Good Day for a Black Wedding

We just got in from a wedding where the bride and groom had a flair for the dramatic. There were echoes of tradition—there was a wedding party with girls on one side and boys on the other. But that’s about where tradition ends. There was a groom’s cookie and a bride’s cake made of cookies, no real cake.

The color theme was black and white, which makes for simple elegance. The decorations were very creative yet inexpensive, but somehow really cool and fitting for a winter wedding. There weren’t any fresh flowers.  The bridesmaids carried purses.

The groom wore a  white suit, black shirt and tie and black and white wingtips. All he needed was a white Fedora to have the “zoot suit.” The bridesmaids wore black and/or white dresses of various sorts, nothing screamed bridesmaid. The men wore black suits and ties.

And the bride said “to hell” with tradition and wore a black dress—no white here. She also wore Corral vintage inlay boots in black and white, of course. LOVE IT! ( I can relate, I wore a black and red flower print dress for my own wedding.)

The bride in a black wedding dress.

I was very impressed with the innovative ways to use sticks and plow discs. Most of the decorations utilized something we have in abundant supply in Arcadia. Mesquite wood– painted black, silver, white and some with a touch of bling.

Mesquite branches used in creative ways.

Antlers, the common ones you find in the back pasture where the carcass is long since decayed, with a black wash on them to accentuate the crevasses. There were shot glasses. I poorly assumed that they were for shots, right? Nope. It’s for a shot of milk to go with your cookie. Jdubs did about 10 milk shooters and wanted to save the glasses for later. It was awesome. The antlers were really cool.

Focus on the awesomeness of this antler--painted silver with a black wash.
Pretty bride in black ... tired, fat lady in red.

The bride, in black, looking fresh as a flower and me (gawd, I need a vacation and a binge diet).

The bug in a Rudolf tie.

Jdubs wore his Rudolf tie – he insisted on wearing a tie like his daddy.

Head table with creative decorations of mesquite branches.
How many of us have a candelabra in the attic? Whip that bad boy out and spray paint it black and string some bling-- then BOOM.
This center piece really was the coolest. None of those typical arches with garland strung on it. No little white lights. Mesquite branches and bling.

The bride and groom exchanged vows in front of this arrangement. It was huge and beautiful. The photo doesn’t do it justice—it was about 10 feet tall and made of …. You guessed it, mesquite branches. There were crystals, beads and sparkles. It was not traditional, but really pretty, classy and most of all, creative.

Cheers to the Nichols!