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COLOR CODED – Choosing Your Wedding Color Palette

Choosing your wedding color palette can be an exciting, but daunting, task! When Kelly Hahn with the Toledo Wedding Guide invited me to collaborate on an article based around color I was excited to dive in with the design. Many brides in this region opt for traditional combinations like blush & navy pairings or ivory with black and greenery accents. We wanted to showcase some colors that aren’t quite used as often but make beautiful options. The images below were captured by one of Toledo’s top wedding photographers, Adore Wedding Photography, and the full edition of the magazine is available both in print and online at Toledo Wedding Guide.

RADIANT YELLOW: Happiness, joy, and optimism are words that describe this hue- and who wouldn’t want the same to be said of their marriage? The brightest color in the spectrum, yellow tends to be a nontraditional pick for weddings. However, from palest duck down, to vibrant sunflower, to rich antique gold, it can be a gorgeous foundation for a monochromatic or dimensional color palette. To pull of this scheme, consider letting yellow take the lead in details such as stationery, signage, and centerpieces and dressing the rest of your details in neutrals. For example, pair sunny bouquets with simple yet sophisticated ivory bridesmaid dresses or a classic white cake adorned with plush yellow blooms.

RADIANT YELLOW

Florals: Gardenview Flowers

Stationery: Uppercase Designs

Bridal Gown: Belle Amour

Hair: Chelsea Holly

Makeup Artist: Beauty by Billie Jo

Design & Styling: Event Prep

LAVISH GREENS: Whether the big day will be an outdoorsy tented wedding or a swanky ballroom affair, lavish greenery is an organic palette only Mother Nature can provide. Freshen guests’ senses by displaying greenery on tabletops and entwined throughout your menu. For a sophisticated look, pair this palette with stunning wedding details such as wood tables, elegant crystal chandeliers, and glass charger plates. For an al fresco wedding, consider garden-fresh garlands, custom olive oil favors tied with rosemary, and a farm to table menu. Pairing different shades of green, as shown in the stationery, is also a modern way to showcase the hue in places other than your fresh floral arrangements.

LAVISH GREENS

Florals: Ella Flora

Stationery: Uppercase Designs

Calligraphy: In Every Season Calligraphy

DUSTY ROSE: We love blush as much as the next girl, but softly silvered dusty rose deserves a turn in the spotlight! More subdued than other pinks, dusty rose, gorgeous when paired with her sister mauve (as pictured!) is a combination of pink and violet brushed with sterling. Done right, this tone is definitely not a wallflower. Dreaming of a romantic ballroom fete, a rustic barn celebration, or an edgy bohemian soiree? This versatile shade will create a gorgeous aesthetic for any wedding design.

DUSTY ROSE & MAUVE

Florals: Bartz Viviano

Bridal Gown: Belle Amour

Hair: Chelsea Holly

Makeup Artist: Beauty by Billie Jo

Design & Styling: Event Prep

SUN ORANGE: If incorporating an unexpected pop of color is appealing, let us introduce a little slice of inspiration with this delightful orange wedding palette. Including orange allows the creation of color combinations for a wedding style that’s unique and unexpected. It can be infused in your signature cocktail- imagine sipping a blood orange Cosmo or a vintage inspired Orange Blossom. Thinking of your centerpieces? If the florals are going to be lighting things up, this tropical hue will ensure the decor of the day will snap, crackle and pop.

SUN ORANGE

Florals: Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Stationery: Uppercase Designs

This article was a collaboration between some of the best Toledo wedding professionals in the community and it was an honor to be asked by the Toledo Wedding Guide team to be included. Loren & Mary Beth of Adore Wedding Photography are kind, creative, and SO talented so it was a true joy to work with the two of them! If you’re in the Detroit or Toledo areas and searing for a wedding photographer, florist, stationery designer, hair or makeup artist, calligrapher, or wedding gown boutique (or event designer + planner ;)) be sure to check out their websites via the links above!

LOCATION: The Venues in downtown Toledo

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Where do I begin? If you're considering hiring Event Prep as a wedding planner, stop thinking and DO it. Cassandra was the BEST decision we made for our wedding day (besides each other, of course!) I was working full-time, in graduate school full-time, and trying to plan the wedding. Because of her, I was able to truly relax, especially on our wedding day, and live in the moment which I am so grateful for. We can’t thank her enough for helping to make our wedding day exactly as we had hoped and dreamed it would be! 

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Event Prep is the best decision you can make for your wedding planning needs. Period. From the beginning vision phases, to the tough decision making moments, Cassandra is there not only as a seasoned professional but as a friend. There were times where I was at my wits end, and Cassandra became my place of peace and calm. She was always 10 steps ahead of the game and guided me in the right direction. She made me feel like my wedding was her only focus and her efforts showed through. My husband and guests were absolutely speechless at our ceremony and reception. They were truly blown away. None of it would've been possible without her. Simply put, Event Prep made my wedding dreams come true. 

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You will not be disappointed in your selection with Event Prep. Cassandra is the most professional, kind and bubbly spirit you’ll come in contact with.  We both have full time jobs and knew we would need all the extra help we could get.  Cassandra and Event Prep were the answers to my prayers! She made sure that we were all able to enjoy our day and not think twice about what needed to be accomplished. When I needed her, she was right there. I could not possibly fit a list of all the things Cassandra assisted with into this review. However, I can say she is a big reason I am able to look back on my wedding day with joy and happiness. Having the ability to focus on our guests and enjoy the most important day of our lives was priceless. 

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