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Fall is a wonderful time of year to have your wedding, both because of the great food options (spiked apple cider cocktails! donuts!) and the gorgeous colors that are associated with the season. But you don't have to stick to a traditional palette of red, orange, and brown for your fall fete; here are three new fall wedding palettes that are perfectly seasonal, yet completely unexpected.
Fall's classic brown gets softer and far more romantic with this palette. We love the way this look incorporates the soft, muted colors that have been trending for the past few years and turns them into an ethereal palette that is reminiscent of the forest in late autumn.
Elizabeth Messina on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly || J. Layne Photography LLC on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly || Halberg Photographers on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly || Emily Blake on Inspired By This via Lover.ly
LSD Photography on Bridal Guide via Lover.ly || Elisabeth Millay on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly || Concept Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly || Braedon Photography via Lover.ly || Meg Van Kampen Studios on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly || Danya Jimenez Photography on Bow Ties & Bliss via Lover.ly
If you want to experiment with bold colors but aren't into orange and yellow, make a deep, rich shade of purple central to your color palette instead. Incorporate dusty green and creamy ivory, and replace fall's standard red and orange with magenta and peach for a vibrant look that would be absolutely beautiful on a sunny fall afternoon.
Robin Nathan Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly || Avant Images on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly || Aurora Meneghello on By Madeline Trait via Lover.ly || Akimbo on Akimbo via Lover.ly ||MnM Foto on Maharani Weddings via Lover.ly || Adam Alli Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly
Dusky Fall Wedding
Most people don't think "dark" when they think weddings...but the fact that it's so unexpected is exactly why we love this palette. Inspired by a late-autumn thunderstorm, mossy greens and moody gray hues are hip and sophisticated for a fall wedding. (And thanks to Guns N' Roses, we'll always associate November rain with weddings.)
Ryan Joseph Photographs on Inspired By This via Lover.ly || Meg Van Kampen Studios on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly || Rachael Lindsy Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly || Nikole Ramsay on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly || Maloman Photographers on Maharani Weddings via Lover.ly || Brea McDonald Photography on Grey Likes Weddings via Lover.ly
Which of these fall color palettes is your favorite?
Color is absolutely fascinating, don't you think? Over the years I've seen thousands of studies conducted on the significance of certain colors, how colors make us feel, and that ways colors influence our decision making.
Color is something we are exposed to in all aspects of our daily lives, when we walk into a room, look at a flyer, take a shower, and pretty much a part of every other experience we have on a moment-to-moment basis. Jude Stewart, an incredible author and new mother, and I had a chance to talk about color and her new book ROY G. BIV, a book not only filled with fun color facts but interesting information you've probably never heard before in regard to the world of color. Today, we're bringing you part of our colorful interview with Jude to celebrate the release of her new book ROY G. BIV, and tomorrow we will bring you Part 2!
ROY G. BIV, is not only a reference guide to help people understand color better, but a powerful inspiration tool for anyone interested in design, color, and aesthetics. I had the chance to ask Jude a few questions about the book and herself as an author. Below you'll find part of our interview delving into the magical world of color.
Jude, What is Your Favorite Color?
"Ha! I love this question and have finally figured out a snappy answer. I’m mad for this color I like to call “highlighter yellow”, a highly acidic yellow-green. I like it so much I blogged about it for Print Magazine (nice pics in there, btw): Hard to say why it draws my eye so insistently – it seems clean, electric, and punches up every outfit I wear. It’s definitely among the odder shades that probably only color-aficionados love."
You mentioned different shades, what is a shade in color theory?
"I’m not an expert in color theory, but in writing my book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color, naturally I had to get up-to-speed with the basics. As I understand it, Color has three chief characteristics: its hue (the color itself), saturation (a color’s purity, or how much black or white has been mixed in), and brightness (approximately what shade of gray a color generates in a black-and-white photocopy). Not sure how a true color-theorist would define the term “shade”, but “brightness” seems to cover it. Here’s hoping one of your readers can enlighten us all!"
I found this interesting image that hopefully help you better understand shades from a visual perspective:
Where do color meanings originally stem from and what accounts for different cultures attributing different meanings to certain colors?
This may seem obvious, but most of color’s meanings stem from the most common objects surrounding us in that color. The tricky part, of course, is in defining what’s a “common object” in a given cultural context, and how that influences color’s meanings within that culture.
