Now Trending: Black + White Done Right


What color palette manages to come across as classic, vintage inspired and all kinds of chic? None other than this black and white look I put together here recently for a very sweet reader of mine. You see, Shannon asked if I could put together a look that embodied timeless beauty. She didn't want to look back at her photos and have color palette remorse. And I totally get it. Some palettes are definitely not the sort that will stand the test of time. And so what did I suggest? Keep it simple, I said. If you go with black and white you really can't go wrong.

Not to mention the fact that you don't have to pull your hair out trying to find the perfect shade of this or that. Not saying this palette is for everyone! But sometimes a return back to simplicity and classic elegance is just what you need. Plus there are just so many gorgeous ways to bring a black and white wedding to life!

Like this sweet and simple wedding cake. There's not much to it, but boy does it pop when placed on that black cake pedestal. Looking for a unique and creative way to let your guests know which seat is theirs? I'm totally swooning over these little chalkboard frames. Anyone else? Oh, and what's not to love about these vintage inspired popcorn bags! I personally had a popcorn bar at our wedding and it was a huge hit!

So tell me... are you a fan of black and white? And if so, tell me what creative ideas you might incorporate to make it yours?

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Chrissy Arpie Ott

Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder of The Perfect Palette. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative and colorful wedding day.

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29 Comments " Now Trending: Black + White Done Right "


You have raised valuable point. It is very important to keep in view about these wedding colour mistakes. Avoid of these mistakes can make wedding ceremony more heart winning.
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Fab You Bliss November 04, 2013

Such a pretty wedding. Love Caroline Lima Photography!!


Beautiful color pairings! Love seeing it come to life in this real wedding!

farragio November 04, 2013

I love seeing different color groupings. The orange is a great pop of color.

Taylor Greggory

So exciting to see that you're start featuring some real weddings! Always fun to see what real couples are doing!

Lovely little bride

What a beautiful wedding =) And that dress? Yes, that dress is pretty perfect.


What a lovely wedding, and a wonderful color palette!

The Bridal Detective November 04, 2013

Such a lovely wedding! Adore the bride's dress, especially the pockets!

Amy ✈ Fly Away Bride November 04, 2013

What beautiful bright florals!

Sara Burnett

Such an adorable wedding!

Cris Stone November 04, 2013

Just pretty and simple (and cheap!) centerpieces.

Belle The Magazine

Always a fan of yellow hues, especially in a wedding! I love the combination of yellows and oranges, simplistic and beautiful at its finest!

Will Smith November 07, 2013

Hey, so from a Dad perspective Caroline Lima was the ultimate professional. She knew exactly what to do and how to prepare. She was very unobtrusive in the actual wedding. I can highly recommend her! My daughter made some great decisions for this wedding, from location, wedding planner and photographer it was great and on a fairly reasonable budget as well, I thought.


As I florist the one thing I would say is that you can't always get a sample bouquet; certain flowers are available certain limited times of year, colours can vary depending on the sun flowers get,etc. Sometimes flowers don't exist in some colours. I would say, don't let flowers be an after thought in the colour process. Go in with samples of your colours and discuss the possibilities, and find a florist that you trust! Otherwise great suggestions!

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} November 09, 2013

I love the color palette - the florals really pop against the navy!

Caroline Lima Photography

Awww! Thank you Stephanie!!! :-)

Caroline Lima Photography

Will, thank you so very much! It was an honor to be part of your daughter's special day! :-)

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Thanks for providing such a helpful information .. This is really going to help me in the related topic..

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I'm also a floral & event designer and the one thing our owner is very on key about is the pantone the bride selects. The most important aspect of our renderings is the color palette, if we hit the pantone and style of the bride then we are set. Yes, depending on grower / supplier color can vary a bit but not extraordinarily. Plus you create a buffer in your contract that if specific florals are not available at that time of year then the florist, in their best power sticks with the pantone and style as close as possible. That with any " Act of God / Mother Nature" you have the power to act and decide upon your product that will be used. That way you ensure your trust with your client and your clients know you will make the best decision possible with whatever is at hand knowing that mother nature isn't always cooperative. Your client really doesn't want excuses just positive reassuring results.


P.s. Thought I should not forget my credit to the wonderful blog, Love it! Sorry but had to play devils advocate slightly with the other floral designers for I understand your message but there is always an alternative way to pleasing our clients. Plus, I never take slightly to the challenge of exceeding expectations, I learned it from the absolute best. = )

Emily J Wilke

What a great post! When I was getting married I had to change venues. I woke up in a panic one day realizing that now my sage green bridesmaid dress were going to blend in to the grass at the golf course. Definitely take the big picture in mind and the color of your surrounds. Great post!

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It's a very interesting post!

DIY Weddings® Mag July 08, 2014

Great article!


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Those look interesting. Keep posting.

Count July 11, 2015

Information given in this article is very important..
As the role of color is very important in any wedding


Sandrine July 25, 2015

Very interesting post, thanks for that !
As a wedding photographer, indeed, the choice of colors is an important one.
Basically, I love everything as long as people are in love, but my camera likes it better when colors are matching :)

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