More from Katherine’s stunning Black and White Affair…

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Katherine infused the most beautiful, creative details into this wedding that I wanted her to share with you…

We designed the invitation to represent both our initials. The ‘K’ for me, surrounded by a burning heart, laser cut into the card and symbolic for my husbands name ‘Brandt’ which means ‘burn’.

This symbol of our initials became the ‘logo’ for the wedding and was applied to black and white banners of fabric hung at the venue and silk screened onto the back of my husband’s jacket. It was our way of introducing our own ‘designer/art director couple’ stamp on the wedding.

We loved the crisp, sophisticated elegance of a black and white theme and wove it through the wedding from tiny black and white polka dots on the flower-girl’s dress, the mini cakes and the bridal party’s ties, to tortured black willow twigs and white roses in the flower arrangements.

We added elements of our own contemporary style – the groom wore converse trainers with his suit as did the flower-girl with her dress! I walked down the aisle to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” and we opened the dance floor to Etta James “At last”. Music was an integral part of the evening.

The fabric banners provided ‘backdrops’ for polaroid photographs of our guests. We bought a few polaroid cameras and asked guests to shoot themselves in front of the graphic ‘backdrops’. They then stuck the pics into our guest book and wrote a comment. The inspiration for this came from a Martha Stewart magazine. Thanks Martha! : )

We also designed a bird motif pattern and a damask pattern including our initials. These patterns we used as other fabric banners and table runners, as well as cushions set on white couches in the lounge/chill area.

The table placecards were also an idea I picked up from a magazine – bird cut outs perched on the wine glasses on the tables.

The colours of black and white where broken by touches of pink in the flowers and cake.

On the Order of Service we printed our silhouettes facing each other, for a personal touch.

Another personal touch was to serve “white russian” dessert cocktail at the end of the evening, as they are the drink of choice in my husband’s favourite movie “The Big Lebowski”. Cosmopolitans (my favourite) and champagne were served with the canapes.

While our photographs were being taken – after the ceremony and before the reception, our guests were treated to a chocolate and wine tasting. We organised a chocolatier to conduct a ‘wine matched to chocolate’ experience so that they could indulge and be entertained while we posed for pics. That always seems to be the worst time at a wedding (waiting around for the bridal couple). After that they moved on to enjoy the canapes, cocktails and champagne.

All in all we had a fantastic wedding and have great memories from the event. I think those memories are especially heightened by the efforts we made to include our personality.

Thank you so much, Katherine, for sharing your special day…it’s pretty clear that it was quite an event! If any of you want to share your wedding, or have an inspiration board that you would like me to post, send it on over. Real weddings are the best way to find inspiration!