In Living Color

Although wearing a gown with color can determine a lot of the design elements for your wedding, it can also open your mind to the ever-flowing possibilities of exploring something unique. Over the years, I've seen shoots and real brides pair their colorful CP couture gowns with a bouquet that has different colors than their dress. You might think something like this could clash, but as you'll soon find out, unexpected floral pairings can be incredibly chic.

Claire Pettibone Colorful Wedding Dress OpheliaWedding Dress with colorful bouquetOphelia by Claire Pettibone with wedding boquet Dress: Ophelia | Photographer: Lucy Munoz | Florals: Las Florista
Seeing the Ophelia gown, you may think you need to incorporate blues and lavender into your bouquet, which would also be beautiful, but Las Floristas proves that something more unexpected can be gorgeous! I love this bouquet with it's reds, oranges, greens, and overall earthy vibe. It gives an early fall mood to a gown that may be thought of only for spring or summer. The more you look at the bouquet next to the gown, you'll see the contrast enhances the essence of both.

Claire Pettibone Bride Sasha in Gypsy RoseBride Sasha wearing Claire Pettibone Gown Gypsy Rose Dress: Gypsy Rose | Photographer: Logan Smith | Florals: Floriography Flowers
Real bride Sasha was an absolute stunner in our Gypsy Rose gown! At first glance, the sage and rose embroidery in her gown might seem like a dress meant only for a spring-summer wedding, but our bride's bouquet of deep auburn and green foliage is giving us all the fall vibes while still being a total garden fairy!

Bride Meg in Pearle wedding Dress by Claire PettibonePearle Couture wedding dress by Claire PettiboneBride and Groom colorful wedding bouquet Dress: Pearle | Photographer: Shala Wills | Florals: Eucca Floral
Who knew a blush gown could look so incredible with pops or orange and yellow?! I love that Meg chose this bold floral direction, and I hope it gives other brides the confidence to go forward with creative style ideas. This modern bouquet gives our demure Pearle gown a fresh, bright look, and can we talk about the groom's attire as well? These two are total perfection!

Boquet by TinsparroweventsShangri-La Color embroidered wedding dress by Claire PettiboneClaire Pettibone wedding dress Shangri-La Dress: Shangri-La | Photographer: Alex Lasota | Florals: Tin Sparrow Events
Here's a case where the flowers DO match the dress, in this case the colorful Shangri-La. The bouquet, carried in a purse, (how cute is that?!) goes from deep magenta as the threads in the embroidery, to lighter shades of pink. The look is ultra romantic, and the flowers actually soften the bright tones in the gown for irresistible bridal beauty!

Bride with Eloise Lace Wedding Dress with Blue Silk LiningMaia Wedding Dress lined in blue silkMany of our real brides are falling in love with our blue silk to line their dresses. And a mixed colorful bouquet adds a striking pop of color against the dreamy Eloise and Whitney.

Bold Red Flower bouquetMaia Embroidered Wedding DressRed and Pink Flower Bouquet Dress: Maia | Photographer: BonPhotage | Florals: Bloom Babes
Oh, Maia with her scarlet florals designed by Bloom Babes! Now this is how you go elegant, with a little bit of drama. I love how this look is a true representation of the outdoors. In nature, we find blues, greens, reds, pinks...so don't be afraid of the bold. You might not think of vibrant red as being a "bridal" color, but this goes to show how stunning it can be, even with a pastel and ivory dress!

Floral Bouquet on wedding dress table topClaire Petttibone designed wedding dress Sahara Wedding dress with blue lace and embroidery Dress: Sahara | Photographer: Alice Ahn | Florals: Designs by Hemingway
I had to end with one of my favorite shoots of all time..Sahara in Hawaii. The Sahara gown, with its grey French embroidery is the kind of 'busy' I like. The oversized bouquet by Designs by Hemingway is as ornate as the gown itself, with a combination of sage, coral, blush, ivory, and burnt orange, but it somehow works beautifully with the dress. The intricacies of both gown and bouquet are a match made in heaven...and of course that endless ocean doesn't hurt!Wedding dress model with Ocean backgroundWhether you decide to match your florals to your gown or not, the most important thing to remember is that there are no rules...just stick with your vision! Flowers and beautiful dresses always belong together, no matter the color combo.

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