Spring Wedding Color Trend 2018

Spring is slowly, but surely on its way. There have been glimpses here and there with 70 degree days in February, but as wedding planners we are always one step ahead of even Mother Nature. Even on the coldest days, we are thinking spring colors and flowers as we prep for wedding season to begin. Blush pink has always been a favorite for spring brides, however I am currently loving lilac. Pantone choose ultraviolet as their 2018 color of the year but that bright pop of purple is not for everyone. I suggest incorporating purple in more subtle shades.

Brides can play up lilac is many ways especially with the variety of spring flowers available at their fingertips including my favorite hyacinth, fritillaria, muscari, and hellebore to name a few.

In addition to incorporating lilac in your centerpieces and bouquets, include your bridal party attire in the color palette. One of my favorite designers for bridesmaids’ dresses in Jenny Yoo. Their lilac shades include “raisin”, “sweet pea”, “lilac”, “cherry blossom”, and “fig”. I love how you can even use several of the purple shades to create a cohesive, yet contemporary look.

photo credit: This Modern Romance

When you think spring you also think new growth and the Earth growing green again. Why not celebrate the awakening of spring by pairing green in your wedding color palette? Many brides are embracing greens as lush garlands on farm tables, simple succulents, growing vines on staircases and dripping smilax at every entrance. Green can also be quite show-stopping as attire whether it be an emerald shawl tuxedo, or an olive silk bowtie. The best part is that The Black Tux has many stylish tuxedo and suit rental options. Your best guys can rent suits and neckwear with a modern silhouette that fit your vision and easy to order (so you do not have to worry about the groomsmen!)

I am really looking forward to our spring weddings and the color combinations to come, but I have to say that this is one of my favorites.  It is so fresh and a nice departure from pink (although I will always love pink). What do you think? Could you see yourself incorporating lilac in your wedding design?



Luck of the Scottish: A Camp Sacajawea Wedding

Even before Pantone announced that the color of 2017 would be “greenery”, we were ahead of the trend. Carolyn and I spoke at length about how she wanted her wedding to be full of shades of green and I couldn’t have been happier with that choice. There is something so beautiful and organic about lush greenery and it makes the design feel crisp and clean. They also picked the perfect backdrop to be surrounded by the colors of nature at every turn in Camp Sacajawea, a nostalgic Girl Scout camp located in Farmingdale, New Jersey. Flora + Fauna was there to capture every verdant moment.

Camp Sacajawea is not your typical wedding venue and there were definitely some quirks with bringing the vision to life. We were absolutely up for the challenge and consider it what we do best! I knew with an amazing team of professionals that we could create the day Carolyn and Bryan dreamed of. I immediately thought of Dorian at Wallflowers and she nailed it with gorgeous bouquets of white and blushes and lots of lush green garland and ferns. Oh how I love ferns!

The ceremony space is typically used by the campers and was filled with picnic tables for outdoor arts and crafts, however we cleared the area and brought in crossback chairs and a vintage rug from Dovetail Vintage Rentals. Wallflowers created an altar with an asymetrical garland of mixed greens, and touches of greens on the chairs. It was transformed and it provided the perfect intimate space to say “I Do.”

Mary Kate Moon brought our paper dreams to life with lots of gorgeous calligraphy on wooden signs and greenery-filled stationary. Carolyn and Bryan’s invitation suite was the perfect way to set the stage for what was to come. One of our favorite details was this watercolor map that gave guests suggestions of places to visit in between the ceremony and reception.

I should also mention that this wedding is near and dear to my heart since Carolyn’s oldest sister, Ellen, is one of my best friends and we grew up together- taking trips to Florida and sharing countless inside jokes with all three sisters. This photo is particularly special to me to see their family grow!

Jen of Flora + Fauna captured some of my favorite portraits. It’s not every day you just come across a canoe or the cutest mustard yellow tent.  I will just let you see for yourself!

What you can not tell in these photos is that this day started out unseasonably hot but we weren’t complaining because the rain stayed away. Luckily by the time cocktail hour started, it was one of the most beautiful nights in September we could have asked for.

Bryan’s mom surprised the newlyweds with an ode to their Scottish heritage when a bagpiper showed up to serenade the guests. As another surprise, the Cocktail Caravan was on hand to serve up ice cold drinks. We absolutely love our friends at the Cocktail Caravan and really recommend them for an unexpected twist on a bar that your guests will not stop talking about! And of course, any good Scotsman knows how to belly up to the bar.

Bryan and Carolyn share a love of beer and wanted to do something clever for their guests to represent them. They came up with the genius idea of pairing a beer with a Girl Scout cookie (an ode to the camp) for a tasting during cocktail hour that the servers passed on wooden trays. I love these little details that make your wedding personal!

Carolyn and Bryan worked closely with Cardinal Provisions to create a menu that reflected the fun yet just plain good food feeling they wanted to portray. I think they nailed it and no guest left hungry.  Thanks again to Mary Kate Moon for these artistic menus.

The reception room featured a mix of  farm tables from Dovetail Vintage Rentals for a communal feel with traditional rounds with navy linens incorporate throughout. Wallflowers provided garland of greens and gorgeous compotes of white, blush and green with gold accents. The space was almost unrecognizable from its utilitarian purpose- plus bistro lights can transform just about anything in my opinion!

It was truly a night to remember as the newlyweds and their family and friends danced the night away to ENJOY! and only left the dance floor to take in the perfect September night sky.  I wish Carolyn and Bryan nothing but the best and remember how happy you were this day as you walk this path of marriage together hand in hand.