He looks oh-so Don Draper in a tux. Why not borrow all those debonair details -- the bow tie, the cummerbund, the sharp pleats -- and refashion them as decorative accents for your wedding?
The Details: Silk camellias, M&SSchmalberg. Topper, similar styles at Fancy Flours. Ring, Diana. Pleated ribbon, M&J Trimming. Calligraphy (here and throughout story), Cheryl Tefft of Calligraphics. Onyx and diamond tuxedo studs, by Trianon from Seaman Schepps New York, 212-753-9520. Butterfly self-tie bow tie, Brooks Brothers. Diamond earrings, "Pahla Collection," Pavan Gattani for Vardiva.
Extend the cummerbund treatment to vases and candleholders, and punch up white floral centerpieces with blooms so dark they're almost black.
The Details: Centerpieces of ranunculus, Japanese anemone, chocolate cosmos, and heuchera leaves, Ariella Chezar Design. 2" ribbon in fawn (on vases), Midori. Pleated and single-faced satin ribbons, Mokuba New York, 212-869-8900. "Ringlet" stemware, Martha Stewart Collection with Wedgwood from Macy's.
A custom-made black silk cummerbund is paired with a white Alencon lace gown that offers a delicate counterpart to the dark hue.
The Details: "Beatrix" gown, Lea-Ann Belter. Cummerbund (on her), Tiecrafters. Tuxedo, Paul Smith London, 646-613-3060. Bow tie, cummerbund (on him), Brooks Brothers. Shirt, Thomas Pink, 212-838-1928.