Things I Love: Olive

Whether by itself or as an accent to other florals, olive gives a rustic, Spanish/Italian feel to decor. Any time I see it, I am transported to the Mediterranean and immediately start to have cravings for prosciutto, olive oil, and incredibly fresh bread. The silver-green color of the leaves is soft and subtle and works really well in both classic and rustic weddings. Pair it with soft florals, use a couple stems as details here or there, or place large bunches in rustic urns for a dramatic effect.


{olive urns by Events by Nouveau Flowers photos by Rae Leytham Photography via Angie and Tim’s wedding}

{olive centerpieces by Atelier Joya photo by Jamie Grenough via Style Me Pretty}

{olive table numbers photo by Punam Bean Photography via Style Me Pretty}

{olive accented flowers by Atelier Joya photo by Jamie Grenough via Style Me Pretty; olive oil favors photo by Francis Hammond via Brides}

{olive branch bouquet photo by Punam Bean Photography via Style Me Pretty; domed olive bouquet photo via Martha Stewart}

{olive swag and wishing tree photos by Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty}

Instead of using lots of olive everywhere, consider a few strategically placed pieces, either at guests’ place settings or on your wedding cake.

{olive place setting photo by Our Labor of Love via Snippet & Ink; olive napkin wrap photo by Shannon Rutherford Photography via EAD Living}

{olive decorated wedding cakes photos by Steve Steinhardt via Style Me Pretty and by Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty}

Use olive branch wreaths as decorations for doors, walls, or chairs. Use ribbons in your colors or place some of your flowers on the wreath to really tie it in to the rest of the decor.

{classic olive wreath photo by Kim Fox Photography via Style Me Pretty}

{decorated olive wreaths photo by Brion Hopkins via Once Wed}

What other ways could you incorporate olive into decor? Did you use olive or love it as much as I do? I’d love to hear!