southern sunset (reader request)

I can’t think of a better to start the new month off than with a reader request! This purple wedding inspiration board was created for Kimberly who is getting married in North Carolina next spring at the gorgeously rustic Crest Pavilion.

purple southern wedding inspiration

From Kimberly: ” We are having our wedding in North Carolina where my fiance is from, but it’s really important to include Texas and general Southern elements. We live in Texas now, and I was born and raised here. I am drawing my color inspiration from the Texas sunsets that my fiance and I love – think dark purples, oranges, yellows, splashes of pink.

I’d like for my bridesmaids to wear shades of purple, but it’s a late spring wedding, so it can’t be too fall-like. We’re going for a Southern charm/chic rustic feel. I’d like to incorporate some mason jars in the centerpieces and maybe burlap table runners for a rustic feel.”

Kimberly basically did all the hard work for me! Using a Texas sunset as your color inspiration is absolute perfection. The important thing with this color palette is that you don’t stick with solid shades of each color. Take each of them and make sure you use the whole family – like purple, lilac, lavender, light purple, dark purple etc. This gives it the fading sunset feeling that you’re going for. With regards to adding red – this could make the look go a little autumn-like, but using it as an accent or pop color like the burlap heart in this inspiration board would be lovely.

Details to adore: 

purple bouquet with ribbons
burlap wedding favor

Congratulation to Kimberly on your engagement & brides-to-be: don’t forget that you can request your own inspiration board here!


photo credits: bridesmaids via Inspired By This, photographed by Iris and Light // invitations and sweet tea via Southern Weddings, photographed by Eric Kelley Photography, invitations designed by Slideshow Press, calligraphy by If So Inklined // place setting – unknown // floral centerpiece via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Trent Bailey, designed by Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design // burlap heart from Mountainside Bride, photographed by Step Into The Limelight // bouquet from Cloth of Gold Floral Artistry, photographed by Mandy Photo.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Lovely, as always!

  2. When I was younger I always dreamed of having a lavender wedding! So beautiful!

  3. These purple tones are just so romantic.

  4. Very good point about using varied shades within the same color family. It creates such a rich and lovely effect!

  5. This nearly brought tears to my eyes! Seriously. When I saw that purple, I thought of my home in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina! And there it is. Kimberly is getting married at the Crest Center in western North Carolina! Congrats Kimberly! And Amazing work (as always) Sara!

  6. kimberly says

    Sara, I love this! Thank you so much for your work on this. It truly makes it all come to life, and if you saw the dress I picked out this weekend, you’d think one thing. Perfect fit!

    • ooooo – I would LOVE to see a picture of your dress. So glad you like the board & hope it helps! xx

  7. Cristina says

    Beautiful combination!