Once Wed http://www.oncewed.com Designer Weddings for Less Thu, 28 May 2015 02:02:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY Rolled Chignon Hair Tutorial http://www.oncewed.com/diy/diy-rolled-chignon-hair-tutorial/ http://www.oncewed.com/diy/diy-rolled-chignon-hair-tutorial/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:50 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=215174 If you saw yesterday’s post, you are probably one of the many who wishes you could style your hair exactly like the bride’s. You’re in luck! We love showcasing wedding hair tutorials, and this one from Samantha Landis is an updated version of a simple classic. Read on for the step by step! Looking for more... Read more »

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If you saw yesterday’s post, you are probably one of the many who wishes you could style your hair exactly like the bride’s. You’re in luck! We love showcasing wedding hair tutorials, and this one from Samantha Landis is an updated version of a simple classic. Read on for the step by step!

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DIY Rolled Chignon

Supplies:

1) Elastic Hair Band
2) Bobbi Pins

Instructions:

1) Starting with the left side, roll hair back and pin.
2) Roll right side back and pin.
3) Gather hair and secure with an elastic close to the ends.
4) Using your index fingers, roll the hair upward.
5) Once the roll aligns with the left and ride sides, hold in place with your hands and secure with bobbi pins.

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Videographyt: Kelly Christine | Creative direction and design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and makeup: Samantha Landis | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Flowers: Bows and Arrows | Model: Alexandria Bryant with Kim Dawson Agency

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Simple Wedding Ideas with Organic Design http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/simple-wedding-ideas-with-organic-design/ http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/simple-wedding-ideas-with-organic-design/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=215016 While your event planner is bustling around, setting places at your tables, and your florist is unloading her delivery vehicle, and the setup crew is arranging the chairs for your ceremony, one of the best things you can do is simply create a peaceful environment to ready yourself for the day ahead. This collection of... Read more »

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While your event planner is bustling around, setting places at your tables, and your florist is unloading her delivery vehicle, and the setup crew is arranging the chairs for your ceremony, one of the best things you can do is simply create a peaceful environment to ready yourself for the day ahead. This collection of images showcases a serene bride, calmly preparing for the excitement of the day. Read on for more from the team.

From the designer, Kylie Swanson:
“Inspired by the simple moments before the ceremony, I set out to curate a peaceful environment by imagining a bride with a sense of serene clarity while getting ready in her own bathroom, before the momentum of the day ahead has captured her attention. Sometimes, these authentic and intentional movements lead to the most impactful design.”

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Creative direction and design: Kylie Swanson | Hair and makeup: Samantha Landis | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Flowers: Bows and Arrows | Model: Alexandria Bryant with Kim Dawson Agency

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Unique Registry Ideas from Envelope http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/unique-registry-ideas-from-envelope/ http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/unique-registry-ideas-from-envelope/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=214412 What if you could go on the most relaxing, luxurious weeklong honeymoon to Maui? And while you were there, you could hike a volcano and take in the view. How about snorkel up close with sea turtles? Or maybe just relax with a frozen drink and a meal at the resort swim up bar? What if... Read more »

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What if you could go on the most relaxing, luxurious weeklong honeymoon to Maui? And while you were there, you could hike a volcano and take in the view. How about snorkel up close with sea turtles? Or maybe just relax with a frozen drink and a meal at the resort swim up bar?

What if this could be paid for with your wedding registry?

Now it can with Envelope Registry.

Envelope makes it easy for you to make priceless memories, without worrying about the price tag. Unlike other online registries, Envelope’s items aren’t tied to particular brand. Instead, they collect cash contributions from your guests and send it straight to your bank account. You can decide how to spend it!

So maybe you are thinking, “This sounds amazing, but I still want those copper mugs and some really nice cast iron pans” to use after the honeymoon. No problem. Envelope allows you to register for products and traditional gifts as well.

Lastly, Envelope will even help you send beautiful personalized thank you cards to your guests right from your computer.  This means that you can spend your precious time enjoying the experiences (and items) from your registry!

