We have a special place in our hearts for the Kentucky Derby, but all horse races/excuses to wear seersucker and fabulous hats are okay by us! With the Belmont Stakes, and the possibility of the first horse to win a Triple Crown since 1978, coming up this weekend, we jumped at the chance to share one more piece of horse race inspiration. This dinner was actually a supper club party, but so many of the elements (hello, navy striped linens and playfully named tables!) could translate easily at a wedding, or even a rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
Continuing on with this week’s Kentucky Derby festivities, we thought it would be fun to put together an updated version of last year’s red rose round-up! (Newer readers, check it out here!) The Derby makes us want to dig up all sorts of horsey inspiration, but possibly none is more elegant and classic than weddings filled with red roses, the traditional flower of the winning horse’s wreath.
To be sure, red roses at weddings can be… outdated when done wrong. But they can also be lush and gorgeous when done right! Here are some of our favorites:
Top left photo by Michael + Anna Costa, red rose and calla lily bouquet by Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks, middle left photo by Lyndah Wells via Style Me Pretty, middle right and bottom by Ali Harper
Bouquets, check. Moving on!
Gentleman in boutonniere photo by Ali Harper, red rose-lined aisle photo by Elizabeth Messina, red rose boutonniere photo by Michael + Anna Costa, red and pink centerpiece photo by Jenna Marie Photography via Style Me Pretty, simple rose centerpiece photo by Some.Sweet Photography, tall centerpiece photo by Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks, low centerpiece and cake photos by Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings
What do you think, ladies? Would you use red roses in your wedding? Would you use only red roses? Comment and let me know, and stay tuned for another Derby-themed post soon!
P.S. Can’t wait for one more piece of Derby inspiration? Check out a favorite surprise wedding here + here!
Ali Harper and Adam Barnes are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!