December 18, 2012 by Whitney
I’m woman enough to admit it – I’m a latecomer to the khaki love train. When the color first started appearing on wedding blogs and on the glossy pages of magazines I was quick to admit the color had appeal but, I was just as quick to say: “Not for me.” Thanks to some of our lovely brides who had more sense about Khaki than I, we were able to work on beautiful, classic designs that have swayed my feelings about the color. I’m eternally grateful for discovering a new color crush! Khaki color schemes are quickly becoming some of my favorites.
Khaki + Blush
Paired with Blush, Khaki feels soft and romantic. I see visions of a delicate pink blooms, endless ruffles, and khaki suits coming together for a vintage, spring-y wedding. The soft pink compliments khaki well keeping the overall feel current. This isn’t the dated khaki uniforms are made of, this is a soft palette dreams are made of! Consider paring pink and khaki with the soft, sage green of succulents to keep things feeling up-to-date but still romantic and delicate.
Two-Tone Bridesmaid Gown :: Eden Bridals via Toast Bridal ♥ Khaki and Pink Tablescape :: Lori Paladino Photography via The Knot ♥ Pink and Burlap Bouquet :: Floral Design - Nicole Ha Designs Photography - Stephen Pappas ♥ Khaki and Pink Bridal Party :: Vue Photography ♥ Pink Chair Decoration :: Harwell Photography via Bridal Guide ♥ Pink Ruffle Gown :: Brides Magazine UK ♥ Khaki Bridesmaid :: Tec Petaja via Once Wed ♥ Pink Frames :: braggingbags via Etsy
Khaki + Navy
If you’re looking for something more tailored, refined, and classic to pair with khaki, then look no further than navy. Deep, slightly de-saturated navy looks stunningly chic paired with warm khaki. This color combination is also incredibly versatile Whether you’re planning a seaside soiree or a vineyard gala these colors will look smashing! Add a splash of kelly green to brighten the scheme or, add the blush from the above palette and bring a touch of romance to your wedding day.
Khaki Suit with Navy Bow-tie:: Aaron Young Photography via Green Wedding Shoes ♥ Khaki and Navy Cake Toppers:: vintagegreenlimited via Etsy ♥ Navy Bridesmaid Dress :: J Crew ♥ Navy Shoe Clips :: TutusChicBoutique via Etsy ♥ Rosemary & Thyme Letterpress Invitation :: Drippy Ink Letterpress
When choosing your color palette don’t forget about the khaki. Not quite brown, not quite yellow, not quite grey, khaki can feel cool or warm depending on what it’s paired with. Give it another glance and maybe you’ll start to feel like I have, that this color is the best of both worlds.
Category Color Palettes, Decor, Invitations, Letterpress, Weddings | Tags: flowers,fresh,khaki,letterpress,modern,navy,pink,rustic,trend,unique,vintage,wedding |
December 11, 2012 by Whitney
The color white has been a wedding staple since Queen Victoria wed her Prince Albert in 1840. Since then, all manner of rules regarding the use of white have been created. In the past, if you weren’t the bride, the wearing of white was considered one of the biggest wedding faux pas. In recent years, however, all white and/or cream themes have been attracting chic brides everywhere. How things have changed! One of the best features of a white-on-white or monochromatic cream palette is its versatility. Whether you’re planning a rustic barn soirée or a sleek, minimalist affair I encourage you to give white color schemes a second look!
The most basic of white color schemes is the white-on-white. From flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and reception décor – everything is elegantly appointed in crisp white. Using any other hue so prominently could leave one’s eyes aching for a splash of color but, the use of all white speaks to a quite sense of calm which lends itself perfectly to beach and country weddings alike. On the other hand, pair clean white with the gritty backdrop of a city skyline and the feeling is exhilarating and fresh.
White Bridal Party :: Michael & Anna Costa Photographers Ltd. via Style Me Pretty ♥ White Wedding Cake :: Maggie Austin Cake via Colin Cowie Weddings ♥ White Reception :: Kelly Prizel ♥ White Bouquet :: Birch Design Studio via Style Me Pretty
White + Cream
If the white-on-white color scheme is a little too one-note for your taste then consider paring crisp white with warm cream and ivory tones. You’ll get the best of both colors as the cream will balance the fresh white with a vintage ascetic. Your invitations are a wonderful way to utilize both white and cream. You could, for example, use a combination of white and cream paper along with a variety of techniques such as a blind impression or tone-on-tone printing.
White and Cream Bridal Party :: J. Anderson Photography via OneWed ♥ White and Cream Reception Decor :: James Christianson Photographer via Style Me Pretty ♥ Cream Petal Alter :: James Christianson Photographer via Style Me Pretty ♥ Blind Letterpress :: Drippy Ink Letterpress
When we think about being afraid to use color, white doesn’t usually come to mind. Yet, white seems to be one of the least appreciated colors in the wedding world. Let’s change that! When choosing your color scheme give white + cream another glance. Even if an all white palette doesn’t appeal to you, there maybe ways include this versatile color throughout your event and add something special to your big day.
