Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Color Palette: Vintage Blush and Red

This color palette is for one of our readers, Courtney. Courtney is getting married at a farm in October, and wasn't sure how to incorporate a "happy vintage feeling" into her wedding with her chosen color scheme, blush and red. To be honest, I had a bit of a tricky time trying to convey pictorially the feeling I wanted to evoke. I just couldn't seem to find the pictures I was looking for, so I will attempt to explain what I envisioned for this event with the help of the color palette below. I've added some fall colors such as dark orange and golden yellow to give the wedding an autumny feel.
I can see the bridesmaids in red dresses, as Courtney had already chosen, with the bouquet pictured middle right. Their hair can be done in a 1920's style do (pictured below via Bride's Head Revisited), or they can wear vintage style shoes to help evoke the vintage theme.

Courtney's dress is blush and is similar to Stephanie James style dresses. I can see her with a bouquet similar to the colors in the arrangement pictured bottom left and wearing a veil similar to the one below by Stephanie James Couture. She can even wear cute red shoes to bring her favorite color into the outfit.
For the reception I picture light brown, or khaki colored table cloths with antique silver pitchers serving as vases for the flower arrangement pictured bottom left. Possibly a few candles to add a romantic vintage feel. Another option for centerpieces would be vintage tins in place of the silver pitchers. This would be a little more casual. Vintage post cards could serve as the table numbers only instead of the table having a number, it could correspond with what is on the postcard. For instance if it is a vintage postcard from Santa Barbara, California, the table "number" would be Santa Barbara, CA. Another fun way to incorporate the vintage theme would be to set up an ice cream bar, similar to the ones that were popular in the 40's and 50's. I'm not sure if this has ever been done at a wedding, and for an October wedding it might be a little chilly so instead a candy bar could be set up, such as the one pictured below from Rebecca Thuss. The candy could be displayed in apothecary jars to give it an old fashion feel.

I hope this color palette and my suggestions can help Courtney create the wedding of her dreams.

Picture Credits:
top tow: Left two pictures Stephanie James Couture, Olivia Oberlin
middle row: The Bride's Cafe, Anthropologie, Ariella Chezar via The Bride's Cafe
bottom row: Ariella Chezar via The Bride's Cafe, Oh How Charming, Santa Barbara Magazine Feb/March 2008, Modern Day Design.


Anonymous said...

What great ideas for a vintage feel!!!! Especially liked the ice cream shop and vintage postcard tips.

Anonymous said...

Love the colors!

Courtney said...

Oh my goodness, Heidi! I love it all! I'm so glad to hear you say that you also had a bit of difficulty expressing these ideas. I was beginning to wonder what was wrong with me. :)

This gave me wonderful ideas for the flowers and the shoes, but I think what tied it all together for me where the metallic hints that you threw in here and there. I think that it a great way to bring vintage elegance to wedding.

Also, I've been toying around with using local postcards as save the date cards, but maybe I will just go vintage like you suggest for the table numbers!

You are wonderful!!

ZenadiaDesign said...

I am so glad you like it Courtney! I think vintage postcards for "save the dates" would be great, plus it would be a good opener for the wedding. I'm so glad I could help you out. =)


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