Paint It Black… Our Favorite Black Wedding Dresses!

Feeling a bit edgier today? Or maybe, all the time? If you’re in the camp that can’t imagine wearing a white wedding dress—we’re ALL FOR IT! Besides, that wasn’t always the tradition in western culture (and even if it was, we give you permission: break traditions). Seriously, it only came about when Queen Victoria wore white to her wedding in 1840; only then did it become the ‘it trend’ to follow. Before then, any color was acceptable—black was even the popular choice in Scandinavia! But, you know us at GWS, we believe in mixing things up, doing things your own way, and truly letting your unique personality + love shine through on your wedding day (and all the time, for that matter).

So, for all our darling readers out there that would rather be rocking a shade closer to midnight or onyx, this one’s for you! The Rolling Stones had it right when they sang, “…Painted black! Black as night, black as coal.” From airy tulle to sultry lace to intricate beading, we’re sharing our favorite black wedding dresses (in no particular order). Good luck picking a fave!

{above photo is by sarah brookhart photography—full details + dress featured later on in this post}

1. This Black Tulle Beauty

from this paint it black: moody enchantress of the forest elopement inspiration

photography: white willow photography // wedding dress: french knot couture

2. This Two-Piece Wonder

from this fall gothic bridal inspiration with a black gown

photography: rustic white photography // wedding dress: ‘furiosa’ by elizabeth dye

3. This Minimalistic Wrap Dream

Moab Elopement with a Black Wedding Dress

photography: the hearnes // wedding dress: reformation // florals: tellurian

4. This Marbled Two-Piece Set

from this dark + moody winter wedding inspiration dripping with burgundy pops

photography: breanna marie photography // wedding dress: sweet caroline styles

5. This Simple + Stunning One!

photography: julia duke // planner: cause we can events // flowers: by bloomers // wedding dress: betsy and adam from macy’s

6. This Victorian-Inspired Masterpiece

from this moody victorian-inspired elopement at the pharmacy museum in new orleans

photography: hannah mcswain // wedding dress: sweet caroline styles

7. This 1920s-Inspired One With a Cape

from this “what’s this?” a tantalizing tim burton-inspired spooktacular wedding

photography: with love by georgie // wedding dress: adina’s bridal

8. This Black and Purple Tulle One

from this peel back the layers of this unique + lovely wedding shoot inspired by…onions!

photography: feather & stone photography // wedding dress: mywony

9. This Black + Lace One Worn in a Cemetery

from this ‘til death do us part: a wedding in a cemetery

photography: lorely meza // wedding dress: tony ward

10. This Beaded Beauty

photo by janneke storm // wedding dress: sarah joseph couture

11. These Black Spooktacular Gowns

from this spooky autumn equinox bridal shower

photography: this rad love

12. This Chic Nude and Black Dress

from this glam engagement inspiration at rattlesnake ridge

photography: jenna bechtholt photography // wedding dress: the jet set diaries – pizzo maxi

13. This Two-Piece Black Lace Set

photography: lauren collier photo // wedding dress: rachel cash with miss magelicutti

14. This Modern Black-and-White Set

from this modern, stylish san francisco rooftop wedding

photography: jenn emerling // wedding dress: black skirt + white top from shareen vintage

15. This Tulle and Lace One We Can’t Stop Staring At!

photography: sarah brookhart photography // wedding dress: sweet caroline styles // hair + makeup: the bonafide ginger // florals: splints and daisies // rings: the flying fox art and design // model: danielle lehman

16. This Off-the-Shoulder Chiffon Number


from this south african anniversary session with a zebra

photography: adene photography // wedding dress: janita toerien

17. This Simple + Striking One

photography: megan welker // wedding dress: asos // model: madison maldonado // florist: sierra joy co

18. This Black Tulle Two-Piece Set

from this mango street sweethearts: rachel + daniel’s moody elopement on the faroe islands

photography: phil chester // wedding dress: skirt + top from sweet caroline styles