Cozy and Natural Black and White Abbey Resort Wedding

February 27, 2024 | justine

At Ben and Greg’s Abbey Resort wedding, elegance met contemporary charm against the serene backdrop of Lake Geneva. Their choice of a romantic lakeside venue–paired with a sophisticated black and white color scheme–set the stage for a celebration that seamlessly blended classic and modern elements.

The couple’s chic and modern vibe infused every aspect of their special day, starting with the garden ceremony surrounded by lush greenery. The sleek altar served as a striking focal point, where the two grooms exchanged their vows. Transitioning to the pavilion reception, the all-black long tables were adorned with candles in glass containers and opulent foliage and floral centerpieces, creating a captivating and dreamy atmosphere.

This wedding offers a fresh perspective on the timeless color palette, serving as an inspiration for couples looking for a modern twist on classic elegance. Keep scrolling to see all the stunning details captured by photographer Junebug vendor Erika Diaz, and let the magic of Ben and Greg’s love story sweep you away.

The Couple:

Ben and Greg

The Wedding:

Abbey Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, United States

A Contemporary and Minimalist Approach to Their Abbey Resort Wedding

Through meticulous planning and coordination with our wedding planner and florist, we successfully brought our vision to life. We aimed for a contemporary, clean, minimal vibe, steering away from the typical wedding atmosphere. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It just didn’t speak to us. As a same-sex couple, it was essential for us to infuse a more masculine feel into our celebration to achieve our desired result. Opting for an all-black and white theme–extending from guests’ attire to all the linens within the venue–played a crucial role in achieving the desired clean and contemporary look. From there, we put a lot of trust in our florist to execute our aesthetic vision, a preference for more greenery than flowers with a dark and moody twist. She exceeded our expectations, and we were thrilled with the outcome.

Navigating Wedding Advice: How to Stay True to Your Vision

Take the time to come up with a vision you’re happy with. During the wedding planning process, you’ll receive a lot of advice, some unsolicited, and it’s not always helpful. Having a clear vision to gut-check these suggestions helps determine whether or not you want to move forward with it. Also, remember: you can’t please everyone, so ultimately, do what works for you, the couple. It’s your and your partner’s day, after all.

The Crowd-Pleasing Choice of Garrett Popcorn Favors

Being from Chicago, we wanted to give our guests something delicious to remember the night, so we chose to hand out mini bags of Garrett popcorn. If you’re familiar with Garrett, you know it’s a crowd favorite, and there was not a single bag left over. Most people don’t want a keychain or shot glass with your name on it, but they do want a combination of cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn, especially if they’ve been dancing for 4.5 hours.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Erika Diaz
Event Planning – Ashley Lytel
Ceremony Venue – Abbey Resort
Reception Venue – West Shore Pavilion
Floral Design – XO Design Co.
Officiant – Emily Akemann
DJ – DJ Jem
Makeup Artist – The Bridal Beauty Team
Grooms’ Apparel – Bonobos
Wedding Party Apparel – The Black Tux
Rings – Fontana Jeweler


Congratulations to Ben and Greg on their cozy and natural black and white Abbey Resort wedding, beautifully captured by Junebug member Erika Diaz. To explore more of her exceptional work, visit her portfolio in our highly-vetted directory of expert photographers from around the world.

For many couples, a modern wedding vibe with lots of black accents is just right. If you’re drawn to the elegance of Ben and Greg’s celebration but unsure how to achieve it, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered! Check out our tips for adding black to your big day. They’ll inspire you to create a chic and polished wedding look effortlessly.

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