Color Me Engaged

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by Tracie Seed

Rose or berry? Loden or sage? Once you’re engaged, color scheme choices become an integral part of your vernacular. You’ll know the difference between coral and salmon in the blink of an eye and your knowledge of metallic finishes will out-rival any metalsmith’s. So how do you decide? There are many ways to choose one whether you find inspiration from your favorite hues, the venue’s decor or shades from your most beloved flowers. For many brides, another jumping off point is the season of their celebration, but with today’s throw-caution-to-the-wind trends, almost anything goes.

“There are a lot of metallics appearing in weddings and the invitations reflect that with shimmered inks, pearlescent papers and a lot of foil,” explains Mimi Vazquez, owner of Paper and Pearl. “I’ve noticed that brides will carry the shine throughout their wedding, including their jewelry, decorations and tablescapes.” And when you think “metallics,” look beyond the basic silver and gold. Today’s sparkle also includes antique gold, brushed silver, nickel, platinum, copper, rose gold and every finish in between.

According to Vazquez, blush is still the first place color choice and she likes how it is being mixed with navy or charcoal suits for the gentlemen. “It’s soft, can go with everything and looks beautiful.” Another trend on the horizon is a flashback to black and white weddings for a classic, glamorous celebration. And you can never go wrong with a nautical theme or bright pops of color. “Mix up the navy and white with a gold or pale coral,” suggests Vasquez. “It’s a fresh take on a Newport classic style.”

Enchanted Spring

Fairy tale nuptials call for luscious florals and a nostalgic nod to yesteryear. Dusty lilac, pink and sage bloom beautifully in a springtime soiree.

Summer Shines

Choose one strong color as your shining star. A navy backdrop is the perfect way to make this fuchsia pop.

Seafaring Fall

Whoever says nautical is just for summer hasn’t seen a Newport fall day from the bow of a sailboat. This classic palette comes to life with the shimmery rose gold sequined gowns and accents.

Winter Wonder

A chic black and white combo conjures visions of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers twirling glamorously around the dance floor. Add some platinum bling, and you’ve got magic.

Originally published in Newport Wedding Magazine 2018 issue.

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