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A Picnic Wedding March 5, 2009

This post is inspired by my fabulous friend Julie who recently got engaged, and who has already captured my imagination with her whirlwind planning (the wedding is scheduled for August, that’s barely 6 months away!). Julie and her fiance are committed to throwing a community centered, local inspired, eco and budget friendly wedding complete with picnic style reception in an outdoor amphitheatre. How cool is that? I’m sure I’ll coerce her to share some of her wedding details on the site, but until then here are some of the gorgeous images already floating through my mind. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!


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A Woodland Wedding October 26, 2008

Surfing through the Knot boards, I came across the gorgeous wedding of Mrs. Daffodil. This couple managed to incorporate rustic elegance and vibrant colors in every detail without it coming off as kitschy, and the overall effect is beautiful. They also share their personalized ceremony on the site, which is really helpful if you’re looking for some tips to write your own non-religious script. They even did a wine sharing ceremony in lieu of a unity candle, which seems much more appealing to me somehow 🙂


Cabin Fever October 9, 2008

I’ve got rustic on the brain. A big group of our college friends are renting a cabin in rural PA for the long weekend, and even though I am normally a city girl I can’t wait for campfires, country, and relaxation. In that spirit, I found some wedding inspiration that is a little more pastoral than usual 🙂

Bales of hay never looked so artistic.

How cool are these? Wedding stationary silk screened on wood with burnt borders.

Something about punch in mason jars just makes me so happy.

Simple, but pretty and the twisting branches overhead are gorgeous.


A Marriage of Primary Colors May 19, 2008

I love experimenting with different color schemes for weddings, which is somewhat ironic because my own wedding will be primarily black and white. However, I thought it would be cool to use primary colors as a motif for an inspiration board. Obviously this is somewhat of a challenge since yellow, red, and blue together usually reminds me of Legos, playgrounds, and generally everything kid-like. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but probably not the look most people want for their wedding.

I went with a bold red and more subtle yellows and blues for an outdoor picnic theme. I think the overall effect is quirky and sophisticated and I like that it doesn’t seem too “done” like when you go to a wedding a see literally only one or two colors on everything down to the tiniest detail. Even though my colors are basic my goal is to add interest with lots of different textures. This is just another way to go about it!

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Drive-by Inspiration May 6, 2008

I love that my commute to and from work takes me right by the museum where we’ll be getting married in close to a year. That is, if we can make it that long before heading to judge’s chambers 🙂 I always try to drive as slowly as I can without endangering other drivers, craning my neck to get a good view of the sculpture garden where the ceremony will be. It was a little bare during winter, but now it is fully in bloom and absolutely gorgeous. There are two small trees that I think we’ll use in lieu of an altar or archway and I’m thinking of decorating them with strands of hanging orchids, similar to this picture. The site is already so beautiful we won’t need much else. Since we’re planning a dusk ceremony I might also use some of those paper bag luminaries. If you had an outdoor wedding how did you decorate?