All the drama, decadence and black wedding ideas today folks! Now this editorial shoot is perfect for those of you considering an elopement or an Autumn/Winter wedding in particular if you have postponed your wedding day. But then again anything really does go and if you want to have a dark, moody and atmospheric wedding day in midsummer then go for it. This inspiration brought to us by photographer Taylar-Jayde Photography and stylist and coordinator To Be Revealed will leave you feeling really inspired, I am certain.
The creative team have brought in all the current trends, think statement headpiece, dramatic photography, neon signs, luxe stationery and stylish attire to name just a few. The hair and make up was on point, a regal floral adorned cake took centre-stage and the table set up features feathers, flowers and candles, not to mention stunning agate place names. Do look out for a hint of the film Maleficent, especially with that darling feather cape worn by the bride. The end result is magnificent!
Black Wedding Ideas
Our shoot was held at stunning Grand Pacific restaurant in Manchester on 21st November 2019.
Playing off the ever growing popularity of the colour black within wedding design and Inspired by the stylish couple who always wear black – the concept of the shoot was to show how the colour can be stylish, bold and elegant.
One of the main things I wanted to portray was I wanted the shoot to be intimate – like a beautiful city centre elopement. With a background in Dance and Theatre, I love telling and capturing a story. I always want my shoots to tell a story by showing emotion, feeling and style! I wanted the images from this shoot to portray the couples feelings towards one another – real, intimate and honest documentary style photography. Taylar-Jayde captured the emotion so purely and always kept in mind the vision and style throughout. The team on board were all North West based wedding creatives and I wanted to create a capsule of images that not only told this story but that showed each of them off in all their glory.
From a style perspective, I wanted to loosely bring a dramatic ‘maleficent’ vibe in the styling and colour scheme. My theatrical background influences my brands Boho Luxe style and I wanted to create some drama by adding in statement pieces such as feathers, headpieces and neon signs to capture a dark yet almost indulgent atmosphere. These statements carried through from the table and venue styling to the bride and groom style.
It was my aim to give the couple a definite sense of ownership when it came to their styling choices – The Shikoba Stevie dress is a bold statement, and a designer that I personally love, and I couldn’t wait to work with the dress. The lovely ladies at Serendipity Bridal always find the most amazing dresses from their designers. Maleficent vibes were brought to life by a beautiful feather shoulder cape from Peacock and Pearl combined with a unique hand made bespoke headpiece by Rachel Chaprunne. Both these ladies create stunning bold pieces and it was an honour to feature such unique statements. Natalie from Peacock and Pearl also created a beautiful ethically made green and black ombre veil which allowed us to showcase alternating looks for both daytime and evening. With so many brides opting for a transition throughout their wedding day, we wanted to play on this idea.
The amazing hair and make up duo – Charlotte and Amy – created absolute magic. Creating a striking look that was both statement and sophistication. Keeping the dark vibe with a rich lip colour and smoky eyes for a dramatic vibrant look. Combined with a softer hairstyle that is stylish yet almost added a touch of tradition.
To add to the intimate feel, Jenny from Rock, Paper, nib created stunning black and gold hand written stationery that added a personal and heartfelt touch. The black and gold colour complimented the table styling and also made a perfect pairing with the insane black cake designed by Paula from Cakes by P.
The venue choice came from my desire to find somewhere city centre based but grand enough to feel like it transports you somewhere else. Given the shoots elopement feel I wanted the venue to be intimate and beautiful. With the venue having such unique features, when it came to imagery, we wanted to utilise the features as much as possible.. With bold lighting choices and larger décor details, bringing those into the design was key! I created my design based on the venue’s look and feel after my initial visit and was inspired by the ornate décor. The black and green colour scheme led from the venues rich indulgence. It was the perfect setting for a moody, dramatic shoot and Taylar-Jayde’s dark edit style assisted in the intimate yet emotion filled concept. I knew from a style perspective, I didn’t want it to be a ‘flowery’ shoot and the bouquet style came from the venues use of grand palms and greenery. These influenced the structure and design of the bouquet and Sara from Bridgemont Interiors created a large palm centered piece, with bold red roses for a touch of romance and colour, that made a stunning statement.
Overall, we all wanted to showcase a shoot that highlighted just how amazing black can be as a wedding colour. Showing couples that they can show off their own style and unique qualities – so much so that when people walk into the room they instantly recognise it as that couples day. It’s about being unapologetic about doing things your own way and ultimately inspiring those couples who are looking for a bold, Boho Luxe wedding style.
Credit Where Credit Is Due
Stylist & Coordinator
To Be Revealed
The Flower Decorative
Cape & Veil
Peacock and Pearl
Bridal Gown Designer
Rock, Paper, Nib
Just wow! Thanks ever so much to the whole team for sharing with us these modern and luxe black wedding ideas xo Lou