contemporary art museum wedding (reader request)

Orange and aqua modern art museum wedding inspiration

Reader requested wedding inspiration boards are often my favorites – I find that with a few guidelines I discover some of the best ideas out there! When Silvia emailed me she knew two things for sure: that she and Timothy were getting married at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) because they both met and interned there and that they wanted a ‘pop’ factor to wow their guests. Silvia also said that she wanted to play around with a mix of vibrant and soft colors since it is a spring wedding and that she was thinking of throwing some orange into the mix.

A lot of brides go through the ‘wedding planning blues’ – meaning they get annoyed at the sheer amount of information and inspiration that is out there and just give up for a while. Well… Silvia was one of them and said “planning gets me all worked up and I have so many things in mind that I end up getting frustrated.” Silvia – you’re not alone! And that’s why I am here to help.

Orange and powder blue with pops of aqua is a lovely color combination and a nice mix of vibrant and soft – which would be perfect for your spring wedding. Since Timothy also likes neutrals you can let the interior and exteriors of Mass MoCA be your canvas. The environment is naturally dramatic and structural so play up the color blocking on your decor elements and even with your bridal accessory choices (like the bride in this wedding inspiration board – her statement necklace is amazing!). Keep your flowers modern and look for plants with structure and height. Add graphic shapes wherever you can: on throw pillows, table linens, hanging mobiles above the reception tables, or on cookies and other finger foods!

wedding-color-paletteCongratulations to Silvia and Timothy on your engagement! I hope this wedding inspiration board helped beat those wedding planning blues a bit. And brides-to-be: don’t forget that you can request your own inspiration board here!

Looking for more of this lovely color combination? Take a peek at: nectarine.


photo credits: tablescape, candlesticks, & sugar cookies (created by Sugar Shapes) via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Brittany Lauren Photography, styled by Petra Kate Wedding Design // bride with statement necklace photographed by Christina Heaston, styled by Fred + Kate Events // champagne drink flags via On To Baby, photographed & designed by Elsa Events // ombre escort cards from Style Me Pretty, photographed by Volatile Photography. 

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Silvia Lazala says

    OMG! What an amazing board Sara. Absolutely love it. You outdid yourself. Can’t thank you enough! The play of colors is exactly what i had in mind and you made the vision a reality.

  2. Orange and aqua is such a wonderful color combo…and definitely not one you see very often in wedding settings! I love the bold yet soft feel of this. I really love that chic statement necklace, too. Gorgeous!

  3. Angelika Menendez Smith says

    Give me the classics any day. But if it works for your family, more power!

  4. Upbeat and trendy palette…perfect for an art museum theme!

  5. We love that necklace and have featured it on our blog for Wednesday’s post!!