PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR: RADIANT ORCHID

This year, to every designers surprise, Blazing Blue was not named PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR, that honor went to Radiant Orchid.

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Radiant Orchid is a beautiful deep purple, closer in tone to fuchsia than blue or lilac. It is a color that is often hard to identify clearly and that varies in tone depending on your monitor. But it has a lot of punch and blends perfectly with a multitude of colors like lilacs, pinks, greens and blues. And for the daring ones, match them with some red, orange or even yellow, and everyone will be amazed by the results.

Go all out and put Radiant Orchid at the forefront with stunning wedding and bridesmaids dresses. Or use it as an accent in your make-up, your accessories, your bouquets, your decor, your cake, your invitation or even your cocktails. One way or another, this gorgeous Pantone Color of the Year will give your wedding all of the impact you always wanted to create!

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The least you can say is that the new Color of the Year Radiant Orchid is not for the modest, nor the conformist. It calls for a certain ballsiness, but despite its bite, it breathes romanticism and softness and is well-suited for every kind of wedding.

For more examples of this beautiful stranger, go see my Pinterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/2014-pantone-color/.

You can also upload my inspiration board!

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ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part 5

HAND-PAINTED CAKES ARE THE NEW TREND

Hand-painted cakes are very popular, it is even said that they will be THE new trend for cakes in 2104. More than ever, they are becoming real works of art.

Their creators get inspired by everything they love, be it a Parisian dress from the 20s…

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…an Indian piece of fabric…

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… stained glass…

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… Tuscan Majolica ceramic…

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… art deco…

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… a tatoo…

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… the Dia de la Morte…

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…an invitation…

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… la Bohème…

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… Picasso…

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… Monet…

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… or Van Gogh.

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They can be so very romantic, covered in delicate roses.

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And they can also be colorful and fun, with beautiful bold flowers.

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Sometimes, a three-dimensional detail will be added, giving the cake a really interesting visual impact.

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And here’s my favorite one, so unique and adorable!
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For more examples of amazing hand-painted cakes, go to my Pinterest, at http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/like-a-work-of-art/.

BEST 2013 WEDDING TREND #15: PRINTS

Prints are putting a beautiful end to Trend #15, Prints & Patterns.

You can use them in all aspects of your wedding, from your dress to the invitations. They epitomize romanticism, softness and femininity, with their pretty flowers and vivid colors.

They will take every one’s breath away, charm them, captivate them and make your wedding a unique visual experience.

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For more examples of this charming trend, go visit my Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lovely-romantic-prints/.

2013 BEST WEDDING TRENDS

Time goes by so fast! Christmas is nothing but a glitter in our minds, summer has come and gone (just kidding, it’s just a bit cold right now) and the Wedding Season is upon us. For those who decided on a Spring Wedding, you’re dealing with the last details, your theme was chosen way back. But for all of the others that will get married in 2013, maybe you’re still looking for inspiration. A few experienced bloggers have told us that there are many very interesting trends in 2013. I chose 15 of those trends that I particularity like and you can find pictures that illustrate them perfectly just by selecting the links to their boards on my Pinterest.

15. Cool Patterns & Prints

Stripes, polka dots, chevron, black & white, colours, pretty little flowers, on dresses, accessories, bouquet, tables… This trend surprises and charms us, makes us smile and most of all, distinguishes itself with loads of personality.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lovely-romantic-prints/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/colorful-surprising-patterns/

14. Cosy Lounge Areas

Small islands of tranquility & privacy are spreading all over venues, for animated conversations or just to catch your breath. Elegant, romantic, modern, vintage, these lounge areas show many enveloping moods.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lounging-around/

13. Fluttering Garlands

Colorful, with paper, flowers, hearts, garlands gracefully invade ceilings, ceremonies, decor.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/hanging-around/

12. Split Personality Cakes

Modern with a pop of embellishment or bright  with all over appliques, cakes are astonishing and mouth-watering.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/2013-cake-trends/

11. Backgrounds Take the Lead

For ceremonies, pictures, cakes, backgrounds are full of creativity, they shine brightly, they glitter, they drape, they play a supporting role in the show.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/unique-backgrounds/

10. Green is this Year’s Colour: in Emerald & Mint

Green gets romantic, tender, reserved but charming with its mint tone or it exudes elegance, with its rich and sumptuous emerald version.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/fresh-mint/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/precious-emerald/

9. Covered Centerpieces

Glass bells, birdcages, lanterns fill up with flowers, candles, surprises.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/covered-centerpieces/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/birdcages/

8. Brilliant Paper Lanterns

Monochrome ou multicolored, small or big, round or square, paper lanterns flourish in clusters or in garlands around the bridegrooms.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/paper-lanterns/

7. Radiant Rainbow Colours

Completely out there and filled with humor, this trend is in a class of its own with its bright audacity. It puzzles with its multicolored accents that show up on bridesmaid feet and under brides’ dresses, it seduces with its flowers and its lights that brighten up tables, cakes, spaces.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/a-rainbow-wedding/

