Every year I try to come up with a new way of imagining a Halloween wedding, and this year I was inspired by the idea of a masquerade ball (I can’t tell you how badly I want to attend a formal masquerade party!). Instead of anything overtly Halloween-y, I opted for a black and white palette and couture masks (I couldn’t resist the skull-and-crossbones bow tie). Candelabra centerpieces, gorgeous gowns, and a parade of sparkling cakes all play into the drama of an event like this. Really, there’s no reason this inspiration board has to be limited to a wedding – if anyone decides to throw a black tie masquerade ball, just say the word…

Mood: dramatic elegance
Palette: white silk, black lace

Top row from left: masquerade party from Vogue December 1997, chocolate cake with coconut cream from Woman’s Day, black lace half mask from Valentino
Row 2: photo of black bow tie with skulls via Ritzy Bee, white bouquet with black ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: tulle gown with black opera gloves by Vera Wang via This is Glamorous, black tulle party dress by Oscar de la Renta via A White Carousel, white calligraphy on black paper by Bernard Maisner
Row 4: Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, miniature wedding cakes with sparklers from Fete NY


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  1. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    What a lovely inspiration post! These looks and ideas are just divine!



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  2. Jarfly Designs

    Very classy…and mysterious. My cousin just got engaged and sticking with a black and white simple color scheme…I’ll have to show her this.

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  3. Gia

    Oh my gosh! I want to photograph that wedding if it ever happened … What a lovely board, Kathryn.

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  4. Josie

    You can’t go wrong with classic black & white.

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  5. jenny

    I would love to go to that party! those cakes with the sparklers for every table is an awesome idea!

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  6. anna and the ring

    That mask in the first picture. Adore.

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  7. Jamie

    LOVE the idea of a masquerade ball!

    Photography and Videography in Ohio

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  8. Carina

    This is incredible… absolutely stunning! Whenever we feature anything “Masquerade” themed on the site it sells out instantly!

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  9. Freida

    I am in the processing my husband’s and I 10 yr anniversary vow renewal. We are having a formal masquerade ball!

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