Neutral Beauty

Don't just choose a wedding color. Choose a palette that highlights the beauty of the Vineyard.

Wedding colors tend to come and go. One year everyone’s on board with jewel tones, another year metallics or pastels. Yet neutral palettes – soft, dreamy combinations of whites, creams, champagnes, blushes, and beiges – have stood the test of time. They’re subtle, classic, easily adapted to different seasons, styles, and accent colors. And done right, they’re anything but basic. As wedding planner Sandy Brooks of the aptly named Timeless Event Planning demonstrates in this styled shoot, the right combination of neutrals enhances rather than overwhelms its surroundings, making you (and the beautiful island where you’ve chosen to marry) the undisputed star of the show.

Planning + Design: Timeless Event Planning | Photography: Catherine Threlkeld Photography | Models: Maggie Agency | Wedding Venue + Bikes: Harbor View Hotel | Scenic Locations: Outermost Inn + Edgartown Lighthouse | Rentals: Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals | Invitations: JFK Design Co. Vow Books: Wedding Story Writer | Flowers: 92 Events & Floral Design | Hair + Makeup: Sea Spa Salon | Dress: Flair | Jewelry + Accessories: Stefanie Wolf Designs | Engagement Ring: Diamonds on the Rock | Wedding Band: The Great Put-On | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Desserts: Back Door Donuts




A successful neutral palette should feel crisp and clean but not stark, cohesive but not overly simple. To achieve the right mix, Brooks chose a range of corresponding tones and varied textures, including an unconventional purse and jewelry from Stefanie Wolf Designs.


Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Neutrals pair well with pops of color, such as darker shades of the colors in your flowers or tones found in the surrounding landscape. But keep it subtle: when the beauty of the great outdoors is your backdrop, there’s no need to overdo it.



To put a modern spin on this classic style, consider incorporating select statement pieces, like these bamboo pendant lamps, layered blooming lace and light pink velvet linens, and light gray vintage gauze napkins from Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals.