The Perfect Palette · Aug 28, 2015

Marsala Wedding Inspiration: Pantone Color of the Year!

This shoot was inspired by the gorgeous Pantone color of the year, marsala. I chose to pair it with blush pink, gold, and ivory to keep it soft and feminine. I decided to shoot at Brazos Bend Park because of its beautiful Spanish moss trees. The weather was perfect that day after many days (weeks!) of rain. That day the sun finally made its appearance for a few glorious hours, and then right after we were done shooting, it started to rain again!

I wanted to incorporate a few unique elements into this shoot, like the wafer paper cakes, and a slightly more mature model. So many women are getting re-married and some just wait until their careers are in tip top shape, to go out and look for their prince. My amazingly gorgeous model is in her mid 40's and looking breathtaking in her Matthew Christopher "Amelie" gown.

The florals also wee absolutely amazing, and had pops of marsala throughout. The gorgeous bouquet and floral arrangement featured ranunculus, leucadendron, carnations, and king protea.


On the table I used a mixture of vintage and modern items, like the marsala colored vintage glasses I inherited from my mother-in-law, who inherited them from her own mother-in-law. I knew those would be fabulous one day!

The trio of cakes were a showcase of the latest trends in wedding cakes. The large cake had extra tall tiers, two of them covered in fondant and edible wafer paper, with a gold trim. The smaller matching cake had a gold top tier, and the bottom tier is made of hand cut edible wafer paper "petals". Of course I also had to have a red velvet naked cake, my signature cake! This naked cake is special because not only does it have beautiful cascading flowers, but it also has edible gold leaf on the front.

The pyramid and gem shaped chocolates also have gold leaf on top and are very delicious and super trendy right now.
We started shooting under the Spanish moss, and then suddenly I noticed a fallen tree near the creek we had nearby. I dashed over there and realized it would be a perfect place to shoot. My favorite shots are the ones we took there by that fallen tree. When I first saw them, they took my breath away.

I hope you enjoy my shoot featuring the color marsala. Its a gorgeous, rich color that to me represents opulence and luxury and is so easily paired with many other beautiful colors.

Concept and styling: Dolce Designs // Photography: FJCPhoto // Florals: Bramble and Bee // Dress and hair crown: Houston Bridal Gallery // Cakes: Dolce Designs // Invitation and paperie: Ruby Ridge Studios // Furniture: Reluvd // Model: Maya Fasthoff
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