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Sweet but sophisticated, the color peach is now ripe for the picking. Pair it with classic cream for a combination that's fresh, modern, and gloriously memorable.
Romantic Majolica, garden, and spray roses make contemporary centerpieces when juxtaposed with geometric terra-cotta pots. (MGMY "Geo" planters, sprouthome.com.) Flip the drainage trays over to create risers, and consider painting some sides ivory. On each plate, place a white chocolate-and-strawberry candy bar (a little pink enhances this summery motif), rewrapped in cellophane to let the color peek through to greet guests. (Chocolate Editions by Mary & Matt, chocolate-editions.com.)
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A Pastel Posy
Start the day on a soft note by filling your processional with watercolor hues. Wrap your hands around a dreamy bouquet, and have your most precious cargo carried on a pillow made from small slices of subtly tinted fabric. Within this feminine bouquet, Majolica roses and ranunculus provide a creamy base, while phalaenopsis orchids and amaryllis peach things up. Accent it with downy green ferns and a wide ribbon (here, M&J Trimming 1 1/2-inch Chromspun grosgrain, mjtrim.com). We painted this one with bold lines.
She is wearing a BHLDN dress (bhldn.com).
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A Custom Cushion
Send your ring bearer on his way with your bands tied to a one-of-a-kind pillow. This version was sewn by designer Erin Emslie, who will also make a design from your chosen colors or favorite fabrics -- scraps from a dress alteration, perhaps? (Order via firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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You and your bridesmaids will use these little handbags long after your wedding day has come and gone. Shop for designs that include your colors and reflect your fashion sense.
From top: Amanda Pearl satin (amandapearl.com). Moyna shell (moynabags.com). Nancy Gonzalez snakeskin (bergdorfgoodman.com).
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Smart Pocket Squares
These old-fashioned flourishes turn suits into elegant ensembles. If you decide to give the groomsmen colored ties, offer a matching option. Or, keep it simple with ivory.
From left: Royal Silk herringbone (royalsilkusa.com). Jos. A. Bank solid silk (josbank.com). Simonnot-Godard plaid cotton #8140 (Barney's New York, 888-222-7639).
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Loosen the look of your lineup by letting each attendant choose her own flats or heels. If you'll be donning ivory, ask them to pick from shades of peach.
From left: Loeffler Randall "Rue" mule (loefflerrandall.com). Jen + Kim for Coloriffics flat sandal (endless.com). Butter "Conrad" heel (endless.com).
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Glow to Go
Use peachy products to warm up any complexion. Dab blush onto the apples of your cheeks with the tips of your fingers, then swipe on the sheer gloss. Tuck the two in your purse so you'll look photo-ready all night long.
Jouer Glisten Lip Gloss in coral (jouercosmetics.com). Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Tipsy (sephora.com
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Match this palette's breezy feel with silk and chiffon dresses featuring fluttery petals and swishy layers. Deck out your bridesmaids in an array of succulent peaches, and highlight your maid of honor in a creamy floor-length number. Let your flower girl frolic in a simple sheath. For your gown, layers of tulle provide all the wow factor you need, while graphic beading on the bodice gives it an edge.
From left: Ann Taylor silk dress (anntaylor.com). Bonpoint "Genereuse" dress (212-722-7720) with vintage millinery flower from Tinsel Trading Co. (tinseltrading.com) and Elephantito "Paris" flats (elephantito.com). Rebecca Taylor micropleat chiffon gown (rebeccataylor.com) with Mokuba New York 50mm satin ribbon #1150, color 64 (212-869-8900) worn as sash. Joanna August "Erica" dress (joannaaugust.com). Amsale "Meghan" gown (amsale.com).
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Welcoming words grace this custom suite, which features a delicate sleeve and coordinating reply and reception cards, with a decorative seal for the envelope. It's inspired by the Art Deco era, when peach was just as popular as it is today.
To purchase our design, contact Paper Orchid, paperorchid.com
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Ebullient Escort Cards
The best part about this display is it doubles as decoration. Once attendees slide off the papers bearing their table numbers, the ribbons remain as cheery party streamers (we used M&J Trimming 1-inch Chromspun ribbon, mjtrim.com). To hang them, loop one end over a dowel suspended from the ceiling; secure with a dot of glue. You can also drape them from tree branches or tack them to a wall. One crafting tip: Be sure the slits in the cards are a smidge wider than the ribbon -- otherwise they won't slip down easily.
Calligraphy by Neither Snow (neithersnow.com).
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White Peach Tea This nonalcoholic option blends syrup made from simmered, sliced fruit with chilled white tea. Offer it to guests before an outdoor ceremony to help them cool off. Get the recipe
Peach Rose Bellini In a twist on the Italian version invented at Harry's Bar in Venice, sparkling Cremant d'Alsace rose wine is poured atop pureed white peaches. Serve it during cocktail hour, when sweet drinks go over best. Get the recipe
Peach Gin Fizz Perfect for postceremony sipping, this concoction of peach nectar, gin, lemon juice, and sugar is both tart and irresistibly tempting. Get the recipe
Peaches-and-Cream Martini Thanks to ginger liqueur, heavy cream, and pureed white peaches, this vodka version is more dessertlike than traditional varieties. James Bond wouldn't approve, but guests will -- especially after dinner. Get the recipe
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They say good things come in small packages, and sure enough, these decadent ice pops -- three inches tall, minus the sticks -- are downright delicious, blended from fresh peaches and heavy cream. Hand them out after you exchange vows, or pass them around late-night once the dancing heats up. One warning: We bet you can't eat just one.
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