A Couple in Love at Home

We’re constantly sharing stories of engagements and weddings, but today, we have something a little bit different. Every couple has a different perspective on love and commitment, and some couples choose to express their commitment in different ways. Read more from this couple on why they don’t plan on getting married. Love has a different definition to everyone.

From the couple:

Matt and I met playing college soccer together. From the moment we met, we were immediately drawn to one another energy. It was magnetic, intoxicating. At the time we were both in relationships and stayed away from each other. It was like we had a whole understanding without even saying a word aloud. It was one of those, “I’m going to let you handle this one, Universe.” A couple years went by and I saw Matt posting pictures of Berlin, Norway, New Zealand and SE Asia. I was very much wanderlust at the time in my life, so without hesitation I messaged Matt. He called me the day he landed and we haven’t been apart since. Four years later and we’ve been to 8 countries and lived in Korea for a year, he taught me how to snowboard and we currently live in Breckenridge, CO where we snowboard everyday! It’s magical. There have been days where Matt and I will look at each other, both with that crazy gleam in our eye. We will drink coffee, talk about where we desire to travel most and buy a ticket. The details left for another day. 

Marriage is something we’ve talked about but neither of us want. Marriage is a tradition I have yet to fully comprehend. I could understand how it  would be important if you wanted children, but that is another thing we do not want. Until Matt and I are fully aware of what marriage would do for us, we are happy being unmarried. It doesn’t mean we love each other any less than any other married couple. It doesn’t make us scared, and it definitely doesn’t make us less committed to one another (3 of the many things we often hear). Anyone that knows us, understands now, that we are not your average couple. We believe life should be savored, experienced and not bogged down by what society tells us to do. We are smart enough to know, we could change our minds. We very much try to live in the present, the now. And in this moment, Matt and I are very content.

Photography: Julie Cate| Makeup: Weemala Hair and Makeup | Venue: Mt Princeton Hot Springs, CO | Dress: Free People | Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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10.31.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Top Featured Wedding Arches

top-featured-wedding-archesToday, we’re excited to show you our favorite wedding arches (and variation of arches) that we’ve featured on Once Wed! An arch is the perfect way to create a focal point for your ceremony and frame your photos in an elegant and timeless way.

1. (Pictured above) This elaborate arch was constructed in an old Hacienda in Mexico, and we love all of the hanging florals that created a perfect centerpiece for this old brick building. See the entire feature here.

2. (Pictured Below) We’re still so in love with this DIY Lilac Arch from Sarah Winward earlier this summer! diy-lilac-arch-wedding-ideas3. The next arch is a little less traditional, but it’s very simple to recreate! Also a DIY from Sarah Winward, this DIY  Wild Vine Arch is perfect for indoor ceremonies.
vine-arbor-diy-wedding-ideas4. And this organic and chic arch is a Pinterest favorite! We love the simplicity and timelessness of this sweet and delicate arch.

simple-elegant-wedding-ceremony-arch-ideas5. Don’t you adore how this arch looks like it’s growing out of the planters flanking the aisle? Check out the full feature to see this colorful wedding! outdoor-wedding-ceremony-altar-ideas26. Speaking of colorful weddings, this absolutely incredible fall-inspired arch is still one of our favorites! fall-inspired-ceremony

7. This lush and colorful arch tops our list as well! We just can’t get enough of these fluffy florals and fall foliage (sorry for the alliteration).fall-wedding-ceremony-chuppah-wedding-ideas8. And finally, we love this arch created for Rylee Hitchner’s backyard wedding. It’s subtle, sweet, and very romantic which was perfect for this young couple. spring-backyard-wedding-cheryl-taylor-custom-lace-silk-dress-gown

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10.31.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to Find Linens for your Wedding

Sourcing design elements for your wedding on your own is one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning. But sourcing your own decor, like linens, is a great way to save a little money when planning your own wedding. So, if you decide you want to source everything on your own, where do you begin? You may ask yourself “Where do my favorite designers rent linens?” or “Where can I find beautiful linens that match my aesthetic?”. Well, we’ve asked the experts- Ginny Au and Amy Osaba, and we have a few places for you to start!

Some of our favorite linen resources for table linens, runners, and napkins are:

-Party Tables: where you can find hundreds of fabric styles from more traditional linens to soft and organic styles.

-Wildflower Linen: We love this white linen option from Wildflower- and they have hundreds of other styles!

-BBJ Linen: Also an industry favorite, BBJ has endless possibilities for linen rentals.

Most linen rental companies have matching napkins or something that will coordinate with your chosen rental, but say you’re only looking to rent napkins, or you have something very specific in mind- like worn linen napkins. Try 12th Table if you’re looking for a napkin that gives you a really soft feeling. These look great on a rustic farm table (you can also rent those from 12th Table). And if you’re brave enough, you can always make your own! Ginny Au told us that when she can’t find a linen that’s exactly what she’s looking for, she’ll just whip it up herself! Fabric Store is a great place to source any color of linen, and after a little investigating, you’ll soon learn their linen prices are much more affordable than other fabric stores.

And finally, if you’re looking for a stunning runner or something to make your tables really pop, Silk and Willow has some beautiful runners from reclaimed silk, and plant dyed silk. These are for purchase only, though- so keep that in mind! But who wouldn’t want to adorn their home with beautiful hand-dyed silk?

Industry friends and brides- where are your favorite sources for linen rentals?

Article by: Mary McLeod | Photography: J. Layne Photography | Workshop: Belle Lumiere Workshop | Photographer: J. Layne Photography | Designer/Creative Director/Stylist: Ginny Au

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10.30.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Ginny Au European Workshop Part II

Imagine waking up on your wedding day in a French chateau and foraging the grounds for your own wedding flowers. You invite your closest friends and family to join you for an intimate dinner after a sweet and simple ceremony. Wearing a vintage gown and veil, you cherish every moment of your wedding day at your childhood home. This is the story that Ginny Au and her attendees dreamt up during the first two days of her workshop in Dordogne, France, and working together, they made this dream come to life.

From Ginny Au:

These beautiful images from Erich McVey are the second stage of the European workshop. During the creative process, the attendees and myself talked about the environment we are in, looked over the gowns sent form Gossamer Vintage, and devised a story for our photo shoot. The concepts were simple, organic and drawn completely from how the space inspired us. It was my hope to encourage the attendees to declutter their design process, focus on a simple cohesive story and allow that to naturally unfold. The beautiful florals, design and styling in these images are the product of every attendees work, with the guidance and nurture of the creative leaders.

Photography Erich McVey | Creative Direction Ginny Au | Prop Stylist & Creative Leader Ginny Branch | Floral Design & Creative Leader Sarah Winward | Calligraphy & Creative Leader Katie Decker Hyatt | Makeup & Hair Amy Clarke | Gown:Gossamer Vintage | Photo Scans: PhotoVision Prints 

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