This week our Real Wedding featured a bride in not just a black wedding dress, but an unusual one at that. The rise of the black wedding dress has been talked about since Sarah Jessica Parker chose one for her 1997 wedding to Matthew Broderick (a choice she still regrets, the dress, not the groom). You can see tons of examples of black wedding dresses in dress galleries, and Vera Wang made a stir with her all black collection this year, but are we actually seeing black dresses in real weddings? Even the "real" weddings on wedding blogs? For this week's wedding wrap up, we took a tour of blogs in search of black wedding dresses.

We found this adorable ivory wedding dress with lilac and black accents on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (photograph by Martin Kikulis)

black trimmed wedding dress

You might expect that the venerable Offbeat Bride would be the home of real weddings featuring black wedding dresses, but scouring through their archives, I couldn't find one more recent than 2009 (not saying they aren't there, just that I didn't find one, I'm on a deadline). The same was true for the equally established anti-establishment Anti-Bride. I found lots of posts about black wedding dresses, but no real life examples.

So, what do you think? Is the black wedding dress trend a real trend or just something being promoted by designers bored of working with ivory and white? If you've seen a great real life example of a black wedding dress, tell us about it in the comments below.