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Quick Palette: Grey and Rose

I love the soft light and the muted tones in this image from sara one day. And wouldn't clusters of single vibrant blooms in silver vases make a beautiful centerpiece? Simple and easy!

Color Inspiration: Khaki and Black

I was looking through my archives to help someone with a color inspiration question the other day, and I came across this board that I originally posted in 2009. I really love the simplicity and the preppy vibe, and the colors could translate to any season!

{Row 1: Hammerpress via 100 Layer Cake | Table via Design is Mine | Dresses from Jcrew}
{Row 2: Bride & Groom from Jcrew | Bouquet and favor box from Martha Stewart}
{Row 3: Favors from Martha Stewart |Heart from The Love Shop | Necklace from Jess LC}

Real Wedding: Chicago, Illinois

I always love a Chicago wedding, so Stacey and Stephen's is no exception! Their ceremony and reception were held at the beautiful Garfield Park Conservatory, which created the perfect setting for their ethereal event. The couple decorated their lovely ceremony chairs with simple hydrangea blooms, and opted for colorful bridesmaid bouquets to offset the muted tone of their dresses. I of course love the hydrangea filled escort card table, and the centerpieces with simple blooms and candles in water make the perfect statement!

Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Caterer: Jewell Events Catering
Floral Designer: Roses by Lisa
Reception Venue: Garfield Park Conservatory
DJ: Toast and Jam
Makeup Artist: Kim Piech

Real Wedding: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jacques and Paige met in Germany, and fell in love nearly instantly. Paige loves the color green (my kind of girl), so when he knew it was time to propose Jacques bought her a peridot engagement ring. He purchased it in Munich, Germany, the country where they met.

Jacques is headed into seminary soon, so the couple planned their wedding on rather short notice. They opted for a simple appetizer and desert reception, which turned out to be a hit with their guests. Since there was not a lot of time to plan their wedding, the couple chose a venue that was beautiful on it's own, so they didn't need to add in a lot of decor themselves. Paige says, "Thanks to a magnificent location, we didn't have to do much decorating, and what we did do, we did ourselves. The bulk of the decorations came from a thrift store, a dollar store, Ikea, Michael's, and ebay and I had a fabulous group of friends do the decorating for me on the day of." Paige bought her wedding dress at a consignment store. She says, "When I bought the dress, they told me that it was a designer dress that had been used as a demo at a wedding shoppe, so it had never been worn in a wedding before. The tag, however, had been cut off, so I don't know the brand. Either way, it was (and is!) my dream dress...I just wish I had another occasion to wear it soon."

Photography: Ampersand Photography
Florist: Showers of Flowers
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Gale Mansion
Cake Designer: Buttercream Bakery
Make-Up Artist: Rosanna Hulson
Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Quick Palette: Teal and Grey

I really loved this "Love" print from pleasebestill when I saw it on Perfect Bound last week, and think the palette is so warm and fresh. I am currently in the midst of a rather involved struggle over whether or not to buy it for my very own self. I fear that at some point we're going to run out of wall space for all the prints I have to have!

Beautiful Bridesmaids Gifts

I adore just about everything from Sarah Drake, and I when I was browsing through their site this week I was thinking how most of her work would make lovely bridesmaids or hostess gifts! If the ladies in your life love a monogram as much as I do (I even want to monogram a pumpkin this year) these coffee mugs and linen napkins would be the perfect way to say "thank you." {Images from Sarah Drake, taken by Elizabeth Messina}

Sophisticated Carnival Inspiration

You all know that I love the inspiration boards Gia creates on Flights of Fancy, and I think this one might be my new favorite! The color palette is so soft and ethereal, and there is definitely an element of whimsy to the entire look. I just love the idea of structuring an entire wedding around a carousel - beautiful and fun at the same time!

{Board from Flights of Fancy}

row 1: Eliza Claire Photography via Rock n’ Roll Bride | carousel image via la douleur exquise
row 2: Our Labor of Love via Ruffled | Nina Ricci via {this is glamorous}
row 3: Our Labor of Love via Ruffled | Lisa Lefkowitz | betsywhite stationery

Real Wedding: New Zealand

When Jo and Eugene began planning their New Zealand wedding they knew they wanted an event their guests would enjoy, and one where Jo could create most of the details herself. They decided on a 1920's themed affair, and in the photos from Mary Sylvia Photography you can clearly see how much fun the couple and all of their guests are having! Jo did a beautiful job creating all the florals for the day, and I love the centerpieces at the reception that are wrapped with sheet music. The escort cards were actually leaves, where each person's name was carefully written on the leaf with gold ink. Beautiful job, Jo and Eugene!

Photography: Mary Sylvia Photography (Mary also photographs in the U.S. and Canada)

Venue: Sapphire Springs
Catering: The Food Gurus