Refined Bridal Fashion Inspiration in Russia

A well-designed event always takes into consideration the venue in which it is held. The 18th century Russian manor that served as the backdrop for this bridal session became the perfect inspiration for a refined bride, with an aristocratic air. A simple gown was paired with a sophisticated cathedral length veil, and the look completed by an antique-inspired crown. The bridal bouquet features the most delicately hued apricot ranunculus, which perfectly fit with the historic pink walls.

Read on for more from the photographer, Olga Plakitinia:
“We were inspired by the amazing place – an old Russian manor of the XVIII century. At the time, the estate belonged to the family Trubetskoy – an old Russian aristocracy. Many famous visitors came to the manor including the Catherine the Great, and Lev Tolstoy’s parents were married here!

This wonderful place is located in Moscow in the depths of an ecological park. The estate has preserved the interior of the Pink Hall in the spirit of mature classicism with columns, fretwork, and frescoes. You can almost hear the wafting sounds of an old piano and the laughter of young maidens. What a romantic time it must have been.”

Photographer: Olga Plakitina | Concept, Planning, & Floral Design: Dreams & Honey | Hair & Makeup: Anastasya Tagunova | Dress Designer: Vesssna | Headpiece: NCh | Antique Rentals: Bonrenom | Silk Ribbons: Fern’s Fairytale | Model: Victoria Dymma

06.28.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Spend a Weekend in Paradise with Alsol Hotels & Resorts

When you’re deciding on a location for your destination wedding or honeymoon, it’s important to find a place that allows you to feel a sense of home away from home, and an environment that offers peace and relaxation as you celebrate your new marriage. Whether you are looking for a romantic ocean-side ceremony, a private honeymoon with the highest quality hospitality, or an anniversary get-away with the most beautiful views and amenities, Alsol Hotels & Resorts absolutely has it all. Our Once Wed team was recently invited to experience AlSol Tiara Cap Cana Resort, and the trip has us counting down the time to our next visit.

AlSol Tiara Cap Cana is conveniently located a 10 minute drive from the Punta Cana International Airport.  AlSol Hotels & Resorts is located in Dominican Republic in one of the most stunning areas, nestled within the Caribbean’s largest inland marina. Cap Cana is a pristine 30,000 acre retreat on the easternmost side of the Dominican Republic which has been called the “World’s Greatest New Destination”.

The moment you drive through the gates, you are transported into a true Caribbean paradise. The Resort boasts modern, elegant architecture with open-air design, and the views to the marina and secluded beach cannot be beat. The property features spacious suites with ocean views, five gourmet restaurants, a cafè, free form pools, and a signature spa by BABOR. In addition, it features unique swim-out private suites which are steps away from the secluded beach area. The staff and hospitality at AlSol is unmatched. You are treated with a superior level of service from the welcome cocktails to the nightly turn-down and chocolate covered strawberries. When you leave the Resort, you know you were appreciated and valued by the staff.

During our stay, we were able to experience authentic Dominican cuisine and enjoy some of the best food we’d ever had. The 24 hour room service and pool-side staff ensured that we were able to enjoy every moment of our time at the Resort. The open air design allowed us to experience the beauty and weather of the Caribbean, and  made us feel that we were in a paradise. And the relaxation of our massage at the luxurious awarded BABOR spa was  wonderful. We truly cannot say enough about the amazing service and experience we had during our visit!

Tiara Cap Cana offers a wide variety of amenities and services to make your wedding day with Alsol one that is unforgettable and unique to you and your experience. The pre-wedding, wedding and honeymoon, packages allow you to create an experience that best fits your expectations. Its function spaces, which include a sunset garden, wedding chapel, convention center, and multiple outdoor venues, offer a wedding coordinator and dedicated group of service staff to ensure your special occasion receives personalized attention, whether your wedding party is an intimate group of 6 or a large party of 100.

Tiara Cap Cana is a short distance from their sister Resorts of AlSol Luxury Village, Alsol Del Mar, and AlSol Sanctuary Cap Cana which feature their own unique architecture, exceptional staff, amenities, and fantastic cuisine. If you are looking to experience Cap Cana and all is has to offer, you can also take advantage of their boat excursions, fishing charters, Scape Park, Punta Espada Golf Course, The Stables, and the breath-taking Juanillo Beach.

