Monday, March 28, 2011

Inspiration Board #10: A Cozy Fall in Ireland for Niamh

Niamh is seriously having one of my fantasy weddings: a fall gathering in West Cork, Ireland, parts of which look like this:

At a hotel with views like this:

*SIGH* I'm swooning with envy. Niamh loves lanterns and lighting, and had picked deep purple as one of her colors. She knew she wanted her wedding to feel like a warm, fall celebration, filled with a sense of family and friends oriented coziness. Here's what I came up with:

Niamh hails from Ireland if her awesome name didn't tip you off, and her husband-to-be is Canadian. She wanted to incorporate some elements that paid homage to their origins. I thought maple syrup favors were both perfect for fall and her fiance's Canadian heritage, while the backdrop and some place cards embossed with a golden claddagh could give a nod to their home countries without being over-the-top or cliched. I also love the idea of postcards from their hometowns, places they've visited or are honeymooning, and even where they're guests are from that could take the place of a guestbook. A variety of pies instead of cake contribute to a cozy, family feel, and depending on your caterer can be cheaper because they don't include cake-cutting fees. Apple cider and hot toddies evoke a fall mood better than plain coffee. Add different styles of lanterns, and some DIY fall candles and grapevine balls, and you have a magical autumn evening.

Mood: Autumn festival of lights with the people you love best.

Color Palette: Rich purple, golds, cranberry, touches of sage green

Photo credits above: West Cork, IrelandLocal View from the Dunmore House Hotel

The Deets, Credits, and Maybe Where to Buy Them:

Pie Table with Lanterns by Sarah Remington Photography via Style Me PrettyGold Lantern DecorHot Toddy Picture and RecipePostcard Guestbook via thebigmouthbride.comFall Table with Candles and Grapevine Balls via The KnotFirefly Lightning Bug Lanterns With Moss by Etsy Seller braggingbagsMaple Syrup Favors from FavorStudio.comDeep Purple Bridesmaid Dress from DessyLantern Decorated Pews via Intimate WeddingsPurple Tie and Bout via The KnotFall Leaves Candles via WeddingbyColorBurgundy, Eggplant, & Merlot Bouquet by The French Bouquet in TulsaDreamy Church Wedding by One Love Photo via 100LayerCake

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