White Haute: A Modern Wedding Style With a Timeless Palette

Looking for a color palette that will stand the test of time?
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Andrea Fowler is an Editorial Content Manager at Sony Music Entertainment.
  • Andrea is a New York-based content strategist and creative producer.
  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.

Elyse Jennings Weddings brought together texture, contrast and a layering of ivory, dove gray and white to reinvent a timeless wedding color palette. Get inspired by a whimsical spread of candles, lush florals and elegant tablescapes.

Impressive Script

Custom wedding calligraphy by Ebb & Flow Ink
Greer Gattuso

Inspiration can be drawn from anywhere, including your venue. Does it speak to you in more ways than one? Lean on it to inform multiple elements, like the stationery or table settings. "The clean, white stucco walls of the venue, with hints of the unrefined brick and slate, informed the modern take on classic copperplate calligraphy," says Jaynie Lighter of Ebb & Flow Ink. The trendy twist here? No punctuation or imagery—the design is made entirely of letters and juxtaposed with a rough, torn edge.

Ebb & Flow Ink stationery, EbbandFlowInk.com

Diverse Flowers

White florals for a wedding bouquet and matching boutonnieres
Greer Gattuso

When sticking to a single hue, make your flower arrangements stand out with different floral varieties. Petal shapes, stem heights and the natural architecture of each bloom can give each arrangement a different personality. Here, olive branches, feather eucalyptus and acacia ferns lend a wild, slightly imperfect look to a classic arrangement of white ranunculus, lily of the valley, garden roses and dahlias.

Bella Blooms flowers, BellaBloomsFloral.com

Shining Stilettos

Jimmy Choo bridal pumps

Accessories are the ultimate expression of personal style, so go all out with a statement clutch, shining baubles or a pair of knockout stilettos. The leaflike cage design of these shoes mimics the organic, elegant wedding style—perfect for a boho-inspired affair, but glamorous enough for a ballroom soiree.

Jimmy Choo shoes, JimmyChoo.com

Fashion-Forward Attire

Elegant bridal updo with an organically styled bouquet
Greer Gattuso

With such a traditional wedding style, consider switching things up in the gown department. Some standout sequin embellishments or on-trend bridal separates will ensure you stick out from your neutral surroundings.

Theia bridal top and skirt, BlancBridalNewOrleans.com; Hair by Ginger hair, HairbyGinger.com; Ashley Sievert Beauty makeup, AshleySievert.com

Elegant Place Settings

White and silver wedding china place setting
Greer Gattuso

Even with classic wedding china, you can mix and match patterns to achieve a more eclectic vibe. Dining on a beautiful wood family-style table? Show it off. Let the wood add to the organic aesthetic. Opt for a linen runner or place mats, and don't forget the place cards!

Vera Wang Grosgrain collection, Wedgwood.com

Mood Lighting

Tall floral arrangements and a spread of candles
Greer Gattuso

Incorporating various shapes and sizes onto the tabletop gives the guests different focal points to look at. Tall, skinny taper candles mixed with petit hurricane candles scattered among structured centerpieces makes for one harmonious spread.

Luminous Events candle décor, LuminousEventsNola.com

Reoccurring Contrast

Wedding reception chairs with greenery accents

Touches of greenery provide an organic contrast throughout the muted color palette, from the bouquet and mismatched boutonnieres to the place settings and reception chairs.

Event Rental rentals, YourEventDelivered.com

Quilted Confection

Textured wedding cake from Melissa's Fine Pastries
Greer Gattuso

A small pattern applied on a grand scale makes for a simple but stunning aesthetic, and emphasizes the drama created by the asymmetrical tiers and expertly crafted blooms. "The extra height on the top layer gave us more room for those beautiful cascading sugar flowers," says Melissa Samuels of Melissa's Fine Pastries in New Orleans.

Melissa's Fine Pastries cake, MelissasFinePastries.com

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