by: Lauren

Brides who are searching for wedding inspiration right now will be having their weddings coming up this Fall and the Winter. Therefore, I’m going to be posting more color palettes and inspiration boards for the upcoming seasons to help these brides create the vision of their weddings! {And I’ll also be dreaming about what these seasons are like, since they don’t exist in Florida} But don’t worry, you’ll still be seeing bright spring and summer palettes as well!

I’m helping a friend with her October wedding, and I made this for her to help her put her ideas together. From what she’s told me, she wants it to be “Casual Elegant”. The ceremony will be outside at a country club, and the reception will be held indoors. It should be beautiful in Florida at that time of year! The pumpkins in the center were her main inspiration, so I centered everything else around those. She wants to have some candles in Mason Jars, and I personally love Mason Jars. So many things can be done with them!

Hopefully this board will help her put her ideas together and give her new inspiration too!

Inspiration Board: Rustic Autumn via

Row 1: Mason Jar candles from Dallas Wedding Venues; Bouquet from TheKnot; Mantle Decor from Michael Thunen; Bouquet from Shelley’s Floral; Wheat wreath from Martha Stewart

Row 2: Centerpiece from High Hopes Gardens; Glittered Pumpkins from Martha Stewart; Cider Station from
Row 3: Mason Jar candles from The Inspired Room; Pumpkin centerpiece from TheKnot;
Mason Jar drink dispensers from Intimate Weddings; Escort card pumpkins from TheKnot; Ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings

If you have a color palette or theme, or are developing a vision of your wedding, but you just can’t quite put it all together, let me know, and I’ll be more than happy to put together an inspiration board for you!

by: Lauren
Hope you’re all having a great weekend Design Grove readers!

I was going through my feeds this Saturday morning, and found some contests to win cool things! I myself would enter, but alas, I don’t have a major event coming up anymore to use these things! However, I wanted to alert everyone else of the chance to win cool stuff!

Style Me Pretty is hosting a contest for Wedding Favor Boxes from Dooby Design. You can find the instructions on how to enter HERE on Style Me Pretty!

Contests: Win Cool Stuff! via
*Photos from SMP

Next, Southern Weddings Magazine Blog is having a contest for this amazing contraption called a “Canditto“. This small photo kiosk allows guests to upload images from their digital cameras. The guest plugs in his/her camera, and the device uploads any and all pictures taken with the camera in the past 8 hours. (Might want to warn them though-don’t think you want any dirty photos of them getting ready!) The photos are loaded on two thumbdrives, and then you will have copies of all of your guests’ photos! Amazing! Thank you SWS!

Contests: Win Cool Stuff! via
*Photo from SWS

The winners for both contests will be announced at the end of next week, so get your entry in!

by: Lauren

I just ordered this beautiful stamp from for our Thank You notes. I can’t wait to get it!

Thank You Notecards and Goodies via
They have several different designs to choose from, as well as coordinating stationary and address labels too.

Thank You Notecards and Goodies via

They also have a good selection of wedding invitations, with their choices ranging from formal invitations to photo invitations.

For our Thank Yous, we had some Stardream paper left over from the Wedding, so I figured why not use it? I designed little Thank You notecards with two different versions of a monogram. I couldn’t choose between the two, so I just decided to do both! It took me a couple nights of printing to get them all done, but I think they turned out pretty good!
The champagne colored notecards are paired with brown Stardream envelopes, just like all the paper goods from the wedding.

Thank You Notecards and Goodies via* Thank You Notecards and Goodies via

Thank You Notecards and Goodies via* Thank You Notecards and Goodies via

*Please excuse the poor photo quality. My camera isn’t the best for close ups.

Now I just have to get myself to to start writing ON the Thank You notecards! I think once I get the stamp, I’ll have no choice but to begin the process…

I’m planning on spending the weekend “Illustrator-ing” away, so hopefully I’ll have more designs to post! Have a great one!

by: Lauren

Last but not least: the Reception.

Since it was raining, we weren’t able to get any extra time for photos at the Country Club of Ocala, where the reception was being held. We also weren’t able to get the “preview” of the ballroom before our Grand Entrance.
Therefore, I was in shock when we were announced and we walked into our Reception. (You can see it in my face in one of the pictures below) It was so much more than I expected it be, and I have Dan from Unforgettable Events to thank for putting everything together so beautifully.

Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler Part 5 via
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We had 2 desserts! Bananas Foster and wedding cake, which was so pretty I didn’t want to cut into!
Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler Part 5 via
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My brother was unable to attend due to a deployment to Afghanistan, but he sent a speech to his best friend to read to make up for his absence. It was heart wrenching for my family because we kept thinking he was going to be able to make it, but especially for me, because if it weren’t for him, Schuyler and I would have never met. Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler Part 5 via Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler Part 5 via

All of the guests that I’ve talked to have said that they had a ball at the wedding, which is exactly what we wanted. My only regret is that we don’t have more pictures of the reception, since the photographer left before everything was over (another post for later). However, thanks to Facebook, I do have some candid photos from my friends and family.

More photos of the decor and design elements can be found at the previous post Real Wedding: Lauren & Schuyler Part 1.

I hope you enjoyed reliving my wedding day with me through all of the posts this week! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

*Photography: CVB-Photography
*Flowers and Decor: Unforgettable Events
*Cake: Ms Debbie’s Sugar Art
*Venue: Country Club of Ocala
*Event Coordinator: Radiant Events by Jaye
*Paper Design and Printing: The Design Grove