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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Using GRAY in your wedding flowers...

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I love gray.  I know it's trendy and cool right now, but I've always loved it as a great "un-color" when you need a soft, moody backdrop.  It's a fantastic neutral that can be warmed up with contrasting tones or paired with cooler colors for a sophisticated effect.  

As with all design trends in the retail world, weddings are quick to follow... gray is a very popular neutral accent color for weddings of the moment.  What a lot of brides don't realize is that it IS possible to include gray in your wedding flowers.  It's not too difficult to find gray tones in nature... and in fact, it can really have a beautiful, vintage-inspired effect on your overall look.  Today, I'm going to give you the ins and outs (through some beautiful images) of how we can make it happen!  :)

The most accessible stems that immediately come to mind in the gray tones are dusty miller, silver sage, silver brunia, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents.  There are, of course, others- and if I have any floral designer readers out there, by all means speak up! 
Gray, like any good neutral, can work perfectly with every color.  In the following images, gray melds perfectly with soft, vintage pinks and pale antique peaches: 

{As with all my "inspiration posts", some of this work is mine, and some is not!  I will do my best to give credit where it's due here, but please speak up if you know the source of any of these unnamed images!}

{corsage via:  Erin Volante Floral}
{bouts via:  Erin Volante Floral}

{Bouquet via:  Erin Volante Floral}

{bouquet via:  Erin Volante Floral}

{centerpiece via: Style Me Pretty}

{bouquet via:  Erin Volante Floral, image via The Parsons}

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We can also pair gray foliages with vivid, bold statement colors... yellows, corals, oranges, hot pinks and more.  
{centerpiece via:  Erin Volante Floral, image via Halberg Photographers}

{bouquets via:  Erin Volante Floral, image via Halberg Photographers}

{centerpiece via: Blush Floral}





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{bouquet via: Hana Floral}

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Perhaps in it's most moody format, gray also works with other true neutrals.  Beiges, browns, creams, ivories, and soft greens.

{image via: The Knot}

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{image via:  The Boutwells}

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{image via:  Little Pheasant}

{bouquet via:  Erin Volante Floral}

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{bouquet via: Style Me Pretty}

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What fun it was to collect these GRAY floral images, even on such a gray winter day here in KC!  There's so much inspiration on the web, and I want to thank each of the amazingly talented designers who's work is included here.  I love learning from other creative people and it inspires me to do better work!  Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

Ma.Aprilette Sulib said...

wow these bouquets and all the flowers used for the wedding occasions look extremely lovely. Love the photos. Danisa flowers