Romance Is Redefined with This Midnight Garden Wedding

Jewel tones, fresh berries and Parisian accents are the new ways to celebrate outdoors.
by Lauren Kay
Midnight in the Garden | Philip Ficks
Philip Ficks

Wine-colored jewel tones, fresh berries and subtle metallic sparkles can add glamour to your evening reception. Carry the fresh, farm-to-table fruit throughout the celebration in your bouquet, dessert-topper and even infused in your signature sip. Black envelopes with hand-painted gold liners make a bold statement, while a French crêpe cake gives this party a European vibe. “In this look, everything is glamorous and elegant, yet achievable," says designer Julie Savage of Strawberry Milk Events.

In Bloom

Jewel toned color inspiration
Philip Ficks

Incorporate your wedding colors into your bridal look with plum lipstick and bold polish. A floral crystal clutch adds sparkle, while a bouquet of garden roses and blackberries balances the look.

Clutch, $3,695, Judith Leiber,; lipstick, $16,; nail polish, $27, Chanel,

Inked In Gold

Black and gold wedding stationery
Philip Ficks

Invitations generate excitement for your event, so be bold! Black envelopes with hand-painted gold liners are très chic (and stand out in a sea of mail), and calligraphed invitations with gilded edges set the tone for an intimate and refined celebration.

Paper and calligraphy,

Short Stacks

Berry-filled crepe cake
Philip Ficks

“I'm all for traditional cakes, but this crepe cake is great if you want something different," Savage says. “It has an elegant, European feel." Fresh berries keep the confection from looking overdone (and match the tarts at each place setting).


Dressed to the Nines

White and gold calligraphed invitations
Philip Ficks

The deep jewel tones translate just as beautifully to the bridal party attire as it does on the tablescape—they'll look (and feel!) like wedding royalty.

Gold Standard

Gold and jewel toned reception table decor
Philip Ficks

Low centerpieces encourage conversation, while calligraphed glasses double as place cards. A boxwood wall, an oversize Parisian clock and mini-bottles of St–Germain transport guests to a European backyard.

All floral design, David; furniture,; linens,; chargers,; glass calligraphy,

Bubbling Over

Champagne cocktails with garnish
Philip Ficks

Pay tribute to the local surroundings with your signature cocktail. Small details, like gold sugar rims and sprigs of thyme from the garden, make a big impact for little cost.


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