Modern Black and White Manor Wedding

We’ll never tire of seeing beautiful black and white weddings. Black tie weddings are classic, elegant, and absolutely timeless. Black looks wonderful on everyone, and a groom looks that much more handsome in a white dinner jacket. Keep reading to find out where the couple found inspiration for their wedding!

From the Couple:

The wedding day was planned with a modern & vintage look in mind. We really wanted to embrace the Edwardian aspects of the manor, but put our own inspirations to work to represent where both of us come from. This ranged from the music we chose, to the brides’ maid dresses/bridal dress, to the liquor we selected, the types of flowers on the stationary, and finally, to the overall vision we had in mind – everything tied back into who we are.

In addition to our personal representations, we had hand picked everything from the decanters for wine & table liquor, to hand crafting the table numbers, invitations, liquor menu, seat guide, hairpiece, and finally, to having a custom dress made. It was a lot of work to bring it together, but it meant a great deal that it came together the way we had envisioned it.

As for the day itself – it turned out to be wonderful weather in a normally rainy month of September. We could not have asked for more ideal circumstances, and it was a pleasure to have our wedding at such a gorgeous (and important) heritage building.

Photographer: Adrian Michael Photography | Florals: Bride and bridesmaids | Calligrapher: Bride | Hair Styling: Chandara Nhoeuk | Makeup: Sheila Pham | Paper Goods: DIY | Venue: The Hycroft, Vancouver BC | Rentals: Provided by Hycroft | Wedding Dress: Designed in collaboration by bride and friend Alison from Manuel Mendoza | Grooms Suit: Asos | Bridesmaid Dresses: Asos

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12.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Source Vintage Items from Vintage4Design

Ever wanted help sourcing vintage items for your wedding, event, project, home, photo shoot or business? No time to dedicate to your search? Struggling for knowledge of the best places to look for genuine pieces at a fair price?

Look no further, we’d like to introduce you to Vintage4Design, the vintage concierge service that can help you find those extra special vintage items that you’ve dreamt about for your wedding! Whether you’re a bride or a planner/designer, Vintage4Design, a partnership between lifestyle brand ‘Slayleigh James’ and vintage purveyor ‘Cabootle,’ can help you source items through their extensive network of vintage traders, auction houses and estate management companies. So how does it work? As a bride, you’d let them know what items you’re looking to source for your wedding and their concierge will let you know what they have in stock.

For planners, designers, and stylists requiring multiple vintage pieces, they’ll work with you on a dedicated search to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. As they search, you can provide them with links to any mood boards you’ve created showcasing the looks you’re going for to give their team a better idea of your style. As they source items for you, Vintage4Design will create an online catalog of items they’ve found that match your profile/wish list and you simply let them know which of the items you’d like to purchase. Industry professionals may even sign up for a pro-account giving them special access to Vintage4Design’s extensive inventory before the general public and allowing them to receive discounted, below retail store pricing.

No longer do you have to scour antique stores and flea markets for the perfect thing! It sounds like a dream- someone who actually has the time to shop for the vintage items you want to use in your wedding, and believe it or not, there’s no upfront enrollment or finder fees!

Register today by clicking on and completing their short form here, and see a small sample of what they currently have in stock by visiting their website. Due to the nature of their business many items never make it to their website before selling to designers so it’s best to contact them directly for specific requests. Oh, and need some vintage design inspiration? Check out their lovely tumblr blog or visit them on Pinterest

For any questions, please contact Alex at Vintage4Design at 

Product: CabootleRentals: Found Rentals | Styling: Vintage4Design & Slayleigh James | Photography: Slayleigh James | Location: Techatticup Mining Camp, Nevada

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12.16.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

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