Wedding Colors of the Moment: Rust and Teal
A cozy autumnal campfire shared with good friends and family was the tableau that inspired Ella Event’s Kara Markovich’s favorite color combination for weddings this season. “The campfire is a symbol of community,” says Markovich who drew on the warmth of the fire by combining rust and caramel tones to reflect the organic, rustic beauty of an Oregon forest. Adding a touch of elegance and vintage appeal, pops of teal and dark blueberry blues show up in unexpected places from favors to flowers.
(above) Talk about extravagant. North Portland’s Miss Zumstein Desserts hid a two-tier vanilla buttermilk cake layered with caramel roasted pears beneath the acrobatic swirls of toasted meringue. Placed atop a vintage wicker basket with carved wood birds, this is quite a dramatic confection. $385, serves 70.
(above) Made in extremely small batches (that quickly sell out), Southeast Portland’s House Spirits Distillery Westward Aged malt whiskey is one of the only craft whiskeys made in Oregon. Sipped from Roost’s elegant and perfectly proportioned birch-patterned glass tumblers, the whiskey assures that the evening remains warm and toasty. Whiskey, $100; tumblers, $12 each from Noun.
(above) Equally appropriate for a honeymoon spent camping or on a European tour, Eugene’s Will Leather Good’s Wax-Coated Canvas Messenger bag with natural leather trim has just the right amount of understated panache to take a person places. $175.
(above) Combining the natural elements of wood, cotton, and metal results in this most refined of place settings. Portland’s Studio Olivine Designs created the letterpressed menu on white birch, displayed atop a cotton napkin. Underneath, a rustic timber plate contrasts with the flashy gold electroplated flatware, creating an entire scene that balances the organic with the luxurious. Menu, $310 for 100; napkin similar to “Teal Squares” from Plover Organic, $13; Crosscut board, $18,“Coupe” dessert bowl from Heath Ceramics, $23, both from Canoe; flatware, West Elm, $29 for five-piece set.
(above) Iron bell favors with contrasting teal ribbons from Noah Bells are handmade in India and are a unique way to send off the couple. What better way to end a celebration than with the sweet the sound of these chimes? Bells from Alder and Co., $6 each.
(above) Portland’s Belmont Street-based florist, Starflower, combined the muted tones of heleborus with vibrant yellows of fluffy peonies and garden roses against heuchera foliage that’s familiar to the moist and shady forests of Oregon. This casual arrangement is perfect for a centerpiece display in a blown glass bowl from Spain. $300.