March Inspiration

Happy March 1! I can practically feel spring break getting closer. :) As you may remember, I’m starting out each month with a round-up of inspiration in all different categories. This is a really fun exercise for me, and it definitely helps me focus in on what I’m really drawn to at the moment, which in turn helps me dream up blog posts!  Without further ado, here’s what I’m inspired by for the upcoming month and the beginning of spring.

Wedding inspiration: Keeping it classic and understated, but full of style, for March! This Reem Acra dress is one of my new favorites, and I love how this bride paired it with a a bouquet that balances elegant (fluffy white peonies) and modern (succulents and untied stems). The look all put together? Pefection. Picture by The Nichols via Style Me Pretty.

Fashion inspiration: Is there a more wonderfully preppy color combination than navy blue and kelly green? I’m in love with all the navy-and-kelly striped shirts out there recently, but for now, this picture of the always-gorgeous Sarah Vickers is the perfect inspiration for taking a trend or color scheme and making it your own. Picture via Classy Girls Wear Pearls.

Interior design inspiration: One exciting event of February was signing an apartment lease for next year with some of my friends! We’ve been pinning like crazy, and have finally come up with a theme for our main living area. This is our inspiration picture, and the more I look at all of the details in it, the more I love it! Picture via House of Turquoise from House Beautiful.

Foodie inspiration: The arrival of spring always makes me crave cheery, lemon-flavored desserts. I don’t have much experience baking lemon things, but I’m determined to change that this month with these adorable Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. Pretty great styling too, isn’t it? :) Pictures/recipe via Jamie of My Baking Addiction.

Holiday inspiration: St. Patrick’s Day decor is almost always undeniably cheesy, so I love the idea of chic-ing it up. Burlap, baker’s twine, a few deep green accents, and maybe some green glass vases are just the ticket. A few four-leaf clovers can’t hurt either! Via Better Homes and Gardens.

What’s inspiring you for the month ahead?



Southern Garden

I’m quickly learning that there can be a big difference between brides who commit to a color scheme first, and brides who commit to a style first. Personally, I prefer the latter. Choosing a style first allows you to work with your venue, your flowers, and eventually your colors to create a cohesive and natural look, while choosing a color first sometimes puts you at the risk of making things look forced, just to get those colors in. This bride-to-be is the perfect example of someone who knows what kind of wedding she wants, and isn’t tying herself down to a color scheme right off the bat.

From the bride: I want my wedding to be a reflection of a perfect day! Lots of flowers, light, open spaces, and comfort food. I want it to be classic, yet unexpected and use both  light and dark colors. I would like to incorporate “Southern charm” elements in the food and details. Most importantly, I want it to be something unique and beautiful and a representation of things that make me happy!

{Southern Garden}

{Bride and groom at flower-covered table: Samuel Lippke via Grey Likes Weddings| White church for ceremony: Amy Arrington via Southern Weddings| Seersucker suit with navy tie: Jessica Smith Photography via Style Me Pretty| Peachy floral archway: Phindy Studios via Southern Weddings| Biscuit bar: Anna Wolf Photography via Southern Weddings| Sweet tea carafes: Ulmer Studios via Southern Weddings| Orchid cake: Kristen Gardner via Southern Weddings| Bridesmaids in navy blue: Stephen Devries via Southern Weddings}

Behind the board: Since the priority for this board was flowers, I started out hunting for the most incredible florals I could find, and the picture on the top left was a clear winner. It reminds me of The Secret Garden! The flowers were carried over into a gorgeous floral arch, perfect for a ceremony space or reception entrance, and the cake covered in orchids–the bride’s favorite. Since this bride wanted a light-and-dark color combination, I picked on a loose color scheme of leafy green, navy blue, and peach for this board. Darling Southern details include a classic white church for the ceremony, a fully stocked biscuit bar, carafes of sweet tea, and a handsome seersucker suit for the groom!

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Naturally Elegant Santorini Wedding

If I were ever to have a destination wedding and had to choose a gorgeous location, Santorini, Greece would definitely be at the top of the list. I visited Santorini with my family four years ago, and we all fell in love with the incredible scenery, breathtaking sunsets, and hospitable people. This lovely bride and groom celebrated their marriage right in the midst of it all, surrounded by 50 of their family members and closest friends. Punam Bean Photography was there to capture all of the special moments in such a special place. Take a look!

{Vendors: Photography: Punam Bean Photography| Venue: Pyrgos Restaurant| Wedding dresses: David’s Bridal and BCBG}

So gorgeous, right? I love all the shots of the bride’s long veil blowing in the wind! For an extra dose of Greek inspiration, I did a “honeymoon packing list” for Santorini a few months ago, which you can revisit here.



P.S. Pictures and recap of The Cream Event will be up tomorrow! :)