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Sometimes, all it takes to inspire something beautiful is one tiny element that takes you by surprise. In this case, Madison from Hart Floral Design noticed and dwelled on the Queen Anne’s Lace growing wild in Oregon all summer. She chose to work with plenty of it for this editorial, creating a feminine yet minimal aesthetic that is certainly enviable.

Read on for more from the florist, Hart Floral Design:
“In Oregon all summer long the best Queen Anne’s Lace grow along roads and in between cracks in the sidewalk. It’s the kind with long strong stems and firm buds opening from tiny to large. Lately, I’ve been minimizing my process and materials as a designer by playing with shape and the expectation of what makes something look wild or natural, modern or contemporary. What’s the most interesting thing I can make with just one variety of flower? Is asymmetry essential for a natural design? This work is an exploration of that.

We brought in a model in a simple nude dress to give the flowers a sense of place and offer more opportunities for layering in the compositions.”

Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Floral & Design: Hart Floral Design | MUAH: Olivia Hawthorne  | Dress: Reformation | Shoes: Anthropologie | Model: Tessa Shull


Every fall, we wait with bated breath to see what bridal designers will be rolling out at the annual autumn New York Bridal Fashion Week. This year, we were privileged to go behind the scenes with Madison James Bridal and Allure Bridals. Today, we’re walking you through some of our favorites from the Madison James new Spring 2017 Collection, talking about bridal trends and showing some chic wedding dress ideas for you!

We saw these gorgeous wedding dresses sashaying down the runway, and had to ask: what inspired the collection? Seeing a completed gown is, after all, a completely different thing than getting insight directly into the designer’s mind. Here’s what they told us:

  • Inspired Fabrics
    From abstract lace to clean lines, 3D embroidered flowers to luxurious textures, each and every wedding dress in the 2017 collection featured an incredible fabric, which inspired the gowns themselves. Whether you’re drawn more to clean lines or modern embellishments, you’ll find a unique, chic option.
  • Customizable Wedding Gowns
    The designers at Allure Bridals and Madison James sought to give brides the ability to customize their wedding dresses. Now, you’re able to mix and match certain aspects of their 2017 gowns to create your own look: detachable trains are one of their favorite features, and the ability to add or remove sleeves or straps is one of ours! The designers really wanted to create something for every bride, and to make each and every bride feel special.

Want to see more? Check out this interview with Once Wed and Nikki Deeds, the National Sales Manager for Allure Bridals & Madison James, for some behind-the-scenes coverage at New York Bridal Fashion Week!

When you first asked your best friends to be your bridesmaids, they were probably thrilled. Cut to a few days later, when the excitement has dulled a little. What are their thoughts now? “I wonder what she’s going to make me wear.”

We’ve all been there, and we’ve all seen it happen: the curse of the bad bridesmaid dress is a very real thing. So when a company launches a new collection that aims to banish the typical who-cares-if-the-bridesmaids-look-horrible situation, we have to tell you about them. Enter, Pastel Dress Party.

Pastel Dress Party was founded for the love of bridesmaids. As experienced bridesmaids themselves, they wanted to make sure that girls around the world have modern, feminine, and fun bridesmaid dress options – and, they’re affordable, too!

Your bridesmaids will be able to choose from classic silhouettes and more trendy options (looking for sequins? Pastel Dress Party has them), along with convertible necklines, skirt separates, over 30 color options, plus all the little extras like hair pieces, belts, robes, and flower girl dresses. Pastel Dress Party will also customize your dresses for you — changing hemlines, adding straps or sleeves, and so on.

So, whether you all want to match and wear the same dress, or if you want to do something a little more unique and modern, you can find affordable, convenient options at Pastel Dress Party. And there’s no problem if all your friends don’t live nearby — it’s all online!

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Bridal bouquets to large arrangements to floral table runners, we love this deep and moody floral inspiration.

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Featured Relaxing Couple’s Session on the Beach

Whether you’re planning your honeymoon, preparing for an engagement session, or just want to celebrate being together, this relaxing couple’s session on the beach has the power to take us away and transport us to Mexico. Read on for more.

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If you’re planning an outdoor wedding (or in this case, elopement!) and are unsure of how to design and decorate the space, then allow us to suggest taking inspiration from the environment around you.

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Take a less is more approach to planning your wedding, and focus on the moments and the memories.

Featured Favorite Wedding Dress Trends for 2017 and 2018

We’ve teamed up with one of the top bridal boutiques to showcase our favorite wedding dress trends for 2017 and 2018!

Featured Elegant Garden-Inspired Indoor Wedding Ideas

While outdoor wedding venues are almost always our favorites, we know that it’s just not realistic for a lot of couples. If you dream of an elegant garden wedding, then there’s no better way to bring the outdoors in than with gorgeous flowers.