Congratulations to the Winners of Our Wedding Academy Instagram Challenge!

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Earlier this month we set our Academy community the fun challenge of designing a wedding inspiration board inspired by the colours Pantone have predicted will be trending for Spring Summer 2019.
Everyone, from Academy students and graduates to wedding professionals and wedding design newbies took on the challenge and we received well over 300 entries! There were so many beautiful design boards so it was such a tough job for Academy CEO Kylie to whittle them down to thee finalists per colour.
The task of picking an overall challenge winner and a winning board for each of the twelve colours fell to our star judge Zainab Alsalih, Founder of Carousel Events, a luxury wedding and event planning agency based in Dubai. Zainab is an amazing design talent and her beautiful work is industry renowned. Each of her designs tells a story and she shares snapshots of this inspiring work with her 100k Instagram followers.
I expect you are dying to know who Zainab picked as the winners and it gives me great pleasure to share the 2019 #WedAcademyChallenge winning designers and their stunning inspiration boards…

Overall winner and winning board for Mango Mojito – @ivyandice

Image Credits: Slice – | Dress – via Pinterest | Invitation – via Etsy
Table – Ashley Rains Photography via Wedding Chicks | Decoration: via Etsy |
Bouquet – Emily March photography via

Why Zainab Loves it:
“The “mango mojito” board stood out amongst a collection of amazing boards. What made it special for me is how the primary colour of “mango mojito” was paired with an accent colour to accentuate its richness, and to make it work so well in the context of a wedding theme design. It takes great creativity and a real understanding of colours to pair such different tones together, making both of them look better, but truly elevating and complimenting the primary colour.”

The winning board for Aspen Gold – @firstweloveweddings

Image Credits: Cocktails – by @cocktail_acdmy via @fireflyevents | Bride by @forthephoto via @gatherevents | Table setting by @radandinlove via @sirenfloralco | Shoes by @rachelownesphoto via @caratsandcake | Table plan by @heididavidsondesign

Why Zainab Loves it:
“This is such a sophisticated tone of yellow, and I love how this pop of colour was used against a clean and simple backdrop. It beautifully balances a “country” feel with an urban sophistication.”

The winning board for Fiesta –@firstweloveweddings

Image Credits: Bridesmaids by @christinakarst via @sirenfloralco | Car by @anagramphoto via @coastalbride | Calligraphy menu by @afabulousfete | Bouquet by @thehappybloom via @heyweddinglady | Ring by @the_mrs_box

Why Zainab Loves it:
“The graduating tone of red is at once very bold, yet very soft, and it creates a vibrant feel. It feels like a fiesta, and this board seems to capture the essence of this colour palette.”

The winning board for Jester Red – @worcesterdiane

Image credits: Rust Beam by Logicalx found via | Tablescape by Rachel A Clingen Wedding & Event Design found via Pinterest | Berries/Ring – Weddingomania found via Pinterest | Colour swatch by Pantone | Dress by Donia Ali | Cake by Sugarbelle Cakery –  Photography by Ashley Fisher Photography found via | Door photographer unknown found via Pinterest | Macarons unknown found via

Why Zainab Loves it:
“Richness and depth. A bold presentation that speaks of a strong bride, and a deep passion.”

The winning board for Living Coral – @valeweddings

Image Credits: Bridal party – uploaded by Raman Ghanan  via Pinterest | Feet @getsetwed | Centrepiece article from Fun Fun Weddings via Pinterest | Cake – Prius Avi via Pinterest | Flowers – MODwedding via Pinterest | Bar

Why Zainab Loves it:
“Capturing a real sense of the intimacy of Eastern romance, and the sense of beauty and abundance that is associated with it.”

The winning board for Pepper Stem – @melissafrayne

Photo Credits: Bridesmaid – Photographer Tim Otto found via Pinterest | Cake – unknown found via Pinterest | Flowers | Model – unknown photographer found via Google | Apples found via | Humulus Lupulus – photo by BambaataaRR | Venue – unknown photographer |  Invitation –

Why Zainab Loves it:
“A fantasy in green – this board beautifully evokes a sense of a midsummer’s night dream.”

The winning board for Pink Peacock – @arpartyplanningandstyle

Photo Credits: Feathers – via Pinterest | Flowers – www. | Shoes  – | Rings –  via Pinterest | Rose – via Pinterest | Eye make up – | Cake – | Landscape – | Clutch bag –

Why Zainab Loves it:
“I love the bold colour palette, and while it’s always a risky colour to go with, here it is done in a very elegant, and tasteful way.”

The winning board for Princess Blue – @mediterranilm

Photo Credits: Flowers – Essential Silk Decor via Etsy | Santorini – Nkerrparis | Invitation – Cavin Elizabeth Photography / Couple – Anna Roussos Photography via Rock My Wedding | Vases – Tie The Knot via | Table – Heidi Lau Photography via | Ring – Browns’ Boutique via |Doughnuts – Nectar and Stone via | Pattern – 945ontwerp via Istock

Why Zainab Loves it:
“Evoking visions of beautiful Mediterranean escapes, the rustic beauty in this board is truly stylish in the simplest, yet most refined way.”

The winning board for Sweet Lilac – @bibaveronika

Photo Credits: Menu List – Wedding Chicks via Pinterest | Man Shoes – Folk via |Dress – @samarova_m
Perfume – AliceandAliceArtShop via | Chair – Liza Abdo via Pinterest | Cocktails – via | Macaroons – | Flowers via Pinterest

Why Zainab Loves it:
“Who doesn’t love pink! Here, it’s done in such a dreamy and feminine way, and the diverse application of the colour with different textures and elements is so creative and so pretty.”

The winning board for Terrarium Moss – @luxeova

Image Credits: Wedding Table Centerpiece & Geometric Glass Ring Box with Moss Island by Luxeova Atelier @luxeova found via | Glass Terrarium Favors by Alicia Thurdton Photography found via | Wedding Cake by Sweet Celebrations Wedding Cake found via | Wedding Car by Steve Stanton Photography found via | Flower bouquet by Love Katie + Sarah found via| Wedding Invitation by Papel & Co @papelnco

Why Zainab Loves it:
“Enchanted and whimsical, and while it’s difficult to make this colour palette feel feminine, here it was cleverly done, creating a mature and refined feminine feel.”

The winning board for Toffee – @harrietmaloney_

Image Credits: Tables by Mel Durham via Upsplash | Stationary  Tacktu Paper Company via | Favours by Candace Jeffery via | Copper pans via | Sea and sand image by Amy Humphries  via Upsplash | Couple image by Karra Leigh via @junebugweddings | Pinecones image by the creator (Harriet Maloney)| Hanging lights image by Bonnie Kittle via Upsplash | Marshmallows by Joe+Kathrina via

Why Zainab Loves it:
“So rustic, and so chic. This board truly is on the cutting edge of where design is going – true, authentic, soft, warm, comfortable, and timelessly elegant.”

The winning board for Tumeric – @love_wdetails

Image Credits: Wedding Couple – Readyluck via | Table Setting – Anne Delores Photography via | Wedding Cake – Liz Anne Photography via | Stationery – Forever Photography via | Flowers via | Wedding Arch – Katelyn James Photography via

Why Zainab Loves it:
“This is a happy and organic board, it feels as if it was created from a forage into a lovely garden.”


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