6. Enchanting LoveBirds

Two interpretations of this theme are coming back strong with a multitude of superb or delightful details. Feathers, nests, garlands, lovebirds liven up dresses, tables, halls.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/peacock-feathers/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/love-bird-wedding/

5. Charming 20s

The roaring 20s influence is transforming events with its Great Gatsby atmosphere, its distinctive dresses, its particular hairstyles, its feathers, glitter and pearls and Art deco accents.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/the-roaring-20s/

4. Bold Flowers

Flowers are showing off bright colours, they explode in sumptuous arrangements, they fall over in cascade out of the brides hands and they turn the spotlight on peonies.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/big-bold-flowers/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/a-cascade-of-flowers/

3. Revealing Lace

Everlasting symbol of romance, lace is forsaking simplicity for richness, it wraps tenderly heads, hands, bodies, chairs, tables, invitations, flowers.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lace-lace-and-more-lace/

2. Elegance is back

With diamonds, draping and chandeliers, elegance is taking a unique place in the heart of the bridegrooms. It relaxes, reinventing and surrounding itself with superb elements, luxurious textures and brilliant ideas.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/an-elegant-affair/

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Bridegrooms are paying no attention to trends and breaking with traditions, they are bursting with formal or outstanding ideas, they are surrounding themselves with personal and characteristic details, they are creating their wedding in their image.

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BONUS: Beer for everyone!

I couldn’t forget that timid little trend, less widespread, but so laid-back and refreshing in my eyes. Beer takes on successfully a very distinguish aura, it offers itself as a gift, it flows freely making its  often forgotten fans, so happy!

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Got you interested? Come back soon, I’ll develop some of these trends, tell you why they got my attention and which ideas I find particularly creative.

If you want to know more right away, you can click on the links below and read all the references I used to base my opinion.

http://www.weddingblogs100.com/2013-wedding-trends.html

http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-reception/wedding-trends-for-2013

http://www.refinery29.com/wedding-trends

http://eventadore.com/site/2013-wedding-trends/

http://www.weddingelation.com/wedding-reception/wedding-trends-for-2013-colors-decor-theme/

http://www.societybride.com/tag/wedding-trends-2013/

http://www.bridaltweet.com/page/2013-wedding-trends

http://weddingrepublic.com/blog/2013-wedding-trends-ideas-inspiration-for-this-years-bride/

ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part 4

VERY TRENDY: CUPCAKES & MINI CAKES

In the last few years, one of the biggest trend in bakery has been cupcakes. Cupcakes shops have multiplied in Montreal, as everywhere. Cupcakes can be perfect interpretations of wedding romanticism, because their frosting can become a rose, a pearl, a heart, anything that represents love and the union of two people.

These are one of my favorites… what woman can resist shoes?

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What is also very trendy is to create a beautiful small cake, to put it on a tall display and to surround it with cupcakes of the same colours and theme. You can go for romanticism or colour. I think it’s brilliant, since every guest gets his or hers own cupcake. And the visual impact is very interesting.

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If you like the cupcake idea, but you want to be different, you can go for mini cakes, those exquisite little creations, delicate and elegant. They also can be the reflection of the wedding colours and theme.

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The visual impact is as interesting when you display a normal shape cake with all of his little reproductions. Once more, details are in fashion, be it small bows, pretty little flowers or vibrant colours.

Of all of the trends I’ve seen up until now in wedding cakes, I must say that the cupcakes & mini cakes are the ones that really charmed me the most. I love the idea of individual portions and the many shapes and details made me, more than once, gasp “Oh my God!”.

You can find all of these little wonders on my boards, http://pinterest.com/francemo, in “Delicious Cupcakes” and “Gorgeous Mini Cakes”, with their links to their own websites. You’ll also find many other beautiful examples!

Can you believe that I’m only halfway done with the kinds of wedding cakes I want to show you? I’m amazed at the quantity of ideas that I found on that subject and if, like me,  your appetite is still unsatisfied, my next post will fulfil you plenty!

To be continued…

ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part 2

JUST ROMANCE

Warning: The beauty of these cakes can be addictive.

Cakes are an essential part of a wedding, they are as important as the bride’s bouquet or the centerpieces in the development of the decor. One of most classic wedding theme is romanticism. It’s a very feminine theme, very delicate, with lace, ribbons and bows, pearls and roses. The colours are very soft, usually white, beige, pink, sometimes black or pastel.

To carry out the romantic theme to cakes, you can choose lace…

You can also use pearls, antique jewels, diamonds or sequins that glitter brightly…
Bows and flowers are also very romantic.
Finally, romanticism can also express itself with a multitude of combinations of lace, bows, flowers, jewels, draping and ruffles.
This is my very favorite, I think it it’s the perfect definition of romanticism, with its hat box shape, its lace, its bows, its pearls and roses.

You can find all these cakes on my Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/francemo/cakes-so-romantic/ and http://pinterest.com/francemo/cakes-sparkling-jewels/, with the links to their own websites. You’ll also find many other superb examples of romanticism.

To be continued…