There’s something bittersweet for me about the colour chartreuse – especially at this time of the year.
Whilst I love Autumn and trust me folks when I say I LOVE Autumn, I can’t help but feel slightly melancholic. The summer is over, along with light nights and long days, taking with it a sense of carefree abandon.
Chartreuse hues are replaced by fiery reds, burnt oranges and buttery yellows tempered by nutty browns. Now is the time for hibernation, hot chocolate and warm cozy knits.
I’m not sure if I speak purely for myself here or whether some of you gorgeous lot feel the same but for me it signifies a shelving of plans, an element of putting things on hold for next year.
You see chartreuse hues remind me of the first yellowy green buds of May, bursting with promise. Promise of things to come, of resolutions made, of the long glorious days of summer stretched out in front of you, of huge lists of projects and adventures that you’re determined to tick off.
And then somehow you never quite get to complete them all…
So, where exactly am I going with this? I suppose there’s a part of me that equates this ‘changing of the seasons’ with my impending big day this weekend.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am beyond excited about marrying my boy. I’ve been waiting for this day for what seems like forever and I’ve got ants in my pants just thinking about taking the next step in our adventure together.
In fact I’ve spent the last few nights before drifting to sleep trying to imagine what his gorgeous face looks like at the end of the aisle and I can’t help smiling as I do.
But in ‘moving on’, there is a sense of closing the door on one part of our life as boyfriend and girlfriend and this conjures up bittersweet feelings.
Have any of you lovelies felt the same way or am I a complete loon?
So this post is part inspiration and part tribute if you will. Inspiration for those brides who share a passion for this vibrant colourway like me and a tribute to the end of one story and the beginning of another.
If you’re trying to integrate chartreuse into your colour scheme then opting for blooms in greeny yellowy shades is one of the easiest ways to do this. Plus you have oodles of choice too!
The first buds of lilac or viburnum paired with catkins and luscious foliage such as Irish bells is perfect for a Spring wedding. Green hues are utterly chic and look crisp and clean when placed on bright white linen with sparkling cutlery.
I love brides who opt for a chartreuse inspired bouquet topped off with the briefest of white blooms. The key to this look – particularly if you’re having a city soiree – is to keep the bouquet loose by including tendrils of foliage amongst larger flower heads. This ensures that it feels organic rather than appearing too ‘done’.
I’ve yet to see a bride dressed in chartreuse hues. Admittedly, this may be pushing the boat out too far but there’s no reason why you can’t introduce splashes of this colour into your overall outfit if you’re a real fan.
Why not opt for a statement necklace, hairpiece or striking pair of shoes as shown here? Or better yet, choose a going-away outfit in this hue – I want, no I need, that swirly party dress pictured at the bottom of this board. I’m not sure the boy would agree however…
For a really contemporary look, it’s worth considering putting your maids in variations of this hue. I love the idea of a greeny yellow simple silk shift paired with some blocky wedges. Fashion forward and feminine all at the same time. Everyone’s a winner.
So what do you think?
Are you a chartreuse bride? Or this colour palette a touch on the bright side?
Tell me what your favourite season is and why?
As always we want to hear your thoughts…
All my love Lolly xxx