BALLET INSPIRED WEDDING IDEAS FROM AMY OSABA PART 2

Sometimes we can gather inspiration more from moods, memories, feelings, and past experiences rather than from images of someone else’s wedding. Finding inspiration in all aspects of your life rather than trying to imitate what someone else did, is the best way to create an authentic wedding that is a true representation of who you are as a couple.

We hope that more of these stunning images from Amy Osaba and Meghan Kay Sadler serve as inspiration for your wedding- maybe you’re not looking for a ballet inspired wedding, but seeing shoots like this can help you expand your mind. Think of experiences you share, things in your past that have had an impact on you, places you’ve been, and start designing from there!

Creative Direction and Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events | Photography: MK Sadler  | Model: Savannah Lowery | Dress:Samuelle Couture Bridal | Headpieces: Jennifer Behr | Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Venue: The 1896 | Makeup: Nicole Sievers | Hair: Styles on B | Rentals: Patina

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09.29.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Ballet Inspired Wedding Ideas from Amy Osaba Part 1

Inspired by her background as a professional ballet dancer, Amy Osaba dreampt of creating this shoot as a way to merge both of her passions- ballet and floral design.  The movement and grace of ballet along with the delicacy and hidden strength of dancers has always influenced her floral design work. During her 10 years as a ballerina, Amy learned how delicate the human body can be while maintaining an inner strength despite the pain one may feel during the course of a practice or performance. Recognizing one’s passion is significant but learning to adapt your passion to what suits your current lifestyle is simply invigorating. You can’t be a ballerina forever, but you can create movement and graceful compositions in more ways than one.

After months of planning, everything came together perfectly for Amy, her team, and Meghan Kay Salder in an emotional charged and sincere 2 hours of shooting.  Amy wanted her concept to come to fruition in the most authentic way possible, so she scouted out a   NYCB (New York City Ballet) ballerina, Savannah, along with stunning gowns from Samuelle couture that were the perfect accessories to display the unreal movements that ballerinas can achieve.

We’ll have part 2 of this stunning shoot later today…

Creative Direction and Floral Design: Amy Osaba Events | Photography: MK Sadler  | Model: Savannah Lowery | Dress: Samuelle Couture Bridal | Headpieces: Jennifer Behr | Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Venue: The 1896 | Makeup: Nicole Sievers | Hair: Styles on B | Rentals: Patina

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09.29.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Top 10 Makeup Tutorials

top-10-makeup-tutorialsWhat did people do before the internet? We all fumbled around the makeup counter, put on too much eye liner, and definitely didn’t know how to blend. Which is why we adore working with our favorite makeup artists around the country to show you their tricks and hopefully inspire you for your wedding day makeup!

1.We wouldn’t be able to start a top 10 list of our most popular makeup tutorials without our most famous at the top (pictured above)! This contour and highlight tutorial  has been pinned over 324,000 times from Once Wed and has been repinned by countless brides-to-be! 5-minute-face-makeup-tutorial2. Our second most popular beauty tutorial is one of the simplest- learn how to apply makeup perfectly for a fresh look in just 5 minutes!

eyeshadow-for-green-eyes-tutorial3. We loved showing you some tips on how to apply the perfect eyeshadow to complement your green eyes here.

how-to-open-your-eyes-with-makeup14. You all loved learning how you can brighten your eyes with just 3 products with this “How to Open your Eyes” tutorial!

Brow5. Natural, full brows are all the rage right now, and this tutorial from Amy Clarke is the perfect way to spruce up your brows!

diy-flawless-foundation-beauty-tutorial-wedding-ideas16. Looking for a way to make your skin look flawless? Check out this tutorial- it’s never been easier!

how-to-smokey-eye-makeup-tutorial7. You don’t always have to go crazy with the eyeliner to create a smoldering, smoky eye. We have the best way to create a delicate, yet sexy eye in just a few minutes!

fake-thick-lashes8. Ever wondered how to make your natural lashes look more full? Learn how to “fake” having thicker lashes here!

temptu-bridal-kit-tutorial19. For brides looking to up their makeup game by adding in a little airbrushing, we taught you how to create a flawless look in just a few steps with Temptu!

MKSadler_temptu_2-1598_210. And once you have your airbrushing skills down, you can recreate this perfect, natural wedding day look!

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09.26.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Natural, Light-filled Maternity Session

In the past, we’ve told you how much we enjoy seeing every part of your love stories. The proposals, the engagement photos, the weddings, and sometimes we get to see the families you create. Although not every couple wants children, and some families are complete just as they are, we do enjoy seeing women we love blossom. Joanna Ballentine has been a huge contributor to Once Wed, and we were so excited to hear that she and her husband were expecting a little one. Joanna and Rylee are great friends, and Rylee captured some of Joanna’s final days of pregnancy in her Birmingham home. We can’t get enough of the soft textures, light, and of course, Joanna’s radiance in this shoot and hope that it will serve as inspiration for any maternity sessions you plan in the future.

And just so you know, Joanna and Robbie welcomed their little one, Theodore Alexander into the world on September 11, 2014 at 8.5 lbs and 21 inches long!

Photography: Rylee Hitchner

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09.25.14 / Featured