We just finished up a wedding this weekend at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square with a gorgeous jewel-toned palette. It might be the beginning of a beautiful obsession! Unsure what ‘jewel toned’ means, well visualize ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald and you’re getting pretty close. Deep and bright colors, perfect for fall!

Jewel-Toned Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

We included a lovely mix here of local soft green hydrangea, phalenopsis orchids, a few magenta mokara orchids, lisianthus buds, lavender roses, and deep dark pink ranunculas. I think the touch of deep blue delphinium is really what pulls this all together for that tonal range of color.

Bride's Bouquet. Petalena, 2010.

My lovely floral assistant Paula wore this beautiful deep blue top on the wedding day that just looked gorgeous next to the bouquet…makes you start thinking about how great less traditional bridal gowns could look in colors like this!

Bridesmaid Bouquets in Lavenders and Magentas. Petalena, 2010.

We designed the bridesmaid bouquets to be a bit more simple and smaller in scale. Our bride really wanted her bouquet to have the most color diversity so we kept these bouquets in the lavender and magenta range with touches of green and long trailing silver ribbon.

Centerpiece at the Charles Hotel. Petalena, 2010.

The centerpieces for the reception were elegant and contemporary featured the deep pink and burgundy hues of the overall color palette with cymbidium and mokara orchids. Each vessel was fitted with a floating candle for a romantic glow.

Burgundy Dahlia. Petalena, 2010.

We’re so looking forward to working with this color palette again!

Photos and Design by Petalena.