WEDDINGS

real wedding: modern monochrome {christi & chris}

I’m always super excited when Vancouver photographer Jamie Delaine sends a wedding my way, she attracts the most stylish clients with a cool and sophisticated contemporary style.  Today’s wedding is no exception, with Christi and Chris embracing their love of modern monochrome and slightly 60’s moddish flair to create a contemporary celebration.  Their palette of white, black and greys with a hint of blush is pure paired back elegance, letting the exposed brickwork and quirky features of their reception venue do all the talking.  The whimsical ceremony décor,  bouquets and boutonnières handmade by the bride, filled with blousy white blooms and silver foliage add a touch of timeless romance.

  

Here’s Christi with their story ~

Chris and I met on a walk nearly 7 years ago (yes, for real). I was out with one of my best friends and her little boy, Chris was going to visit his best friend and pulled up 2 blocks away from us. I was casually seeing another guy name Kris at the time, who so happened to drive the same car. I got really excited and yelled out “Hey Kris! Come here” of course, Chris responded, but didn’t know who I was…as soon as he came close enough for me to see his face I went 100 shades of red. Fast forward 3 weeks later, I was dressing models for a wedding show..and Chris was my model! We started making coffee dates every Wednesday night and I must say he is the best coffee date I have ever had.

The proposal was very sweet and intimate. Chris proposed by popping my gorgeous ring into an air plant terrarium (one that I spotted a month earlier and loved). He had it all lit up from the inside so it glowed. He took me outside, under the Vancouver stars and asked me I would be his wife and grow our family. So sweet! I love him more and more each day!

My dress was a Craigslist purchase that I revamped! I fell in love with one pretty spectacular dress in a gorgeous boutique…but it had an equally gorgeous price tag. I took the style home in my head and scoured Craigslist for something similar. Accessories were all from Etsy (except for my enamel bangle which was from H&M). I was and still am in total love with my bridal sash! It really set the tone of the dress. I also borrowed my bosses grandmothers clutch, it was beyond chic and had so much history behind it. For my Bridesmaids, they each had very different body shapes and I knew finding one dress would be a challenge. I gave my girls a paint chip in the color tone I wanted them to wear. They all chose something different and yet it flowed so beautifully!

Chris and I love classic modernism, we both have similar taste. We scouted out the venues first and worked around the décor with the venues in mind. Both of ceremony and reception sites had so much texture and personality we really didn’t want to take away from that. Our approach is ‘less is more’.  We kept our palette very neutral… lots of creams, greys, white, blue-greys. It was rich without being overbearing.  Since Chris and I love our coffee each of our guests received a hand stamped sugar spoon by me with either a “Mr.” Mrs.” or “Ms.” along with their name. On the back of the name tag I put a family saying that has been passed on for 4 generations now “Have a little sweet, the bitterness comes by itself.” I figured it was so fitting to go along with the sugar spoon and such a sweet touch to remember those who are no longer with us.

I am also slightly obsessed with flowers, and after many hours on Pinterest I figured I could save costs and create the bouquets and boutonnières. I found a local grocer who would allow me to order flowers, researched flowers in season for July (this helps save money), and chose flowers in the wedding tones. I trusted my gut and it really turned out! Of course, each bouquet rocked an air plant and all those boys wore one in their boutonnière because Chris and I have a love for air plants. The day before the wedding I picked up all the flowers and me, my bridesmaids and my fabulous boss had fun creating! It was such a beautiful bonding time for all of us and each girl took pride in what they were creating!  I am very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life…one of my customers took a whole week off of her job to create custom cookies for our reception. They were beautiful and tasted even better!   I also baked our own wedding cake to save costs! It was cute and quirky..topped with two little air plants.

My favorite part of the day was seeing Chris prior to our ceremony for our photos. He relaxed me and I knew from that moment on the day was going to go wonderful. Coming in a close second was walking down the isle towards Chris with my dad. The love and emotions in the room were nearly tangible. My dad couldn’t be more proud and the look in Chris’ eyes was heart-stopping…I felt as if I was going to cry, laugh and explode with joy all in one big moment. It was epic!

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Our first dance was to ‘This Will Be Our Year’ by the Zombies. It was very fitting with our theme throughout the day. We loved the words and the rhythm was excellent for a first dance.

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

Allow yourself to get a little stressed! I hated when people told me not too stress and to ‘have fun with it’..while they weren’t involved at all. Stress is not a bad thing, it means you care about the event.  Ladies, make sure your future hubby has a say! Get him involved a bit, it’s a fun way for you two to bond.   Laugh! Don’t take everything so serious. Some things will go awry that day, and you just have to go with it. Remember, you two saying ‘I do’ is the main objective. Put yourself in your guests shoes, think if you were at your wedding what would make it awesome?!

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Suppliers

Photography:  Jamie Delaine // Dress: Craigslist // Bridal Sash (custom): Oliva Nelson // Shoes: Aldo // Bridesmaids dresses: Aritzia, Lulus, J.Michaels, Kay Unger // Ceremony venue: Brix Restaurant // Reception Venue & Catering: V Lounge // Hair & Makeup: Citrus Salon // Music: Beyond Sound

Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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