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A Fresh, Modern Take on the Traditional Navy & White Color Palette

Make this classic color combo entirely your own.

When it comes to planning a wedding, there's a tendency to lean towards timeless, classic design elements. After all, you want to love your ceremony and reception photos forever. But choosing a standard color palette and design scheme can leave a couple feeling somewhat uninspired. So what are you to do? That's where Chris Hessney, owner and designer of Hessney & Co., and planner Laura Remmert of Laura Remmert Events come in handy.


Hessney and Remmert took a popular wedding color palette—navy and white—and reimagined it for today's modern couple. With calligraphed details from Sara at Ink Revival, place settings from The Tabletop Company, rentals from Party Rental LTD., and one stunning wedding dress from Samuelle Couture and Spina Bride, the finished look is equal parts classic and new.


"We wanted to move away from the classic, bold navy and white, nautical colors if you will, and add modern plates and flatware with peach blooms to complement the color palette," Hessney says. For Remmert, designing this tablescape meant thinking about a couple that's one part city chic and one part relaxed country. "It's for the city girl who loves country weekends," she adds.


The designers add that this look is at its dreamiest for a late summer or early fall wedding, but it could easily be transitioned to work any time of the year by tweaking the floral color palette and adding in-season accents


Here, check out the photographs from Twah Dougherty and learn how to bring the look to life at your own wedding.

Color Play

A raw silk runner in a deep shade of blue-gray added contrast to the otherwise light and airy tablescape. With this twist on the classic navy and white color palette, Remmert says this setup could work just as well at the beach as it does in a garden or vineyard. "It's a great option that doesn't scream nautical," she explains.

You're Invited

This chic invitation suite featured a color wash of gray and white, an upgraded twist on the watercolor stationery trend. Copper wax seals and gilded calligraphy were the prettiest finishing touches.

Filling Fruits

Romantic blush and white centerpieces of roses, dahlias, and berries were made even more beautiful thanks to colorful fruits sprinkled across the length of the table. "We took a classic, fresh, modern aesthetic and mixed in some airy, organic pieces to bring it to life," says Hessney. "The fruit on the table and the raw silk runner pulled everything together."

Just Peachy

Hessney and Remmert loved how peach hues helped make the rest of this color palette pop, so they took it one step further by adding donut peaches to mix of fruit on the tables. They looked particularly lovely nestled around each place setting.

A Place at the Table

Antique flower frogs were used to hold place cards steady at this outdoor reception. Their brassy hue paired perfectly with the gilded ink used on each card.

Sitting Pretty

"We set the table with a more modern place setting," says Remmert. "We used romantic etched glass glassware and modern flatware to balance out the softness of the silk linens and super romantic florals."

Dressed to Impress

Though this color palette can work for any type of couple or wedding, Hessney and Remmert designed the tables with a romantic, country-meets-city bride and groom in mind. Fittingly, the designers dressed their model in a flowing gown in a soft mauve color from Samuelle Couture. Paired with a groom in a midnight blue tuxedo, this look would coordinate perfectly with the rest of the décor.

Bundled Up

Dried hydrangeas, greenery, and grass were tied together with trailing black ribbon. The loose, textural bouquet was an unexpected finishing touch for the bride's feminine look.