 3: Orange ranunculus arrangement from The Knot. Photo 4: Purple bridesmaid dress from Jim Hjelm.

Row 3. Photo 1: Orange programs with red ribbon binding from The Knot. Photo 2: Garnet crystal headpiece from Tradewind Tiaras. Photo 3: Red and orange reception decor from Brides.com.

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses, Part 3

The previous two boards have featured dresses suitable for rehearsal dinners that run $150 and less and $500 and less, respectively. This is the board that features dresses that are $500 or more--not because I think every bride should run out and spend that for her rehearsal dinner, but because they are beautiful dresses that can serve as inspiration.



Row 1. Photo 1: White strapless dress by Heidi Weisel from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 2: Pink v-neck dress from Ralph Lauren. Photo 3: Yellow cowl neck dress by Versace from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 4: White belted dress from Ralph Lauren. Photo 5: Orange v-neck dress by Zac Posen from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Row 2. Photo 1: Striped v-neck dress by Misoni from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 2: Black print v-neck dress by Blumarine from Bluefly. Photo 3: Beige scoop neck dress by Carmen Marc Valvo from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 4: Striped pleated dress from Ralph Lauren. Photo 5: Peach halter dress by Michael Kors from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses, Part 2

Here is the second board of dresses that would be great for rehearsal dinners. See Friday's post for the first board, featuring dresses that run $150 or less. The second board features dresses that are between $151 and $500.


Row 1. Photo 1: Blue floral halter dress by Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom. Photo 2: Banded collar dress by Searle from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 3: Beaded yellow dress by JS Boutique from Nordstrom. Photo 4: Turquoise strapless dress from J.Crew. Photo 5: V-neck print dress by Phoebe Couture from Nordstrom.

Row 2. Photo 1: Yellow striped shirtdress from Ralph Lauren. Photo 2: Pink halter dress from J.Crew. Photo 4: Floral print wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg from Nordstrom. Photo 4: One-shoulder dress by Elijah from Saks Fifth Avenue. Photo 5: Pleated peach dress from Anthropologie.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Rehearsal Dinner Dresses

It's a sunny and beautiful 82 degrees in Seattle today, and since--my fiance aside--there are few things I love more than summery dresses, I decided to put together boards of different dresses that would be perfect for wearing to a rehearsal dinner. The dresses on this board, the first of three boards, are all $150 or less.

The dresses on the second board are all $500 or less and the dresses on the last board are more than $500. I know that the more expensive dresses aren't necessarily practical, but they are gorgeous. And even if you can't afford (or justify!) them, you can still be inspired by them! So look for the second and third rehearsal dress boards (along with your regularly scheduled wedding inspiration board) on Monday.



Row 1. Photo 1: Green halter dress by Maggy London from Nordstrom. Photo 2: Blue paisley strapless dress from Arden B. Photo 3: Red cap sleeve dress by Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique from Nordstrom. Photo 4: Black strapless dress with green sash from Anthropologie. Photo 5: White strapless dress by Donna Ricco from Nordstrom. Photo 6: Blue wrap dress from Banana Republic.


Row 2. Photo 1: Magenta belted dress by Maggy London from Nordstrom. Photo 2: Yellow scoopneck dress from Victoria's Secret. Photo 3: Turquoise halter dress from J.Crew. Photo 4: Brown print v-neck dress by ECI from Nordstrom. Photo 5: Orange strapless dress from J.Crew. Photo 6: Black belted dress by Maggy London from Nordstrom.

Royal Purple

I saw this necklace from Fay Cullen (if I win the lottery--though my odds would increase ever-so-slightly if I actually, you know, purchased lottery tickets--I am going to buy something from Fay Cullen) and knew I had to use it as the keystone of a purple inspiration board. I love bold-colored and pear-shaped stones, so I fell for this necklace hard when I saw it!

Anyway, I thought this amazing and dramatic necklace called for equally amazing and dramatic elements to surround it, especially because purple is such a regal color.


Row 1. Photo 1: Purple Tadashi dress from Bluefly. Photo 2: Purple cocktail and escort cards from Project Wedding. Photo 3: Amethyst necklace from Fay Cullen.

Row 2. Photo 1: Purple satin Christian Louboutin sandals from Bluefly. Photo 2: Purple paper lanterns from Brides.com. Photo 3: Purple room set-up from GOT LIGHT?. Photo 4: Purple bouquet from Brides.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Purple reception decor from The Knot. Photo 2: Wedding cake from Mike's Amazing Cakes. Photo 3: Purple place setting from The Knot.

Pinstripe Wedding

I came across the picture of this cake and decided that I needed to do an inspiration board based on it. Here is the pinstriped inspiration board in a scheme of green and white with bits of yellow!


