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A Sophisticated Pairing
The on-hue pup certainly makes a nice aisle partner, but we're talking about the cool color combo shown here. She's wearing a winter-white neoprene capelet over a strapless column dress with sleek gray leather gloves. And baby's breath goes from filler to fabulous when massed in a romantic bunch and tied with a ribbon the color of a South Sea pearl.
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Start With a Clean Slate
Subtle touches add up to major impact in this type-driven suite with graphic pewter ink and edging, and attention-getting tracking (that's stationery-speak for the amount of space between letters). It's elegant enough for the most refined bride, yet not too feminine for a man of steel. After your big day, send guests something that’s as polished as a gray flannel suit: a thank-you note letterpressed with your new monogram.
"Subway Style" invitations, moontreeletterpress.com
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Take a Cue From the Boys
Just ask Katharine Hepburn and Annie Hall: Menswear-inspired looks are always in style. Her figure-flattering tailored dress is even more appealing when worn with a charming peter pan–collared shirt. (Any 'maid who shies away from showing her arms will be thrilled to wear it, too.) Your groomsmen will also dig the versatility of their smoky suits.
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Send a Friend Down the Aisle
Any ring bearer is cute, but how adorable is this ring bear? have a little one—boy or, in this case, girl–walk the walk holding a snowy-white, fluffy pal who's got your rings securely tied to a silver ribbon sewn to his paw. Dress her in this slightly sparkly frock. Or, if you have a nephew dying to toddle down the aisle, go for a tiny gray suit.
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cement vases are downright pretty when they offer a strong counterpoint to wispy, pale floral arrangements of dusty miller, sweet peas, baby’s breath, carnations, and roses. Leaning against one, a concrete table number looks stone-cold awesome. To finish the scene, hang our easy-to-make paper chandeliers above the table.
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Add Lustrous Touches
When choosing accessories, go glam in grays, or bring a whisper of white to pewter-clad bridesmaids.
Jimmy Choo "Anouk" pump; Todd Reed bracelets, 800-376-3609; Ted Muehling silver earrings, 212-431-3825; Christian Louboutin "Traviata" clutch; Maja Dubrul black and white south sea pearl earrings, 970-920-1133; Mastoloni signature collection Tahitian pearl necklace; Clara Williams Co. tourmalinated-quartz necklace with marble centerpiece; Rene Escobar rutilated-quartz, moonstone, and diamond earrings, fragments.com; Kristin Cavallari by Chinese Laundry dyeable sandal
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Show guests your gratitude with a going-away treat that’s oh-so-stylishly presented. Make this pristine packet with a few easy folds and an embossed “Tea from Two” stamp. Don’t stress the placement: The embossing looks sharper when it’s off-center. A few days before your event, slip in filter bags filled with loose tea; our favorite flavors just happen to fit in with the color scheme.
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Finally: a classic vanilla sheet cake that looks as terrific as it tastes. This two-layer confection, by contributing editor Jason Schreiber, a pastry chef in New York City, was cut into simple squares, then topped with a cloud of coconut flakes. The rounded-edge plates shown here deepen in color from white to dark gray, and their shape echoes the slice itself. Cool, huh?
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Find more original ideas for customizing your day and expert advice to lead you to the aisle in our annual Ultimate Planner by downloading our app and buying the winter 2014 digital issue for only $.99.