inspired:: early fall

We may not be completely over summer just yet (I'm holding fast to my white jeans and beachy decor), but that doesn't mean we're not looking forward to fall, either! Fall evokes a sense of warmth, coziness, and beauty in nature. It can be conjured by a pumpkin latte or pumpkin-scented candle or the crackle of leaves underfoot. 

From Chelsey:  "The inspiration for this board is the time of early fall with its cooler nights and warmer colors. For this board however, I didn't jump straight into the typical colors of the season. I kept hints of oranges and reds, but incorporated a lot of darker green too. The barn scene has a lot of floral aspects that complement perfectly with the lights and draping from above. I also love the dress for the bride with the little cap sleeves and headband." 

Here's a subtle homage to the early fall we so adore.

Top left, clockwise:   suite ,  reception ,  cake ,  gown ,  rings .

Top left, clockwise:  suite, reception, cake, gown, rings.

inspiration:: november nuptials

I've always loved November. It's an anticipatory month. Has my favorite holiday in it. It's still autumny but not terribly cold. We got engaged in November. I found my wedding dress in November.

It may come as no surprise, then, that if I were able to marry (my same husband) again, I would highly consider saying "I do" in that gorgeous month. I've written posts here about what I'd do differently if we got married again (as well as what I'd definitely keep the same -- some things just don't change!). As a wed-obsessed planner and creative dreamer, I'm always taking mental notes about what I'd consider the perfect, ultimate wedding. (Specifically mine.) My tastes evolve over time and my knowledge and experience levels attune me to new things every week/event/year. I mentioned to my photografriend Amy last week that I would definitely change a few things if we got to say our "I do's" again now. Here's what it might look like...

blush chapel-length  veil , monique lhuillier  candy , feathered  mules , hominy ever after grits  favor , gatsby-inspired orchid  bouquet , my pear-shaped engagement  ring , robert redford-inspired groom  attire , swags of greenery  garlands , deep red and pink garden rose bridesmaid  bouquets , simple faux-diamond drop  earrings  for me, stunning topaz and ivory bridesmaid  gown , walnut  chiavaris  with trellises and chandeliers, muddled raspberry  libations .

blush chapel-length veil, monique lhuillier candy, feathered mules, hominy ever after grits favor, gatsby-inspired orchid bouquet, my pear-shaped engagement ring, robert redford-inspired groom attire, swags of greenery garlands, deep red and pink garden rose bridesmaid bouquets, simple faux-diamond drop earrings for me, stunning topaz and ivory bridesmaid gown, walnut chiavaris with trellises and chandeliers, muddled raspberry libations.

That dress always haunts me. GAH, I love it! If I EVER win the lottery, I am going to buy it. Hands down. Seriously the most perfect dress ever created. It inspired so much of my real-life wedding design, as well as my current dreams. I would totally wear it, a blush veil (just like the ivory one I have), some diamond drop earrings, a pair of slip-on feathered mules, carry an orchid bouquet, rock my pear-shaped wedding bling, and go to town.


Gatsby would affect a lot of my decision-making, too. I know it's "trendy" right now, but I couldn't care less. I wore a beaded flapper gown to my junior high school prom, so it is obviously something I've loved forever and have zero apologies for. The orchid bouquet was inspired by the Gatsby-meets-Daisy-again scene from the recent movie. Drew would wear some classic white tie tuxedo (a la Robert Redford) and his groomsmen would rock Leo's black tie attire. My bridesmaids would definitely wear floor-length gowns (I've always loved two-tone, and these ivory lace and topaz matte satin dresses are JUST the ticket!) and carry deep red and pink bouquets with velvet and pleated ribbons.

We'd still, perhaps, have the wedding set in a barn-like atmosphere (Green Door Gourmet, of course) -- but this time closer to town and more convenient for guests. (Not to mention legitimately air-conditioned and heated.) Mint Springs Farm would be a great location, come to think of it, too! Walnut chiavaris would at the very least be featured in our head table (which would seat our attendants and their spouses or guests).

We would serve a full meal (something lowcountry-inspired, to pay homage to our dream city of Charleston) and ample libations (of course something would have to have muddled raspberries to fit the color scheme!). Guests would be treated to die-cut bags of grits as their "hominy ever after" surcee.

I'll keep dreaming and will elaborate in between the lines here soon.