This dreamy, smoky colour – perfect for those with dark red hair or dark hair – very sultry!

–     Combine with pale blush pink and raspberry red

–    Pale grey, black and stark white

–    Hot pink, lilac and grey

–    Mauve pink, dark purple, hints of fresh green and ivory

–    Sage green, grey and soft yellow

–    With chocolate brown and raspberry

–    With ivory, yellow and a variety of purples

–    Green (as found in orchids), yellow green and touches of raisin

–    Sweet peas, tulips, lisianthus, delphiniums, lavender, green orchids, lilac coloured roses, pansies and violas, agapanthus, forget-me-nots, scabiosa, plumbago, daffodils, jonquils, dark purple lilies

–    Baskets piled high with blooms, dark wood furniture, wine barrels, old stone walls and floors, wooden trugs filled with ribbon tied bunches of lavender, pewter, distressed old mirrors, a crackling fire. Liven the scene with textures – matt, shiny, silky, rough – in self patterned fabrics, cutlery – think brushed textured or ornate handles, shiny glassware, even mirrored surfaces. Candles could be in lavender hues supplemented with moody lighting over the dance floor, wrought iron chandeliers

–    Under a wisteria covered arbour, white furniture and accessories, silverware, silver candelabra filled with lots of ivory or lavender candles, silver edged glassware, containers over-flowing with soft yellow and purple blooms of all hues, enlivened with touches of green foliage, a white cake decorated with the same flowers either fresh or sugar versions

–    Dresses could feature hand embroidery, covered buttons, beaded appliqué, tulle detailing, satin – or be in a heavier stiffer fabric such as shantung or taffeta – think black detailing here to emphasise the more tailored look of the fabric

–    For winter use wraps, embroidered, beaded or fur capelets, or little cashmere cardigans with jewelled buttons to add to a vintage look

–    For the bride’s dress try a heavy lace over lavender or white lining in a simple design, or a structured design in swishy taffeta with lavender touches

–    Freshwater pearls, diamonds, amethysts, Swarovski crystals combined into unique pieces for you and your maids – necklaces, earrings, hair pieces, embellishments for shoes or to catch fabric folds at your hips

–    Bubbles to blow, petals scattered along a walkway or along the tables, iridescent stars and/or groups of mirror balls or glass covered lights hung from the ceiling

–    Bouquet accents of crystals, pearls or silver twisted wire

–    Lavender shirts, mid or charcoal grey or black suits for the men

–    Favours could consist of lavender bags, lavender perfumed bath and body potions, lavender honey, tea or candles, cupcakes frosted with lavender icing, embellished with lavender coloured sugar or flowers


Lavender seating cards from Martha Stewart Weddings, frock from J.Crew, earrings and pouch from Brides, beads from Purebeads