Violet Blooms: Ombré Wedding Inspiration from Mindy Weiss

From: Winter 2015-2016 edition

The name Mindy Weiss is synonymous with beautiful and luxurious weddings. In the bridal realm, it brings to mind abundant floral-adorned feasting tables, dramatic tenting and thoughtful details that quickly find their way onto every bride’s Pinterest board. But before you go overboard on pinning, Weiss advises taking an important first step: Choose your venue and then decide on a style. “The couple may love rustic, but they chose an elegant ballroom,” notes Weiss. “In this case, they may consider a compromise of an eclectic mixture of vintage and modern. This will help to combine their look with the venue.”

And while Weiss is known for lavish weddings, she got her start creating stationery and has now come full circle with an exclusive line for Wedding Paper Divas. “The invitation is the first impression that guests will receive before the wedding, so I love being a part of that important moment for thousands of brides.”

Weiss’ watercolor-inspired invitations served as the inspiration point for this beautiful violet ombré assembly of wedding essentials. “Watercolor purple will have everything from violet to lilac, so it gives some diversity to the color palette,” explains Weiss. “It’s also fun to find unexpected ways to incorporate the hue—dip-dyed napkins, ombre flowers, hand-painted desserts, to name a few. Anything ombré makes me swoon!”

1. COLOR SWEEP (above)

The ombré effect adds a romantic yet modern feel to this free-form bouquet. Brimming with sweet peas, ranunculus, clematis, hyacinths, peonies and tulips, the floral shades progress from soft lavender to luxurious aubergine. $300, Foxtail Florals in Orange County.

2. LAYERS OF LOVELY

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A triple-tiered pistachio cake filled with vanilla Bavarian cream and raspberry. The purple-hued cake base boasts a base of delicate fondant ruffles that segue into stacks of handmade, painted fondant flowers. $640, from Beverly’s Best Bakery in Fullerton.

3. DELICATE TOUCHES

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Add a splash of color to the table top with these vintage amethyst goblets of early American pressed glass. Rent for $2.30 per glass, from Borrowed Blu in Los Angeles.

4. PERFECT PAIRS

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Make a stylish statement by mixing and matching the groomsmen’s boutonnières. On the left, ranunculus, sweet pea and acacia foliage are tied with a hand-dyed lace ribbon, while on the right, the sweet pea is swapped out for clematis. $25, from Foxtail Florals.

5. PURPLE RAIN

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Mindy Weiss’ “Modern Splendor” paper suite features a mix of berry-hued and contemporary gray water droplets on a white textured background. A full range of options are available, from invitations and thank-you cards to programs and menus. Pictured are invitations, $189 per 100; thank-you cards, $149 per 100; program, $294 per 100; all from Wedding Paper Divas.

6. CROWNING GLORY

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A perfect accessory for the bridal party, this stretch velour ribbon headband with sweet peas, ranunculus and acacia foliage is a unique take on the traditional floral headwreath. $40, from Foxtail Florals.