Branding elements- Part I and Giveaway Winner


Today I’m starting a series in which I talk about the various parts of my new brand. As a business owner, it’s important to communicate what your brand stands for which should be who you are at your core.  We’ll start by looking at the colors used and what each of them means.

Coral and navy are at the core of my brand color story; throw in some touches of gold and lots of clean white space and you’ve got a Madelyn Ridgeway Events beautiful, delicious smoothie of sorts!  To be frank, I’m not quite sure how the colors came to be.  It’s almost like I woke up one day and just knew these colors were supposed to represent my business.  I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the color coral.  I even used it for my first wedding; the one I was planning in my head before my then boyfriend (now husband) had even proposed.  Picture it:  a beautiful, southern soiree where the bridesmaids wear long, flowing black dresses and carry a bouquet of striking, coral roses.  When he FINALLY proposed I thought my bridesmaids might be too hot in black dresses so I ditched the idea.  Needless to say, coral has long been special to me.  According to the Pantone Institute, the most noted authority on color:

lighter shades of orange (peach, apricot, coral and melon) have the most pleasant word associations. They’re nurturing, approachable, tactile colors —velvety peach and delicious melon, healthy and flattering to most skin tones. Soft oranges are sophisticated and very eye appealing to the upscale affluent market.

Navy is a neutral in my book.  Much like black it looks good with just about any color and is always in style. There’s something about navy blue that just reads classic and chic to me.  The classic look of a crisp, white shirt and navy blazer on a man or woman won’t ever go out of style. I’m also a fan of complementary colors (colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel e.g. red and green).  The contrast of the different colors such as coral and navy against a white background really gets me excited.  Of the color navy Pantone says:

Blue is a cool calming color that shows creativity and intelligence. It is a popular color among large corporations, hospitals and airlines.  It is a color of loyalty, strength, wisdom and trust. Blue has a calming effect on the psyche. Blue is the color of the sky and the sea and is often used to represent those images. Blue is a color that generally looks good in almost any shade and is a popular color among males.

I think the feminine softness of coral paired with the strong, chic navy blue make a great backdrop to build a strong brand!

What about you, what colors are you drawn to? In the next part of the series I’ll be talking about the core of Madelyn Ridgeway Events; the law of love.

Lastly, the winner of the launch giveaway is Heidi!

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Launch Giveaway!

Thank y’all for such a warm response to my new website and branding!  It makes all the hard work worth it.

To celebrate the launch, I’m giving away some of my favorite things!  I’m so excited! Y’all wouldn’t believe the amount of thought I put into what items to put on this list.  I really wanted this giveaway to reflect some of my favorite things so I could share them with one lucky reader.




1.  $25 gift card

2. Hey Y’all print by Stephanie Creekmur

3.  Gentle reminder pencils by Amanda Catherine Designs

4.  A set of 25 personalized notecards (personalized to your liking) by yours truly!

To enter leave a comment telling me your favorite part of my new website and branding. The giveaway ends on Friday, November 15, 2013 when I will randomly pick a winner from the comments.  Feel free to enter once a day until the contest ends! The winner will be announced Monday, November 18!  Now enter away!