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Funky Flair for a Classic Black and White Wedding

A Classic Black and White Wedding Tabletop with Modern Accents by Durham NC Vendors

The best part about the classic black and white wedding theme is that can fit any style – luxurious, funky, or anything in-between. Today we are sharing a modern wedding tablescape with some ultra edgy accents, crafted by local Durham wedding vendors. The urban setting of The Cookery, a downtown Durham warehouse venue provided the perfect backdrop for this elegant modern wedding inspiration.

This tabletop look was designed for an editorial in the 2019 edition of Southern Bride & Groom magazine. Local Raleigh fitness blogger Claire Guentz and her husband Stephen played bride and groom for this SB&G editorial. They happen to be a real NC bride and groom, and even have their own podcast on the subject – The Husband and Wife Podcast. The photos are all by one of our recommended local wedding photographers, Katherine Miles Jones Photography.

Urban Warehouse Wedding Venue Cookery Durham with Black and white tabletop
Modern black plates on marble charger with gold flatware from American Party Rentals of Durham NC
Gold Script Table number for Durham NC Wedding by Paperbuzz

Black, White and Gold Wedding in an Urban Durham NC Venue Setting

Black velvet linen was matched with marble chargers and black-wash chairs from American Party Rentals of Durham. Gold flatware was an offbeat touch. This pop of color was matched with gold calligraphy on the table numbers by Paperbuzz. Local lighting specialist Get Lit added some extra flair by adorning the great wooden doors of The Cookery with gear decor. They brought along their gear stool to add to the scene. To top it all off, we worked with Paperbuzz to have some very unique place cards created – gold calligraphy on industrial Edison light bulbs. Durham wedding florist Ninth Street Flowers created a simply elegant greenery, white and blush centerpiece, and bouquet to match.

Blush and Greenery Centerpiece on a black and white wedding tabletop by Ninth Street Flowers
Modern Black and White Wedding Tabletop by Durham NC vendors
Edison Light Bulb with Gold Calligraphy as Unique Wedding Place Cards
Modern Black and White Wedding at The Cookery Durham warehouse venue

Spring Bouquet by Durham Wedding Florist Ninth Street Flowers

Ninth Street Flowers has a longstanding reputation as one of the top florists in Durham NC. They have a storefront near Duke Campus on Ninth Street, so you can drop by anytime for flowers. But they also love to do floral design for weddings in Durham and our local region. This classic spring palette can translate to any time of year. Greenery and white is always elegant, and a pop of a blush peony is irresistible. We are pleased to report that mostly local blooms were used in this design.

greenery white bouquet with pink peony by Durham Wedding Florist Ninth Street Flowers
Pastel Spring bouquet on a black wash chair

Get The Looks – Classic Wedding Fashion for Stephen and Claire Guentz at Durham Warehouse Venue

Local NC fitness blogger Claire Guentz posed as our bride with her real life groom, Stephen. Their elegant wedding looks are a perfect fit for the black and white wedding theme.

Bride Claire Guentz wears a gown by Eddy K Italia, from The Wedding Dress Shoppe. A deep V neck blends into a smooth fitting trim gown, and ends with an elegant lace train. Claire’s bridal hair and makeup was styled by Bella Trio, a salon and spa with two Durham locations, including one in American Tobacco Campus. She is jeweled in a gorgeous engagement ring and Ippolita bracelet, earrings and necklace from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Groom Stephen wears a classic black tux, complete with a bow tie. This traditional look comes from another Durham favorite, Bernard’s Formalwear. Bernard’s is located on the same street at Ninth Street Flowers. They carry a wide range of tuxes and suits for weddings and special occasions – and even many options for purchase. So check them out even if the formal tux look isn’t your goal.

Stephen and Claire Guentz as classic bride and groom by window at Durham Cookery
Ippolita Wedding Jewelry from Baileys Raleigh by Katherine Miles Jones PHotography
Claire Guentz styled by Bella Trio with Baileys Jewlery and in Eddy K Italia Wedding Dress Shoppe
Stephen and Claire Guentz as elegant bride and groom classic tux white lace wedding dress at The Cookery
Bride Claire Guentz and Groom Portrait by Brick Wall and Wooden Door at The Cookery in Durham NC
Bride in Eddy K wedding dress shoppe gown with groom in black tux hold greenery spring bouquet

More from Ninth Street Flowers and The Cookery

This is actually the second time we have photographed a wedding tabletop styled by Ninth Street Flowers at The Cookery. We recently did a special feature on the local flower trend, and this Durham florist created a vibrant summer look with all local blooms. The shoot took place in another section of The Cookery – their Front Room. Check out the local flower feature for a totally different vibe by Ninth Street Flowers.

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