Inspiration Board: French Country Farmhouse

Some of the inspiration board requests I get take a little while for me to generate ideas for, but others I can wrap my head around immediately, and today’s request from the lovely Keri was one of those. Keri told me that she was planning a summer wedding with a palette of sage green, beige, cream and red, and a French country style, and that she wasn’t a fan of anything fancy, shiny or glossy. The first thing that came into my head was ticking fabric, and straight away I could picture her tables (long, of course!) – it also immediately made me think of the gorgeous country florals from Marguerite & Tom’s wedding that I featured some time ago. Keri wanted to keep her flowers white and green, and I think this is a perfect idea, especially using wild, natural arrangements placed in an assortment of bottles and vases (as if someone had just fetched them out of their kitchen cupboard). For that quirky touch of red, there’s nothing as pretty as a punnet of fresh cherries, or just loose cherries draped around the bottom of the vases as they were in this wedding (LOVE it). Use wooden boards under place settings or down the centre of the table, or cover plain boards in burlap to add height to arrangements and a central line in place of a runner. Ticking fabric tablecloths would be ideal, but plain white tables also work perfectly with ticking cloth napkins, tied loosely with twine, perhaps, or accented with a pretty calligraphed menu (you could also play with chalkboard accents for a more bistro feel). Put your groomsmen in braces and give them (and perhaps all the men) adorable straw hats, with madeleine biscuits for the ladies. And I couldn’t resist including the ponytail from a recent Love List – it would be SO perfect for the bride or bridesmaids! Speaking of the BMs, I’ve put them in chic white dresses here (love those backs!), but of course sage or neutrals would work too. Hope you like your board, Keri – can’t wait to see your wedding!

Colours: Sage green, beige, cream & red

Top row (l-r): Ponytail {P: Sara Wight Photography}; table decor with cherries {P: Jose Villa; C: Duet Weddings}; ticking napkin {S: Jessica Sloane; P: Jessica Lorren}; bridesmaids {P: Bryan N. Miller Photography; C: Couture Events}; ticking pillows {Dreamy Whites}
Row 2: Florals on burlap-covered board {C: Wedding Concepts; P: Adel Ferreira}; madeleines; flowers in vintage glass {C: Wedding Concepts; P: Adel Ferreira}; table decor with cherries {P: Jose Villa; C: Duet Weddings}; straw hat favours {C: Wedding Concepts; P: Adel Ferreira}
Row 3: Long tables {P: Rebecca Wedding Photography; C: Chic Weddings in Italy}; vintage French perfume label; wildflower bouquet; first dance {P: Andrea Dozier}

 

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