By Lindsay Cohn

Published on September 24, 2017

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Photography by MILOU AND OLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

White may be the quintessential wedding hue, but it’s certainly not the only option. More and more brides are choosing decidedly darker shades—and, yes, even black. For those looking to break with tradition, the latter can be a welcome departure from the sea of bridal ivory, ecru, and cream. From black diamond engagement rings to onyx frosted sweets, noir can be totally nuptial-worthy. Scroll on for the ultra-chic confections that will make you rethink the classic white wedding cake.

Gilded With Blooms

Sleek black fondant, gold leaf, and bold blooms (made with edible wafer paper) imbue this tri-level treat with a sense of dark garden-esque grandeur.


Planning And Design: Creative Flow Design

Florals: Tango and Fox

​Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop

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Photography by ANNA DELORES PHOTOGRAPHY

Black and Metallic Luster

This onyx fondant-clad confection serves up some serious glamour. MJB Cakes used a blend of (silver, light blue, charcoal, shiny black, and navy blue) luster dust to echo the effect of sequins on a dress.

Venue: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Planning And Design: Vanessa Noel Events

Florals: Stella Bloom Designs​

Cake: MJB Cakes

 
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Photography by ELISA BRICKER

Petal Perfect

Who says black has to be macabre? Smooth (and scrumptious) dark chocolate is elaborately embellished with silver-dusted, bas-relief molding and sugar flowers (petite roses, anemone, and forget-me-nots).

Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard

Planning And Design: Abany Bauer

Cake: Maggie Austin Cake

 
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Photography by KURT BOOMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Black With White Flowers

We can’t take our eyes off this incomparably striking sweet, featuring two black fondant-wrapped layers and a cascade of snow-white sugar flowers.

Cake: Sweet & Saucy

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Photography by ANNA DELORES PHOTOGRAPHY

Masculine Yet Feminine

Inspired by the interplay of masculine and feminine, this cake is comprised of four unique layers. Thoughtful details, like marble, geometric inlays, and light pink petals, bring it all together.

Venue: Kestrel Park

Planning and Design: Vanessa Noel Events

Florals: Coco Rose Design

Cake: Paper Cake Events

 
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Photography by LISA BLUME PHOTOGRAPHY

3D Accents

With its coal color, unexpected angularity, and 3D gold and white flower embellishments, this treat hits the trifecta. The result is quietly elegant and eye-catching.

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Moody Garden

For this woodland wedding in Upstate New York, Nine Cakes emphasized texture with a moody color palette, sugared flowers (anemone, ranunculus, hellebore, blue thistle, jasmine, and sapphire berries), and sprigs of foliage.

Cake: Nine Cakes

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Photography by MEGAN NOONAN

Beautifully Baroque

With its exaggerated elements and rich contrasts (matte black and Marsala-hued blooms), this decadent design captures the drama of the baroque era.

Venue: Rixey Manor in Virginia

Planning And Design: A Daily Something

Florals: Loda Floral Design

Cake: Dulce Custom Cakes

 
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Photography by STEWART UY PHOTOGRAPHY

Fashionable Florals

Influenced by the runways, the second tier of this towering onyx treat flaunts a floral-printed, edible wafer paper overlay. The finishing touch? Handmade mauve and earthy green sugar flowers.

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Photography by A.J. DUNLOP PHOTOGRAPHY

Geometric

Simple yet statement-making, this contemporary cake features metallic brush strokes and a geometric gemstone topper.

Venue: The Mims House

Planning And Design: Orangerie Events

Flowers: Brides & Bouquets

Cake: Sugar Euphoria

 
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Photography by CHELLISE MICHAEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Art Deco

Modeled after the couple’s wedding invites, this lavish indulgence is ornamented with gold royal icing. If you look close enough, you can almost see the grandiose gatherings of the Great Gatsby era.

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Photography by JEN HUANG

Charcoal Honeycomb

Okay, so this cake is technically charcoal, but with its subtle honeycomb pattern and local Santa Barbara foliage, it’s too stunning to omit.

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