Category Color Palettes, Decor, Invitations, Letterpress, Weddings | Tags: all-white,cream,fresh,modern,rustic,tone-on-tone,trend,unique,vintage,wedding,white |
December 10, 2012 by Whitney
Harmony Walton, of BridalBar.com has called for the end of the vintage wedding trend. “Over the past few years,” she said, “we’ve seen such a clamoring for personal and nostalgic wedding details that those details have lost all personalization and actual meaning.” On its own, that statement seems benign, maybe even true. But let’s think for a moment: must ever detail, from the flowers used in the centerpieces down to the shoes on the bride’s feet, be chosen solely because they have personal meaning to the couple? By that standard our wedding décor should have included mix CDs and a Star Trek themed cake. Is there something wrong with choosing a particular flower just because they’re pretty and not because they have inherent personal backstory? No, I say! Pretty for prettiness sake is part of being human. Why else would be spend so much money on art, makeup, and outrageously small portions of beautifully styled food.
An often used element in vintage weddings is the paper lantern. Love it or hate it, this wedding cliché is going nowhere thanks to its affordability and mass appeal. I can’t think of a wedding style or budget that couldn’t accommodate lanterns. Having seen paper lanterns used for bazillion (technical term, you know) years one must wonder if there are any fresh ways to use this versatile piece of décor. Have no fear lovebirds, you can make paper lanterns original and personal. Take that, vintage wedding naysayers.
DIY Decoupage Lanterns :: Green Wedding Shoes ♥ Mini Lanterns with Twinkle Lights and Twigs :: Lark Photography via Weddings by Lilly ♥ Multi-Colored Lanterns :: Tanja Lippert Photography via Bridal Guide ♥ Patterned Lantern :: Aubrey Joy Photography via Adore by Chloe
One of the best ways to de-cliché paper lanterns is to customize their look. The lovely Christy of One Handspun Day was gracious enough to put together a tutorial on how to personalize paper lanterns by means of decoupage.
View the entire tutorial at Green Wedding Shoes
Although, she uses fabric you could certainly use paper. You could even incorporate ticket stubs, receipts and other pieces of memorabilia collected during your dating days for a very personal touch. Be sure to use photocopies of the real thing if you wish to save those mementos for years to come.
If you don’t want to go through the
hassle joy of altering dozens of paper lanterns or you’re looking for a more classic, tailored style consider this simple idea: vary the size of the lanterns.
Matt DeBackere Photography
By simply changing the size and color of your lanterns you can add a lot of visual interest in addition to saving some moola (hey, whaddaya know smaller lanterns are cheaper!). Let’s be honest, one large mass of single-colored lanterns can look dated. Throwing in other colors, patterns, and sizes to shake up the look will give your lantern décor a new life.
Category Clichés, Decor, Weddings | Tags: centerpieces,cliche,decor,modern,paper lantern,rustic,trend,unique,vintage,wedding |
July 3, 2012 by Whitney
Chartreuse is one of those colors that you either love or hate. Ranging from mellow yellow to a neon green, chartreuse is all over the runways this season to the delight (or chagrin) of trend followers everywhere. I adore chartreuse in all its varying hues so when I started seeing the color popping up in the wedding world I was giddy.
Chartreuse is not for the faint of heart bride! It’s bold, brash, and in your face. But, that doesn’t mean this color is a one-pony. You can pair chartreuse with a range or colors – some muted, some just as bold, to create looks that range from feminine and classic to modern and minimalist.
Grey + Chartreuse
Paired with grey, Chartreuse conveys a modern, ethereal elegance. If using a bright shade of Chartreuse that is on the greener end of the spectrum, stick with more muted grey tones to avoid a heavy, dank palette.
Wedding Gown :: Vera Wang Spring ’10 ♥ Cake :: Cake Girls ♥ Evening Gown :: Tara Bradford ♥ Shoes :: Picture - Jen Huang / Designer - B.P. “Enlightenment” ♥ Frame :: Etsy ♥ Bouquet :: Simply Blooms
Navy + Chartreuse
Perfect for a vintage barn wedding, navy adds a calming feel to the vivid and modern chartreuse. By incorporating textures such as burlap, denim, and shantung you can create a warm, inviting atmosphere that says refined and rustic rather than musty cowboy.
Clutch :: Gracey Bags ♥ Necklace :: Twillypop ♥ Bridesmaid with Bouquet (top) :: Purple Martini Wedding & Event Photography ♥ Calligraphy:: White Lion Calligraphy Invitation :: Drippy Ink Designs ♥ Bridesmaid with Bouquet (left) :: Jamie Clark ♥ Ring Pillow :: Wedding Lab ♥ Bridal Party Photo:: Todd Pellowe
No matter what season your event takes place in, don’t feel as if you must use certain traditional seasonal colors. Let the feeling you want your day to have dictate the shades you choose and have fun with your colors!
Category Color Palettes, Weddings | Tags: barn,blue,chartreuse,fresh,gray,green,grey,modern,navy,orchids,rustic |