As is custom on a Friday {it's been mostly morning's up to now but I'm shaking things up a bit!}, I'm sharing another inspiration board with my readers.  There is something about blue right now. I'm just completely loving it.  Blue has always been one of my favourite colours and this week, regular Guest Blogger and Wedding Day Stylist Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams shares here vision of Midnight Blue.  Enjoy peeps {3 blog posts today, are you lucky or what??}…

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Last week Annabel created and shared some pale Blue inspiration boards, and incredibly pretty they were too. I can say honestly how beautiful this colour palette looked 'in-the-flesh' at the Love My Dress Summer Soiree, it was gorgeous.

I have also been loving a bit of blue (no-not that kind!) this week. But a much deeper darker shade of inky Midnight Blue, this is quite a dramatic and moody hue but one that to me epitomises elegance and splendour, it also makes me think of a more wintery wedding style, all crisp wind, frozen ground and wrapping up warm in big furry coats.

However it is of course a palette that will see you through Autumn too and doesn't have to be confined to just winter. I can see the inky midnight blue mixed with soft grey steel, delicate ivory and even pale pinks, mauves and yellows for that slight hint of colour, but nothing too bold that it will fight with the star of the show…

Bridal Inspiration Board #18 ~ Midnight Blue... (Mood + Inspiration Boards )

Credits: 1. Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2011 via Style 2. Water wall By tashjones  3.Frost 4. Portait by By Elena.Mariee  5. Ela Zubrowska. Water to Water via 6. Crab-Apple Flowers 7. Ink 8. Merman 9. Silver shoes By honeypieLiving 10. Water

I love a bride who is adventurous and not afraid of a little colour, who says bridal is all about white anyway? This year we saw a flurry of coloured wedding dresses being released by bridal designers, in the softest pastel and metallic hues. Quite a few collections featured gorgeous pale grey ones such as David FieldenTerry FoxVera Wang and BHLDN. I am told the new Jenny Packham 2012 collection also features a grey bridal gown (Thanks to Miss Bush Bridal for this news and do keep your eyes peeled for her Fetcham Park Bridal Shoot which features this very dress). 

So is the coloured bridal gown trend set to continue? I would like to think so, which is why today I have featured a striking soft-grey, silk-chiffon gown by Matthew Williamson to show just how gorgeous a coloured bridal style can look. This gown is intricately embellished and draped, with an asymmetric style. How fabulous would it look with these knock-out Alexander McQueen ankle-cuff pumps in midnight blue, and finished off with the most delicate sapphire pendant?

Bridesmaids dressed in these midnight blue silk sailor dresses by L'Agence and silver heels, will look both elegant and feminine, providing a striking contrast to the soft grey of the dress.

The bouquet would be fab in very pale, soft shades of lilac, grey, even pinks and ivory, with midnight blue berries taking centre stage.

Bridal Inspiration Board #18 ~ Midnight Blue... (Mood + Inspiration Boards )

Credits: 1. Matthew Williamson Dress £1,595 Net-a-Porter 2. Bouquet via Style Me Pretty 3. Alexander McQueen ankle-cuff pumps £485 Net-a-Porter 4. Anoush U Court Shoes £40 House Of Fraser 5. Goldsmiths Sapphire and Diamond Pendant £399 House of Fraser  6.Midnight Sailor Dress by L'Agence £145 (Currently 50% off) Style Bop

The tablescapes are sophisticated and elegant, with beautiful decor touches such as spraypainted silver driftwood, branches and leaves. Mercury glass or antiqued silvered tealight holders like these from Nordic House would provide a sculptured textured feel, as well as a beautiful twinkly glow.

These nameplace baubles from Cox and Cox are the perfect palette, I love them just for their names Bungee and Moonbeam, genius.

Guinness cake is my guilty pleasure, I was first introduced to it at a Vintage wedding fair and fell in love. I even had a go at making my own and it wasn't bad at all, which you can too by following this recipe. I love how this is the perfect, slightly blue-tinged shade.

And of course to end the day in a flurry of light you can hand out indoor sparklers and invite your guests to 'light up the night'

Bridal Inspiration Board #18 ~ Midnight Blue... (Mood + Inspiration Boards )

Credits: 1. Tablescape via Hostess Blog 2. Name Place Baubles from Cox and Cox 3. Guinness Cake via Design Sponge  4. Buttonhole via Style Me Pretty 5. Silver cupcakes 6. Tealight Holders Nordic House 7. Sparklers via Style Me Pretty

So that's my take on the dramatic midnight blue, I'd love to know what colour palette and styling ideas you are planning for your own wedding day. Maybe you have an idea but need a little helping hand, don't forget I am happy to create an inspiration board specifically for any Love My Dress reader, just send me your brief and I will come up with ideas for you, to appear in a future Love My Dress post. You can of course remain anonymous if you don't want to give away any of your wedding secrets until the big day ;).

Much love,

Michelle xx

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Mmmm, dark blue inky loveliness! I just cannot get enough of it right now!

You can find Michelle via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and the Pocketful of Dreams Wedding Blog.

Any of your Brides going 'blue' on your wedding day?

Explore more bridal inspiration boards on Love My Dress here and see more beautiful blue inspiration here too.

Much love all,

Annabel xXx

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Bridal Inspiration Board #18 ~ Midnight Blue... (Mood + Inspiration Boards )


Annabel is the founder of Love My Dress. She lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, two daughters Eska and Leanora and three dogs. If she's not being a Blog Queen or practicing her photography, you'll find her fighting her way through a renovation dust cloud as she and her family transform their forever-home.

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13 thoughts on Bridal Inspiration Board #18 ~ Midnight Blue…

  1. I’ve always thought weddings should not be limited to the traditional white colour! This blog has just proven that colour is good and exciting. ;) The midnight blue theme works really well. I’m sure it would be beautiful for a winter wedding. :)

  2. I love seeing blue weddings! That’s probably because we’ve gone for Royal Blue to compliment my gold dress! I may send our fab cake maker that Guinness cake recipe it maybe the fifth flavour we’ve been looking for!

  3. Hello ladies thanks so much for your feedback on my Midnight Blue board. So pleased it is hitting the spot.
    Yes Karen that Elie Saab dress is what dreams are made of…..sigh.
    And Jacqui your wedding sounds fab, is that five cakes then or do you have to choose just the one? I can highly recommend the Guinness cake, it’s got such a rich texture to it you would not believe. In fact my mouth is watering just thinking about it so I reckon that’s what I’ll be making this weekend.
    Michelle xxx

  4. It is indeed 5 cakes! Think we’re having chocolate, vanilla sponge, coffee, carrot and now Guinness! Should be something for everyone there! And we’ve the cutest initial cake toppers that are actually sparklers! Only 8 weeks to wait until I can try my cakes!

  5. Hey girls! Sorry, been away all afternoon!
    Great to see another board from Michelle on Love My Dress.
    And I agree, that Elie Saab number is MY kind of frock!
    Navy blue (which this is, nearly, right?} is my bestest colour EVER. It goes well with my blond hair and green eyes. I love to dress my little girl in navy blue tights too (a wardrobe stable for any mum with a little girl!).
    These boards have really give me some ideas for future projects Michelle, so thank you.
    And Jacqui – five cakes! Wowsa!!! I hope we get to see pictures!? ;)

  6. …….and could always be a gorgeous Bridesmaids colour? And if you were to chose it for your BM’s dresses you could also incorporate shades used in the boards above throughout other aspects of your day ;)

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