Playful Pink Wedding Ideas from Cuba

Pink has always been a favorite wedding hue, and we can’t say that we’re surprised. Here, we love the variation between the subtle blush silk ribbon adorning the bride’s waist, moving all the way up to bold, playful corals in the bridal bouquet. Whatever your color preference, one of the easiest tips we can give you to bring life and interest to your palette is to use different shades of your chosen color.

Wedding stylist Ginny Au frequently talks about the importance of texture and mood within your color selection, as the slightest variations can create a dynamic change in the overall design. Here, Ginny layered hand-died custom silk ribbons in gentle blush hues onto the bride’s bouquet and accenting her dress, eliciting a softer, more romantic feel. In the bouquet, the playful variations range from ballet pinks to bolder fuchsias, developing movement and depth. Read on for more from the photographer Greer Gattuso.

“I had been hoping to work closely with Ginny for a while, because I love her aesthetic, and I’ve also been wanting to shoot more international destinations. So when the opportunity came up to travel to Cuba, we were both eager to go. The U.S. had just relaxed the restrictions, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

Overall, we were striving for authenticity with the shoot. That’s one of the reasons why we chose to work with a local model. We arrived a few days early and scouted locations in Old Havana. Ginny was constantly seeking out distinctive textures, colors, and architectural details. We were inspired by paint pigments, archways, and even faded lettering on simple concrete walls. And being so close to the sea, Cuba has this incredible filtered sunlight that seems to look different and more magical everywhere you turn—it’s basically a photographer’s dream. 

The entire time we worked together, Ginny was encouraging me to think about composition and ways to add movement and emotion to what I was shooting. For example, the Cortana gown we chose perfectly illustrated her concept of “fluid motion.” At one point she added a flowing piece of sheer fabric over the gown and asked the model to run down a quiet street. There was a slight breeze, and the effect was spectacular.

Working with Ginny has helped me not only find my own voice as an artist and changed the way I see my subjects, but also to use what I’ve learned to attract my ideal clients. I can honestly say that she’s changed my photography and my career for the better.”

Photographer: Greer Gattuso | Styling: Ginny Au | Flowers: Bows and Arrows Flowers | Dress: Loho Bride | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic


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