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Gorgeous Wedding Color Palettes

Debra Witt

Something Blue
Antonia Christianson has three words when considering color: Go for it. "If you’re only focused on using it for the big things, like the bridesmaids' dresses or the flowers and cake, it will look like random pops of color thrown in. It won’t look cohesive," says Antonia, who’s the force behind Antonia Christianson Events of Virginia Beach, VA and Pasa Robles, California.

Case in point is this Norfolk, VA wedding, which featured an abundance of turquoise and emerald —colors chosen because they so perfectly matched the historic grounds at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens where the intimate fall ceremony and reception took place. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with vibrant splashes of turquoise — a nod to the nearby water — which popped out as table settings, the three-tier cake color and the seat cushion hues. The bridal party also wore vivid turquoise dresses. And while the color grabbed guests' attention, what held it was the layering of soft greens everywhere else.

green and turquoise reception decor

Succulents were handed out as favors with a reminder that "love grows." The turquoise and white fondant lattice cake by Patti Cakes, Inc. is almost too pretty to slice. 

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turquoise wedding cake

Tucked inside the centerpieces were green apples, grapes, baby artichokes, and cabbages. The stemware and table settings were a shimmering mix of blues and greens — a detail that was unexpectedly highlighted by the setting sun as guests made their way from the ceremony to the reception.


The plates are both something borrowed and something blue. Menus and all paper goods by RSVP Stationery. The china was another lucky find: "I was able to borrow a friend’s china set that just happened to have strong touches of turquoise," Antonia says. "This couple had fun with their color choice: It became a sophisticated, subtle theme for the day that perfectly told their story."

turqoise china

Vinatge keys draped around bouquets and centerpieces represented the "unlocking of their love story."

bouquet with key

Photo Credit: Eleise Theuer Photography

Next: Citrus wedding ideas 

Citrus Chic
Laura Grim had three must-haves for her wedding: "I wanted the ceremony to take place in a lush setting, I wanted every detail to reflect my love of all things vintage and I wanted to pull it all together with one bold color."

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Her choice of marigold came easily, as it’s "my favorite happy color," says Laura, who happens to be co-founder of Portland, Oregon’s Double Take Event Styling. To stay on budget, Laura scoured her own home (and those of close friends and family) for several of the accent pieces, like the heirloom dishes that graced the custom candy bar. Other repurposed antiques included wire bird cages that covered several small centerpieces and reclaimed picture frames that had been painted a uniform gold and placed down the center of the tables.


candy bar

Stylish suitcases and trunks from various eras were strategically used to help put the 250 guests in a Great Gatsby-type of party mood, as well as to mark different areas of the reception. She also used her own vintage costume jewels and baubles to artfully accent table arrangements, including flowers and stacks of old books that she’d tied together. Gold-leafed initials punctuated tidy green wreaths. 



What Laura couldn’t borrow she made. Table runners, for example, were cut from rolls of basic burlap, which she hand-stenciled and topped with a narrower piece of marigold-striped silk. "Layering gold and crisp white into the details along with touches of black allowed the vibrant marigold to be the star," she says. "Using my favorite color strategically — I put a lot of thought into when and where to use it — I think it lent a real French charm to the day. It was exactly what I wanted!"

Menus were tucked into rose wrapped linen napkins. 

yellow tablescape

The bride chose a vintage-modern look for her bridesmaids: sunny yellow dresses with black accessories. 

yellow bridesmaid dresses

Photo Credit: Krissy Allori Photography

Next: Coral wedding ideas 

Red may be known as the color of romance, but there’s a strong case to be made for coral, which gives off its own romantic vibe with an added burst of happy and playful that red just can’t compete with. At least that’s the opinion of this Virginia couple, who asked Shannon O’Kelley, the design partner of Sage Nines Event Productions in Nashville, to make coral the central theme of their wedding at The Inn at Willow Grove in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

coral centerpiece

The bride, a letterpress designer for Lennah Press, had already chosen her hue before she met with Shannon. She’d also gotten a head start on creating the invitations and other paperie. So Shannon simply picked up on those cues and ran with it. "We wanted to use coral everywhere we could," says Shannon, "but we also knew that finding the right accent colors would make the coral really stand out."

coral invitations

The historic Inn at Willow Grove welcomed guests for the festivities. the inn at willow grove

Guests got a hint of what was to come seeing the coral-befrocked bridesmaids carrying bouquets from Sugar Magnolias, but the big reveal was saved for the reception itself: coral, mint and gold cushions, and lavish floral arrangements in every iteration of coral from spicy-toned dahlias to almost-pink garden roses to pale peach astilbe.

coral bridesmaids
Silk chiffon flowers and dried palms bedeck the bride's and groom's chairs. Table numbers were hand-stamped onto small blocks of wood while voltives were wrapped in coral paper. 

chair decor

blue and coral tablescape

Mint green table linens served as a quiet, neutral background while gold-leafed vases and candlesticks added a shimmery, elegant touch. 


table decor

The four-tiered cake with adorable dog topper was accented with fresh blooms and pretty voltives. 

dog cake

"This couple really knew how to use color to their advantage," says Shannon. "They picked key elements and focused their attention to color there. The coral suited their romance, their style, the setting, and set a happy, relaxed mood for their guests. It became the perfect theme for the day." 

Photo Credit: Elisa Bricker Photography

Fantasy Wedding Inspiration

"I try to approach weddings in a very theatrical way," says Preston. So what more fitting a big-day venue than the Smith Center, a theater complex rich in Art Deco details and soaring sight lines. The ceremony was held in the grand lobby, followed by a reception for 250 on a sweeping stage.

"The bride understood the importance of drama," Preston says. "Together, we created something powerful."

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The custom-built gilt-framed ceremony altar covered in roses, peonies, orchids, white stock and hydrangea; the stairs lead to the vast concert hall where the reception was held (on stage!). The couple’s child was wheeled down the white-carpeted aisle in a rose-covered carriage.

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The sweetheart table featured swans, which were created with crystals, feathers and fresh flowers. 

white wedding centerpieces

In a floral nod to the culinary experience to come, a rose and crystal pink pig is placed at the head table. 

floral pig

The other table arrangements featured soaring centerpieces with roses, peonies, orchids and hydrangea. Each towering centerpiece was further embellished with crystals.

white wedding centerpiece

white wedding centerpieces

Gold accents were everywhere, from stemware to flatware to the menu cards, which featured a regal crest.

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The pièce de résistance: "We created a tall centerpiece dripping with garlands of pearls and attached the escort cards to the ends," Preston says. "It’s important that my guests are transported to another world. My goal is for them to say, ‘OMG, I have never seen anything like this!’" 

escort card table

The lavish, sugar-blossom wedding cake by Sylvia Weinstock featured tiers of chocolate and red velvet. “The most exciting part of a wedding is the element of surprise. It could be a change of lighting or a new scent in the air. I know I’ve succeeded when at the end of the evening the guests don’t want to leave.”

sylvia weinstock wedding cake

All photos courtesy of ALTF Photography

Love, American Style: Barn Weddings

Set the scene

Think about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa as you envision your overall design: fresh flowers and greenery inside, comfortable places to perch and/or mingle outside. Play to the scale of your venue. Take advantage of soaring ceilings with hanging poms or lanterns. Keep the mood intimate with low benches and cozy seating arrangements. Country venues tend to be sprawling, with twists and turns galore. Signs pointing your guests in the right direction help ensure a smooth flow from ceremony to cocktails to reception. Consider the season: Spring and summer lend themselves to lush, garden themes; fall is the perfect time to bring in crisp autumn tones, along with pretty apples and pumpkins.

Mismatched chairs are the perfect partners to a farmhouse table. For centerpieces, display cottage-garden blooms in an earthenware crock.

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Or, try this idea: White-on-white blooms and a doily table number.

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Welcomey your guests with a charming outdoor display and thirst-quenchers spiked with mint and fresh berries.

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Berrylicious treats make cheery wedding décor.

bowls of fruit

All signs point to fun. Fresh apples bookend a birch-tree escort-card display.

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Décor details

Focus on small nuances and personal touches. Whether it’s a rosemary sprig in the napkins, butcher’s twine around cup- cake boxes or burlap bows around the chairs, these are the details that create unforgettable memories. Strive to maintain a balance between “rustic” and “chic.” Think reclaimed wood against gorgeous white lace, or a grand chandelier hanging from a simple, hand-hewn beam. The décor you bring in should never attempt to cover up the rustic charm but instead enhance it. Be strategic with color accents throughout. Consider shades like yellow, blue, pink, to offset the prevailing tones of green (outdoors) and brown (indoors).

Consider a pastoral outdoor setting.

wedding on a pasture

Forever classic: hanging Mason jar lights.

mason jar lights

Choose invitation colors befitting a country-chic wedding.

barn wedding invitations

Pops of turquoise offset neutral table linens. And share the love: a plant stand turned cupcake display.

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Barns 101

Barns are not always a standard shape, so make sure the floor plan will accommodate the number of people on your guest list. On a budget? A barn offers so much natural appeal that major décor expenses can be pared down to allow the beauty of the space itself to shine through. Barns can be lit to stunningly beautiful effect. They often have minimal lighting to begin with, so consider twinkling string or Mason-jar lights.  A barn’s cathedral-like ceiling can also make the venue feel impersonal. Hanging swags of lace or fabric about 12 feet above the tables adds warmth without compromising the breathtaking scale of the space.

String lights placed just so focus the wedding activity towards an open-sided barn.

barn wedding lighting

A framed chalkboard sign adds to the homespun vibe. Light up the path with an array of lanterns on tree stumps. 

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A burlap-swagged display serves as the perfect gift table.

barn wedding gift table

Stack favors beneath a floral display, and serve a vine-embellished wedding cake.

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Adapted from Barn Weddings, text ©2013 Maggie Lord, published by Gibbs Smith.


Wedding Inspiration: Desert Rose


A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!

“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues," said Rice.

Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping. 

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Wedding Inspiration: Desert Rose

A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!

“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues," said Rice.

Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping. 

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“The locale’s dramatic, sun-drenched sunsets inform the reception’s color palette. Shades of rose-gold, coral and copper are seen at every turn."  The mismatched white chairs were sourced from Big Day Vintage in Salt Lake City, UT. 

desert wedding inspiration

Shimmering table settings with artful menus encourage guests to "marvel and mingle."

desert wedding inspiration

Custom watercolor linens and all paper goods by Momental Designs. Kristy drew an organic floral pattern and crowned the stationery suite with hand calligraphy from MM Ink Studio.

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Palm-sized programs feature the couple's names hand-painted on each with watercolor brushstrokes.

desert wedding inspiration

The gorgeous floral designs are by Bloomers in St. George, UT. Here, a clutch of peonies in a hobnail vessel.

desert wedding inspiration

A pale pink milk-glass compote holds an arrangement of David Austin roses, peonies and a ripe peach.

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The perfectly ombréed cupcakes topped with crystallized ginger, edible glitter and nuts were crafted by 25 Main, a bakery in St. George.

desert wedding inspiration

Photo Credit: With Love and Embers

Wedding Inspiration: Intimate Urban Affair

An airy, loft-like venue — Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles — was the scene for this stylish wedding, brought to life by the creative minds at Sterling Social. The venue is notable for industrial-chic architectural details such as polished wood floors, brick walls and high, vaulted ceilings — the better to show off the ceremony centerpiece: a large runner hand-calligraphed with the couple’s wedding vows. 

Photography by This Modern Romance.

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Runner by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Classic mid-century modern loveseats serve as ceremony seating, creating a luxe, residential feel.

city loft wedding decor

The design team chose grand crystal chandeliers and dozens upon dozens of candles to put the focus on the watchwords, “The best is yet to come.” The thematic quote of the evening itself was displayed throughout the venue, like on these letter-pressed cocktail coasters. Orchids, hydrangea and succulents atop a classic Saarinen table. (All furniture from Form Decor event rental, La Mirada, CA.)

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The stylish invitation suite by Cherish Paperie showcases the couple's wedding palette.

chic wedding stationery

The bride's bouquet, created by The Hidden Garden, was made up of orchids and succulents. A glass planter holds an arrangement of florals and grass.

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“The palette — a modern mix of slate grey plus white and navy — was carried throughout, from invitations to the comfy mid-century modern furniture all the way to the blackberry macaron dessert finale." A lineup of white wedding cakes boast dressmaker details like ruffles and pleats. (Macarons, cupcakes and cakes by Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach, CA.)

wedding dessert table

A cupcake embellished with silver sugar beads is topped with a fresh, juicy blackberry.

blackberry wedding cupcakes

Hand-painted blackberry macarons provide a sweet finish. 

chic wedding cupcakes

3 Stunning Outdoor Wedding Themes

Whether set on a sandy beach, a lush garden or a sweeping ranch, a wedding framed by nature’s bounty is a beautiful thing to behold. Here, three stunning scenarios.
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Whether set on a sandy beach, a lush garden or a sweeping ranch, a wedding framed by nature’s bounty is a beautiful thing to behold. Here, three stunning scenarios.

Rachel Griffiths
The Great Outdoors