California Wine Country Color Inspiration from Fleurs de France
June 7, 2011
United States
Weddings in Wineries
One of the things we hear the most from our brides-to-be is just how stinkin' difficult it can be to pick your colors. There are so many things to consider when concerning the color palette of their big day. What sort of ambiance you want to portray? What colors will work well with your surroundings? What time of year are you marrying? Does orange really work with your maid of honor's skin tone? It can easily become the topic you least want to discuss. But what are we here for, if not to give you inspiration for your big day? Fleurs de France sent over three amazing wedding with three pretty different color inspirations. And first up to bat, we've got a Sonoma County wedding, captured by Deborah Laver Photography, featuring a spectrum of soft yellow. Click here for more of this one!

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So what can we take from this first fête? Obviously, the couple choose yellow for their big day. The color closely associated with sunshine, warmth, and happiness. But to avoid the yellow being overwhelming, which is a definite threat, they chose to incorporate the color in the florals alone. Almost all other colors of the affair are neutral, allowing the yellow to take center stage, along with the couple, of course. The black attire of the bridal party, the white bridal gown and linens, and the green foliage backdrop all allowed a minimal amount of the vibrant hue to make a big impact.

Venue: Madrona Manor / Florals: Fleurs de France / Photography: Deborah Laver Photography / Hair & Make Up: Tenia of JS Makeup / Cake:  Fleur de Lisa / Wedding Stationery: Paper Source / Officiant: Michael LeBlanc / Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones, Perla / Bridal Shoes: David's Bridal / Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Groom Tuxedo: Hickey Freeman / Entertainment: Jeanette Isenberg

Next in our lineup is a brilliantly purple hued wedding, captured by Marc Blondin Photography. Click here for the whole thing!

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With associations like passion, sophistication, and wisdom, a purple wedding is bound to be good. This wedding differs from the first wedding from Fleurs de France, in the fact that purple is everywhere. It's on the 'maids dresses, on the tablescapes, in the florals. It could be overwhelming, if there were no accent colors. My absolute favorite thing about this Napa Wedding is the contrasting Mother's dress. She picked a color that worked so well with the purple and pink palette, yet was completely different. The wedding was outdoors, which means there was a plethora of green, brown, wood, stone. Each of these colors and textures works with the purple in a different, great way - balancing the vibrancy from the other side of the color wheel.

Venue: The Harvest Inn / Florals: Fleurs de France / Photography: Marc Blondin Photography / Wedding Planner: Sarah Ghazzagh of A Dream Wedding / Catering: Wine Valley Caterer / Lighting: Twilight Designs / Stationery: Crane & Co / Hair & Make Up: It's A Date at the Powder Room / Bridal Gown: Romona Keveza / Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jessica McClintock / Linens: Napa Valley Linens / Equipment & Other Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Officiant: O.S. Hawkins

Last on our list we have another Sonoma wedding photographed by Deborah Laver Photography. You can see the whole beautiful affair in the gallery.

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This one is very different. While the amazing florals from this wedding had a rosy tint, the rest of the wedding was very neutral. There are lots of whites, the color of purity, cleanliness, and peace. This is a great option to go with if your wedding will take place outdoors, where nature provides the most beautiful color palette. The white details of this wedding serve as a canvas featuring the stunning couple and the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country. Very minimal color was used, but the effect is breathtaking.

Venue: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards / Florals: Fleurs de France / Photography: Deborah Laver Photography / Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering / Cake: Michelle Marie's Patisserie / Wedding Planner: Robbin Montero of A Dream Wedding / Hair & Makeup: It's a Date at the Powder Room / Linens: Classic Party Rentals / Equipment & Lighting: ATL Events / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / Ceremony Musicians: Notable Talent / Reception Entertainment: California Mobile DJ / Officiant: Rev Peadar Dalton / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Bridal Gown: Brides by Demetrios / Veil & Accessories: Brides by Demetrios / Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew / Grooms & Groomsman Tuxedo & Suits:  Men’s Warehouse

All three of these weddings could have had completely different feels if the palettes had changed. All had very similar backdrops - wine country, lots of greens, natural land - but each had a different feel because of the colors chosen. One thing I've picked up from studying gorgeous weddings on a daily basis, is that a little color goes a long way. You can see this in all three of these weddings. The yellow florals in the first wedding made the entire affair feel happy. The deep purples in the second wedding were juxtaposed perfectly with the natural world around for a moody, luxe feel. The neutral whites of the final wedding let the surroundings set the mood - clean and fresh.