I like this quote from the American painter Robert Motherwell: “The ‘pure’ red of which certain abstractionists speak does not exist. Any red is rooted in blood, glass, wine, hunters’ caps and a thousand other concrete phenomena. Otherwise we would have no feeling toward red and its relations.” Red is perhaps THE most universal color-connotation in cultures across the globe. It’s very consistently associated with blood and the many emotions – valor, passion, pain – that blood suggests.
Of course, what’s really intriguing is when color meaning diverge across cultures – for instance, how the color black suggests fecundity and rich soils in many arid cultures, like the Uruk people in Iraq and many corners of northwestern Africa. That’s not a connotation most Westerners bring to black, but only because our culture – and weather patterns – don’t suggest this meaning as strongly.
Can you explain the significance of commonly used terminology of black or white and gray area?
"I delve into this a lot in ROY G. BIV. Again, I particularly like examples where other languages use color-metaphors that differ from the ones we use in English – it helps us “see” the color through a totally different lens. There’s a really curious color-shift that happens in German for many color metaphors, for example. They go “yellow with envy” (gelb vor Neid), “black with rage” (schwarz mit Ärger), get as “blue drunk as a violet” (blau wie ein Veilchen), and “beat someone up green and yellow” (jemanden grün und gelb schlagen). Germans and Americans aren’t so far apart culturally, yet they happen to notice totally different colors in their bruises and capture that difference in a common color-saying. Funny and very interesting, right?"
So, What color is the universe?
I thought you’d never ask! This is one of my favorite anecdotes from ROY G. BIV. Two astronomers from Johns Hopkins tackled this very question in a 2002 academic conference. Their paper was actually about a related subject: the age of the known universe. They had studied the colors of stars in over 200,000 galaxies; color is a dead giveaway for a particular star’s age, or point in its lifecycle. As a funny footnote they decided to calculate the average color of the universe based on the same data. Drumroll, please…they concluded it was turquoise.
Fast forward two months, however, and the plot thickened when a color scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology re-ran the numbers and concluded they’d made an error. The universe is actually, anti-climactically, beige. The reasons why are a bit technical to explain, but they boil down to this: the Johns Hopkins team had incorrectly set what’s known as the “white point”, the point at which light appears white to the human eye under different kinds of illumination. If you’ve ever bought a sweater or paint color under one kind of illumination in the store, then brought it home and hated the color under different illumination, you’ve been foiled by a shifting white point, too.
Check back tomorrow to learn more about the book itself, and read the rest of my colorful interview with Jude. ROY G BIV is available for purchase today!
More About Jude Stewart
Jude Stewart writes frequently about design and culture for magazines including Slate, The Believer and Fast Company, among others. As a contributing editor for Print, she blogs twice monthly about color, patterns, and other design-related hilarities. Her book ROY G. BIV: An Exceedingly Surprising Book About Color is available now. She lives in Chicago.
These days part of your wedding planning absolutely needs to include the construction of a wedding website. A wedding website is the key element that helps your guests know important wedding updates, where to go for the reception, and it's even a place that can help you keep track of your RSVPs.
I scoured the web to find you inspirational examples of colorful wedding websites for your enjoyment that do a great job of telling guests about the bride and groom as well as providing them with all the important info they need for the big day. Check out the sites I found below:
Matthew and Lauren's website was color themed! Woo hoo! The CMYK theme was totally cool, and their wedding website matched the theme perfectly. Their website includes a guest book, information about the wedding, the registry, and more. It's a fun and colorful site designed entirely by the bride and groom.
This cool couple decided to throw a fun and brightly colored circus inspired wedding featuring a big tent and ticket stubs as part of the theme. Their wedding website features incredibly bold colors and is actually easy to use!
This wedding website features bold and contrasting colors, with creative typography and illustrations weaved in throughout the site.
I'm head over heels in love with the design of this wedding site. Not only does it have cool typography, and interesting illustrations, it tells the couple's story in a unique parallax design. It's an incredibly sleek, elegant, and gorgeous website.
Tangerine and Sky Blue Wedding Website
Karl and Gina's wedding website is not only romantic, it's incredibly cute and sweet. I love the color combination of tangerine and sky blue along with the sweet illustrated characters.
