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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Vicki and Roger’s Festive Wedding at Eynsham Hall

As I am sat here at my desk, it is drizzling outside my office window, I’m wrapped up in a favourite cardi and fluffy socks and yesterday was ‘Blue Monday’. So I though I would blog something festive and sparkly for you! Vicki and Roger got married 3 weeks ago on 27th December. I am glad I knew that all the family stayed at the stunning Eynsham Hall the previous evening as the holiday traffic that morning was awful! I still made it in good time and arrived to a crisp, bright, beautiful Witney, Oxfordshire, just an hours drive down the A40 from me.

The atmosphere was calm with Vicki and her bridemaids and mum and fun when the flower girls were popping in and out.

Proud, and emotional father Pete walked his radiant daughter down Eynsham Hall’s grand staircase and up the aisle to meet a nervous looking Roger. But once Vicki was at his side, you could visibly see his shoulder relax and he started to breathe again! Once Vicki had a fit of giggles, the emotional atmosphere calmed (apart from father, Pete!)

As with all winter weddings, one of my main jobs is chasing the light! Since the weather was dry and bright, the new Mr and Mrs Turner wanted their group images all outside in the grounds of Eynsham Hall. We nipped through the groups swiftly and took a walk, just us, for their couples portraits.

Vicki had employed the help of Gloucestershire business Sweet Beginnings to style the hall for the wedding breakfast with tall chandelier centrepieces and personalised candy cones for the kiddies. The overall effect worked wonderfully in this grand ballroom.

Between courses, Jon Allen from Incorporate Entertainment provided magical entertainment in the form of close up table magic. He certainly wowed the guests!!

After an emotional set of speeches, Vicki and Roger cut their wedding cake, blew me a kiss and I left them to enjoy their evening!

Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day and I wish you all the very best for the future!

OobaLove Sheryl xx

Vicki’s Gown : Cotswold Bride

Hair Styling: CD Hair

Make Up: Eye Kandi Beauty

Flowers: Classic Flowers, Witney

For more information on booking Sheryl from Oobaloos Wedding Photography, please see the 2017/18 packages here.


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