How to pick your wedding colors | Amarillo wedding photographer

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When I am photographing a wedding, I like to pull the entire day together in order to tell a story. I want to string together a ton of pictures from all of the different things that are happening during the day - from getting ready to walking down the aisle and from bride and groom portraits to the first dance. The best way to tell a coherent story is through color. Having a solidified color scheme for your wedding is incredibly advantageous to your final wedding photos.  

When I meet with engaged couple for the very first time, one of the questions I ask them is, “What are your wedding colors?” Some brides have six different colors all with complicated names like soft periwinkle, baby’s breath, peacock, etc. and others simply say, “Navy and white.” There are no wrong choices when it comes to wedding colors. It’s all about your personality and what YOU and your groom want for your day. Remember that. You can choose colors that are wild, bright, soft, classic, fun, serious, and everything in between. 

Here’s how to pick your wedding colors so that your wedding photos will reflect your personalities:

Base the colors on your venue. More than likely, you have a wedding venue booked already. It’s one of the first things you will do as a newly engaged person. Now think about that venue. Is it modern and neutral? Is it a flourishing garden? Get inspired by the style of venue and go from there. If the space is pretty neutral you can choose almost any color that you want. You could think about contrasting the neutral with something bright or you could keep in line with it by going minimal on the color. However, if your venue is a bold color such as red, you may not want to choose another super bold color like yellow. Your colors should enhance your venue, not compete with it. 

 This bride did a great job of letting the venue (a garden) dictate the theme and colors. 

This bride did a great job of letting the venue (a garden) dictate the theme and colors. 

Think about the season. And I don’t mean have a red, orange, and yellow fall-themed wedding in October. That’s not exactly timeless. If you want to think seasonally, it’s important to think classically at the same time. Your images will be hung on your wall all year round, after all. Deep jewel tones like purple and peacock would be more unexpected, yet still amazing for the fall season. Imagine wintertime, bright canary red, ivory, evergreen. Beautiful. Or in the spring, take advantage of the blossoms and focus on airy pastels like blush or periwinkle (but not the types of pastels that you would see at a baby shower). 

 This wedding was in Kansas in April so there was a pretty good chance it would rain. And rain it did. The vibrancy of the Spring day worked so well with the bright colors. 

This wedding was in Kansas in April so there was a pretty good chance it would rain. And rain it did. The vibrancy of the Spring day worked so well with the bright colors. 

Just choose what you love. If you have a special keepsake or piece of home decor that you just love, use it as inspiration. Or maybe there is a place that you love but you aren’t able to get married there. For example, my favorite place in the world is this little piece of coastline in Alaska at sunset (below). I went there a few years ago on a mission trip. Look at the amazing colors! If I was to re-do my own wedding, it would be beautiful to take inspiration from this place. Or take a look in your closet and see what colors you normally wear. More than likely, those are the colors that look good on you and it won’t hurt to have them surrounding you on your wedding day.

Keep it simple. Don’t choose more than 4 different colors for your wedding. It can easily become too much. It’s best to only have one strong color with a couple of accent colors. Any more than that and it gets confusing and muddled. 

Actually stick with those colors. It is a long time from the day you choose your wedding colors to the moment you say “I do.” During those months, it’s easy to get sidetracked. I understand that you like a lot of different things because I do too!  Be careful that you’re not throwing together a hodgepodge of decorations just because you like something. Keep your wedding colors in mind with every decision that you make. That will ensure that your final wedding photos will have a cohesive look. 

One last tip: if you don’t want your wedding to look like every other wedding, don’t choose the color navy blue. I think a quarter of the weddings I photographed last year had navy as a color scheme. It’s classic and beautiful but it’s trendy. If you want to be a bit more unique, stear clear. 

 

 
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