With many of our brides looking ahead to spring nuptials, Strictly Weddings explores the eclectic and ethereal palette of Spring 2015 Wedding Color Trends using Pantone’s Spring 2015 Color report aptly titled, “En plein air.” A french expression for “in the open air,” and particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, this color spectrum of “understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals” evokes the mood of a serene, impressionist landscape. A balanced collection of cool hues and subtle warm tones, combinations of Pantone’s top ten spring colors are absolutely limitless. To stir your imagination, today we have created our own mood boards with color schemes inspired by the master of outdoor, impressionistic paintings himself, Claude Monet.
Blue Serenity meets Elegant Nude
Our first Spring color board is inspired by Monet’s “Study of a Figure Outdoors, Woman with a Parasol,” where we call on Pantone’s dreamy Lucite Green, airy Aquamarine, and calming Toasted Almond. Cool, romantic and warm, these tones create a soothing escape from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. “There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. Here, a restful blue and light retro green bring levity and beauty while a timeless and versatile sun tanned neutral imparts its natural and organic energy.
Photo sources: (left column, top to bottom) 1. via Style Me Pretty, photo by Judy Pak Photography, 2. Original Source Unknown 3. via Colin Cowie Weddings 4. Little Dreamers Tutus (right column, top to bottom) 1. Claude Monet’s Study of a Figure Outdoors, Woman with a Parasol 2. Swank Metal Smithing 3. Badgley Mischka Pumps 4. Rosalind Miller Cakes
Seaside Blues meet Flirty Pink
Inspired by the exquisite blues in Monet’s “Water Lilies” series, our next color combination calls on rich Classic Blue, vibrant Scuba Blue and refreshing Strawberry Ice. We love the way this eternal and adoring darker blue anchors a cool and playful turquoise shade sending us off on an escape to an exocitic island paradise. For Leatrice Eisemen, these are colors that “remind us of tropical landscapes and restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.” For our brides who absolutely love color, we take our soothing blue tones and pair them with a charming pink for an added layer of flirty femininity.
Photo sources: (top) Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” (left column, top to bottom) 1. Alchemy Fine Events, photo by Luna Photo 2. Dmitry Swarovskiy Wedding Photography 3. Cake by The Bake Works, photo by Susie Sefcik Photography (right column, top to bottom) 1. via Every Last Detail, photo by Laura Ann Miller Photography 2. Wedding Dress by Barbi Bridal 3. via French Wedding Style, photo by Jimi Kelly
Playful Orange meets Sexy Rouge
Across the fashion world, orange remains hot on the scene for its spontaneous, gregarious nature, and playful fun. Inspired by Monet’s “Poppy Fields in Argenteuil,” we’ve combined Tangerine’s youthful tang with cheerful Custard, and balanced it with Marsala’s rich red tone. Like a beautiful sunset scene, the palette is as invigorating as it is relaxing with its vibrant burst of orange, pleasant yellow, and seductive wine colored red with earthy undertones. While this color board is definitely aimed at brides with a penchant for bold color, an equally beautiful palette can be achieved by replacing Marsala with the quiet neutral of Pantone’s tenth Spring color, Glacier Grey.
Photo sources: (top) Claude Monet’s “Poppy Fields in Argenteuil” (left column, top to bottom) 1. via Brides.com, photo by Akil Bennett 2. Original Source Unknown 3. via Real Weddings, photo by Studio THP (right column, top to bottom) 1. via Colin Cowie Weddings 2. via Utah Bride Blog, photo by Gideon Photography 3. via Tatler, photo by Frederic Lagrange
Today’s color inspiration and descriptions are primarily drawn from Leatrice Eiseman 2015 Spring Color report. Filled with incredible insight on evolving color moods and its influence on the fashion world, we invite you to explore the Pantone website and Pantone Wedding guide. We’d also send out a special note of thanks to Between Cotton and Gin photography for inspiring us to look towards Monet’s exquisite Impressionist paintings’ for our Spring wedding color palettes.
With our eyes always on the newest couture wedding gowns to hit the runway, Strictly Wedding shares our favorite dresses from the Ines di Santo Fall/Winter 2015 collection. In the recent New York show where “romance met sensuality,” the major drama was distinguished by gorgeous diaphanous silhouettes and delicately constructed plunging backs and necklines. Inspired by “the purity of winter,” each dress carries its own intrigue with fine lace appliqués, pearl beading, architectural beading, and beautifully embroidered tulle. The color palette ranges from ethereal white and ivory to cameo pink, champagne and petal. Enjoy our selection of Ines di Santo’s stunning Fall/Winter 2015 gowns below!
We begin with a gown embodying pure winter grace with its glamorous silhouette and stylish sparkling beaded overlay. We love this option for brides looking to blend a vintage mood with modern style.
Showcasing the impeccable construction of an Ines di Santo gown, this gorgeous diaphanous design marries an absolutely flattering fit with elegance and sensuality.
While more demure in tone, drama abounds in this intricately beaded sheer tulle overlay evoking a modern-day Art Deco feel.
An Ines di Santo signature, this silk and organza mermaid gown has us all swooning! Such exquisite lace and shoulder detail!
For our brides dreaming of a fairytale winter wedding, we love this gown with classic sweetheart neckline and voluminous layers of glittering tulle.
