Color Block Wedding Décor

September 16, 2011

Pacific Weddings

The posh surroundings of The Modern's Lobby Bar provided just the proper setting for color block flowers, a leitmotif borrowed from the fashion world. The color block concept is simply a juxtaposition of solid colors, typically contrasting in hue. This statement-making style translates seamlessly into the world of art and design.

Floral designer Fong Tagawa, known for her modern compositions, created dramatic columns of gladiolus stems in a splashy array of colors to accent the stacked petal bowls. These spectacular blooms are named for the shape of their leaves, from the Latin word, “gladius,” meaning sword. A symbol of strength and integrity, gladioli connote love and infatuation, a figurative piercing of the heart with passion. Fong added mini myrtle at the base of select towers for an organic twist.

Chic bowls of vivacious rose petals create brilliant pops of color against a backdrop of organic shapes and pale furnishings.

A dazzling display of orange Mokara orchids is juxtaposed with chartreuse cymbidium orchids and magenta phalaenopsis orchids in a fashionable bouquet composed by Yvonne Chapman.

Brilliant fuchsia and tangerine ranunculuses vie for attention. Floral designer Debbie Hemingway cleverly added a touch of black ribbon trim, a nod to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian’s famous color block paintings.

Showy orange Asiatic lilies are mixed with sunny yellow blooms of freesia in beautiful contrast to the azure satin ribbon cuff. Kate Spade's beaded bangles continue the bold color story.

A column of lavender gladioli is as beautiful as a colorful array of signature cocktails from the Lobby Bar at The Modern Hotel on the islanf of Oahu.


A bodacious bundle of purple anemones is contrasted magnificently with delicate blooms of yellow freesia. True to her unique sense of style, Fong Tagawa employs lavender aluminium wire as an unexpected embellishment.

Pink gerbera daisies mingle with vivid yellow craspedia capturing the spirit of fashion’s color block trend. Designer Yvonne Chapman used neon green Kermit mums as neat buttons to contain the stems, complementing a handbag by Kate Spade in the same hue.