A Rustic, Elegant Wedding
January 4, 2008

It has been so long since I've created an inspiration board for a reader! I have been getting such beautiful work from readers, from inspiration boards to real weddings like the one featured yesterday...and it's so much fun for me to show off YOUR creativity. With that said, I've been getting lots and lots of requests.

This inspiration board was designed for a bride who was looking for a Rustic, but Feminine Affair...

"We are having our wedding at a little spot in Southern California in early December of next year. I love the soft feminine colors of pale blue and light green, but want to make sure that the overall look isn't cheesy. Since the wedding will be outdoors on a small lawn and the reception will be indoors under a rustic barn, I want to make sure the two locations flow nicely in terms of style. I am a pretty simple girl...and I want the wedding to reflect that. Pretty, but not overly done. Rustic, but not country. Elegant and simple. Can you help?!"

Here is what I have come up with for this wedding....


Top Row: Gown by J Crew, Flowers by Fino Fresh Floral Designs, Gown by Chloe at Saks / Center Row: Birch tubes by Small Stump, Chocolate Cakes by Martha Stewart, Birch touches by Michelle Rago / Bottom Row: Apples by Petal Pushers, Cupcakes by Cupcake Mama, Flowers by Botanica

I have to say, I really love this board...I love the combination of colors. The soft grey/blue paired with the greens, creams and touches of chocolate. I think that this might be my new favorite palette (although I think that I say that about once a week). I am still madly in love with the birch touches...which bring in a rustic quality, without being too country. I'm not sure those birch details will ever get old for me. I also love the idea of incorporating a velvety chocolate into the mix. It brings a tactile quality, adding a sense of richness.

What do you guys think? Would you do anything differently?