A show favorite, this our pick for our brides with a taste for luxury and high style! With standout beaded sheath and sweep train, we are certain no eyes will leave this bride.
More About Ines Di Santo
Born in Italy and educated all over Europe and South America, Ines Di Santo is recognized as a leading designer of evening and bridal couture. Her love of glamour and high fashion inspires collections of sophisticated, vibrant femininity, marked by superb fit, originality and inimitable construction. A signature touch of unrestrained luxury reflects her Italian and Spanish heritage. Despite leading an ever-expanding, international business, she personally oversees the production of every gown, ensuring the highest standard of quality.
The Second Generation: VERONICA DI SANTO
Veronica Di Santo has been working with her mother since the age of five. Growing up in the atelier and being able to oversee all aspects of creating a gown from inception to construction, Veronica has naturally developed her own stream of silhouettes, adding a contemporary freshness to her mother’s luxe classics. Much of her passion is traveling the globe, experiencing the latest in the world of bridal couture.
The Ines Di Santo atelier is in Toronto, Canada and the collection is featured regularly at luxury retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
Floral crowns are hot on the scene and today Strictly Weddings shares inspiration that we are certain will tug at the heartstrings of every kind of bride. Popularized by the recent love affairwith the ‘bohemian chic’ wedding style, the renaissance of flower head pieces has kindled the creativity of floral designers around the world. What began predominantly as whimsical and wild has now evolved into a range of looks from sophisticated, romantic to dramatic. We’ve selected some of our absolute favorites and in this feature show you seven different ways to rock your floral crown.
1. Select Monobotanic Blooms
We love the impact and drama of selecting one type of floral and letting its intrinsic nature shine. Whether it’s the lushness and particular hue of a coral rose or the delicateness of a royal purple dendrobium orchid, the effect of bundling mono botanic buds provides all the beauty of the most fashionable statement piece.
Photo Sources: 1. Bridal Musings / Lora Grady Photography 2.Wedding Chicks / Michelle Warren Photography 3. Art of Love / Design by Table Art 4. Strictly Weddings / Paula Ohara Photography 5. Sweet Violet Bride / A.W. Photography
2. Style with Asymmetric Design
As these gorgeous floral crowns illustrate, there are many creative ways to incorporate floral into your crown. Tuck in a cluster or a single large bloom to the side. For an ultra soft design, incorporate drippy floral like amaranthus. Or for a more whimsical look, allow the floral to cascade over the shoulder on one side.
Photo sources: 1. Style Me Pretty / Kay English Photography 2. Style Me Pretty / Life in Bloom Photography 3. Alixann Loosle Photography 4. Celadon Celery 5. Wedding Chicks / Michelle Warren Photography
3. Go Big & Bold
Strong and sophisticated, we love the editorial feel of these bold looks. For our brides with a lot of spunk and a penchant for high style, an ultra lush combination of dynamic floral and lots of texture is a fabulous way to express it!
4. Combine with a Drop Veil
For those who wouldn’t dream of forgoing the classic beauty of the bridal veil, consider combining it with an elegant floral crown. Reminiscent of the timeless elegance of a royal wedding, the result is a soft ethereal look that oozes vintage romance.
Photo Sources: 1. Erica Elizabeth Design / Caroline Tran Photography 2. Green Wedding Shoes / Laura Gordan Photography 3. Erica Elizabeth Design / Caroline Tran Photography 4. Head Pieces by Mignonne / Rachel Soloman Photography 5. Bridal Musings / Design by Enchanted Atelier
5. Stay Seasonal
While we see the majority of floral crowns donned by summer brides embracing the natural beauty of an outdoor ceremony, these head pieces are just as beautiful in every season. Consider an elegant autumn crown of dried blossoms or this deep, rich red floral crown for a striking contrast to your winter white wedding.
1. 100 Layer Cake / Design by Tinge Floral / Blush Photography 2. Style Me Pretty / Judy Pak Photography 3. Red Leaf Boutique / Simply Rosie Photography 4. Hello May Bridal Blog 5. Original Source Unknown
6. Embrace the Greenery
Channel your inner Greek goddess with a leafy green crown with simple floral adornment. How gorgeous is the natural look of this grape vine crown? Equally stunning is the soft greens of beautifully bound eucalyptus with the refreshing pop of orange ranunculus.
7. Don Fine Silk Floral
Without a water source, there is always the worry of fresh floral crowns wilting before the bride’s walk down the aisle. If you are getting married in the height of summer or are planning on an extended photo session, a finely crafted silk floral crown may be the perfect option for you. Not only are they often indistinguishable from fresh floral, your head piece becomes a special keepsake for forever after.
1. Design by WhichGoose / Yuna Leonard Photography 2. Original Source Unknown 3. Erica Elizabeth Design / Caroline Tran Photography 4. Chic Vintage Brides / Sibo Designs / Caroline Tran Photography 5. Gardens of Whimsy on Etsy
As we’ve seen today, there are many ways to style and accessorize your wedding look with a gorgeous floral crown. We’ve sourced our images from wedding designers, floral stylists and talented photographers throughout the world. If you’ve spotted a must-have design, be sure to explore the link to the original post for more ideas and inspiration!
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