Inspiration Boards, X
January 23, 2009

Our next board is designed by Briana...

Here are my photo credits: From top right: Dress, Lela Rose / bottom R., flower, Heather Bailey / girl w/dog photo, Liz Banfield; bottom L, The Knot; middle L. (invitation) Peonies & Polaroids / top L. Martha Stewart;  top middle L., Martha Stewart; top middle R., Whitebox Photo / Icecream photo by Zinke Designs

From Briana...

I stayed with the bride's original color scheme of bright pink and white, and just threw in a bit of natural greens to tie in with the vineyard ambiance.  She seems to have done a lot of research on the details that she wants, and I didn't want to change her picture of the big day.

The bride would be radiant in a white dress with crochet or lace-inspired details such as the Lela Rose dress above.  She would carry a bouquet of all white blooms: freesia, hydrangea, ranunculous, large garden roses, and sweet peas. Bridesmaids would carry smaller bright pink peony and freesia bouquets.  The bride would wear a casual updo of loosely cascading curls, with a pink crochet "shabby chic" flower such as the one in the inspiration board pinned in as an accent.

The bridesmaids would wear bright pink and white paisley satin tea-length dresses; paisley has a great preppy and classic feel, or these Alvina Valenta pink gowns with pink paisley handbags.

The ceremony area would feature two large manzanite branches with pink and white peonies tied onto them on either side of the altar.  All trees in the ceremony area would be hung with hanging vines and tied with a multitude of hanging white satin ribbons.

Peonies and other large pink and white flowers would take center stage at the reception, cascading out of silver-plated centerpieces with green salal leaves mixed in.  If possible, the tables would be long, rectangular dark wood (no tablecloths) with bright pink runners.  If wood tables are not available, a heavy white damask tablecloth on rectangular table with bright pink runners would be featured.  Bright pink napkins would be draped off the plates, hanging off the table, with white menus placed on top (printed in green ink).  The table would be pre-set with white plates and crystal glasses set at place settings.  The feature cocktail would be this beautifully shaded pomegranate champagne, bringing the color scheme even to the guests!

If the reception goes into the evening hours, the rectangular table should feature a row of multi-leveled white candles down the center to provide romantic lighting and ambiance.

Rather than having one formal cake, I suggest 3 or 4 smaller cakes on pedestals, providing a homey vineyard chic feel.  As a colorful alternative dessert, delicious raspberry sorbet could be served to the guests in quaint old-fashioned sugar cones.