Okay, so remember the last styled shoot I posted about was taken about 20 minutes from my house, at White Sands National Monument? Well, Lincoln National Forest is like, 30 minutes the opposite direction. Yeah, I live in the coolest place! :D But this styled shoot was a little different than previous ones because it was specifically for the March Volume II issue of Sheeba Magazine! So I'm super excited to share these photos!!
Jess Jones is a talented photographer in El Paso, TX and I was so flattered when she asked me to help her out with this shoot! Meri Palko was our model, also living in El Paso. It was fun to get to know them while passing off the flower crown :)
I'm seriously having so much fun working with these photographers in New Mexico! I've got some more awesome projects in the works, so stayed tuned!!
In a recent post, we talked about how to budget for your wedding flowers. So now that you have an idea about how much money to set aside, let's talk about choosing your flowers! Usually, this comes down to a few different factors - your budget, your style, and your colors.
If you are one to scroll through Pinterest for ideas, you might've happened upon the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2017. Every year, Pantone Color Institute chooses a "color of the year" that reflects the current cultural climate. The color they choose has historically influenced trends of all types of design. This includes fashion, interior design, architecture, and, of course, weddings!
You guys, I was so excited to see the color released for this year!
How pretty is that?? Forbes has a pretty good article on the choosing of the color, but in the interview, Laurie Pressman, the Pantone Color Institute's VP describes this year's culture as having a growing desire to connect with nature - to find way to disconnect from technology and to stop and breathe. She says, "[Greenery] is about unity and community--connecting to oneself and others and a higher purpose, Nature." I LOVE that! When I see this color, I think of new life, fresh, and simple. I love how it's just so...natural!
So, obviously, greenery is my jam :) but Pantone doesn't leave us hanging! If you need some inspiration for your wedding day color palette, they release a palette of 10 colors that will be popular for 2017.
I love that this group of colors encompasses all types of styles! So what do you say? Shall we have some fun? Here are some palettes of my own that I've put together for a little inspiration:
Want a bolder look for spring or early summer? Those coral Peonies are stunners!! I also love the pop of color with the yellow Ranunculus and the texture that the pink astilbe adds. The Dusty Miller accents add a soft touch a blue. Here are some more options:
favorite ways to add some blue. Hot pink Carnations are a lower price point than garden roses and a great way to add that great color!
Getting married in the summer? This is one of my favorite palettes because my own wedding had oranges and blues :) This bouquet has standard orange roses and light pink spray roses. There's that Eryngium that I love! And I love the seeded Eucalyptus that adds that green color with a seed-looking texture. Here's some more options to think about:
love the natural flowy-ness of green Hanging Amaranthus and orange tulips? You can't go wrong :)
Here's a nice fall palette. This arrangement obviously added some deep red, which adds some more depth! I love the orange lilies and the bi-color roses of red and yellow. The fall foliage in here also adds some of the great "greenery" color!
Okay winter brides, this one's for you! What I love about weddings in winter is being able to show that there are actually flowers and they are pretty! Haha, this little boutonnière is a great example of some gorgeous colors we can get. I've mentioned the Dusty Miller leaves to add a blue hue, and the blue delphinium is also a great option. This also has some Veronica, which usually comes with green tips and Pieris Japonica has the prettiest little pink flowers (insert heart eyes).
this post! The first thing I learned in my floral classes was that if you think the colors look good together, then they do! This post helps you see that you can get flowers to go with any color palette but I hope this gave you some ideas if you have no idea where to start! Your florist will certainly have some ideas for you and will help you along the way as well. Good luck, my wedding planning brides-to-be! :)
Have I told you that I'm in love with where I live? In June, my little family moved to a rural town -basically in the middle of nowhere, haha - in southern New Mexico. My husband was a little bummed to find out this was where his job was taking us, but I was determined to find the positive - and it turns out, there is a TON of positive!
My husband and I are of the adventurous spirit. We love to travel, but what really makes us excited is finding cool attractions off the beaten path...maybe places that not many people know about! This has led us to discover so many random and interesting places, and guess what?? New Mexico is FULL of these!
What I love about where we live is that I get my mountains and snow and pine trees by driving 20 minutes to the northeast. But 20 minutes southwest is the most beautiful park of literal white sand dunes!
White Sands National Monument makes up the southern part of a 275 sq mile field of white sand dunes made from gypsum. It is the largest of its kind in the whole world and it is breathtaking! So imagine my giddiness when Ashley, of Ashley Marie Photography, asked me to collaborate on a shoot there in December.
My family was also pretty excited about this because we love any excuse to go hang out at "the white sands", my daughter talks about it constantly :) But this time was especially fun because Apple Jack was one of the models! My daughter was ready to take him home with us :) Let's be honest, I was ready to take him home with us, too! How cute is he?
Our other models were the gorgeous couple (and owners of Apple Jack), Shanna and Chance Means, from Means Performance Horses. They were so fun to work with and did amazing! Check it out...
Such a dream, working with all these people. And now, every time we go back to White Sands, my daughters ask us where Apple Jack is, without fail :)
Photographer: Ashley Gonzales of Ashley Marie Photography
Hair and Makeup: Jacqueline Chavez of Makeup by Jacqueline C
Venue: White Sands National Monument
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