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I received a request the other day from Crystal, who is so generously helping her best friend plan her June 2010 wedding in San Miguel, CA (what are best friends for if not to help you plan one of the biggest days of your life?!). Anyway, she is  in desperate need of some color inspiration for her friend’s wedding at the gorgeous barn on the Grand Cheniere Ranch.

The bride and groom are going for an “Anthropologie meets steampunk” vibe, with an heirloom, yet modern feel. Sooo…what exactly would that look like? Well, for those who aren’t “in” on the whole “steampunk” thing, think 19th century fantasy, with elements of fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. The bridesmaids dresses have already been selected from Ann Taylor in a gorgeous navy blue color. Crystal suggested chartreuse, which I love. But to add more of the heirloom, rustic feel, I think tones of ivory/vanilla would look just gorgeous. But enough of the chatter, here are the goods!

For the steampunk element, I love the idea of hanging bare lightbulbs, along with incorporating elements of old timepieces and gears. The “Save the Date” tag pictured on the bottom center also gives off a 19th century vibe, perfect with this theme. I suggest bringing in the “Athropologie” feel with bright green grasses, flowy and lacy fabrics, heirloom jewelry, and vintage (or vintage-looking) shoes. The chartreuse gives a modern punch in itself, but do so even more with a cake with modern lines (like the one pictured with fondant gears), a clean and simple invitation, and the sleek simplicity of the bridesmaids dresses. I absolutely love the luminary table numbers pictured on the bottom, second from the right, with the subtle gear-like effect highlighted by the glow of tea lights. These can be found on etsy here.

I think these colors are awesomely perfect for the vibe that Crystal’s friend is going for. But how can one be absolutely certain without something to compare against? The answer? Not very. I have another idea for this eclectic wedding that has something to do with the fact that the groom’s last name happens to be “Peacock.” I just can’t resist. 🙂 In the meantime, what do you think of navy, chartreuse, and ivory?

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Has anyone received the new Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel catalogs in the mail? While these two stores offer a zillion things for the home to swoon over (and make us wish we all had larger bank accounts), their new spring collections are full of wedding inspiration! Check them out! Do you see what I see?

The centerpiece on this table found at Pottery Barn is so fresh and springy! Plus, you can create this look for cheap! If you're having a spring wedding, plant tulip bulbs in your own garden in the fall and come spring, you'll have beautiful flowers to make your own centerpieces! And filling the containers with lemons and limes not only looks great, it's inexpensive!

who doesn't love twinkle lights? These globe string lights from Pottery Barn will set a romantic glow to your outdoor garden wedding. Just perfect!

Serve lemonade, sangria, or a signature drink in gorgeous drink dispensers for an upscale backyard gathering look.

How adorable are these dahlia napkin rings from Crate and Barrel? While these babies can be budget-busting at $2.95 a piece, I see the perfect opportunity for a DIY project with fake flowers and hair ties. Or just buy a few and wrap them around votives instead of napkins!

Since when did paper napkins get so cute! For these, you should have no qualms about nixing the linen napkins (and the rental cost associated with them!)

If you're having a spring wedding (actually, I could probably justify it for every season), you NEED this pedestal stand. Use it for cupcakes, desserts, favors, anything! It will make whatever you put on it that much cuter. And for only $29.95, it's budget-friendly.

Spring inspiration is all around us! Look for it in unexpected places and you’re sure to find ideas that will not only make your wedding unique, but more “you.” Happy hunting!

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