“I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul." Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII
Mood: Mystical, Moody, Glamorous, Ethereal, Dark, Sensual,
Palette: Black, Sheer White, Tarnished Silver, Onyx, Jet, Pewter, Golden Light
Decor/Styling: Against the drama and elegance of a jet black night sky blanketed with stars, consider planning your wedding date around a full moon, adding only candles for a moody, deeply elegant evening. This theme embraces the mysticism buried in all of us, an affinity with the night sky and celestial glamour of darkness.
Not for white wedding traditionalists, the Black Magic Woman revels in deeper shades, finding beauty in black diamonds and darkly petalled, heady flowers. Consider the sensuality of a deep shade of lace for bridesmaids, or adorning them in statement sized smokey quartz jewels. Truly daring brides may opt for a black gown themselves, (think floor length lace magnificence synonymous with Dolce & Gabana or Elie Saab). Or slip into black for a sensual 'second' dress, later in the night.
White is this context is thrown into ethereally striking effect, for just as 'a certain darkness is needed to see the stars', the velvety depths of this theme will highlight a pale gown as entirely luminous and otherworldly. Similarly giant pale flowers (think magnolia grandiflora or anemones) against a dark table scape will appear as a moonlit midnight garden.
Create ceremony drama with a candlelit aisle and a cascading backdrop (think draped silk or garlands of darkly petalled blooms). Guide guests through pathways, indoors or out, with low light and strings of fairylights or candles marking their passage. Utilise endless candelabras of different heights, arranged against deeply tinted table linens and cut crystal glassware.
Recreate this look: The Mania Mania Solstice Earrings / Dolce & Gabbana Lace Appliqued Georgette Gown via Net A Porter / Claire Aristides Inifini Black Diamond Eternity Ring / Dolce & Gabbana Lace Mini Dress / The Hire End Black Linen Chair Covers / The Hire End Pewter Candlestick / The Hire End Crystal Cut Votive / Anthropologie Halo Chandelier / Houghton Beatrix Hand Embroidered Silk Gown