With the new year came Pantone’s reveal of the 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala.

Marsala is described as a deep burgundy-brown, “…a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,” says Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman….we have to admit, this sounds a lot like living in Arizona! We are so excited about this shade, we’ve all agreed that Marsala is a great pairing to any wedding against the beautiful desert landscape. Nationally the wedding community is jumping on board! This color has been popping up all over the wedding world as a popular tone for winter and fall. Are you thinking of incorporating Marsala into your wedding? We used a complementary color wheel to find the best accent colors for you to pair with this trendy tone.




Gold has been an on-trend “neutral” for a few months, but pairing it with Marsala makes for a lush, ultra-elegant, warm feeling. Bride Denise’s cozy wedding at the Four Seasons Scottsdale featured the Marsala-toned florals complimented by soft gold table settings.


Photography by Jeff Janke Photography

Bride Megan and her groom, Joe, added a subtle touch of Marsala ribbon on their wedding cake with gold-toned pearls and a metallic stand…we also loved this adorable cake topper!


Photography by Brooke Photography

Bride Lisa added just a hint of Marsala with berries in her champagne. This is a quick and easy way to stay on trend and spice up your bubbly!


Photography by Kimberly Jarman Photography


Dusty rose and peach are great complimentary colors to Marsala to soften the feel of your wedding. These light pink shades brighten Marsala to help transition between deep winter tones and lighter fall or spring wedding colors.

Bride Leah’s pale pink and Marsala bridal bouquet makes a smooth seasonal progression from fall to winter. The lighter hues of rose help to highlight the deep burgundy tones of Marsala.


Photography by Verdi 

We loved bride Kristen’s dusty rose shoes for her special day. Her shoes fit perfectly into Pantone’s official color specifier for Marsala. If you are hesitant to commit to such a bold tone for your wedding color, use accessories to incorporate Marsala-tones into your personal wedding style.


Photography by DePoy Studios

Kelly and Scott Hellwig’s table centerpieces combined lush pink roses and purple poms with lighter white and peach roses to brighten the feel. The mixed florals were paired with bronze and silver vases to give this eclectic wedding tabletop design a rustic yet classic ambiance.


Photography by Melissa Jill Photography


Looking at a color wheel, green falls nearly exactly opposite to Marsala. This makes it a complementary color, as well as a great addition to a palette for your wedding. Keeping on trend, emerald was also Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013. Match these brights together for a brilliantly colorful wedding.

Ginny and Justin celebrated their desert wedding with a succulent-themed cake. We love these earthy tones that bring an Arizona-fall feel to their dessert.


Photography by Melissa Young Photography

This styled shoot photographed by Rachel Solomon features a stunning lush green foilage surrounded by deep Marsala-toned blooms…and how  we are just in love with these deep purple artichokes!


Color doesn’t have to be all about florals and accessories. This stunning wedding sari was worn by bride Julie at her lavish Indian wedding. The bright reds and greens in her sari were complimented by marsala lining on groom Samir’s sherwani. These jewel tones complimented by darker marsala made for an incredible ceremony.


Photography by Eyes2See Photography

Are you as crazy about these color palettes as we are? We’re loving this styled shoot featuring marsala, peach, gold and green!


Photography by Rachel Solomon Photography