Choosing your wedding colors will be one of the first decor decisions you make. Without a doubt your color combinations and approach will set the tone to the entire theme of your day. It may be why many brides tend to go the safer route - the pastel, muted and more neutral shades versus the hot hues in today's inspiration planned by Mann and Wife out of Chester, Virginia. Be ready to be swayed. These rich, luscious pinks and oranges mixed with juicy citruses create a sizzling effect that make a summer color splash we adore. Erica Chaplin Photography captures just how this bright color palette sets a playful mood without losing the elegance. It may even leave you obsessing over making some bolder moves of your own when it comes to choosing your wedding colors.

Summer is a great time to get married because almost any color palette will work. It's also the perfect season to say goodbye pastels when choosing your wedding colors and hello to an uber-bright combination. Mixing bright pink with an orange will definitely pop. You can tone it down for the ceremony by putting the bridesmaids in light pink dresses with fuchsia bouquets hand-tied ribbons in more subtle colors. At the reception, we love how this team showcases a fabulous mix of texture and patterns. From the fresh citrus to the daring linens mixed with the vibrant hues and a touch of metallic accents in the vases. The key here is how they melded the brighter hues and incorporated deeper tones to avoid a carnival-like look. Once you have your wedding colors, all the other stylistic decisions become relatively easier. Are you still a bit afraid to make that unforgettable splash when choosing your wedding colors? Think about what your daily personal style is. What colors tend to grace your home and you closet. If you already lean toward a more neutral vibe, your wedding day is certainly not the day to make a leap toward the light and bright. You won't want to hang those everlasting photos on your walls for years to come. But if you have days where you like to have some edge then consider taking a risk when choosing your wedding colors. Our bet is you won't regret it!

Photographer: Erica Chaplin Photography Event Venue: Ashton Creek Vineyard Event Center Event Planner: Mann and Wife Beauty: K. Dayberry Bridal Dress Store: Caryn's Bridal Calligrapher: Miller Calligraphy Co. Floral Designer: Mann and Wife Bakery: Cakes and Moore Bakery