Wine and greige (or mink) are two colors we currently love together. See how the richness of one and the elegance of the other can make wedding-day magic.
Thereâ€™s something slightly daring, yet totally alluring about a gorgeous mink gown, especially when it's against crimson garden roses, ranunculus, clematis, viburnum berries, and scabiosas. Grayish-brown hellebores and a taupe silk bow add the chic finishing touches.
Tempted to match dark colors with gold accents? Try silver instead. It will give your tablescape a "weekend in the Cotswolds" feel that's surprisingly fresh and modern. This refined setting keeps its cool with pewter-banded plates, a tartan runner, and wild centerpieces wispy enough not to thwart across-the-table conversations. To get the look, loosely cluster chocolate cosmos, ranunculus, hellebores, clematis, andromeda, and spirea branches in horn and metallic vessels.
Frothy taupe complements refined burgundy like no other. Add sharp bags and shoes, and your â€™maids will applaud your mix mastery.
Dresses from left: Amsale silk crinkle chiffon in Truffle; Zac by Zac Posen jersey (piperlime.com); Byron Lars for Bhldn "Preservation Society" silk charmeuse in taupe; Julia Jordan ribbed cotton fit-and-flare; Shoes: Santoni "Donna" crocodile-embossed leather pumps.
Accessories in a variety of textures and spiffy styles give an air of elegance to your groom and his crew.
Brunello Cucinelli pocket squares, 212-813-0900; Valextra full-grain leather cardholder (mrporter.com); Thomas Pink "Ready to Wear" velvet bow tie; Charvet silk bow tie and braided belt, both at Bergdorf Goodman; Brioni woven silk tie; Gucci silk-and-cotton blend seersucker tie (mrporter.com); Loro Piana leather belt (mrporter.com); Ralph Lauren "Hayden" leather tray.
Simple and striking, these two-piece boutonnieres are blooming handsome. Clockwise from left: Ranunculus takes center stage to a hellebore and a swath of velvet ribbon; Braided leather binds a hellebore to an andromeda leaf; A tiny ranunculus meets andromeda by way of leather tape; Introduce scabiosa to tiny blue viburnum berries via silk cord; Hellebores and ranunculus join forces with leather tape.
Ribbon accents from Mokuba New York.
Treat your guests to a trio of sinful sips and a luscious chocolate-and-blackberry-jam layer cake that will have everyone craving a second slice. To drink? An espresso martini with espresso, vanilla vodka, hazelnut liqueur, and a bourbon-soaked cherry on top; orange-spice coffee with rum, Grand marnier, coffee, cream, melted chocolate, and a cinnamon stick; and salted caramel mocha with espresso, chocolate liqueur, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.
Cocktails courtesy of Jessie Damuck, assistant food editor at Everyday Food; tiered cake by freelance pastry chef Betsy Gibson Couch
The best part about this color combo? The sumptuous and ridiculously delicious favors it inspires, from a next-day brunch treat to libations that are goodâ€”and good-looking.
Woodford Reserve's mini bourbon (amazon.com) and Visol "Shiner" flask; Split of cab (etchingx.com); Cocoa-dusted almonds (nuts.com) in a horn bowl; Loulou's Garden Mariposa plum jam; Venchi chocolate-and-hazelnut cigars (eataly.com).