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.