Event Inspiration: The Black & White Wedding

With the dog days of summer upon us (where did the summer go?!) and Fall quickly approaching, I wanted to create a wedding that meshes these seasons together into one, perfect evening…

And an early Fall wedding can actually be a difficult one to plan. You’re still in the relaxed summer mindset but with that crispness beginning to touch the air, you just may want to insert that little bit of formal flair.

But there’s nothing a little black, white, and glitter gold can’t fix! Black and White Wedding 1

The black and white lends that touch of formality but added in polka dots and stripes, maintains that sense of summer fun. Throw in a bit of glamorous gold and a hint of Autumn rose and you’ve just found yourself true love!

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Speaking of glamour and true love, this venue couldn’t get any better! The Nottoway Plantation, located between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, is the perfect blend of bold and rustic.

With a few elegant touches…

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…a mixture of rose and wildflowers…

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…and some fun-loving finger foods…

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…and, well, you have yourself an amazing and glamorously playful wedding!

The only thing that could possibly top the décor is the bride herself…

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Va Va Voom!


My Winter wedding boards have been such a hit on Pinterest lately that I’ve decided to make it a weekly inspiration. And frankly, the thought of creating a wedding gets my blood pumping and creative juices quickly flowing.

After two days of 65+ degree weather, I can’t help but feel Spring right around the corner. And this is exactly what inspired my board this week: the warmth of the sun, the blooming of the flowers, a clear blue sky speckled with puffy white clouds…


Of course, the perfect compatibility to these bright hues would be the cool, neutral tones of a western ranch.


Infuse this rustic ambiance with a little romance and…oh, be still my heart!



(Dessert is just as important as the decor!)


And of course, let’s not forget the beautiful bride!


Ah, love (and Spring!) is in the air.

(Photo credits: Inspire By Heart, Wedding Party Blog, Wedding Chicks, Burnett’s Boards here and here, So Cute Simple, Inspired By This here and here, Revel Blog, Etsy, The Perfect Palette, Pink Rubber Sole via Polyvore, Style Me Vintage, Pinterest, Style Me Pretty here and here, Twin Peaks Ranch, and Google Images)

Please contact me if you would like me to put together an inspiration board for you!


I love planning and styling events and one day hope to incorporate this into my business plan. For the time being, however, I love playing “party” and am constantly browsing for event ideas and inspiration. And with Winter in full effect (it is currently 13 degrees here in Charlottesville!), I felt particularly inspired to create a winter wedding board – because a little cold weather doesn’t stop love from happening!

For me, winter is a beautiful blend of muted tones; a canvas of whites, browns, and grays that merge together to create an undefined world. But in this monotony, life is emerging, love is unfolding, and I wanted to capture this emotion with a pop color.


Don’t you just love mauve? It’s not quite purple, it’s not quite pink; it’s not too bright and it’s not too dull. It’s the perfect porridge and just right for a little winter oomph!

To maintain the hardness of winter, however, I wanted to keep the venues naturally muted – an an old, weathered chapel for the ceremony and an industrial hall (with a vintage chandelier in lieu of the greenery and rustic farm tables in lieu of a clothed one.) for the reception – and add soft, romantic touches from there.


And now comes the pop of mauve with a vintage flair!



And what is a wedding without a beautiful bride? I wanted to give the lady of the hour the same soft, vintage detail – and a little bit of fur for some added warmth!image

And let’s not forget the dessert (and a little liquid courage…):


There’s nothing like love to warm the heart and soul!

(Photo credits: Pinterest here and here, Style Me Pretty here, here, here, and here, Annahi Navarro Photography, The Perfect Palette, Handmade Wedding Invites, Wedding Bee, Venue Safari, Roost Blog, Pretty Stuff, The Vogue Living Blog, Wedding Gawker, Martha Stewart Wedding, Wanelo, The Knot, Lover.ly, and Ocello)


Last year, a client had contacted me for a bit of wedding inspiration and now that it’s October, I thought it would be the perfect time to share. She couldn’t quite afford a wedding planner, but I wanted to give her a little something to get her footing and lead her in the right direction. I inquired about some of her favorite colors (black, orange, purple, and green), theme ideas (a blend of Halloween, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Victorian-era), gown style preference (non-traditional and black – she also wanted a cocktail version for the reception), and a few other favorite items (art, outdoors, Shel Silverstein). She also stated that she would prefer to have guests already seated at the dinner tables as the ceremony takes place in the front or center of the room.

I researched a few venues, found an outdoor space that fit what I had in mind to a T, and this is what I came up with:

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This was something a bit out of my realm of style, but I loved thinking outside the box! What do you think – hit or miss?

If you need a little inspiration of your own, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to help!