This morning, I was making breakfast for my girls. A common task, one that I can do without really thinking about it. My mind was wandering and my eyes settled on two pears sitting in a bowl. Their color struck me as being really beautiful, the blush that is developing as they ripen. The thought struck me: “What a great color palette for a wedding!”
I am inspired by nature all the time. Some of my best ideas come from observing elements in my garden: a flower bobbing in the breeze, how a branch is bending, etc. I bring these observations to my floral designs, creating weddings that are garden-inspired and romantic in their look and feel. This time, inspiration came from two little pears.
Pears have a lovely shade of yellow-green as their base color, a color found many times in new leaf growth. It also happens to be a shade that appears as leaves turn color in the fall and drop off the branch. Looking out my kitchen window, I could see the same shade of green on my grape vine. Outside I trot, clippers in hand, to see what else I could find.
Turns out I found a lot in my garden. Now, keep in mind, it is the middle of November and most of my garden is brown and already asleep for the winter. I found a few last buds, those plants that just don’t want to admit that summer is over. And I know how they feel, I miss the long days and sunshine of summer already.
I found grape vines, cape fuchsia, scabiosa, lady’s mantle and sage in the yellow-green shade. For the blush shade, which to me looks like coral, I found foxglove, Koko Loko rose and burning bush leaves.
If I was planning a wedding using this color palette, here is what I would do. Keep the color ratio the same as on the pear: 75% yellow-green and 25% coral-blush. I love creating florals that are full of greenery, as it adds so much texture to the designs. The ceremony arch would be covered in grape vines, as if growing there naturally. Vases would be overflowing with vines and sage. Pops of the coral-blush color would be provided by the roses and foxglove. The pear looks smooth from a distance, but when you look up close you see lots of little dots that add a texture to the skin. Foxglove have the same dots in their throat, offering a nice repetition of the pattern.
The pear green shade might be a hard color for your bridesmaids to wear. Have them wear the coral-blush shade, which is more flattering on a wide range of skin tones. If their bouquets are full of greens, it would be a lovely balance of colors.
I can see using the burning bush leaves for the boutonnieres and other small detail areas like on napkins or flower crowns. Notice the pear stem is deep brown? That would be a great color for the guys suits. Or maybe that color is brought in by using natural wood tables for the reception. If the venue has wood details, like barn walls or wood-beamed ceiling, all the better.
Can you start to see how this color palette could work for a wedding? It’s not the blush and white colors you see so much of at weddings these days, but isn’t that a good thing? I say look at other possibilities, make your wedding different than all the rest. Taking inspiration from nature is a great way to build cohesion in your wedding look. Open your eyes to the possibilities that surround you, even in your kitchen fruit bowl!