Something about this time of year always reminds this California girl of an autumn trip to Newburyport, MA; the leaden sky over choppy pewter seas, strands of errant seagrass blowing over the dunes. It was the first time I ever saw the ocean on the eastern end of the country. My boyfriend at the time wanted to prove to me that they had beaches, just like the West Coast. I laughed, shivering against the whip-sharp wind that came off the Atlantic, and told him that this strip of sand and sea leached of color by oncoming winter didn’t count. I see the beauty in it now, looking back, the pale colors of the sand, the dunes, the frosted glass waves blending in to each other to create a neutral palette underneath a soon to storm sky. It’s beautiful, if you can brave the wind, but it makes for better inspiration when you aren’t experiencing the cold.
Neutral colors have come to signify chic in the event community – the lack of strong color giving way to texture and shading to create depth. Raw silk, rough-edged, makes the perfect canvas, with unbleached linen and mottled milkglass adding dimension. Herbs make the perfect alternative to florals: laurel, rosemary, lavender, and bay adding hints of greyed green to the palette.
PHOTO GALLERY –
Photo Credits: Bride – Photography by Jose Villa, Gown by Samuelle Couture | Potted Herb Aisle Decor – Photography by Richard Israel Photography, Florals by Flowers From The Cellar | Canopy with Chandelier – Styling and Design by She Designs | Bottles via The Lane | Table Decor – Photography by Christine Meintjes, Styling by The Pretty Blog | Star Lantern – Photography by KT Merry Photography