Organic Outdoor Wedding in Italy

It’s beautiful to read stories from brides and designers that truly create weddings that are a marriage of the environment and the aesthetic of the couple. Callie, the bride, and Lesley, the stylist, worked within their venue to create stunningly simple decor that enhanced the beauty of their surroundings.

From the Bride:

One of the main reasons we chose Italy for our wedding is that we have enjoyed many happy holidays there, including to Venice, where James proposed and 7 years before then, to Rome on our first trip away together.  The food and wine is another reason we chose Italy. Italian food – fresh, seasonal, artisanal – is quite possibly our favourite and very different to what can be offered at wedding venues in the UK.  Finding Masseria Salamina was the icing on the cake – family run, a unique building in beautiful surroundings in an untouched part of Italy. And when we were shown to the bridal suite where a painting of the Doges PalaIce in Venice where we got engaged, was displayed by the entrance, we knew it was meant to be!

From Lesley Lau, the stylist:

When Callie and I discussed the design of her wedding, her only request was that the design should incorporate lots of olive branches.  Luckily, the venue – a 17th century Italian farmhouse – was set in 200 hectares of olive groves, giving us an abundance of foraging opportunities.  I also took inspiration from the richly-coloured earth of the Puglian countryside and the beautiful stone structure of the masseria to create the natural colour palette of this wedding.

All of the florals and foliage were foraged from the surroundings: from the olive branches for the garlands and centrepieces, to the oleander and bougainvillea for the bouquet and boutonnieres. The masseria itself was a treasure trove, filled with hand-made furniture from weathered olive wood and artisanal terracotta pots, which became part of the design.  Pillar candles filled the ancient stone alcoves and decorated the tables, alongside linen napkins and menus calligraphed in olive-coloured ink by Script Merchant for a truly Italian feast!

Photography: Brushfire Photography | Styling and Florals: Lesley Lau | Venue and Catering: Masseria Salamina | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Flatware: Helene Millot | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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12.15.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Most Pinned Holiday Decor Ideas

1.  We love a classic evergreen wreath! Traditional, minimalist, and beautiful, this awesome DIY from Laura Murray is the perfect way to utilize those trimmings from your tree!

2. This beautiful holiday table and chandelier decor from Sarah Winward would be the perfect way to adorn your Christmas dinner table! Visit the original post to see how Sarah used lush and wild greenery to decorate a winter fireplace.

winter-wedding-decorations3. Who says your holiday decor has to be traditional? These fern wreaths are so simple that even the least crafty person in your family could help create them using this tutorial from Sarah Winward.

diy-winter-wedding-wreath14. This isn’t your grandma’s wrapping. We love this elegant and unique holiday wrapping tutorial from Simone LeBlanc!

gift-wrapping5. And finally- to finish off our favorite holiday decor ideas, these easy clay candle holders would be an elegant addition to any winter tablescape!


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12.12.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic Vintage Boudoir Ideas

Boudoir sessions have become a beautiful way to capture the quiet moments before a bride walks down the aisle. Whether you plan on taking some time with your photographer the day of your wedding, or in the weeks leading up to it, spending time alone with them can help you become comfortable with your beauty and body. In those moments, you’ll focus on your movements, your face, and you’ll become aware of your body in a way that you probably haven’t been before. Keep reading for more on the inspiration behind this romantic boudoir session from Katie Decker of Laura Catherine Photography.

From Katie Decker:

There’s a quote that really captures the essence of this piece fairly well, I think:

“I crave you in the most innocent form. I crave to say good night and give you forehead kisses and to say that I adore you when you feel at your worst. I crave you in ways where I just want to be next to you and nothing more or less.”

I wanted to create the moment before being wedded. There’s a contrast of quiet reflection and anticipation before a bride walks down the aisle, before she dons her gown and meets her betrothed at the end of the road. It’s romantic, charged with electricity and quiet all at the same time.

To bring this to life, a romantic-moody palette was introduced, enhanced with vintage gossamer laces, a pastel silk bralette, simple florals. Set inside a 1920s home with fine moulding details that reflect in the custom lace lingerie. An Art deco veil quietly drapes over the brides face and a small bundle of pieris sit in her lap as she reads her note on hand painted silk from her husband to be….

Photography : Laura Catherine Photography | Hair and Makeup : Claudia Mejerle | Textiles, Calligraphy, and Styling: Signora e Mare  | Styling Assistant: Jen Lewis  | Florals: Amy Osaba | Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Lace Lingerie and Vintage Veil: Cheryl Taylor | Satin Bralette and Panty: Danielle Wood  | Vintage Gown and Tiara: Signora e Mare  | Vintage Jewelry: Jonathan of Buckhead Venue: Private Estate | Model: Teresa Motes

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12.11.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Test Tube Chandelier Tutorial

It’s always so fun when Kelly Perry sends us awesome DIY projects, and this adorable DIY Test Tube Chandelier would be the perfect addition to any wedding. The great thing about this DIY is that you can take it home and display it after the wedding! Keep reading for the full step-by-step.


This DIY Test Tube Chandelier would be perfect for over a desert table, or even just in any undecorated nooks around your venue. After you try it out, let us know how you used it!

The full tutorial is below.

– 65 Test Tubes (25 for bottom, 40 for top)
– Gold Wire (heavier gauge is preferable)
– Wire Cutters
– Gold Spray Paint
– 12” and 18” Wreath Form

1. Spray paint wreath forms gold and put aside to dry
2. Cut gold wire as follows: Seventy 10” pieces, three 15” pieces and four 25” pieces
3. Take 10” piece of wire and wrap around test tube in an “X” shape, twisting the ends together to form a tight cage for the test tube to rest inside
4. Attach wire to wreath form in a “W” shape
5. Repeat with all test tubes
6. Using the 15” pieces, and with the help of a friend, attach the upper and lower forms together.  Be mindful of wrapping and overlapping to create a sturdy tie
7. Attach the 25″ pieces to the largest piece and anchor on four corners, bringing each wire to center and twisting them around one another to form a cord of wire.  Depending on where the piece will be hung, you may wrap the excess wire into the shape of a circle so it can be hung on a hook

DIY: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers | Photography: Heather Payne Photography | Location: River Oaks Charleston

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12.10.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured