intimate outdoor luxury (reader request)

I know it has been a while since I’ve published a reader request – but this one is too gorgeous not to share! This wedding inspiration board was created for  Christian who is having an intimate wedding this October in Annapolis, Maryland.

Luxurious outdoor wedding ideas

Christian wrote and said: “Help! I am overwhelmed trying to nail down my style. Our wedding with 80 people will be held in an intimate pavilion overlooking a sailing marina. The view overlooking the water is incredible but in my mind I keep picturing the nighttime reception. It feels moody and luxurious, but relaxed. We’ll have cafe lights strung across the pavilion, an area to lounge and enjoy a cigar, and an open fire pit. The night will seem to last forever!

I’m drawn to warm rich colors like fig, wine, peach, and gold. It is important to me to mix masculine and feminine elements – the contrast is sexy but not overtly sexy – in a more sophisticated way.”

intimate wedding theme

I absolutely adore what Christian told me about her wedding. The color palette she has chosen is perfect for an October wedding. The trick with this one is to bring a luxurious feeling to an outdoor space without overdoing it. The look also needs to transition seamlessly from afternoon to evening.

At first Christian told me that she is not a blue fan – but I convinced her to give midnight blue a shot (see: the bridesmaid dresses & envelope in this inspiration board). Midnight blue is the perfection ‘transition color’ because it will look fabulous both in the daylight and at night. Midnight blue is also the perfect color to balance the warm peach, fig, and wine tones in the rest of the color palette (read more on creating color combos here).

It is also important to Christian to have both masculine and feminine elements. The warm/cool color scheme will help here, but since weddings mostly scream ‘lady!’ (flowers, dresses, veils etc) there are a few more ways to add masculine elements:

1. Add antlers or twigs to centerpieces and table decor (to amp up the luxury factor, spray paint them gold).

2. Use metal table numbers.

3. Consider having your bridesmaids wear top hats! (it looks amazing – see here)

4. Have ‘his’ and ‘hers’ specialty drinks with different glassware.

Details to adore: 

black shoes with gold writing on the inside
gorgeous drop veil

Congratulations to Christian on her upcoming wedding and I hope that this inspiration board helps! Brides-to-be: Don’t forget that you can request your own board here.


photo credits: drop veil from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Loft Photographie // cake with cherry topper from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Jen Fariello, created by Paradox Pastry Cafe // invitation from Oh So Beautiful Paper, photographed by Heather Payne, calligraphy by Brown Linen Design // bridesmaid dresses from 100 Layer Cake, photographed by Jessica Burke // bouquet & flowers from Once Wed, photographed by Odalys Mendez Photography, floral design by Rose Golden Flowers // black groom shoes from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Milou Oldin // mint julip from SB Chic, photographed by Nancy Neil // cigar bar by Brent Lynch via Amazon // string lights via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Nicole Polk Photography // vintage 1900s ring via Pressed.

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. This wedding sounds like it’s going to be gorgeous! And I love the board you created for it. So lovely!

  2. So sophisticated! I love how you brought together the fig, gold and midnight blue colors!

  3. Such beautiful ideas, Sara!

  4. So pretty! Love the sophisticated and romantic feel.

  5. I love this!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous! Midnight blue is such a stunning colour for this type of wedding!

  7. Had no idea you do “reader requests”…that’s awesome. I just wanted to say that I think it’s so thoughtful that you credit not just the site source but also the artist…I have never seen anyone do that and it is such a kind gesture to those artists whose work is generating traffic for the major sites rather than their own when they lend their work to the big names and don’t receive credit often enough!