Check out a live registry HERE to start brainstorming for your unique registry.

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Wedding Styling 101: Instantly Elevate Your Styling Skills http://www.oncewed.com/news-blog/wedding-styling-101-instantly-elevate-your-styling-skills/ http://www.oncewed.com/news-blog/wedding-styling-101-instantly-elevate-your-styling-skills/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 15:01:56 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=214736 Six years ago my life crossed paths with the most creatively talented person I have ever met – Joy Thigpen. There have been so many highlights in our working careers together – and today is one of them. I am excited and honored today to be joining Joy in officially launching our new online course... Read more »

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Six years ago my life crossed paths with the most creatively talented person I have ever met – Joy Thigpen.

There have been so many highlights in our working careers together – and today is one of them. I am excited and honored today to be joining Joy in officially launching our new online course for creatives, Wedding Styling 101: A digital course in the foundations of aesthetics and the art of styling.

This course is a distillation of my and Joy’s combined 22+ years of working in the areas of wedding design, creative direction and editorial styling, sharing everything we’ve learned about wedding imagery.

As Joy and I grew together and Once Wed became a curated home for sharing beautiful and meaningful images, we found we kept hearing the same questions.

  • How can I shoot the type of weddings I see on Once Wed?
  • Why aren’t my submissions being accepted?
  • I want to become a great stylist. Where do I start?
  • I know something is off in my work, but what is it?

We’ve tailored Wedding Styling 101 to ensure we address these questions; it’s like a 10+ hour FAQ answer session that you can absorb at your own pace.

Focusing on aesthetics, storytelling, photo styling, and how to book you dream weddings, Wedding Styling 101 is a 300+ page online course designed for photographers, planners, floral designers and stylists.

Intrigued? For ONE WEEK ONLY we’re offering 25% off the regular course price. Click here for the full details!

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Have Your Dream Destination Wedding or Honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/have-your-dream-destination-wedding-or-honeymoon-in-puerto-vallarta/ http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/have-your-dream-destination-wedding-or-honeymoon-in-puerto-vallarta/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=213427 When you become engaged, your thoughts immediately turn to two things: where to have your wedding, and where to honeymoon.  If you have visions of a romantic oceanside wedding, or if your dream honeymoon entails warm weather, miles of beach and warm hospitality, then you should definitely check out Puerto Vallarta!  We were recently invited... Read more »

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When you become engaged, your thoughts immediately turn to two things: where to have your wedding, and where to honeymoon.  If you have visions of a romantic oceanside wedding, or if your dream honeymoon entails warm weather, miles of beach and warm hospitality, then you should definitely check out Puerto Vallarta!  We were recently invited by the town of Puerto Vallarta to visit their town to see all the wonderful things they have to offer couples getting married, or honeymooning.

Located on the west coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean in the state of Jalisco.  Since Jalisco is also the home of Tequila (yes there is a town with that name), we were treated to some wonderful tastings of truly fine tequila!

Lodging is available for every taste and budget.  If your idea of the perfect hotel is a larger property with beautifully groomed grounds, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa  should be at the top of your list.  With lawn and stone areas for large wedding parties, an ocean jetty for a small wedding, a to-die-for spa, wonderful staff, and beautifully appointed suites, they will be able to meet all your needs.

If a boutique hotel sounds divine, our host hotel Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa was lovely.  With just 80 rooms, this adults only hotel was intimate, quiet and attentive to your every need (like your choice of pillow type and room scent).  Their honeymoon suites have an outdoor jacuzzi and hammock, with fabulous views of the ocean and stunning sunsets.

If you yearn for fitness and an truly organic experience, honeymooning at Xinalani Retreat would be perfect for you.  This lovely retreat is the ultimate is intimacy.  The retreat is reachable only by boat.  The rooms are spread out along the mountainside and are only feet away from the sound of the surf.  The three yoga studios offer a variety of options for your practice, but my favorite was the one at the top of the resort.  You literally are in the tree tops with the birds – a surreal experience.