Whether you are planning your wedding ceremony, honeymoon or a tropical get-away, AlSol Hotels & Resorts offers an experience that will have you quite disappointed when it is time to head back home. Spending time in paradise was wonderful enough, but the superior quality and guest-centered staff far exceeded our expectations. From the moment we stepped into the resort until the day we departed, the staff greeted us with smiling faces and exhibited a desire to make our stay at Tiara Cap Cana one that we would thoroughly enjoy. The beauty and atmosphere of their beautiful resort, along with the unique amenities they provided, made this trip one we would never forget.

06.28.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Simplistic Springtime Wedding Inspiration at Sunrise

We’re enamored with the sweet, simplistic ideas in this springtime wedding editorial. It’s full of inspiration for brides-to-be, from the lovely idea of a sunrise ceremony to the fragrant hyacinth bouquet, the delicately feminine bridal gown from Alexandra Grecco and the crisp color palette, which is still delightfully girly.

Read on for more from the event designer and florist, Kae and Ales:
“Inspired by the not-quite-winter, not-quite-spring mood, we set out to create a shoot that embodies the sudden burst of sunshine that awakens us from a wintry haze. We imagined a morning wedding for our sweet bride, complete with delicate colors and a bright, airy venue.

We kept the color palette soft and feminine with light pinks, creamy ivories, and tiny hints of rose gold in the bride’s accessories. A beautifully embroidered tablecloth was the perfect backdrop for our clean and elegant tableware, while the cement vessels complimented the delicate and textural florals on the tablescape. We used generous amounts of blossoming rose, ranunculus, orchid, hyacinth, and pieris for the arrangements and opted for a simple hyacinth bouquet tied together with a gentle blush silk ribbon for the bride. Small bundles of pieris along with paper whites and spray roses made for perfect boutonnieres. 

Alexandra Grecco loaned us a few stunning gowns from her newest collection and they blended in seamlessly with our vision. We loved the graceful movement in the tulle and the elegant, yet feminine silhouettes. There is a real effortlessness in the dresses that we really couldn’t get enough of.”

Photography: Maria Lamb | Styling & Floral Design: Kae And Ales | Table Linen: La Tavola | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Veils: Emily Riggs Bridal | Wedding Dresses: Alexandra Grecco | Model: Taylor Allen | Makeup & Hair: Ebel Artistry | Paper Goods: Paper & Type | Venue: Old Hangar – Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, WA | Cake: Sainte G Cake Company

06.27.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to Choose a Colorful Wedding Dress

Would you consider wearing a colorful wedding dress? We think, why not! These days, bridal fashion is trending towards the unique, bespoke and alternative. Sure, the white gown isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean you can’t deviate from the norm if you love color. It’s a great way to express your style and set yourself apart from the rest.

Maybe we’ve convinced you to consider it. If so, how would you answer these questions: should you go subtle or bold? What can you do to make your look as whole communicate a bridal feel? If you wear a color, what should your bridesmaids wear? Will your choice stand the test of time? Do you even care about timelessness?

Let’s start from the top: should you go subtle or bold?

Pastel pink or bright red? Baby blue or canary yellow? Light peach or saturated lilac? This is a great question because (you guessed it) there’s no right answer! You might think that incorporating color is ok only if the shade you choose is a barley-there pastel. It’s true that subtle blushes and blues are closer to the classic white – they create interest without seeming un-bridal. But that doesn’t mean that bolder colors should be disregarded. A bold color can make for an unforgettable and regal bridal look that is entirely you.

Whether you go subtle or bold, how can you make your look ‘bridal’?

If you choose a colored dress, you can communicate a bridal feel by paying attention to the cut, style and detail. A canary yellow tea-length gown might look like a garden party dress, but an A-line ball gown in that same color will do the trick.

Think about choosing gowns with standout details: off-the-shoulder sleeves, dramatic trains, embroidery, laces, and low backs. But keep in mind that a bolder color will already stand out, so in that case, a simple gown with a gorgeous silhouette might be best.

What should your bridesmaids wear?

Of course, this is entirely up to you!  But if you want to differentiate yourself from your attendees, just think about contrast. If your dress is a light color you might ask your bridesmaids to wear deeper, more saturated colors (or neutrals) and visa versa. Or, you can set yourself apart with a magnificent bouquet, statement necklace, flower crown, hairpiece or veil.

Will your dress stand the test of time?

If you choose a colored dress because you absolutely love it, of course it will! Just steer clear of making choices based solely on current trends and you will do fine. Ultimately, timelessness is subjective. It’s about what you will look back on and be happy with.

On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with choosing something that feels right to you now. Your style might change over time, but your wedding dress will represent who where were and what you loved at that special moment in your life. And that’s what matters.

06.24.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning