Wednesday, 16 September 2009

How to welcome autumn? With a new color palette of course…

While many of us are sad to see summer go, why not embrace the crisp air, the clear sunny skies and the cooler breezes? When I think of autumn, I think of a tradition we have here in the US northeast called Fall Foliage where we drive to the countryside to see the changing of the colors of leaves on the trees from the vivid summer greens to the warmer shades of red, orange and yellow. The colors are so beautiful and during those trips we also throw in some apple picking to make fresh home baked apple pies when we arrive back home.

On that note, a color scheme that I love for the autumn is based on neutral tones with accents of bright apple red. The shade of red I am referring to is like a ripe, juicy Macintosh apple. It has zest and pops against the neutrals.

The key to this color palette is to keep it simple. Keep it earthy. Whether you get married inside an old barn, transform a loft into an earthy space, or your reception is in the middle of a field - keep the linens neutral (light beige or crème tones) and add natural wooden chairs (in a darker brown or a country honey tone).

For centerpieces you could use red gerbera daisies like you see in the gorgeous wedding photos above taken by Nashan Photographers at the 320 Guest Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Another option is to embrace the season and go au natural with an assortment of apples in glass bowls either with leaves (if you want some green accents) or with trees branches (to stick with the neutral palette).

While you wear your beautiful white wedding gown, your bridesmaids could wear neutral crème or tan tones, maybe even with a hint of a gold or bronze shimmer. If you want to add some color to your gown, then go ahead and carry a bouquet of bright red gerberas or another red flower that you love. Or if you want to be a bit more classic, while you carry your white bouquet, your bridesmaids could carry bright red flowers and your groomsmen could wear the matching boutonnières.

Feel free to sprinkle red around your wedding. Why not add your red flowers or petals to a simple white tiered cake? Or tie a red string around each napkin to act as a napkin ring. The possibilities are endless. Just be sure to not overdo it – keep the red as an accent so that it is unique and surprises guests whenever they see it appear in the details.

This is a color palette that is a bit modern, a bit country, and definitely says “Hello autumn! We are happy to see you.”
So for all of you getting married in autumn 2010 or 2011, take a moment to consider whether this color palette could be a good match for your wedding vision.

And for all brides getting married in the spring or summertime, feel free to play around with this color palette to make it more appropriate for those seasons. For example, rather than going with a bright apple red, for summer I recommend heading more towards a hot tomato red or an orangey red (see Essie’s Clam Bake nail polish for the perfect shade) or for spring, try a red poppy color or the color of a fresh red chili. These colors will definitely add some spice to your wedding (pun attended!).

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