Row 1. Photo 1: Green striped wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Bridesmaid dress from Priscilla of Boston. Photo 3: Pinstripe jacket from Charles Tyrwhitt. Photo 4: Green striped wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas.

Row 2. Photo 1: Wedding dress from Mori Lee. Photo 2: Pinwheel escort cards from The Knot. Photo 3: Lady's slipper orchid boutonniere from Brides.com. Photo 4: Lady's slipper orchid bridal bouquet from The Knot.

Row 3. Photo 1: Yellow chair bows from Brides.com. Photo 2: Centerpiece from Project Wedding. Photo 3: Candy favors from Brides.com.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Royal, Yellow, Gold

Yesterday, I did a post for Tracy, who wants a cranberry and pistachio color scheme for her wedding, but has mainly found venues that are predominantly navy in color. That board incorporated navy into the cranberry and pistachio color scheme.

She has been thinking of going with a royal and canary yellow color scheme instead, but doesn't feel that the color scheme has warmth to it. So I put an inspiration board mainly in royal and yellow, but with hints of gold and bronze to warm it up. I also varied the shades of yellow so that the scheme wasn't made to feel flat by the use of just one clear, sunshiney yellow. The range of pale creamy yellows to the deep orangey yellows have more depth and interest for the eye.

Incidentally, I have worn this bridesmaid dress before (in maroon) and loved it--it's flattering on everyone (even the bridesmaid who had recently had a baby), comfortable, easy to dance in and it doesn't require a strapless bra! Also, it's affordable, priced at just $158. And yes, I have worn it again! Anyway, that's the end of my little commercial for this particular bridesmaid dress. On to the board!

Row 1. Photo 1: Guest book from Project Wedding. Photo 2: Yellow calla lily bouquet from The Knot. Photo 3: Royal blue and white striped tie from Charles Tyrwhitt. Photo 4: Royal blue bridesmaid dress from Donna Rico.

Row 2. Photo 1: Table setting from Bernardaud. Photo 2: Mango martinis from Project Wedding. Photo 3: Smoky quartz and gold earrings from Regina's Fine Jewelry. Photo 4: Wedding invitation and response card from Bella Figura. Photo 5: Strappy gold sandals from Nordstrom. Photo 6: Yellow paper lantern and draping ceremony decor from The Knot.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Cranberry, Pistachio, Navy

This post is for Tracy, who envisions a cranberry and pistachio color scheme for her wedding, but is running into a lot of venues that are predominantly navy in color. She has been thinking of going with a royal and canary yellow color scheme, but doesn't feel it has the warmth she's after. Check back tomorrow to see the inspiration board I put together for her in a royal and canary yellow color scheme--I added touches of gold and bronze to imbue it with a sense of warmth!

But, back to today's board. Since she does love the idea of cranberry and pistachio, this inspiration board was my attempt to prove that cranberry and pistachio can mesh well with navy, and that it might not be a hindrance after all! What do you all think of cranberry, pistachio and navy together?


Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding cake from Fleur de Lisa. Photo: 2: Bridesmaid dress from Jenny Yoo. Photo 3: Navy silk tie from J.Crew. Photo 4: Rose and orchid bridal bouquet from Project Wedding.

Row 2: Photo 1: Save the date card from Wedding Paper Divas. Photo 2: Arrangement from Brides.com. Photo 3: Updo with orchids from Project Wedding. Photo 4: Orchid bridesmaid bouquet from The Knot. Photo 5: Cobalt blue Fiestaware from Dinnerware USA. Photo 6: Diamond and sapphire earrings from Lussori.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Cranberry And Pistachio

Two of my favorite flavors are cranberry and pistachio. I was snacking on some Craisins and got to wondering what these two colors would look like together. Sadly, I don't think there is a muse of hunger! But I thought it would be a fun challenge to give a fresh, non-Christmas-y take on the pairing of red and green. So, here is an inspiration board inspired by snack food!

Incidentally, I am 100% in lust with the ruby and diamond earrings featured on this board. They are just stunning. (If you love to drool over vintage, estate and antique jewelry as much as I do, hurry over to Fay Cullen to get your fix!)

Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding cake from Fleur de Lisa. Photo: 2: Bridesmaid dress from Jenny Yoo. Photo 3: Boutonniere from The Knot. Photo 4: Rose and orchid bridal bouquet from Project Wedding.

Row 2: Photo 1: Invitation from Papel Vivo. Photo 2: Arrangement from Brides.com. Photo 3: Updo with orchids from Project Wedding. Photo 4: Pistachio green chair bow and tablecloth from The Knot.

