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Rustic Early Fall


Hope everyone had a nice long weekend! Looks like summer is officially over, and even though I am so not used to school anymore (senioritis is truly awful since I know I’m staying for a fifth year…let’s hope I’m not this unmotivated for the next two years!), I’m so excited for fall! In honor of the new season, I thought I would share an inspiration board I made for a friend awhile back. It was a challenging one, but lots of fun, and I love the results!

Her favorite color is purple. His favorite color is orange. They want to get married in the fall, and have a laid-back, relaxed wedding that’s not too formal. Purple and orange are hard to combine, but totally doable against a backdrop of muted browns and rustic details. Here’s what I came up with, using the Style Me Pretty Inspiration Board Builder:

{Rustic Early Fall}

What I aimed for here was using orange in a fall wedding without it being too stereotype-y, incorporating purple in a natural way, and creating an overall rustic chic, laid back, and cozy vibe. With colors as strong as orange and purple, I think it would be important to use lots of neutrals as a background, like white, beige, and gold, and make the bright colors the accents.

Following the concept of purple and orange as accents rather than in-your-face “color themes,” I thought a white cake with orange decorations and a white invitation with purple lavender would be really appropriate. I think it’s important to keep things natural (no dyed orange gerbera daisies!), so for flowers, I gravitated towards gorgeous lavender. Lavender is so understated and elegant, plus it smells amazing. The sprig style of the flower also goes really well with the hay you would expect to see in a barn.

My favorite picture on this board is the purple dyed pumpkins! I personally HATE pumpkins at a fall wedding…I think it is so boring and overdone and corny, but dyeing them purple not only goes with the colors and season, it also looks so unexpected and chic–something I never thought I could say about pumpkins in a fall wedding!

To see the other inspiration board I designed for a real bride-to-be, click here! And feel free to e-mail me anytime about color schemes or themes you’re stuck on…I would love to help! :)



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  1. Dana says:

    i thought the purple pumpkins were awesome too! i also love the orange flower on the napkins.

  2. Kristen says:

    i like how there’s a little story about the imaginary couple. :) i heart the lemonade thingy with purple in it.

  3. Lena says:

    Purple and orange ain’t easy, but you knocked this one out of the park!

  4. Aurea says:

    I particularly noticed the shoes! With all those flowers on them, I think the color’s pretty rustic, too. :)

  5. angie says:

    I have a friend getting married this November and I believe those are her colors…once she has pics up I’ll let you know!

  6. Coley says:

    gorgeous photos! Can’t wait to see more of your blog… I am a new subsriber via email :)

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