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Wedding Colors of the Moment: Tangerine and Camel

Megan McCarty Liz Hummer

Hailey Bernstein of Zest Floral & Event Design usually looks to fashion trends to infuse her designs with a vibrant edge—but it was a runway of a different kind that inspired this high-style bohemian wedding style. “After a trip to Australia last year, I fell in love with the cool cultural influences in their fun fashion and décor,” she says. Turns out the global accents showed up on fashion runways as well for Spring 2012, and Hailey transformed those tribal prints and ikat patterns into a cheerful color palette that shows a range of similar tones can be just as lively as contrasting hues. “It has a unique energy,” the Southwest Portland-based florist and event designer explains of the corals, peaches and gold accents against a neutral camel and cream base. “It’s exotic but still elegant.” Working with fellow local vendors, Hailey put together this perfect look for a warm and, well, zesty event.

(above) Carry this fiery bundle of cheer down the aisle and no matter what the weather, you’ll bring your own heat to the celebration. Hailey artfully combined ivory garden roses, vibrant ranunculus and fragrant white freesia, trimmed with festive bronze tassel, to create a bouquet that can’t help but conjure a smile. $250

(above) Traditional textile dying technique ikat gets a dose of modern whimsy printed on shimmering linen paper. The design of this suite by Hanna Boone Studio in Northeast Portland blends native roots with crisp, modern text for a presentation that’s eye-catching and memorable—just as your wedding will be. $450 for 50, including save-the-date, invitation, RSVP card, information card & thank you 

(above) Consider playing with the scale of your wedding pattern, like Erin Gougler of Newberg’s Sugarhouse Cake did with this serenely tonal three-tier cake. Her background in graphic design is evident in the way she enlarged and simplified the ikat pattern, rendered in white chocolate over sandy-colored buttercream. Too pretty to eat? Not when exotic spice cake with tangerine curd and citrus cream cheese frosting waits within! $4.75/serving

(above) Go bold with a rainbow array of bangles by Mark Davis, which pop against wedding white. Vintage Bakelite is polished to a perfect shine before being set with delicate gemstones in distinct patterns. Most pieces are one-of-a-kind, making each one a unique future heirloom. Bracelets from Twist, left to right: $1,240, $1,300, $1,820, $1,070 

(above) Delicate gold accents are striking when crafted in chevrons and clean geometric lines, like this House of Harlow 1960 pendant and earrings by Jane Diaz, who uses traditional Nepalese metalsmithing techniques. Perfectly unexpected yet not overwhelming, the accessories will attract attention but still let your dress—and your beauty—shine. Necklace from Mabel & Zora, $60; earrings from Twist, $70

(above) Give your tables the midas touch—though this gold placesetting isn’t all glitz. The cobblestone charger and matte finish give the style a more subtle artisan edge, and finished with a pop of tangerine and clean white linen, the look is understated luxury. Surevolution hexagon platter, $175, and Naples matte gold flatware, $158, both from Cielo Home; J.L. Coquet “Hemisphere” gold dinner plate from Neiman Marcus, $160; Haviland “Laque de Chine” dessert plate in mandarin from Bloomingdale’s, $78

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