Oxblood + Cobalt Wedding Inspiration

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

Vanessa Noel, the talented planner + stylist behind today’s ultra pretty shoot, has some solid advice to couples who are just starting sort out the details of their day: Don’t fight the venue. Manipulate it. Think outside the box. But don’t fight what you’re working with! And she took her own advice when designing this fun cobalt + oxblood inspired editorial at Riviera Mansion in Santa Barbara, California…

As I wandered around the Riviera Mansion during a site visit, I knew a rich and bold color palette had to be incorporated into this shoot. Deep oxblood textiles and cobalt blue tiles that echo the Spanish architecture are some of the beautiful and dramatic elements of the 100+ year old mansion. I decided to embrace those tones and add wood elements and brass accents to further complement the space.

And the beautiful + unexpected palette, along with the stunning florals by Stella Bloom Designs, look like a dream through the lens of Anna Delores Photography!

oxblood and cobalt invitation


oxblood and cobalt inspiration

hanging blue decor

oxblood bouquet

This richly-hued, overgrown bouquet was a match made in heaven for the bride’s sweetly delicate BHLDN gown.

oxblood bouquet

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

velvet jacket

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

gold hair crown

And the pretty custom paper goods by Manzanita Paperie further echoed the shoot’s vibrant theme.

blue menu

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

oxblood and cobalt invitation

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

fireplace decor

flower plate setting

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

oxblood colored centerpiece

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

blue goblets

oxblood and cobalt inspiration

printed napkin plate setting

oxblood and cobalt inspiration


candle stairway

Loving this amaranths + peony garland!

red staircase decor


To all of the talented creatives below, thanks so much. This was such great inspiration for couples who want to infuse a unique + beautiful color story into their day!

photography: Anna Delores Photography // planning + design: Vanessa Noel Events // venue: Riviera Mansion at University Club Santa Barbara, California // florals: Stella Bloom Designs // stationery: Manzanita Paperie // tabletop: Hostess Haven // dress: BHLDN // blazer: ASOS // earrings: Azadouhi Jewelry // headpiece: Acute Designs // cake + macarons: De Coeur Bake Shop // napkins: C Wonder // rentals: Posey Vintage

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  1. Loved this shoot! Dark & dreamy! Thanks for the feature!

  2. YAY!!! It came out AMAZING! Thanks for letting us be apart of it with you talented gals. xoxoxoox

  3. You can see the talents in these photography. great minds!

  4. Love the colors and the concept. Dark and elegant!

  5. So exciting to see this amazing wedding featured here!! It truly was a gorgeous day, and I get a big smile every time I think about this wedding :)


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