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3 Magical Wedding Theme Ideas

Fall in Love

A sprawling barn gets the glamour treatment courtesy of Beth Lindsay Chapman, Candice Dowling Coppola and Carla Ten Eyck, the creative forces behind these celebratory designs. Tyrone Farm, in northwestern Connecticut, was the setting for this candlelit celebration, dressed with moss and mirrors, patterned plates and vintage velvet.

The jumping-off point: "Autumn in New England is all about color, comfort and classic memories, and we wanted to put the focus on this warm and wonderful season."

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Says Coppola: "I chose a warm, autumn-inspired color story of various shades in marigold, ivory, brown and green. Layering colors, including tones of the same shade, added dimension to the overall design." Outside, the blazing autumnal leaves carried the color palette across the grounds to gorgeous, natural effect.

Twine-wrapped bouquet by Just for You Floral Design LLC.

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Heirloom earrings and vintage fur for "something old."

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A beribboned flower girl.

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A pear table setting exudes seasonal flair, as do the mirrors and moss decorations that bedeck each chair. 

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Cool greens counter the warm, autumnal tones.

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Toasted s’mores cupcakes from Lovely Lollies and an enticing clutch of fudge pops.

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Plus, check out 100 Ideas for Fall Weddings.

Next: Vintage appeal ►

Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck

Vintage Appeal

Take a waterfront mansion, add tufted chairs, a two-story fireplace and masses of blooms, stir in liberal amounts of sequins, beading and lace trim and you might just find Daisy Buchanan herself on the guest list. The dramatic venue, Branford House Mansion in Groton, CT, complete with its Italian marble staircase, paneled walls and grand ballroom served as inspiration for the team’s creative story. From the sparkling sequins to the antique floral china and the bride’s own vintage feather stole, there was high drama in the details and a refined opulence in the air.

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"To play off the lavish attitude of the Gatsby era, we introduced a touch of silver in the table linens by Nuage Linens," says Coppola. "When designing a wedding based on a particular time period, do a bit of research. The best places to look for inspiration are art and architecture books, magazines, movies and even music reflecting the era." 

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Feather-accented bouquet with peonies by Hana Floral Design. 

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Jazz Age-inspired paper suite by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design.

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A gilded art deco cake by Ana Parzych Custom Cakes.

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Plus, check out Glamorous Gatsby-Inspired Wedding Ideas.

Next: Modern glam ►

Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck

Modern Glam

Sometimes, the simplicity of a clean, white setting can motivate the most magical leaps of creative faith. The team knew they wanted to celebrate shades of white, sparked with golden accents throughout, to create a sleek and modern vibe with feminine details.

Inspired by the contemporary glamour of the oceanside venue — Belle Mer, in Newport, Rhode Island — they put the focus on design elements that felt architectural, including the tablecloth drenched in gold paillettes, the art deco menu cards printed on Plexiglas and the striking centerpiece: curcuma blooms (a type of ginger) suspended from pure white painted branches. 

Bouquet and centerpiece by Tony Palmieri at Datura, a Modern Garden.

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All dressed up: a fanciful wedding cake by A Little Imagination Cakes.

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Mini-cakes make a sweet, stylish favor.

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Response cards (and paper design throughout) by Coral Pheasant Stationery+ Design.

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Adapted from The White Wedding Dress in Color: Wedding Inspirations for the Modern Bride, © Beth Lindsay Chapman, Candice Dowling Coppola and Carla Ten Eyck, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck