Old Meets New
March 9, 2007

Today's inspiration board was actually created by a Style Me Pretty reader! Here are the gorgeous ideas that she has come up with for her own wedding...


This reader's wedding is to be held in Berkeley, California inside a regional park filled with massive redwood trees. She is having a Friday morning ceremony then a brunch following, with about 100 guests. So far, her biggest challenges have been figuring out how to host a party of this magnitude while still staying true to who she and her fiance are as individuals and as a couple.

With that said, she has found her inspiration in non-wedding elements, like clothing, architecture and interior design...which has really helped to make the whole event seem to be an extension of their lives, rather than something that feels separate and impersonal.

I love the infusion of colors and textures that the board shows...somewhat of a rustic, but contemporary feel. Old meets new. I think that this bride should really run with that. Here are some of my own ideas for this already beautiful, August wedding...

-This seems like the perfect setting to write your own vows...or if that is too daunting of a task, perhaps just bring in personal letters that you read aloud to each other. I love when a couple shares a bit of who they are in the actual ceremony.

-Having a polaroid camera for your guests to take pictures of themselves, then place into an album with words of wisdom would be perfect here. Plus it is something that you can always have on your coffee table for friends and family to chat about.

-Since you are getting married among the trees, it would be nice if the favors reflected that same feeling...these braided trays would be the perfect container for a packet of seeds or a plant-a-tree pouch.

-I LOOOOVE the bird's nest arrangement that Mimosa florist has on her site. These little gems are perfect for an outdoor rustic/chic wedding.

-I think that although the bride should stay traditional, it would be great to bring in a vintage element to the bridesmaids. These filagree headbands are so cute, and would be a great touch to the bridal party attire.

-It would be great to mix and match china...use a variety of thumbprint glasses paired with simple, gold accented plates.

Do you have other ideas for this reader? I would love to get the comments section going and what a great way to start!