Unique California Destination Wedding

People love to see pictures of beautiful weddings. Today’s real wedding certainly doesn’t fall short in that aspect. But what is it that truly makes a wedding beautiful? This couple has enviable style, gorgeous flowers, a breathtaking venue…and what we find the most inspiring is their story.

Kathryn and Campbell’s only priority in planning their wedding was to create as much time as possible to spend with their friends and family, and we love their creative solution: a destination wedding weekend over Christmas, allowing them to gather everyone together. Guests rented individual cabins at El Capitan Canyon, where they rented bikes, rode horses, and celebrated Christmas in a yurt.

Kathryn and Campbell happen to share an incredibly sweet story. Read on for more from the groom:
“We met in March of 2012 in Boston. We both worked for the same international travel company. Kathryn was cast in an internal human resources video, and I was working as a director for the video production company. We met when I was put on the assignment to shoot the video–Kathryn was luckily one of those interviews. The whole thing was pretty hilarious; we got to know each other in a conference room with a camera sitting between us! It’s kind of cool though, because I still have a hard drive with the footage of our first conversation. After the interview, my boss, who is a great friend of mine, saw the way I was acting after the interview and he said, “You’re going to marry that girl.” I was rolling my eyes a bit, but in the back of my head I was strangely okay with that scenario… it was very uncharacteristic of me.

I asked her on our first date a week later. I took her to an oyster bar in Boston, called “Neptune” in the North End. Toward the end of our meal, in another moment of foreshadowing, a lady who sat next to us at dinner asked us if she could use our phone. She proceeded to take a picture of us together, saying, “You’ll thank me for this 20 years from now when you’re married”. I guess we can safely say, we began the process of falling in love on our first date.”

Photography: MK Sadler | Floral: Studio Mondine | Dress: Rue de Seine | Suit: J.Crew | Stationery: Ruminary Co | Venue: El Capitan Canyon

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08.04.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Twice Enchanted Lookbook from BHLDN

When dreaming up this season’s new assortment, BHLDN was on the hunt for gowns and dresses that touched on current key trends in the bridal industry. The brand knew that eye-catching artwork and embellishments such as bejeweled necklines, graphic floral embroidery, sheer laces, and encrusted tulle were going to play a pivotal role in the fall season. Despite the rich flourishes, they also kept comfort and wearability in mind.

The end result? A season that offers unique and beautifully made gowns and dresses that appeal the various BHLDN brides – the bohemian, the romantic, the sophisticate, and even combinations of all three.

Today BHLDN launches its much-anticipated fall 2015 collection with a “twice enchanted” lookbook. The images present a modern fairytale in which true love blossoms amidst the beautiful surroundings of the Palácio de Monserrate in Sintra, Portugal.

Building on the success of previous collections, the newest assortment includes 17 new wedding gowns, four bridal skirts, a bridal bodysuit and corset, six bridesmaids dresses, three reception dresses and three flower girl dresses along with three new cold weather toppers and an abundance of stunning wedding accessories. The collection features dresses from beloved designers like Catherine Deane, Nicole Miller and Vatana Watters, as well as styles from designers that are new to BHLDN, like Donna Morgan and Nellystella.

Highlights include the Wesley Gown by Needle and Thread, featuring exquisite pearlescent lattice and vintage-inspired flora beading and an airy, layered tulle hemline, the Rosemary Gown by Tadashi Shoji featuring applique fabric feathers that float gracefully upon a plunging and pleated v-bodice, and the Bridgette Gown by Catherine Dean which catches the eye with its illusion high neck, half-sleeves and delicate allover lace. Weightless sweeping trains, ribbon accenting, carefully placed pleats and dainty button backs can also be found in the one-of-a-kind assortment.

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08.04.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Refined Wedding Photography Inspiration

We love to share elegant, refined wedding inspiration for our readers. Today’s inspiration shoot actually came together through the collaboration of a stylist, Ginny Au, creating a beautiful scene for the photographer, Brandi Smyth, to grow as an artist. Each and every single detail shown has it’s place–lush florals, simplistic calligraphy, an elegant color palette–but even more than that, we’re showcasing stunning photography inspiration. Each of these bridal portraits or shots of the couple elicits a sense of romance. From a sweet kiss to an excited bride anxiously playing with her veil, we’re sure you’re pinning not just one but each of these images to show your own photographer!

More from the photographer, Brandi Smyth:
“This shoot came together in an effort for me to learn and grow as a photographer with none other than Ginny Au as my teacher. She seamlessly pieced together the details and collaboration with all the other wonderfully talented vendors. I still can’t get over how perfect it was…the navy fabric walls that hugged an upstairs room in an abandoned house, the delicate florals, soft veil. As a photographer, getting to observe Ginny Au create is eye opening; she is effortless in her design and style. The simplicity to her work is a true reflection of herself…natural, simple, pure, & lovely. I learned so much during our time together. Its hard to put into few words what happened over the course of a few days–to me these images say it all, and to Ginny – Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a shining light in this industry and I loved every minute spent with you.”
Photography: Brandi Smyth | Styling: Ginny Au | Florals: Bows and Arrows | Gown: Samuelle Couture |Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Hair & Makeup: Tracey Melton Artistry | Calligraphy: Script Merchant | Invitation Suite: Kaela Rawson

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08.03.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Unique Uses for your Wedding Website from Squarespace

We all know that a wedding website is a great way to streamline your wedding planning. All you need to do is direct your guests to your website through your wedding invitations or save-the-dates, and all the info they need will be at their (and your!) fingertips: sent and RSVPs are easily collected, link maps to your venues, include links to your gift registries, give your out-of-town guests peace of mind by telling them where you’ve reserved hotel rooms, and so on. But have you thought about other, more unique ways to use your wedding website? We love how brides and grooms are using their Squarespace sites in unique ways.

Before the Wedding:
Chronicle your wedding planning by blogging about your DIY projects. Your aunt from the West Coast will love to see everything that you’re working on! Create a secret page that only your bridesmaids have access to, where you’ll plan all the exciting details for your bachelorette party getaway.

After the Wedding:
Change your wedding site into a personal blog! We love the way this couple hijacked their ordinary wedding site, and changed it into a place where they could document their wedding photos, their honeymoon and travel images, (including a creative use of their wedding hashtag), and changed their landing page to include a thank you message for their guests.

Squarespace is one of our favorite sources for creating an easy-to-use, attractive, and mobile friendly wedding website. Plus, they’re offering a discounted offer for Once Wed readers! Squarespace  is offering a 10% discount exclusively for Once Wed readers! Simply sign up for your annual subscription using the code ONCEWED15!

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08.03.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog