Whimsical Wedding Inspiration For Your Big Day
Although the rusty crimson shade of marsala is the new color to watch in weddings, many brides still harbor a love for last year’s passionate purple shade, radiant orchid. Unlike the practical and rustic marsala, radiant orchid is all about elegance and whimsy. Not surprisingly, “elegant” and “whimsical” are also the perfect buzzwords to describe Vince and Brittany’s radiant orchid themed wedding.
Since the earliest days of recorded history, the color purple has been associated with wealth, prestige, and royal status. This color, more than any other, has had quite the glamorous history. You may be wondering why that is.
As it turns out, purple is a notoriously difficult color to make. For centuries, the only way to produce this hue was with a special dye manufactured in the ancient city of Tyre (modern day Lebanon). Merchants in Tyre created the dye out of a tiny mollusk that could only be found in their local region of the Mediterranean sea. It took over 9,000 mollusks to create just one gram of the purple dye, so you can imagine the amount of work it took to make enough for a full garment! Therefore, only the wealthiest of the wealthy could afford to purchase purple clothing and fabrics. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the mid 1800’s that someone finally found a cheaper way to make this color!
In 1856, an 18 year old chemist by the name of William Henry Perkin accidentally created the first synthetic purple compound while trying to produce the vaccine for malaria. Once he realized that the pretty purple compound could be used as a fabric dye, Perkin quickly patented his discovery, calling it “Tyrian Purple.” Thanks to Perkin’s discovery, all people can now enjoy this regal color that was once reserved for only the most elite members of society.
Our bride, Brittany, looked like royalty herself with her richly adorned lace mermaid gown and royal purple wedding bouquet. Her beautiful bouquet included a luxurious mix of lavender roses, magenta orchids, purple hydrangea, and purple anemones. The bouquets looked fabulous with her bridesmaids’ rich purple gowns!
Her groom looked absolutely dashing with his bright purple patterned bowtie and orchid boutonniere!
Some of the most impressive pieces we created for this enchanting wedding were the rose petal bumper and the manzanita arches that graced the end of the aisle. The whimsical petal bumper lined the aisle in swirls of white rose petals accented with light purple petals at the edge of every curve. At the end of the aisle sat 2 towering manzanita sculptures shooting from beautiful purple pedestal arrangements. The two sculptures connected to create the beautiful arch where Vince and Brittany would finally say “I do.”
It was a beautiful ceremony swathed in rich, royal tones of purple. After learning a little history, it’s easy to see why purple has always been such a coveted color — and why it’s such a desirable wedding color for today’s brides and grooms!
Special thanks to Associate Photographer, Tina, with Melissa Jill Photography for all of these gorgeous images!
Reception & Ceremony - 04/29/2017
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