Autumn is the perfect time of year to start thinking about rich color palettes, and we love that today’s styled shoot embraces these darker hues completely. Lauryn Kay Photography, Dorsey Mcleod, and Floral Sunshine teamed up to create a styled shoot that’s perfectly stylish all year-round, but definitely suitable for this chillier weather we’re having!
From the stylist, Dorsey Mcleod: My inspiration for this shoot began with rich tones of blues, reds, and purples – not your typical spring/summer palette. Couples shouldn’t feel limited to peaches and pinks (although there’s nothing wrong with that!) just because they are tying-the-knot in warmer months. Beautiful and inspired color palettes do not have a season — it’s all about the styling! Living in Portland, brides often feel limited by weather and season. Our talented vendors show that you can have rich hues and drama whether you’re getting married in December or July.
In order to keep the drama without venturing into dark décor, the color was mostly limited to the flowers and paper —- highlighting with metal tones to play on the beautiful light in our venue. So as to incorporate some Oregon flair, we used a traditional farm table and incorporated fresh grapes as a nod to all the beautiful wine produced throughout the state. Greenery throughout the space and arrangements bring the outside in. Centerpieces were kept low and lush to encourage conversation and keep the focus where it belongs- our beautiful bride. The bride’s look came organically from our color palette—the bold lips and non-traditional gown keep the drama and still feel fresh. Her bouquet feels opulent but vibrant and makes her wine-stained lips pop.
I love a WOW piece for the ceremony, especially when it can be repurposed during the reception. Our lattice altar softens the space and the event—a touch of romance that would make a beautiful backdrop for photos or even a sweetheart table! My goal was to inspire couples to be bold, be creative, and not limit themselves based on weather, color palette or season. Inspiration can come from anywhere—making it your own is the fun part!