When we discovered one of our very favorite photographers, Jose Villa, was going to be on our side of the continent we couldn’t resist getting together and have some fun. So we called our friends at B. Hughes Bridal Salon, in Nashville, who were unbelievably generous, brought up some flowers, called Jordan, one of our favorite hair and make up artists, and just played!

black wedding dress

Photography: Jose Villa

Location: Carnton Plantation

Flowers + Styling: Joy Thigpen

Gowns: Vera Wang at B. Hughes Bridal Salon

Hair + Makeup: Jordan Byers

Thank you again to all the wonderful vendors above who made this shoot possible. And especially to Jose Villa and Joel Serrato for coming out on such a cold day to create with us. It was so wonderful meeting you both and we can’t wait to collaborate again!


Comments (53)

jen {miss pickles press} | Reply

well well, look at you, gorgeous bridal model! lovely shoot!

lydia | Reply

that black gown is so dramatically beautiful. just plain wow.

Emma | Reply

Wow, the dark dress is stunning. I love the silhouette!

Jeremy Dueck | Reply

Great images, love them.

TH | Reply

You look stunning!

katealtmix | Reply

hello, beautiful! just stunning.

ben + laura | Reply

loving these images.

Anne B. | Reply

You look BEAUTIFUL Emily. You are so talented! love you.

Greer | Reply

Who made the gorgeous black dress!?! I love it!

K. Crafton | Reply

Oh wow, breathtaking. What a gorgeous shoot!

joy thigpen | Reply

thanks everyone!
the black gown is by romona keveza and its got a 6′ diameter! and you’re right emma, stunning is the word.

amanda@100layercake | Reply

oh my….that black dress is awe-inspiring! I can’t stop staring at it. Congrats on a beautiful shoot!

Jenny | Reply

they absolutely took my breath away. literally. so so so gorgeous. i would get married in that black dress – even in the south. :) absolutely gorgeous.

Lanie | Reply

A-MAZING! What a fun an inspiring shoot. 2010 brides now have something to aspire to! The hair is to die.

Amanda @ Ruffled | Reply

Emily, you look stunning! The fifth row is my absolute favorite.

Jeanee | Reply

I’d wear that black dress EVERY DAY!!!

nancy | Reply

where can one find capelets like the ones in these series??

Erin Brown | Reply

Love it! Do you know where the white, off-the-shoulder dress is from?

Jeremy Harwell | Reply

Emily, I did not realize you were also the star of the show! WOW! Just Amazing!

erin | Reply

emily, you look beautiful! :)

Olivia Leigh | Reply

The black dress is insaneeee. Just amazing.

Jose Villa | Reply

This shoot was too much fun! Thanks for the nice words ;)


Amanda G. | Reply

That black dress is STUNNING! I cannot stop looking at it.

Latrice - Opulent Couturier | Reply

Stunning!! Love the styling & love the ladies at B. Hughes Bridal!!

Melina | Reply

I love the black wedding dress especially with her gorgeous red hair! When I eventually get married I’d love to do something that unconventional yet chic.


Jessica Lynn | Reply

that black dress is ABSOLUTELY divine!!!

Anouck | Reply

I had been toying with the idea of a black wedding dress for a while but somehow got distracted by a couple of other ideas.

Now that I see this post, I am completely on track again! Black would suit this Northern European weather perfectly…

Bailey@peppermintbliss | Reply

These are just hauntingly beautiful.

Naomi | Reply

I love the images. They seem so ethereal…

Allison (b. Hughes Bridal) | Reply

GORGEOUS!!! We just love the pictures! I am so glad you got in touch with us to borrow the dresses, and if you ever need anything, please just let us know. We are so very in love.

Amanda G. | Reply

Please, please, please post a link for that black dress! I cannot find it on vera or romona sites!!

jennifer | Reply

looooove that there’s a dress on this shoot that’s a color other than white!

melissa | Reply

are all the photos you? you’re such a chameleon! you’re blonde, red-headed and brunette???

emily | Reply

hey melissa

no, the blonde girl is a legit model, but we do have similar features. its a bit freaky how much we favor each other.



Rodellee | Reply

Oh my goodness, this is all so gorgeous! I love the hair styling so much!

Lex Cut | Reply

The black wedding dress is so stunning I am dying to get a hold of it! Vera Wangs are truly a favorite. The models are equally beautiful too!

Truly Smitten | Reply

STUNNING! I can’t get over how gorgeous the black dress is!

Vania -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC | Reply

oh my gosh Emily you look sensational.. and this whole shoot leaves me speechless.

Stephanie | Reply

I adored the black wedding dress. My wedding dress was red and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I love non-white/ivory wedding dresses.

Nicola | Reply

I’m in LOVE with the black dress. These images are too beautiful for words.

Marilyn | Reply

Emily, you look georgeous as usual. Beautiful photo shoot.

Eleanor | Reply

I love both, but how can i find the white one?

emily | Reply

The white hairpiece was made by just cutting the stems very short and placing them on top of the girls head with bobby pins. We used a mirror and placed them appropriately and just pinned away.

ginnie | Reply

What dress is the one with the fur coat? I LOVE that. Thanks!

Rose | Reply

I am still looking all over for that black dress. Is it Vera or Romona? Is it available anywhere else in the world besides B. Hughes Bridal?? Please help, my wedding’s in three months!

joy thigpen | Reply

ok, the black dress is Romona…it comes in white too so try looking for the shape in white and just know its available in black, too. the one with the fur is Vera. and Rose, I know B. Hughes already helped a girl from England get her gown…call them! They’re awesome. I’m sure they can help you, too!

mada | Reply

I can’t find that stunning black dress in white, please help! :(

Frog Princess | Reply

LOVE ! LOVE ! LOVE !! Aboslutely ridiculous !! I’ll be dreaming about this shoot and all the exquisite details all night now ! L-O-V-E !!

Carly Wood {Mobile Wedding Hair Sydney} | Reply

A STUNNING shoot! I love the red updo with the black dress – so bold and iconic. I am a bit biased towards wedding hair upstyles though!!

stephanie-styling | Reply

There are some really stunning hair ups here :)

Carms | Reply

My sister wants to wear a black and beige wedding gown she loves but some of the bridesmaids are worried that light colored dresses with clash with her. I think it’ll look pretty but I cant find any good pictures online of a wedding party with this scenario can you help me?
Thanks so much! :)