Ask Abby
March 17, 2008

Our next question comes from Catherine...

"I am currently having a color palette problem. I originally was planning on having my bridesmaids wear a burnt orange dress and then incorporate fall reds, oranges and brown into the color palette. My bridesmaid dresses have been decided, and they are a T length chocolate brown. Now, this isn't too far off from my original idea, but I am having trouble with what color flowers to use. I think it is difficult because when discussing shoes for my bridesmaids, 2 of them randomly said they would like to wear gold shoes....hence I would probably buy them some sort of gold jewelry to bring that together. So, I have brown and gold. Maybe I am thinking way too hard, but do you have any ideas as far as which flowers would complement this combination?"

A. I have to say, I looooove gold and chocolate together. It's one of those classic combinations that just makes sense. My bridesmaids all wore chocolate gowns with gold strappy shoes and these gorgeous custom earrings by Arianny Dejesus. Bottom line, gold is always a great compliment to chocolate. And, I think that using classic fall hues like an array of oranges and deep reds would be stunning.

I was doing a little brainstorming and although I think that the fall hues would be gorgeous, I also think that a deep terra cotta pink, paired with a peachy orange would be really beautiful and would bring a lightness to your palette that would compliment the chocolate brown. Plus, all of the hues are in the same warm family, so the look would be incredibly inviting...


Dress by Jenny Yoo, Pink florals by Ariella Chezar, Gold Sandals by Stuart Weitzman on Bluefly, Peach/Orange florals by Crimson & Clover Floral Design

Catherine would love any and all ideas that you guys might have!!