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Color inspiration of the day- Eggplant and Sage

While summertime is on everyone’s mind these days, wedding planners are always thinking a few months ahead. Fall weddings are splashed all over my inspiration wall, and I am falling more and more in love with my bride’s color palettes. One that I especially can’t get enough of happens to be inspired by two of my favorite ingredients- eggplant and sage. There is just something about this deep purple and grayish green that scream fall. It is the perfect combination of rustic chic- a raging trend these days which in my opinion, isn’t going away any time soon.

Floral arrangements that incorporate fresh ingredients such as sage, rosemary, and even artichokes work very well in fall arrangements. Combine these with huge bunches of lavender, purple hydrangea or even the more formal eggplant calla lily, and you will have centerpieces or bouquets that are certain to impress. Keep bridesmaids bouquets simple, and have the lavender loosely tied with burlap. For your centerpieces, think of using multiple arrangements in varying heights to create some depth. I especially love using silver pieces such as cream and sugar tublr, teapots, and mint julep cups as vases.

If you like lavender, find ways to use it throughout the evening. One of my favorite signature cocktails happens to be my Lemon Lavender Fizz. Garnish this with a fresh sprig of lavender and a fresh mint leaf, and you will have a beautiful cocktail to greet your guests with. The recipe is quite simple:

2 oz. gin
1 1/2 oz. lavender simple syrup*
¾ oz. lemon juice
Dash of club soda
Garnish withlavender sprig and mint leaf

* Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 ½ tbsp dried lavender buds
Heat sugar and water in a small saucepan with lavender until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, then set to the side to cool. Strain out the lavender and refrigerate. Yields one cup.

For guest favors, place a handmade lavender drawer sachet at each of your guests seats. Another fun idea is to give out lavender infused macaroons. Mix these up with some green macaroons, and you will have a lovely little package of goodies for your guests.

Here is a selection of the photos that are on my inspiration board this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Happy Planning!

- Sarah


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