White Haute: A Modern Wedding Style With a Timeless Palette

Looking for a color palette that will stand the test of time?
by Andrea Fowler

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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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