A Black Wedding is a Beautiful Wedding
If you’ve found you’re way here, then we really are strange-birds of a feather. Yes, black is beautiful for weddings, too! Luckily, this isn’t as taboo of a statement as it may have been a few years ago. Still, even now, when you stumble on a black wedding dress, it’s usually a ball gown. And while I have nothing personal against ball gowns, there are so many silhouettes worthy of a little exploration. You’ll see as we work our way together through this mood board – but the dress on this one – one of my all-time favorites. Hands down!
*As a note – though I love me some black, I’m not at all anti-color. You want more of a color-rush for your wedding day? I got ya lady, check out my colorful wedding dreaming post.
A Black is Beautiful Wedding Needs a Beautiful Black Inspiration Pic
I fall in love with all my inspiration pics. I couldn’t build a wedding around them if I didn’t. But this one right here, from @osengwa‘s Instagram account, takes my breath away! Ya’ll, I want to print it out and hang it as art my house. The contrast in this photo, the super dark black, the regal-ness oozing from her eyes, it’s all perfection. What spoke to me the most though, was the sort-of unbothered I’m-the-ish vibe radiating off this pic. (That’s the same vibe that in real life I never think I can pull off). I was also feeling like this chick wouldn’t mind standing out and taking a few chances. Which made putting together this mood board all the more fun.
The Mood Board
All The Things You Need to Know…
The Bride and Groom Fit
I could not love this Ese Azenabor Black Metallic Fringe Dress more! Azenabor is easily one of my favorite designers. If you’ve spent any time with me on this blog, you probably already know. She does such an amazing job creating clothes that sing on a woman’s body, and this one is no exception. The fringe is insane! The way it lands on the hand, and adds subtle movement to the hem is everything. Plus the metallic touch is just enough – can you imagine the way it would catch in the light for pictures? Coming in at $950, this one is a steal ya’ll. Try finding a typical bridal gown with this level of impact and originality at the same price.
This peacock suit from Grayscale is bold in the best possible way. It can definitely hold its own next to Azenabor’s metallic masterpiece. There’s so much to love here. The wispy white accents remind me of the highlights in my inspo photo. The turquoise feathers are the chance taking-sexy-cool vibe I needed for this wedding. And I’m all the way here for the matching pants, shirt, and jacket. It’s definitely the punch that I was looking for.
When The Jewelry Speaks to You
I. Have. No. Words! Have you ever seen anything so amazingly beautiful!!! If this GetMan Jewelry Crystal Ear Cuff doesn’t scream regal-ness than I don’t know what does. This piece of art couldn’t be more perfect for this wedding. Do you see the black faceted jewels woven throughout? The super-deep V-neckline on the dress will let each of those jewels shine like they’re being lit from within against your skin. And, okay, I hear ya if you’re saying this cuff may be a bit much. But this wedding is for my fearless ones. My lovelies who aren’t afraid to stand out and not apologize for it.
Speaking of standing out, it’s not just the jewelry that speaks to me in this pic. This image is on point for hair and makeup inspiration, too. I’m really looking at you, my short haired ladies. This jewelry, Azenabor’s dress, your short/bald head, and this glam grunge makeup, would put your stunning face front and center.
The Finishing Details
Décor to Have and to Hold
I have a slightly irrational fear of balloons. Well, more specifically, of balloons popping. Because of that, even though using balloons for décor has become a thing, you probably won’t see me highlighting a lot of that on this blog. The exception to that is right now. This pic of @balloonandpaper’s mirror-balloon hallway gives me all the feels. Can you imagine walking down this hallway with the fringe on your dress, and the jewels at your neck, being reflected all around you? Even better if it’s night time, (which it should be for this wedding ya’ll) and candlelight is strobing against each reflective surface? Flowers would definitely not be needed to incorporate something like this into ceremony décor. Plus, it would be so much more impactful.
I know the flower debate ain’t gonna be solved here. And I’m not mad at that. If you want flowers for your wedding you should have them. This mini turquoise bouquet from Etsy shop ShannonKristina perfectly matches the Grayscale suit, and helps tie the looks together. If you’re going the flower route, make sure to keep it small & tight. That way it’s not fighting with your dress and jewelry.
If you’re stepping away from the blooms and following me over to the dark side, this feather crystal hand fan from Etsy shop CrystalWeddingUK is a dope choice. The feathers will build on the texture brought by the fringe on your dress, while harkening back to suit’s peacock print.
More than a Bridesmaid’s Fit
A jumpsuit will always have my heart. It requires no thinking at all. You just put it on, zip it up, and you’re good to go. But this stunner from Cushnie is so versatile, it could serve double-duty. I’d originally envisioned it as a bridesmaid’s look – and don’t get me wrong, it’ll work amazingly that way. But take a second to picture this jumpsuit with the crystal ear cuff, and an amazing shoe like this Ohh Helen stunner from Voyette, and don’t tell me it wouldn’t slay as a bridal look, too.
Cushnie makes all the clothes I want to wear. Really, take a look at their website and try not to want everything you see. The quality is also second to none, so for me $1,275 for the jumpsuit makes sense. I can hear ya clearing your throat from over here, and I get it, for a bridesmaid’s fit, it’s a big ‘ole stretch. But if you’re checking out designer wedding gowns, the $1,200 – $1,300 price point ain’t out of the ball park. Plus the jumpsuit would work in your wardrobe for years!