Thursday, June 9, 2011

Emily's Inspiration Board - A New Series

Q: What happens when two scientists fall in love?
A: They have chemistry.

I'm not even sure where to start to describe just how tingly I am over what I'm about to share.  A dear reader reached out requesting a little help with where the heck to start with her wedding plans.  You know I jumped all over that.  I was so excited I almost peed my pants.  Okay, I think we know each other well enough now that I can begin confiding in you.  I really peed my pants. 

I was so excited, in fact, that I'm starting a new interactive series where I'll be taking write-in's from you readers and building inspiration boards to help my sweet brides take their first step in defining their style, themes and the such.  And this first bride, well, what she gave me to work with was so ridiculously awesome that you're going to think I made it up.  I didn't.  Emily's real.  And so are all these delicious details I have to work with. 

So let me give you a little run down of Miss Em and her fiance Chris.  They are getting married on a farm (check), in Virginia in the fall (double check), she's a geologist (yes, really), and he's a botanist (this can't be happening).  Scientists in love. I'm in love.  Emily loves orange, Chris loves green, and I love Virginia in the fall, so we are going to have a field day.  Literally. They are getting married in a field.  See, I told you that you were going to think I made this up.

This part was easy.  Aside from knowing that orange and green are a must, I wanted to tie in colors that appear in the produce grown in Virginia, since Virginia is an abundant agricultural state (from what I remember from my fourth grade state project), and also since they are getting married on a farm.  Secondly, I wanted colors that reflected their professions - lush greens & deep hued fruits for him and rich jewel tones, hence the purple and green, for her studies as well as the slate which, along with the cotton white, make for great neutrals.
Up next are the materials.  What items and textures will define the wedding "stuff"?  For the geologist I've picked slate, obvs, petrified wood and river stones.  For the botanist I'm thinking vintage prints of ferns, plants, fruits and other flora to use for some of the wedding's paper needs, like table numbers.  I also love the architectural nature of ferns, so I'd love to see them in single bud vases.  It will bring a little touch of modern, geometric interest to our literal cornucopia of foods, plants and stones. 

This section could also be identified as Emily and Chris' shopping list, meaning whenever they see anything that falls in line with the items below, they should take a moment to consider if it's something that could work for their wedding.  If it somehow incorporates the colors above or has a clearance sticker on it, they are not allowed to leave the store without calling me (or Emily's mother) first.

Now for a few looks drawing on our items above as inspiration.  The great thing about having so many details above, is that you can really mix and match any way you see fit and in any combination that best suits your budget.  Fill clear cylinder vases with granny smith apples for the bars, or scatter river stones down the center of your tables as a table runner.  Tuck a fiddlehead fern in the pocket fold of your napkin, or create a still life centerpieces with colorful green, orange and purple fruits and vegetables.

Want to see how it all comes together?  See more after the jump...

Here are some ideas on different combinations of our different components.
I am loving Emily & Chris' sitch so much that I have not one but two more posts lined up for this week that will help define two more major components of their wedding - the food & beverage and (some of) their invitations.  In fact, I don't want to build it up too much, but the invitation post is THE AWESOMEST SAVE THE DATE IDEA YOU WILL EVER SEE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.  Unless, of course, you've seen this (yes, that's a record, and yes, it really plays).  Okay, so it's probably not the awesomest, but maybe you can sense that I'm really excited about it.  Or shall I say...eggcited?

If you want to be the next bride featured for our new inspiration board series, send an email to

Sources/Links: slate heart, petrified wood food tray,"every living thing" poster, fern poster, gems poster, ferns in bud vases, bouquet, rock and wood centerpiece, purple and cotton table, fiddlehead fern boutenniere, stone place mats, cheese slate, fruit and cheese slate, wood necklace

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