Post # 1
We are deciding between two venues. Venue "A" is a historic House with a garden ceremony and a carriage house reception. I love Love LOVE the garden ceremony, and decore that goes along with the garden theme (see: garden roses, creams, blushes, pinks). The problem is that you then walk into a carriage house (that was built to hold parties) and it’s all dark wood and bright gold walls. There is even a tented area that can be used for dancing and the like. I’m having a hard time pulling a cohesive look together that would translate well from the light and fresh garden to the dark and elegant carraige house. What color pallet/theme do you think would work here?
A little about us:
We are vary laid back, easy going – perferr causal to elegant opulence
We are passionate about coffee, books, history, the environment and anything vintage.
I’ll upload the pictures we took during our visit for a better look.
Post # 3
I see your problem. We have a similiar situation on hand. We will have an outdoor ceremony on the runway of the airport. I don’t want anything but the chairs, people and flowers lining the walkway. Then dinner is in Hangar 1 which has gray walls and floors with exposed metal beams. The dancing and cocktails will be in Hangar 2 which has been decorated by the owners to resemble the South Pacific. Very tropical and really cool! So how do keep it all flowing?
I’ve decided to go with shades of pink from a pale pink to a redish pink. That way the light pinks can be my focal points for the outdoor ceremony so I still get the light and airy feeling. Then I can bring in the deeper more vibrant colors in the other two rooms. The vibrant colors will really pop in the gray room and then they will just blend in with the decor in the tropical room. I hope this helps you with some ideas!
Post # 4
I went to a wedding a couple years back that was held in a garden and then the reception was in an old mill so it is prity much same idea with the light to dark. The couple loved coffee so they did there colors in cholcolate and light blue and everything had the coffee theme. For center pieces they had gotten different size and shaped wine, martini, champagne flutes and such and filled them part way up with coffee beans and then they put candles in there. There favors were biscottis and small little burlap bags of coffee beans. It was very original, simple and elegant. Oh and the coffee smell was awesome:) But you could do any colors with this theme also. You could even use old vintage books of different sizes as center pieces and put the glasses of coffee beans on top to give it teird looks. Sooooo many awesome options:)
Post # 5
I think what I’m most worried about are those gold walls. Gold doesn’t exactly scream "Garden". What color pallet would work best with natural outside and the darker golden inside?
Post # 6
I am having an ourdoor wedding and my colors are gold ad blushy pinks! Maybe you could incorporate gold accents into your BM’s accessories or your GM’s ties. Here is one inspiration board that I really love….
Post # 7
lch616- that link isn’t working, do you have another one?
Post # 8
I looove that venue! So gorgeous…but I think you can definitely not go for opulence here. What if you give kind of a vintage flare to the garden party? The only thing that throws me off is the window treatments in the carriage house, but will people really notice that? The one really great thing about that venue is that it is beautiful not decorated, so you wont really need to do a ton…I wouldnt think.
Are the walls painted gold? In the photo it almost looks like yellow brick…If you dont want to go "gold", what about champagne, with pinks and ivory? It would probably tie in wtih the walls.
I love the coffee idea, I saw a long time ago mason jars filled with coffee beans and pink flowers as center pieces!
You have a really great space to work with, I’m fairly jealous 😀
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Post # 10
Honestly I don’t see a problem with the color at all. It really doesn’t seem that dark and once you get it all decorated and set up no one will be looking at the walls. If you could stick to more garden-y colors with your decor that would help to transition between the two.
Our wedding was at a historic mansion as well and I wanted a it to have a bit of a garden feel so I had celadon linens with pink flowers and gold accents and I thought it worked well with the space. I attached a picture of our decor so you can get an idea.