Living for Coral

Three wedding planners create moodboards spotlighting Pantone’s color of the year, Living Coral | Photographs by EE Berger

GRAHAM STANTON “Pantone has been throwing us some vibrant colors lately, and sometimes it’s hard to incorporate them into bridal when our clients are looking for more neutral palettes,” says Robin Wilson of Graham Stanton. “We wanted to showcase how you can achieve beautiful, saturated colors in an organic and earthy way.” To accomplish that goal, Wilson worked with Monnette Photography to style a mini photo shoot featuring Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral, paired with muted, earthy tones like ochre, tawny brown, and warm copper. The design includes table settings from as well as an invitation suite by Plume and Proper. Wilson says, “We wanted to convey a warm, intimate celebration that focuses on delicious food, a beautifully set table, and luxe florals.”

ANN TRAVIS EVENTS “I think many designers are afraid of coral, and I wanted to feature a coral linen, with coral flowers, with a coral menu to show it’s not so scary,” says Ann Travis. “It’s actually quite feminine, while delicate, and I love that.” To create the images for her Living Coral moodboard, Travis worked with Jean Smith Photography, drawing inspiration from interior design and pattern play, including the preppy yet textured décor style at Northern Michigan’s Hotel Walloon. The coral-on-coral design extended to the wedding cake by Sweet Heather Anne, papergoods from Invitations by Caitlin, and a long-stemmed bridal bouquet, a trend Travis would love to see more brides adopt. “I love how strong it feels while still being feminine,” she says.

MODERNLY EVENTS “I’ve been referring to my moodboard as ‘Wes Anderson Summers in Jaipur,’ because I was greatly inspired by the director’s design aesthetic, the Hawa Mahal palace, and the feeling of a colorful summer wedding,” says Aimee Paquin of Modernly Events. For Paquin, that inspiration translated into a bold, summery color palette of coral, chartreuse and marigold paired with brass, velvet, and tassel accents. Her vision also includes an Oscar de la Renta wedding gown featuring a large-scale leaf pattern “reminiscent of the curvilinear Hawa Mahal,” Paquin says. “I wanted (my design) to feel whimsical and eclectic, but also sophisticated.”