Ideas & Inspiration 

A Study In Contrast: Modern Twists on a Classic Wedding Palette

While we love the classic look of a black-and-white color scheme, many times it can look visually uninteresting or without any personality. From fun dress silhouettes and sculptural cakes, to a spiral dance floor and tonal stationery, these four brides did just the opposite by adding modern twists to their monochromatic weddings that showcased their personal tastes and style.

Alex Berry, Bride & Bridesmaids
Photo by Grant Daniels Photography

Silhouette Swap

For Alex Berry and Grant Ladner’s October 8, 2022, wedding in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, the bride relied on her fashion background to style her attendants. “I wanted a harmonious look during the ceremony,” Alex says. The Dessy bridesmaids’ dresses complemented the elegant off-the-shoulder silhouette of Alex’s Gia gown. “It was only fitting for me to play off that look for their dresses, too!”

Juna Lee & Ryan King Wedding, Cake
Photo by Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Artistic Edge

For her October 1, 2022, “I do’s” to Ryan King, bride Juna Lee wanted an artful cake befitting their Nasher Sculpture Center setting. “Black is chic, dramatic, and a bit counterculture for a wedding cake,” she says. The “Wednesday Addams meets 21 Rue Cambon” cake by Sugar Bee Sweets fulfilled Juna’s confectionery vision. “My mother hated the idea,” she laughs. “Maybe she’ll come around when she reads this.”

Kelsey & Casey Miller Wedding, First Dance
Photo by Shannon Skloss Photography

A New Spin

Kelsey Miller wanted the dance portion of her and Casey Lofton’s October 22, 2022, Arlington Hall wedding to have the feel of an upscale club. “She loved the look of a black-and-white checkered dance floor but wanted something a bit more interesting,” says Rielly Kidwell of House of CLRK by Emily Clarke. The team came up with this spiral design, which was brought to life by Center Stage Floors.

Nataly Keomoungkhon Wedding, Stationary Design Wedding Invitations
Photo by Reigh Walker

Paper Palette

In designing her own invitation suite, bride Nataly Keomoungkhoun took an intentional style departure—adopting an unadorned black-and-white look that was in contrast to the lush florals and tonal palette that were to come. “It’s quite different from the decor at the wedding,” she says. “Guests were surprised when they saw all the color!”

Nataly Keomoungkhon Wedding, Seating
Photo by Reigh Walker

Sweet Seats

Nataly Keomoungkhoun and Royce Li chose the Mason for their November 5, 2022, nuptials largely for its classic style. “We wanted something that felt timeless and modern,” Nataly says. But it didn’t hurt that the venue’s included items—like the chic black chairs—didn’t require an upgrade. “Using the Mason’s selection of decor was one thing we didn’t have to think about,” says the bride. “What couple doesn’t love that?”

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