“Radiant Orchid” | Pantone’s 2014 Colour of the Year

Pantone recently announced their 2014 Colour of the Year as “Radiant Orchid,” saying it “blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination… a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” That sounds beautifully suited to a wedding, but I know not everyone is on board with this choice! What do you think?


Images top to bottom, left to right: Pantone; cakes via Colette’s Events and Weddbook; Hazelnut Photography, Project Wedding, and ORLY grape nail lacquer; Janet Howard Studio, Mike Larsen Photographers via Style Me Pretty; original source unknown; White Orchid Wedding, bouquet source unknown.

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Music Notes from Amy: The Inverary Inn in Cape Breton

Just played a lovely wedding at The Inverary Inn in Cape Breton: great couple, great venue.
Melissa & Karsten’s Music Selections:
Prelude: Pop including Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz etc.
Bridesmaid’s Processional: Prelude from Cello Suite #1 – Bach
Bride’s Processional: Canon in D – Pachelbel
Signing of the Registry: Arioso – Bach
Recessional: Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Reception: Jazz and Celtic

Music Notes from Amy: Dartmouth Commons Park, NS

Halifax, Nova Scotia has some lovely parks for outdoor weddings and they are very, very popular so if you are interested – book early!

I’ve been fortunate to play guitar for weddings at a number of city parks and facilities including Sir Sandford Fleming Park, Ferry Terminal Park and St. Mary’s Boat Club. If you need chairs for your guests Macfarland’s will come and set them up for you (and take them away afterwards!)

My latest park wedding was in early June, when the rain stayed away long enough for Suzy & Jamie to get married at Dartmouth Commons Park near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sun came out and it was just beautiful. The spot was in the centre of the park beneath the Gazebo, next to a low stone wall that was filled with bright flowers and surrounded by red maples.

I’ve always enjoyed playing music for outdoor weddings – there is something magical about the sound of an instrument played outdoors in the sunshine. Suzy picked some beautiful pieces for the prelude and ceremony including Bach’s ‘Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3” & ‘Arioso’, Handel’s ‘Water Music’ and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

After the ceremony everyone moved to the Holiday Inn Dartmouth and I played jazz and pop for the reception. Congrats to you both!