Several of my favourite actresses grace this cover, donning gowns in a luxurious and rich colour palette: shades of wine.
This amazing cover shoot – captured by the legendary Annie Leibovitz - inspired the following inspiration board:
Top Row, L-R: A delicious brie recipe from Canadian House & Home, gorgeous Big Bottle Wine Hurricanes from Napa Style via Southern Weddings, Christian Lacroix gown from the Spring 2006 Couture collection via Style.com, BOSS "Cary Grant" tuxedo via Bloomingdales, & Magenta BM Dress by Jenny Yoo. Middle Row, L-R: Vintage Swirls invitation in crimson by Wedding Paper Divas, gorgeous chandelier and dance floor via Style Me Pretty, & Ann Taylor Pave Ball Necklace. Bottom Row(s), L-R: The Paul Keller Orchestra via brides.com, Chianti via Martha, Valencia Headband via bungalow, sexy Nanette Lepore Sweetheart pumps for the bride via Piperlime, Hurricane Vases with tea lights via the knot, bridesmaid bouquets featuring red roses double as centerpieces for the head table via the knot, J. Crew silk taffeta bow monde dress in spiced wine, & overall Wedding ambiance via brides.com.
This palette can be described by the same characteristics of a good red wine: bold, balanced, rich, and racy. (That’s right, I said racy). The luxurious mood of this affair is characterized by dramatic-yet-elegant details in shades of wine with touches of gold and black. This palette would be perfect for a wedding or engagement party in the Autumn and Winter months and could easily inspire a lavish holiday party.
I envision a candle lit reception, exemplified by dangling chandeliers, with a jazz band providing the soundtrack. Rich cheeses (like the Baked Brie with Fig Crown featured here) and tapas perfectly paired with glasses of Merlot will greet guests as they arrive. The bridal party will don gowns in the various shades of wine, from rich magenta to deep plum. The bridal attire glamorous, characterized by layers of tulle and both romantic (like this gorgeous headband from one of my favourite etsy shops, bungalow and this Ann Taylor Necklace) and bold (see: these shoes) accents. The groom and groomsmen will dress in classically cut suits. A dinner rich in taste and variety will be presented by servers in crisp white shirts with smart black vests. The evening will wind down with a midnight dessert buffet and a toast with sparkling wine and will conclude with the couple's last dance:
I'll be seeing you.