Incorporating Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in Your Wedding!

Happy New Year, darlings!

Every year we anxiously await the announcement of the Pantone color of the year. That time has come around again, and Pantone did not disappoint… Introducing, Greenery! This vibrant and lively shade of green symbolizes our relationship with the Earth going forward, as a symbol of new beginnings. For those of you who are recently engaged (congrats if it was over the holidays!), you’re probably just getting started to think of ideas for your big day. Color scheme is a major factor in doing so, and we think that this fab hue is brimming with wedding day potential! So, we want to give you some ideas and inspirations on how to incorporate Greenery into your wedding… Let’s get to it!

Left: Jessika Feltz, Right: Camille Styles

Bridesmaids

The moment your ladies come down the aisle, the stage is set for your guests, based on the colors they’re donning. Having your gals all dressed in Greenery means you are committed to seeing that color through (the good news is we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you do just that)! The lively, yet not too vivid color creates such an earthy chic effect, and your ladies will be looking like garden goddesses.

Left: Jen Fariello, Right: BHLDN

Flowers

This is an easy one! The best way to incorporate Greenery into your florals is to use… greenery! Pair some foliage with pops of white, or other colors in your scheme. We love the look of some draping pieces in your bouquet or arrangement, because it really circles back to the earthiness that inspired the color of the year choice.

Reception

Reception can be a little bit trickier. We find that if you’ve already used Greenery for your maids and in all the florals, you might want to go a little more subtle for the reception area. Have elements of Greenery incorporated into the details, but because it is such a lively hue, don’t go too crazy with it. Think less is more, and use it as a surprise pop of color!

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Cake

Using the hue in your cake can really accentuate other Greenery elements found elsewhere and just tie everything together. Succulent adorned cakes have been finding their place in the wedding world, and now is their time to shine! Adding any kind of greenery to a plain white cake is guaranteed to be simply stunning. If you’re looking for even more of a color pop, an ombre painted layer is chic and sophisticated.

Color Pairings

If you’re not totally keen on making Greenery the center of your wedding scheme, you can definitely use it as an element. Pair it with pastels or muted colors for a more toned down feel, and pair it with vibrant colors to take it up a notch. You can do this through incorporating a little green moment in the florals, using it as a neutral linen for your reception, etc.

We were so excited when we saw the 2017 Pantone color of the year, and we hope that we’ve successfully passed on a little of that excitement to you! There’s just so many ways to use this color, because Greenery is already so beautifully all around us! We hope that we’ve sparked some wedding color inspirations for our newly engaged friends, and for those who in the midst of planning. Happy New year once again, and here’s to starting it off with a very colorful bang! Cheers!

Photo Credit: Anneli Marinovich

Spring 2017 Wedding Styles

Hi lovelies!

In the fashion world, it’s a given that when fall rolls around, fresh fashion comes with it! Last week we touched on wedding color palettes we expect to see in 2017. In light of laying out all things new and to come next year, we decided to take a peek into fall fashion week’s bridal looks, which we will see in play very soon (yay)!  Here are a few trends to look out for in spring 2017.

Statement Florals

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Florals have been a bridal fashion trend since the beginning of wedding history. From the decor to the lace, it represents the essence of “the bride”. We’ll be seeing them taken to the next level with large, bold prints and a striking 3D presence in 2017 weddings. Seeing the twist on a more traditional floral lace done so elegantly is a breath of fashion fresh air!

Show a Little Skin

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One particular fashion trend that has recently found its place within bridal fashion gets a little foxy… We’re talking about the cropped and cut-out gowns! These trends seem to have established an unexpected but steady presence over the past couple years. In this fall’s fashion week, we saw this done in the perfect measure of flirty and sophisticated… And did we mention totally perfect for spring? Love!

The Jumpsuit

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This super modern, ultra chic look has established a presence as a powerful gown alternative. Designers took this trend and proved there are almost as many ways to design a jumpsuit as there are a gown… From feminine overskirt styles, to powerful pantsuit vibes, and everything in between!

Taking the Plunge

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Talk about drama! There’s nowhere to hide with a plunging neckline, and this fashion week the designers embraced and rocked it. Balancing the foxiness and elegance makes for an fabulous gown… And a few double takes. If you decide take the plunge for your wedding look, be ready for all eyes on you!

Bows, Bows, Bows!

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When it comes to bows on a wedding gown, the bigger the better! Designers frequently used bows give an extra pop to an otherwise simple gown, and it’s all kinds of chic. This trend has an ultra feminine feel, and we expect to see it fitting right in with sprightly spring vibes.

Phantom Sleeves

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Wedding gowns with sleeves have had their presence for many years. However, the illusion sleeve has stepped in as a dainty new twist on sleeved gowns. Nude sleeves give the illusion that the dress ends at the shoulder, but surprise you with detailing on the wrist, to sort of give the illusion of “cuffs”. It’s something we haven’t really seen, and it’s fabulous.