Hipster Chic Wedding Website
Ross and Jess decided to go incredibly hipster for the design of their wedding website. The design incorporates frames, and very chic color choices that are slightly muted but elegant.
Red and Mint Colorful Wedding Website
Jenny and Grayden decided to tell their love story with incredibly unique and cool graphics and an awesome color combination that isn't only trendy but works well together.
Nanda and Juan Diego
This wedding website is jam packed with fun and bright colors. It's perfect for an outdoor summer wedding that will make everyone smile.
Chad and Katie Covered in Purple
Purple is one of my favorite colors, and this lovely couple incorporates purple elements beautifully into the design of their website.
Totally in love with these gorgeous and colorful wedding websites? If you're getting married soon, check out these website you can customize to your needs:
Choosing bridesmaids dresses that your friends actually like can be challenging, and the color plays a big part in whether or not they'll like the dress. But if you have a diverse group of friends, choosing a color that they all like and look good in can be pretty tough. Luckily there are a few hues that flatter pretty much everyone. While we can't promise they'll love these five colors (pink is one of those colors you either love or hate!), we can promise that they'll look pretty great in them.
1. Navy Blue. This classic color is as versatile as black but a bit more fun and modern. And it's definitely a color your crew can wear again and again.
2. Champagne. Pale hues with a hint of shimmer or sparkle are a huge trend in bridesmaids dresses right now; we especially love mismatched champagne dresses -- it lets your girls pick a shade that looks great on them and creates a glamorous and festive effect.
3. Dark purple. This bold color is beautiful on bridesmaids for winter and fall weddings, though there's really never a bad time to wear it.
4. Blush. Another big trend for 2013 for bridesmaids (and brides!), barely-there pink dresses create a romantic and ethereal vibe on your big day. And letting your girls choose their own dresses is a safe bet with blush; in fact, the more variety there is, the dreamier it looks.
5. Fuchsia. Rich, vibrant pink is a surprisingly easy color to wear. It pops with different hair colors and skin tones, and adds such a fun and
Have you chosen bridesmaids dresses yet? What color are your gals wearing?
More wedding inspiration from Lover.ly:
Eclectic Anthology is an incredible collection of digital graphic design resources by Catherine Haugland. You'll find an incredible array of vintage styled designs that you can download and use to create incredible paper products, scrapbooks, and much more. Here are some of my favorite items from Eclectic Anthology:
We recently announced the 1st place winner for the Graft Concepts artist contest to be ArrayofLilly for her stunning design Discography. Today, we are pleased to announce the 2nd through 4th place winners that the COLOURlovers community voted on by showing them some love.
In case you forgot, the 2nd through 4th place winners will receive two cases of their own design, the credit card backplate, and a royalty agreement.
The third place winning design in the Graft Concepts contest comes from moldypetunia, who you all may know as Petunia (or Sara), a COLOURlover since 2009. She created a gorgeous design that you guys all showed a lot of love! Check out entwined below:
Congratulations to all of the winners in this contest, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest as well! Keep checking back for new and exciting contests we will have in the future!
Rebekah Kreiger is the graphic artist behind Tangle's Treasures, where she offers a variety of images and creations for use by other designers and creatives. Her designs have been showcased everywhere from small business branding and images to the largest multi-national corporations. Check out some of her amazing designs, and start using them to create incredible web designs and graphics or items for print like invitations and brochures.
Olga is a graphic designer and stay at home mom based in Moscow. She has an incredible eye for cute design and is great at crafting sweet clip art designs that can be used for everything from invitations to flyers and other papers goods.
Check out some of my favorite items from Olga below:
The new Graft Concepts artist is ArrayofLilly, a software engineer from Budapest who has a great eye for color and definitely knows how to create beautiful patterns. She has been a COLOURlovers member since 2008 and has created over 2,000 palettes and over 3,000 patterns. Her winning design, Discography, featured below was chosen for the following reasons:
- Unisex Design - either a guy could rock it
- A bold, yet harmonious color palette - also unisex
- Took into account the shape of the back plate and fit the design accordingly.
- Sophisticated look with a refined sense of design.
Check out some more of ArrayOfLilly's awesome submissions to the Graft Concepts design contest below that the designers and creatives from Graft Concepts also fell in love with:
Congratulations to ArrayofLilly for her beautiful design work!