Row 3. Photo 1: Favor boxes from Project Wedding. Photo 3: Orchid bridesmaid bouquet from The Knot. Diamond and ruby earrings from Fay Cullen.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Navy And Wheat

Navy and yellow is a great color palette, and as I've said previously, I love just about any shade of blue and yellow together. I started wondering what else might go well with navy, and then I saw this Nicole Miller dress, loved the warm sheen of the navy fabric, and decided to give a navy and wheat inspiration board a shot. As much as I love the combination of chocolate brown and light or Tiffany blue, after compiling this board, I think I like the navy and wheat combo even better! Just as sophisticated, but less expected.

Also unexpected are the wheat boutonniere and centerpiece--lighthearted touches as a nod to the color scheme. In fact, this wedding ended up having a bunch of unusual touches, from the not-your-everyday bridesmaid dress to the way the reception tables are lit (the white of that table is actually light; click here to see the original, full-size image).

And I'd like to take just a second to sing Reem Acra's praises. The wedding dress featured in this inspiration board is all kinds of beautiful. I love it!

Finally, a question. I have been to five weddings so far this year, and at all but one of the weddings, the cake has had a color-scheme-coordinated ribbon around the base of each layer of cake. I love this look, and was considering it for my own wedding, but now I'm thinking it might be too much of a trend and might look dated a few years down the road (you know, "oh, that's so 2008!"). What do you all think? Is this look too trendy right now? How will it hold up over time?



Row 1. Photo 1: Dress from Nicole Miller. Photo 2: Suit from J.Crew. Photo 3: Wedding dress from Reem Acra. Photo 4: Reception decor from Project Wedding. Photo 5: Wheat centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings. Photo 6: Navy wedding invitation from Mine-By-Design.

Row 2. Photo 1: Ivory bridal bouquet from The Knot. Photo 2: Wheat boutonniere from The Knot. Photo 3: Cake from The Cake Blog. Photo 4: Wheat field in the Palouse from Travel Washington. Photo 5: Gold programs from Project Wedding.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Aqua, Gray, Yellow

My fiance and I have already decided on our color scheme, but if I were to plan a second wedding, I think I just might go with an aqua, yellow and gray color scheme. I really love how the colors work together! Blue and yellow--in any form--has always been a favorite color combination of mine, and I love the depth the gray adds.



Row 1. Photo 1: Lemon cocktail from Brides.com. Photo 2: Blue hydrangea and yellow lily centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 3: Bridesmaid dress with aqua sash as bridal gown from Jim Hjelm. Photo 4: Aqua and yellow centerpieces from Project Wedding. Photo 5: Bridesmaid dress from Priscilla of Boston.

Row 2. Photo 1: Gray dress with yellow cymbidium orchid bouquet from Brides.com. Photo 2: Wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 3: Gray pearl stud earrings from Gemologica. Photo 4: Gray suit from Brooks Brothers.

Update!

A bunch of these fun lanterns from Urban Outfitters would be perfect for an outdoor reception for a wedding with aqua as part of its color scheme!

Update 2!

These invitations from Wedding Paper Divas would be perfect for an aqua, gray and yellow wedding! These would also work for a wedding with a bird theme.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Polka Dots

After the previous board's somewhat formal all-white wedding, I decided to create a board that's a little more playful and a lot more colorful. This wedding has a polka dot theme and a bright color scheme of pink, orange and green. I know it's an overdone color scheme, but I must admit it's one that I love, and I think that, because it's so fun and vibrant, it goes perfectly with a polka dots theme.



Row 1. Photo 1: Polka dot wedding cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Reception decor from Alamo Plants and Petals. Photo 3: Polka dot stationery from CECI New York.

Row 2. Photo 1: Pink, orange and green bridal bouquet from The Knot. Orange cuff link from RedEnvelope. Green chrysanthemum boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Bridesmaid dresses with polka dot sashes from Brides.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Pink polka dot favor box from FavorStudio.com. Photo 2: Pink, orange and green centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 3: Ribbon ceremony backdrop from Nancy Liu Chin Designs. Photo 4: Pink, orange and green centerpieces from The Knot.

White With Texture

Instead of playing with color for this inspiration board, I played with texture. This wedding is all white but features a variety of textures, from a basketweave cake to a shirred-and-feathery dress to myriad types of white flowers.



Row 1. Photo 1: Baby's breath centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 2: White hydrangea pomander aisle decor from The Knot. Photo 3: Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero. Photo 4: Basketweave cake from LovinSullivanCakes.

Row 2. Photo 1: White shirred banquet chair from Chameleon Chair. White ranunculus and rice flower centerpiece from Brides.com. White bridal bouquet from Brides.com.

