Wedding Trends Look Book 2020: Noir

Taking a cue from fashion, a modern look can often incorporate a touch of black. But threading black as the dominant palate can create a sleek and clean wedding design. Adaptation of other cultures continues to bring new ideas for weddings and borrowed customs help to create a signature style. Each step of this wedding day was infused with natural and earthy environments. Centered on the Zen principles of design with signature Asian-inspired elements, this wedding design reflects the states of active calm, solitude, and tranquillity with a color palette of blacks, purples, pinks, and ivories.

All black wedding decor

Black calla lilies can make a bold statement when hand-tied for the bridal bouquet. While called Zantedeschia Black, these gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers feature striking, dark, almost-black purple blooms rising elegantly on sturdy stems. Blending with a bridal gown with back embroidery accents, you have a modern interpretation that is insta-fabulous. The textures of orchids, blend perfectly with the thick petal of the black calla lilies. Covering surfaces with rich, dark floral arrangements and burning candles will create a sophisticated and romantic mood.

Black finishes tie in with the trend we have been scouting in home interiors and fashion; both in the tone and materials we used. For reception design, we suggest you start with the head table as a focal point. A luxe marble dining table becomes a show-stopper.

For this design, the harvest-style head table creates a large focal point featuring a sophisticated gloss finish. Each place setting was dressed with precision. The Zen principle, Kanso, dictates that beauty and utility need not be overstated, overly decorative, or fanciful. The overall effect is clean, fresh, and neat. It incorporates naturally occurring patterns and rhythms.

Each meticulous place setting features a trio of sparkling glassware with a stemless glass pairing perfectly with two additional stemmed glasses. Asian-inspired china in matte black makes the perfect accompaniment to the black metal flatware.

A petite wedding cake in deep purple with dripping chocolate ganache makes a modern statement when placed upon a black cake pedestal. Repeating themes throughout your design creates effortless drama. The cake mimicked the clean design of the tabletop.

Single-tier dark wedding cake

To soften the look of the table, lush florals dance down the length of the long table. Bulbus glass vases are combined with concrete containers featuring a stylized floral that included a combination of clustered Phalaenopsis orchids, burgundy rubber plant leaves, black Baccara roses, and hypericum berries. The clean shapes paired with the natural element of orchids in concrete containers, lined in unison down the center of the long table, create a striking statement.

To add some sparkle and lighten the tablescape, scattered pillar candles dance down the length of the table. Each place setting is accented with a place card tied to a delicious bonbon in a sleek clear acrylic box.

In a beautiful luxe unification, black-on-black menus featured the rich foiling of the text on the thick black stock.

All black wedding tabletop plates, menu, and flatware

Upon the arrival of guests, consider serving pomegranate ginger Palomas delivered by waiters in tuxedos and black velvet bow ties. Consider Asian-inspired canapés of black rice crisp, ocean trout, salmon pearls, celery cress; seared Port Phillip Bay scallop with coconut and sweet pumpkin, salsify, and shiso; and camomile tea-smoked quail taro chip, quince relish on smoke mirrored trays.

A menu of multiple courses served on striking black plates can entertain guests throughout the evening. A mix of beautiful colors is presented as the first course – a beetroot cured Huon salmon, at right, is paired with charred leek, snowcrab celeriac, green apple remoulade, compressed cucumbers, fresh horseradish and basil oil. Violet blossoms add a touch of purple color to the artistically designed plating.

This striking design melds a beautifully minimalist aesthetic with a modern look for a contemporary wedding wonderland.


Photos by Sephory Photography