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Designers truly killed the spring 2017 fashion game, and we love sharing our thoughts on it with you! We’re so excited to see these fab styles in play for next year’s weddings, and we hope that you’ve been able to take a bit of bridal style inspiration for your own use! Stay chic, fashionistas!

Saying “I Hue” to Color Palettes of 2017

Hello lovelies, and happy Friday Bride-day!

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Choosing a color story for your wedding is not an easy thing to do, yet it is one of the first things that friends, family members and even vendors will ask you about once you start planning your day. We encourage our couples to design with a myriad of hues that work well together, rather than choosing one or two and then using them everywhere. The colors you choose for your wedding will serve as the foundation for your wedding design. That being said, color palettes that are “in” come and go with seasons, years, and trends. So without further adieu, here are some color palettes to look out for in 2017!

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Blush 2.0

We love the idea of the blushing bride, and we’ve done many a rosy affair. But for the coming year, we’re predicting some fresh spins on the tried and true blush wedding, full of new alternatives to keep the palette totally today… Kind of like a blush revamp. We’re expecting to see blush go dusty, blush with antiquey gold, and blush with rich marsala (one of our faves). Here are some examples.

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1. Dusty Blush

A shift from the brighter, baby pink to the more muted tones is happening, and it’s gorgeous. Dusty blush has that warm airy-ness, and really makes for a great base to add pops of color to.

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2. Blush + Antique Gold

Blush and gold have been frequently paired together in the past. However, one small change in tone can alter the look entirely. Glittery gold is nice, but when you add that antiquey finish, you’ve got a seriously dreamy bohemian effect.

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3. Blush + Marsala

In 2015, the Pantone fell in love with the rich red tones, and made marsala the color of the year. One of the great things about the blush revamp is that these three trends can definitely overlap, and marsala is perfect to use as that pop of color to go with either of the above!

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Photo Credit: Left: Rylee Hitchner Photography, Right: Rustic White Photography, Bottom: Lucy Cuneo Photography

The New Neutral

In the past, we have seen the typical neutral palette composed of some combination of white, taupe, grey, mauve, tan, or mocha. For the coming year, we’re loving the revival of the simple cream, oatmeal, and taupe neutral palette. Seeing this palette enhanced in a new way with pops of marble, copper, and green is totally swoon-worthy.

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Copper Blues

One of our favorite current color combos that we see staying strong in New Year is the pairing of cool and warm tones via a vibrant blue (such as cobalt) and bright copper. The reason these two hues are so meant to be is simple… They are color wheel approved to be perfectly complementary. Combine the true blue with pops of metallic copper, break it up with clean whites, and you have a seriously chic color palette. Swoon.

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The beauty of the new year is that it always brings exciting change in styles, and fantastic new trends. We hope that these color palettes have delighted and inspired you, and we can’t wait to see them in the weddings of 2017! Happy color scheming!

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Fall Floral Alternatives: Trading in Conventionals for the Fun & Fresh

Hello, darlings!

The air is getting crisper, holidays have begun, and fall is in full swing! With all the porch dwelling pumpkins, stringed leaves, and orange everything, it’s pretty much impossible to hide from all things autumnal. Marking the transition into a new chapter of life with the with the transition of seasons, fall weddings can be oh so magical! Autumnal wedding fans typically follow these conventional styles in their florals and decor. While we totally love the tried and true old favorites, fall doesn’t have to mean pumpkins and leaves. There’s so many possibilities with so many other potential elements to add the wow factor to your fall florals, while staying true to that fall feel. Here’s our ideas for alternatives and additions to traditional fall wedding florals!

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Hello, Marsala!

Marsala took the world by storm when it was named the 2015 color of the year. We think it works so perfectly in one part of the year in particular… Fall! This member of the reddish burgundy family serves as a super chic alternative to regular old pumpkin. Use it as a rich base color, then add complimentary softer hues or warm metallics.

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Fun & Fruity

Another decor trend that has found a home within the fall wedding is both delicious and nutritious… Fruit and veggies! This gives a nod to harvest time vibes, and just looks spectacular. Adding berries, figs, artichokes, squash, asparagus, pears, and pomegranates to florals has grown in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why. We’re huge fans of the use of blackberries. For little tiny fruits, they sure have that rich color and striking presence that we’re looking for!

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Down to Earth

If you want to forgo florals altogether, using natural materials where you would typically use blooms can really project a perfectly autumnal earthiness. Use materials such as feathers, wheat stalks, dried branches, rustic linens, etc. Each of these flower alternatives just look so organic, unique, and totally swoon-worthy.

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Tall, Dark, and Rich

No, we’re not talking about a cup of coffee… We mean fall floral success lies in achieving a dramatic presence, a certain moody darkness, and the rich color that fall is known for. Subtlety is not the goal here, so don’t skimp on the drama! In short, establish the striking features, then incorporate soft accent elements throughout.

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Florals can really set the tone for the style and design of the wedding as whole. That being said, getting it right on point is essential, and season plays a huge part of that decision process. The good news is, an array of fresh, fun, alternative materials means your creative autumnal combinations are endless! We’ve got quite a bit of fall left to love, so enjoy it.

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