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Country Chic Wedding Part 1: Be Inspired By the Things You Love

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I came up with the idea for the Wedding Library when planning my own wedding 16 years ago. I wished for a guide of the perfect vendors, products, and details tailor-made for me, but none existed. Five years later, the void was still there, so I started the Wedding Library.

Over the years, my partner, Jennifer Zabinski, and I have expanded the business to include stationery, bridal shows, and event planning. We love that brides can rely on us for the best in everything, and that's what we're looking forward to bringing you, here, in our blog posts every week. So without further ado, I wanted to share the details of a project we worked on:

I recently completed a photo shoot in Tuxedo Park, New York, a bucolic lakeside setting surrounded by lawns and massive old trees. I thought a charming feminine but sophisticated country palette in crisp blue and cherry red was just right. When coming up with the elements for a wedding, I look for inspiration. This time, I found a vintage handkerchief that conveyed the spirit of the shoot perfectly.

Everything gets built around the inspiration.

A wedding's paperie should mirror its theme. I asked my friends at Smock to create pieces based on the background wrapping paper (shown below) and the colors of the handkerchief. Needless to say, I was delighted with the results.

To keep the look consistent, I asked the calligrapher, who created the gorgeous typeface above, to hand letter the individual signs I needed for the shoot.  I used a double-faced satin ribbon to hang signs from tree branches to enhance their elegance.

Where did you find inspiration for your wedding's theme or palette?

And to learn more about Claudia and Jennifer and get even more helpful tips from them see their expert advice column in our winter issue.

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