Pantone Color of the Year 2019 – Living Coral

The brightest & boldest color yet – Perfect for Summer

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute has chosen one color to be the trendsetter for each season. You will see these color trends all over – from technology to the entertainment industry to fashion.


Pantone calls Living Coral an “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” This beautiful color can be incorporated in so many different ways from bridesmaid dresses to bouquets and boutonnieres. The Color of the Year brings a fresh and fun element to even the smallest piece of wedding decor!

We’ve photographed few couples this past year who were ahead of the ‘2019 Color of the Year’ curve by adding coral into their weddings! Jackie and Kirsten, Sandra and George and our very own Heather and Brian all added a bit of coral into their big days!

Jackie and Kirsten

How cute are these little ones? The boys’ coral bowties fit perfectly in with Jackie and Kirsten’s wedding color!

Jackie had a coral rose hairpiece and their wedding party was adorned with coral dresses and bowties (with comfy Chucks, too!) Such a gorgeous touch to add to O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow’s rustic ambiance and scenic grounds!

Sandra and George


Sandra had her bridesmaids dressed in coral, and George had his groomsmen sporting coral ties while he added a coral boutonniere to his suit. Sandra’s cascading bouquet included coral roses to make a beautiful fall floral arrangement. Their outdoors-themed wedding at Samuel’s Grande Manor really popped with a bit of coral!


Heather and Brian

Brian had a touch of coral in his tie, boutonniere, and pocket square!

Heather and Brian’s destination weddingto Punta Cana’s Huracan Café was the perfect place to incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year! Coral gives off the best beach and tropical vibes. Coral could be found in their centerpieces, the bouquets, and various other pieces of their wedding decor.  (If you’re interested in reading more about Heather’s experience with planning a destination wedding, click here to read her blog post!)

FUN FACT: According to “Coral is the calcium-carbonate skeleton formed by undersea polyp (a tiny animal), which cluster together to form colonies, or reefs. It was first harvested for jewelry by the ancient Egyptians and worn in Rome to ward off evil. (Pliny the Elder specifically noted its usefulness against temptresses.) That protective feature also made its way into the Renaissance – baby Jesus was often shown with a coral amulet. Coral was also highly valued in the Victorian era when it was carved for delicate cameo portraits; it was incorporated into sleep Art Deco jewelry in the first half of the 20th century and it was prized in its raw form by the hippies in the 1960s and 70s.”


Coral is such a beautiful color to add to your wedding, but it can also be a great choice before the wedding, too! A few of the couples we’ve photographed for their engagement session wore coral, as well!


Ashley wore a cute coral dress during her engagement session with her now-husband Steven at Knox Farm!

Rachel added coral into a floral pattern when we photographed her and Joe at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery!

Katie sported a gorgeous bright coral dress (with some sassy cowboy boots!) during hers and Jeff’s engagement photo shoot at Hoyt Lake!


Coral can be paired with many different colors so it can go with any wedding “theme”.  Below I’ve included some popular color combinations I’ve created based on other Pantone Colors – Coral + black + gold (metallic or glitter!), coral + turquoise + light grey, coral + navy + grey, coral + pink + raspberry, coral + yellow + Robin’s Egg blue.

Don’t let the fact that coral is 2019’s color shy you away from using it in your future nuptials! Embrace this beautiful hue and hopefully, the photos from our previous couples help inspire you to use this shade in many different ways!