To Spruce Up a Classic Color Palette, Mix Up Your Design

Place setting from CB2 and Rudy's Event Rentals
Modern silhouettes and surprising shapes make classic colors feel avant-garde
Written by
Allyson Reedy


Fall/Winter 2019

Sure, you could play it completely safe on your wedding day, but for you intrepid brides, what fun would that be? “This is for a client who wants to experiment not only with color, but with shapes as well,” says Laine Palm, owner of Laine Palm Designs. She modernized pastels with unexpected forms and silhouettes, from a cube cake to decidedly un-square stationery to an almost architectural floral arrangement. Palm likes the challenge, because it means she has to think just a little differently about those traditional pieces of a wedding day, she says.

Colorful Courses
(Above) “Dress up your head table with pops of color in your glassware, flatware, plates and linens when you can,” Palm advises. The copper flatware, lavender salad plate and plum linen in this glam place setting, from CB2 and Rudy’s Event Rentals, show that elegance and adventure can go hand-in-hand.

Ultra Violet
“Your color palette can come through in cocktails just as much as it can come through in your floral and stationery,” Palm says of the amethyst-hued Aviation, a mix of Maraschino cherry liqueur, lemon juice and crème de violette. She topped the sweet/tart drink with edible flowers to make it even prettier.

Shape Shifter
This daring dessert from Sara Victoria Cake Design adds the unexpected to your day. The clean lines give it quiet appeal, while the textured frosting and floral topper keep it delightfully offbeat.

Flair Game
Accessories are the perfect way to go a little wild. Palm chose the veil (“a piece of artwork in itself”) and delicate contemporary earrings, both from The White Room, for their subtle statement.

Starting Blocks
Choosing minimal designs, as in the invitation suite by Jill Elaine Designs, allows you to play with bold shades. Dazzle your guests with this unique cut and cool color blocking.

Wild Flowers
Genevieve Wilson of Apricot Floral Design used butterfly ranunculus, garden roses, anthurium, tulips, orchids and lilacs to create this stunning artistic arrangement, displayed in a CB2 vase. Wilson has “an incredible ability to allow flowers to speak for themselves,” Palm says, making the most of their natural beauty through a sculptural lens.




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