Chartreuse Crush.

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

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

19 thoughts on “Chartreuse Crush.

  1. I’ve never even heard of chartreuse but there are some gorgeous images there!

    And I think I know what you mean… I occasionally get an achingly strong pang of nostalgia for that first year of our relationship when every single text from him was so quiveringly exciting and we literally couldn’t keep our hands off each other. Today we are still so in love but it’s a very settled and content, safe place. I always wanted to marry him so I’m ecstatic to be doing so… but I’ll always look back on that first year of falling in love and realising how god damn awesome it was.

    Have an amazing wedding this weekend. I’m totes jel- think we got engaged around the same time and I’ve still got 7 months to go! xxx

  2. Oooh I bet you’re so excited! I’m having my hen night this Friday so I’ll raise a cocktail for good luck to you!
    I’m so in love with the first image on this board – chartreuse is not a colour I wear, I’m so pale it reflects off my skin like when you do the buttercup test at primary school, but I do love how bright and cheerful it is. And that gown is just phenomenal…if it was more green than yellow I’d be in it quicker than Wonder Woman.
    I kind of know what you mean about the bittersweetness of getting hitched – I’ve really enjoyed being engaged to the lorry driver and looking forward to the next step, but once we’re married I think it’s going to feel a bit Boxing Day-ish. However, as well as getting married I’m working on my PhD, we’re moving house any week now and I’m being made redundant, so there’s going to be a big pile of new beginnings for us over the next few months which I hope will be more than enough to keep us busy (and if not, the honeymoon is keeping me going through this cold and dreary time!).
    Have a wonderful wedding, can’t wait to see all the pics and read the story of the day!x

  3. I LOVE this colour. I have a dress in it and it’s one of my favourites. I’d love to see it used more in weddings. So bright and refreshing 🙂

  4. My lovely little bro (26 years old- just got married-but still my little bro) has designed our wedding invites and I have been trying to put my finger on what colour they are and it is this!! And I love them.

    Have a wonderful wedding day lovely Lolly.


  5. One of my most favouritist tops in the world is in this colours!! I love it and it brightens up any gloomy day 🙂 I’m not sure I’m brave enough to have it as my colour scheme but I soooo hope someone does so I can oggle and be super jealous!

    Congratulations for this weekend Lolly, have an absolutely fantastic day! xxx

  6. I think this is how you’d describe the colour of my bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s a fairly dark version and more green than vibrant yellow. It looks amazing on all 3 of them and seems apt for our April wedding. Thanks for the style affirmation!

  7. That dress in the first image? I want it.

    Elle Mcpherson’s jumpsuit? I want that too. (And her shiny hair.)

    I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what this colour was either but Lolly knows EVERYTHING, especially when it comes to style and palettes.

    And she’s getting married in 4 days eeeek!

    Charlotte xxx

  8. Oooo, this is beautiful collection of images. My fave is the wallpaper/doorway/window picture. Really moving words too.

    Lolly, just wanted to wish you loads of luck for the big day, hope it’s totally wonderful. I read somewhere that it’s important to “mourn” the passing phase as well as look forward to the new phase so think it’s totally normal to feel slightly nostalgic. xxx

  9. Hi Lolly, firstly congratulation on your up coming wedding! How wonderfully exciting. I’m sure you are drinking in every moment already. Are the nerves setting in? I love this colour and think it is perfect to incorporate into the home, so one can feel spring like all year round 🙂 I get married next month and find myself reminiscing of times gone by; my childhood, teenage years and twenties (I am 30 in December) for me it really is a big chapter of my life ending and a new one beginning. This is symbolised to me by the changing of my surname, the changing of the seasons and the year coming to a close on a big birthday.. All my sense are heightened and I feel happy, excited, a little bit nervous and a little bit misty eyed by it all. My favourite season has always been Autumn. That back to school feeling. Things coming to an end, and preparing for new times ahead. For me this time of year is about fresh starts. Me and my fiancé are having a dusky pink, gold, sapphire blue and ivory colour scheme. A frosted vintage look if you will. So I suppose all that’s left to say is I hope the next chapter is more amazing than the last.

  10. Such a relief that other people were uninitiated into chartreuse… I had no idea until I saw the first image… had previously assumed it was a deep raspberry red, the same colour as Chambord booze! How very shameful!! Love the post, especially the little circular danglers exploring all the sahdes of the colour.

    Have an amazing wedding day Lolly- wishing you and Mr Lolly the first of many many fantastic days of joy together as a married couple xxx

  11. Such a wonderful post, and I also really wish more brides went in for this hue!!! I am such a fan…. 🙂 only wish i was engaged so that I could wear it!! and you are so right it is so perfect for this time of year.

    Fab post.. thanks

    From previous posts I see you are getting married soon… can’t wait to see the pic 🙂


  12. Jumpsuit = completely fabulous and I want the chairs in my house (and maybe the OdlR necklace!)

    Lolly – can’t beleieve it’s this weekend, another one come round so quickly! Hope you have the absolute day of your dreams, it sounds like you’ve put heart and soul into it…and can’t wait to see the pics too!


  13. Eeek! Sorry, I really have been rubbish the last couple of days, sorry! 🙁

    But can I just say…eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Lolly it’s nearly your big day!!!!!
    So excited for you & CANNOT wait to see the pics (you HAVE to post some sneak peeks!)

    As for the chartreuse, definitely reminds me of spring. So bright & fresh – would brighten up any home (*pins to her home pinterest board!*)
    But also just realised it reminds me of a gorgeous H&M jacket my aunt & uncle bought me years ago (when I was at school!!!) I LOVED that jacket, despite many people’s dispair at the colour!……*daydreams about finding a coat just the same……*
    oops! Better get back to work! ha ha

    Anyhoo…..have a FABULOUS day Lolly – enjoy every minute & we’ll see you on the other side!! 😀 xxx

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