Greenery: Pantone colour of the year

Blog originally published in The Cheltonian Magazine, March edition.

Replacing last year’s delicate shades, Serenity and Rose Quartz – Greenery has been officially selected as Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. According to Pantone, this zesty yellow-green colour symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and is also symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.  It is also illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors. The fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are into modern life, the greater their innate craving is to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives such as urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and global design choices. Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

With all honestly, when I found out that this year was ‘Greenery’, my heart sank. As a photographer, I fight green constantly. In full sun, it can appear as neon in images. In winter, it is minty and sometimes you hit it at a midpoint and it looks yellow. Knowing where colour casts will be thrown onto skin and onto white and pale dresses is just one part of my job – and that only comes from experience. When it comes to weddings, there are infinite ways to include more greenery and, though it might seem a bold colour, it can actually be treated as a neutral. Whether you use it as an underlying neutral in your wedding décor, or prefer to use it as a vibrant accent, you can make it work.

Take your wedding reception to new heights by hanging décor from the ceilings and rafters. Suspended wedding installations add some serious wow factor to your reception, but instead of flowers, try fresh greenery — pretty garlands, delicate vines, and leafy branches. I have seen some beautiful, autumnal, floral chandeliers. I can only imagine what a good floral designer could do with summer greeneries.  Their ability to transform a wedding reception space is truly breath-taking. This new take on the hanging classic is just as fresh, albeit a little greener. Decorating with leaves, vines and other greenery is not only unique and unexpected but it’s way more wedding budget friendly – since greens tend to be much more affordable than fresh flowers.

 

Hanging greenery overhead is also a great way to make your reception space feel larger — the leafy decorations will draw guests’ eyes upward, making the ceilings seem taller and the room to feel more spacious. Also, a hanging greenery installation is a great way to create a focal point since the piece is likely to be the first thing that guests see once they set foot inside the reception. Not to mention the stunning way that these installations really seem to bring the outdoors in.

 Looking to liven up your hotel ballroom with a vineyard feel? Suspend a slew of vines or branches above your dinner tables and it will infuse the room with nature.

Bonus: You’ll also save space on your tables by hanging the decorations overhead — something to seriously consider if you’re serving a family-style wedding menu or if you’re just running out of reception-table real estate.

Image credits

Cake: Sugar Bowl Bakes

Truffle Favours: OmMaZing Chocolates

Calligraphy: By Moon and Tide

Laser Cut Feathers and Names: Daisy Says I Do

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Oobaloos Photography with LVH Millinery and Beatrice Von Tresckow Designs

Oobaloos Photography wears many hats!

When my dear friend Lisa, of LVH Millinery told me she was teaming up with Beatrice Von Tresckow Designs for a showcase I just knew it was going to be an evening to remember. Hosted by the one of Cheltenham’s most loved jewellers, Beards and sponsored by Sytner Mercedes Benz, Cheltenham

Stuart Holmes Hair hosted the preparations with all hands on deck creating marvellous hairstyles to compliment the hat designs. Amy Hickey and Christine Cara were both in charge of making sure the models make up was ready for the lights and glamour of the evening to come.

When I arrived, the party was in full swing with Love Bites Canapes being served and bubbles flowing. Models were flying around backstage and Lisa going ever so slightly mad (but she is a mad hatter and this is March so we shall let her off).

Once the show started, the audience hushed and the first model appeared at the top of Beards beautiful staircase. For the next 30 mins the crowd wowed and awed at Lisa’s millinery creations teamed with outfits from Beatrice Von Tresckow. Like a fashion ballet, the colours swirled around in the lights and mesmerised their audience. From my station I could hear sighs, wow’s and “oh she is so talented”.

Of course the evening couldn’t have happened without the beautiful, graceful models who showed off the designs with smiles and elegance…Kristi Flower, Cristina Maria Schmidt, Bec Limbrick, Sophie Lydia Smith, Amanda, Sophie Organ and Charlotte Hamilton. It was marvellous to see my image of Kristi, the face of LVH, on the enormous banner at the top of the staircase!  The show was completed with a competition winner being announced for one lucky lady to win the use of a brand new Mercedes for the weekend!

Events like this make me very proud to be a part of a community of businesses that collaborate to thrive together. Please enjoy the images.

For more information on how Oobaloos Photography can capture your events, weddings and special occasions please contact me here.

 

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