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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.
There’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.
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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.
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Light and Dark Dresses
Frothy taupe complements refined burgundy like no other. Add sharp bags and shoes, and your ’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.
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Dapper Duds for the Guys
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.
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Boutonnieres to Enliven His Lapel
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.
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A Decadent Post-Dinner Spread
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
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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 good—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).
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