Update!

An all-white candy bar, such as this one from Mi Mi Design, is a perfect way to add a lot of different textures while sticking to a monochromatic scheme.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Seaside Blue

I did an earlier inspiration board that featured a combination of nautical and seaside themes, tied together with a navy blue and white color scheme. This inspiration board is for a purely seaside wedding with a starfish theme. The cake features everything from starfish to sea otters! The wedding has a color scheme of light blue, coral and white.




Row 1. Photo 1: Starfish boutonnieres from Grandiflora. Photo 2: Coral and white bouquet from Brides.com. Photo 3: Starfish and sea glass decor from Project Wedding.

Row 2. Photo 1: Coral and light blue bridesmaid dress from The Dessy Group. Photo 2: Cake from The Cake Blog. Photo 3: Coral rose shepherd hook aisle decor from The Knot. Blue and white reception decor from The Knot.

Row 3. Photo 1: Starfish wedding invitation and response card from Dauphine Press. Photo 2: Hydrangea and starfish decor from Grandiflora. Photo 3: Peach rose bouquet from WeddingChannel.com.

Update!

Check out this aisle decor from The Knot--it's a little unusual, but absolutely perfect for a seaside-themed wedding!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Springtime Birds

Little songbirds seem like an appropriate starting point for another springtime inspiration board! Lots of tulips are a great complement. A color scheme of yellow, pink and white keeps the feel of the wedding bright and cheerful, with a bit of an antique feel.


Row 1. Photo 1: White and yellow birds wedding cake from LovinSullivanCakes. Photo 2: Pink bird cake topper from Ann Wood Handmade. Photo 3: Tray of cocktails from The Knot. Photo 4: Pink tulip centerpiece from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 5: Yellow bird teacup and saucer from Anthropologie. Photo 6: Pink bird artwork from Anthropologie. Photo 7: Yellow tulip bridal bouquet from The Knot.

Row 2. Photo 1. Tulle and feather birdcage veil from Birdcage Veils. Photo 2: Pink bird toile invitation from Page Print Stationery. Photo 3: White birdcage cardholder guestbook from Wedding Accents.

Update!

I am loving these bird-themed table cards from Sesame Letterpress:


Update 2!

Here is another bird-themed cake, this one from the lovely Rebecca Thuss:

Monday, May 5, 2008

Mexican Wedding

Today is Cinco de Mayo, which of course means that today's inspiration board is Mexican-themed! Bright colors reminiscent of the sun and sand, invitations that feature Mexico, fans and margaritas to keep the guests cool, a mariachi band, Mexican paper flowers for the bouquet, traditional luminaries incorporated into the centerpieces, Mexican wedding cookies as favors and a reception on the beach are all possible elements of a fun, Mexican-themed wedding or a destination wedding in Mexico. I went with a warm, vibrant color scheme of red, orange, yellow and gold, naturally.



Row 1. Photo 1: Wedding ceremony on steps of Mexican chapel from The Knot. Photo 2: Mariachi band from Mariachi Sol Huasteco. Photo 3: Basket of Mexican wedding cookies from The Knot.

Row 2: Photo 1: Mexico wedding invitation from Dauphine Press. Photo 2: Bouquet of Mexican paper flowers from LatinWorks. Photo 3: Margaritas from Brides.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Reception table decor from The Knot. Photo 2: Program and fan from Brides.com. Photo 3: Bridesmaid dress from Jim Hjelm. Photo 4: Wedding dress from Jim Hjelm.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Back On Monday

I am leaving town tonight to attend a friend's wedding this weekend. I will be back with more inspiration boards on Monday! Enjoy your weekend.

Black And White

Yesterday's spring wildflowers inspiration board had so much color that today I decided to go the opposite direction from that. That board was for a colorful, eclectic and laid-back wedding; this board is for an elegant, muted and formal wedding. I have done a toile-inspired board that was mostly black and white, but had red and pink accents. For this one, I decided to keep it to black and white only.




Row 1. Photo 1: Chairs from Cover Ups. Photo 2: White rose bridal bouquet from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 3: White calla lily boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 4: Black bridesmaid dress from The Dessy Group.


Row 2. Photo 1: Black and white candy bar from The Knot. Photo 2: White pomander aisle decor from The Knot. Photo 3: White and black centerpieces from Brides.com.


Row 3: Photo 1: White candle centerpiece from Real Simple. Photo 2: Wedding cake from Mike's Amazing Cakes. Photo 3: White rose and anemone bridesmaid bouquets from The Knot. Photo 4: Invitation from in Print. Photo 5: Wedding dress from Maggie Sottero.