A Model Black-Tie Wedding with Chic Magnolia Leaf Details
Black-tie wedding events are here to stay. They’re a classic tradition that will never go out of style. The wedding of Becca and Brandon was a perfect example. The epic southern concept of using Magnolia leaves in many decor options was a fitting choice for this stunning event at Maple Grove Estate.
About the Magnolia Tree
An ancient variety of flowering trees, the Magnolia is believed by some to have been around for about 95 million years. Bred to enhance its lovely scent and attractive features, there are now about 210 Magnolia species.
The leaves, most in muted shades of green, are alternately arranged and feature a leathery texture. Magnolias and weddings are a match made in heaven. Pinterest features an array of ideas for using Magnolias in wedding decor and arrangements.
The Magnolia Leaf’s Symbolism is Perfect for Southern Weddings
From arbors to bouquets to table decor, Magnolia foliage helped create a simple yet stunning setting. The plant, so rich in history and folklore, contributed to the casual grandeur of this couple’s memorable black-tie wedding.
Nobility, perseverance, purity, and beauty are the most prominent traits with which the Magnolia tree has historically been associated.
Beauty and purity are traditional traits attributed to brides. Perseverance results in long-term marriages. Members of black-tie wedding parties could be said to dress and conduct themselves in the manner of nobility. So what plant could be a more perfect accent for a southern black tie wedding?
Elegantly Whimsical Floral and Foliage Accents
The arrangements and adornments dominated by Magnolia leaves blended perfectly with the setting, attire, and decor of Maple Grove Estate. The subtle glamour of the thoughtfully chosen blooms and foliage added natural beauty.
The floral designer’s distinctive design elements reflect current trends in the world of fashion, fine arts, and pop culture. These features, combined with personal preferences, helped Colby West Design set a unique and elegant scene
The subtle gray-green of the Magnolia leaves were entwined amid attractive blossoms in neutral shades that blended well with the black-tie wedding theme. The Magnolia highlights were the dominant feature of the floral arrangements placed on the reception tables. The leaves composed the bride’s bouquet and the boutonnieres.
A Ceremony Before a Magnolia Bedecked Arbor
The couple chose a setting featuring an arbor within an allee of arching trees as the stage for their vow exchange. The florist spared no foliage while generously bedecking the framework that was to serve as the event’s centerpiece.
Magnolia leaves played prominently in the lovely, flowing arrangement. The lovely mass draped romantically over the entire archway. The wedding party, all in black, stood lined across the forefront of the arbor – framing the couple as they said their vows.
Attire of a Modern, Magnolia-Themed Black-Tie Wedding
Highlighting a Beautiful Bride
Sleekly simple black sheath dresses, shoulder-less with high collars, encased the figures of the bride’s attendants. The simple, sophisticated look allowed the bride to shine in her flowing white dress with generous train. The low-cut neckline and straps are worn off the shoulder tastefully complemented her features.
Simply cut Dark Suits and Black Bow-ties
Classic, well-cut flat black suits looked great on the well-groomed male members of the wedding party. Bright white shirts, black shoes, and boutonnieres in subtle shades completed the conservative masculine look. – A look that allowed the bride and her attendants to take center stage.
The Perfect Setting for a Black-Tie Wedding
The wedding was held at Maple Grove Estate. Its historic Georgian/Federal-style mansion features brick accents and attractive wood trim. A classically featured building, the mansion at Maple Grove Estate is highly suitable as a headquarters for a black-tie wedding.
The wedding party is prepared for the ceremony in its romantic, attractive bridal suite. Becca and Brandon chose an outdoor site for their ceremony from the several available on the 15.5 acres of Tennessee land. Outdoor seating means there’s space to accommodate a larger guest list. An indoor option is available for the ceremony also. It can accommodate reasonably sized wedding parties.
A Seamlessly Implemented Magnolia Theme From Ceremony Through Reception
You can tell a well-planned wedding by the way the theme is captured in the design of every single element. Such an approach results in a well-put-together look. Carrying the Magnolia leaf theme through everything right down to the cake topper is, in great part, what made this black-tie wedding special.
For elegant black-tie wedding inspiration, it doesn’t get much better than Becca and Brandon’s Magnolia wedding. Maybe the idea has inspired you to plan a black-tie wedding of your own. Or, you may want to incorporate Magnolia leaves into a wedding you’re planning.
Whether you’re looking forward to a black-tie wedding or another style of your choosing, contact us at Erin Morrison Photography. Our Knoxville area wedding photography service can capture the spirit of each special moment of your one-of-a-kind event.