New Color Trend: Copper

Metallics — mostly gold and silver — have been trending as a contrast to the soft, subtle colors of today's weddings. Now copper is taking center stage. A rich and versatile color, it's perfect for both a hip, urban wedding and one in a rural, rustic setting. Here, a team of New Hampshire wedding professionals shows the many ways it can be used.

Copper cups, traditionally used for Moscow Mules, are a perfect touch – read on for the recipe. Cake by Chickadee Hill Cakes and cake pulls by Cake Pulls by Dahlia.
Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell

 

 

Set the Tone

A wedding suite — save the dates, invitations, programs and the rest — can provide a foreshadowing of what the theme of your wedding will be. For this wedding, event planner Sorrell Downing of Francestown has chosen trendy copper and will carry the theme throughout. “My aim was to combine urban elegance with a rustic setting,” she says, “and it contrasted beautifully.” The wedding suite, with its copper-colored ink, ribbon and edging, is just the start.

Invitations by Impress Me Designs and guest book by J Renee Studio.
Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell
 

Festive Celebration

A copper punch bowl surrounded by a warm sparkle of light provides the centerpiece for the reception. Above it, a curtain of shimmering ribbons and copper-colored discs in the shape of a penny. Drinks for all (for children, lemonade in Mason jars with straws). Flowers are by Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest.
Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell.

Recipes

Provided by by Events by Sorrell

Peartini Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 parts pear flavored Vodka
  • 1/4 part Amaretto
  • 1/4 part simple syrup
  • 1/2 part lemon juice

Directions

  • Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake it.
  • Pour all into a cocktail glass.
  • Cut a thin, nearly translucent slice of pear and lay it along the inside of the glass.
  • Optional sugar rim: Dip a moistened rim into a sugar and cinnamon mixture (4:1 ratio).

Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka       
  • Wedge of lime       
  • Cold ginger beer

Directions

  • Pour the vodka into a copper mug.
  • Squeeze the lime over the vodka, and drop the wedge into the mug.
  • Fill the glass with the ginger beer.

Porch Swing Punch

  • 1 or 2 trays of ice        
  • 2 liter bottle of lemon-lime soda    
  • 1 12-ounce can frozen limeade                
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin

Directions

  • In a large pitcher or bowl, add ice.
  • Add the soda and the frozen limeade.
  • Add all of the sliced cucumbers (or reserve some to garnish individual glasses).
  • Stir together until the limeade melts.

 

 

Decadent Dessert

Carrot cake covered with rustic buttercream, edible copper fondant and the signature ampersand, a symbol of unity. Cake pulls, where one lucky person gets a silver charm at the end, add an unexpected bit of fun. Cake by Chickadee Hill Cakes, cake topper from Small Company Artworks and cake pulls by Cake Pulls by Dahlia. Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell.

 

 

Copper Accents

The boutonnieres, made by Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest in Goffstown, are wrapped with copper foil, a few with a penny with a heart-shaped cut-out attached. Strung on a ribbon, they make the perfect favor. A copper-colored cymbidium orchid adorns a ring holder and a copper vase holds flowers. Copper-colored ties complement the penny cuff links. And there's penny candy too.

Rings from the Tates Gallery and VW Bug supplied by Kyle Rioux. Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell.

 

 

Floral Notes

Cool tones intermixed with kicks of copper and Prussian blues — that's the color palette Apotheca Flowers used to create the lush look of these free-spirited bouquets. Roses, jackpot bearded thistle, chocolate cymbidium orchids, antique hydrangea, smoke bush, Chilean fern, nigella, clematis vine and Queen Anne's lace, just a few of the many flowers you see. 

Flowers by Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest, necklaces by Michelle Kolb, hair and makeup by Manhattan East. Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell.

 

 

Good Wishes

A penny is said to bring a couple good luck as well as fortune in their new life together. Here, Sorrell provides penny magnets for guests' messages to the bride and groom written on a 1970s typewriter.

Vintage VW Bug provided by Kyle Rioux, ampersand from Farnswood Vintage Store (978) 615-9511. Photos by Kate Preftakes Photography. Set design and styling by Events by Sorrell.

Credits

Photography Kate Preftakes and Nadine Preftakes of Preftakes Photography • Set Design & Styling Events by Sorrell • Flowers Apotheca Flowers & Tea Chest • Cake Chickadee Hill Cakes • Invitations Impress Me Designs • Rings Tates Gallery • Necklaces Michelle Kolb • Hair and Makeup Manhattan East • Cake Pulls Cake Pulls by Dahlia • Cake Topper Small Company Artworks • Guest Book J Renee Studio • Ampersand Farnswood Vintage Store (978) 615-9511 • Rentals Monadnock Tent & Event and The Global Design Post  • Models Michelle Cianci, Sophie Simpson, Marybeth MacKay, Katherine Renda, Ian MacKay, Molly Noonan and Jack Noonan • VW Bug supplied by Kyle Rioux • Clothing and table linens supplied by Melissa Martel

 

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