inspiration board #61: retro beach {red, aqua & yellow}

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Typically, there’s no sunshine in sight so I hope today’s inspiration board will inject a little light and happiness into your Monday!

Think of British holidays and my mind turns to the seaside, beach huts and bunting with a quirky retro vibe.  But instead of going all Jubilee on you (I’ll save that for later in the year!) today we’re playing with a fun and fresh colour combination.  Red and aqua is a classic vintage-retro palette, a soft minty blue acting as the perfect backdrop to make a vibrant red really pop, but add a punch of yellow to the mix, and you get a fun twist on the theme that I really love!  Retro touches like proper glass coke bottles, candy stripes and vintage tins tie the scheme together.  Big blooms are perfect, roses, carnations and ranunculus add texture to colour block arrangements, and throw in a little foliage for a looser, vintage take.   One long banquet table for your reception, cutlery tied with ribbons, adds a celebratory ‘street picnic’ feel.  To add to the relaxed vibe, why not consider a coloured dress?  I love the way this soft aqua Tasty Vintage dress contrasts against the bride’s red shoes.  And just how much fun would it be to bring this cute pug to your wedding!!


Image Credits

Top Row: red & aqua tablescape via Martha Stewart Weddings, candy stripe favour bag by Charmaine Spangenberg Photography via The Loveliest Day, balloons by Dottie Photography via Rock n Roll Bride

Middle Row: coke bottles by Dottie Photography via Rock n Roll Bride, red shoes by Dottie Photography via Rock n Roll Bride, aqua milk glass & roses by Kali Laine Photography via Etsy

Bottom Row: Bride, Groom & pug by Dottie Photography via Rock n Roll Bride, seaside table setting by Charmaine Spangenberg Photography via The Loveliest Day, vintage tins by Dottie Photography via Rock n Roll Bride


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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