We know, we know…we’re not the first to fall in love with a blush pink bridal palette. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year is rose quartz – and pale pink exploded this season, everywhere from bridesmaid gowns to wedding tents. But hear us out: not all pinks are created equal! And not every shade is perfect for your own big day. On the contrary: as true connoisseurs of color, and purveyors of fine design, we feel strongly that there is an ideal color palette for every wedding couple. Some of the factors that might help you establish your color scheme include your personal aesthetic (and that of your fiancé(e)), event style, seasonality, and even geographic location. That said, should you find yourself in a similar state of mind as this planner (read: thinking pink), we have a style guide for you that’ll have you tickled pink in no time!
As bride Shelby (in the movie ‘Steel Magnolias’) once said, “Pink is my signature color” – and if the same can be said for you, we’ve paired a series of pink wedding gowns and bouquet inspirations to suit every style and modern bride. The trick to pink perfection, without overdoing it? Stick to your personal style, and incorporate a shade or two of pink that best fits your event design, along with plenty of textural variety. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to be the blushing bride on your big day…
Style Guide: for the Sweet and Feminine Bride
This delicate two piece lace corset and chiffon skirt combo, photographed by Sally Pinera, gets at the heart of every girl’s sweet dreams of her wedding day.
Captured by photographer Jose Villa, this mauve Vera Wang structural ballgown is all about the luscious lines and textured tulle – a combination that would have the likes of Rembrandt swooning.
Set next to this artist’s dream bridal bouquet from Bows and Arrows (shot by Kayla Barker), this pairing has all the makings of a divine still life painting, complete with trailing ribbons and lavish blooms.
Style Guide: For the Edgy Modern Bride
This Krikor Jabotian sequined cape gown (photographed by Le Secret d’Audrey) is a modern marvel – unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with just a tinge of silvery pink tulle to keep things grounded in all of that sparkle.
We suggest a fabulously irreverent pairing for a French wedding in early spring: complete with a sassy protea and thistle bouquet, and finished with barely-there pink tulips (from Peony and Plum, photographed by Ether and Smith Photography).
Paired with a classic bundle of blooms befitting an ‘English Rose’ herself, you cannot go wrong with garden party styling by Sweet Woodruff, and photographed by ARTIESE Studios. Pass the tea and crumpets!
Style Guide: for the Punchy Pop Bride
Feeling punchy pink, like Gwen Stefani circa 2002? Make the most of this pink tinged tulle gown from Tara Keely Bridal, and show your pop side.
What more perfect accompaniment than this bridal bouquet, packed with pops of electric pink peonies and bursting with ranunculus from Bristol Lane Florals, photographed by Sophie Epton Photography. Party in a bridal bouquet, if you ask us!
Style Guide: for the Classically Romantic Bride
There’s nothing prettier than the classic lines and soft tulle of this putty pink Reem Acra Gown – the romance is almost palpable.
Accompany a classic gown with an equally perfect bridal bouquet, complete with trailing ribbons and fairytale ivy. Floral design by Brandie Chisolm, and photographed by Ryan Ray Photography.
With spring in full bloom, nature is a riot of color all around – and the options for a spring color palette can be overwhelming! No season offers more options for florals – from pastels to bright neon, citrus to bright white and natural greenery.
It’s a well known color secret that lavender and lilac are some of spring’s most beautiful tones, and mix fabulously with a variety of different event types – the trick is to blend them with contrasting shades, to create depth and dimension within your event design. (The look to avoid is a murple purple mash up where your wedding looks like it got caught in a jar of grape jelly). For example, you can blend lavender sweet peas with coral garden roses, as long as you keep the look cohesive, and anchored around your chosen shade. Here are some of our favorite spring inspirations for a pastel purple infused wedding that packs a punch:
The autumnal harvest is in full swing this month – and unless you’ve been living under a pile of leaves recently, fall is everywhere! We see it in shop windows and driving down the street, and as wedding planners, we love seeing the season make an appearance in small parts of a wedding design. What better place to start than with the photos you take to celebrate your engagement? Today, we’re dishing on our favorite fall engagement inspiration. The rules of thumb for a perfect autumn engagement session include incorporating nature in an organic fashion, staying away from overly posed or cheesy studio-like shots, and making the photos reflective of the couple’s style. From the foliage to the fashion, the overall mood of the collection of images should feel bold, deep, and warm – a perfect final hurrah before winter’s first chill. A lot of this will be handled behind the lens by your photographer, but don’t be afraid to speak up if you have strong feelings about the shoot. Not a big fan of buffalo plaid or leaf piles? You can choose to keep things golden and harvest-like by incorporating simple fall tones into your attire and choosing a backdrop that reflects your personality. Feeling adventurous? A hike through the trees or a canoe on the lake is a perfect opportunity for your photographer to capture all of the beauty of fall around you both, with your love and engagement at the forefront of the image. Whatever your preference, if you keep the focus on you and your fiancé(e), your photos are certain to come out beautifully.
There’s nothing quite like a change in seasons to inspire the design of an event. The air gets crisper, the year draws closer to an end, and autumn is suddenly upon us: the perfect wedding background. Your fall soiree doesn’t have to be all leaves-and-harvest-inspired : instead, let rich color saturation be your guide. Plenty of beautiful autumnal weddings have been designed with not a caramel apple or plaid table runner in sight – the trick is to use color playfully, and stay away from stuffy traditional patterns. Not feeling the standard pumpkin and persimmon tones that linger everywhere from September through November? Try fall’s moodier alternative palette. Jewel tones are the perfect color boosters, because they’re timeless, and anchor the rest of your wedding design – not to mention, the photos! Wow! If you’re looking for impact and dimension, colors like emerald, sapphire, ruby, agate, and citrine will get you there. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite jewel toned inspirations below – what’s your favorite for a standout fall fête?
Seafaring sailors and preppy brides alike enjoy a good nautically inspired wedding – and why shouldn’t they? With crisp clean lines and plenty of East Coast proper stripes, its no wonder that summer brings an abundance of ocean inspired events. The keys to this aesthetic are keeping the colors neutral, plenty of boat-worthy decor details, and a sense of adventure. From seafood appetizers (hello, Lobster Rolls) to bright blues and boat shoes, we have all the inspiration you’ll need to plan your nautical themed wedding, with plenty of room for customization. After all, what’s a nautical event without a few monograms? Ahoy!