Culinary aficionados will be in heaven in Puerto Vallarta – we experienced wonderful meals at all of the hotels, as well as at local restaurants.  A particular favorite was Barcelona Tapas.  The owner was a wonderful host and the food was extraordinary (not to mention the wonderful view of Puerto Vallarta)!

Last, but certainly not least, is the wide variety of wonderful activities available (other than lounging in your room or on the beach of course).  We were hosted on a Vallarta Art Walk by the owner of Colecktica, who gave us a fascinating narrative about the folklore and history of art in Puerto Vallarta, and of the pieces in his art gallery.  One of our favorite activities was a boat ride, show, and then dinner at Rhythms of the Night.  It was the ultimate romantic experience, and would be a wonderful addition to a honeymoon.

What can we say – sunshine, blue skies, beaches, the ocean, mountains, and killer sunsets.  Just magic!

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There’s something about a wedding dress that can make you stop in your tracks. Doesn’t the Rue de Seine gown in this classic California bridal session just sweep you off your feet? The simple cut and flowing skirt are pretty enough on their own, but the draped cowl back and the cascading embroidered sleeves…is there anything more to say than “wow?” Read on for more from the stylist and photographer!

From the photographer, Emily: 

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” When I think of the California coast, I think this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote sums up how inspiring and freeing it can be.  As we came up with ideas for Aubriana’s bridal session, we knew we wanted a stunning location, and I really don’t think you can beat the overwhelming beauty of the Marine Headlands! Rolling green hills and jagged cliffs lead to the deep turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean – it was without a doubt one of the most incredible locations I’ve ever shot in. As a florist, Aubriana appreciates the beauty nature has to offer, so every detail of her session was inspired by our setting, from the loose greenery in the bouquet to the raw edges of the paper goods. Aubriana looked absolutely stunning, and I love how beautifully she embodied our inspiration quote standing in the warm golden sunset with the Pacific below and a breezy blue sky above.”

From the creative director and stylist, Once Wed Vendor Rebekah of A & B Creative:

“Our photographer, Emily, was flying out from the frigid east coast before our shoot, so it was a no brainer that I had to make sure that our bridal session had epic (and classic California) scenery. Our bridal session was for my friend Aubriana who got to take a little break from her beautiful floral design and calligraphy work to be in front of the camera. Aubriana is getting married in a few short months and she has an amazing gown, that is so her, but it is an alternative wedding gown so it was fun to get her in white for this bridal session. The gown we used still screams Aubriana, which is why it was such a pleasure to be able to style her in it. I love that she is going to have not only her wedding photos in her wedding gown, but also bridal session photos with an additional gown that didn’t require a wardrobe change interruption on her wedding day. The gown, the gorgeous bouquet and the sweeping views are all like Aubriana-classic California!”

Photography: Emily March Photography | Styling/Creative Direction: A & B Creative | Florals: Heirloom Made | Dress: Rue de Seine via The Dress Theory | Paper Goods: Graceline | Ribbons: Silk & Willow | Location: Marine Headlands, CA | Film Lab: Photovision | Bride: Aubriana Kasper

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Lush and Natural Wedding Inspiration http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/lush-and-natural-wedding-inspiration/ http://www.oncewed.com/wedding-ideas/lush-and-natural-wedding-inspiration/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:00:46 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=214138 Taking inspiration from nature is one of the best ways to create a cohesive design, whether you’re looking at a wedding design or beautiful room. The creative team behind this lush, natural wedding inspiration (full of Once Wed Preferred Vendors, we might add!) looked to the Pacific Northwest, borrowing their palette from the forest, ocean,... Read more »

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Taking inspiration from nature is one of the best ways to create a cohesive design, whether you’re looking at a wedding design or beautiful room. The creative team behind this lush, natural wedding inspiration (full of Once Wed Preferred Vendors, we might add!) looked to the Pacific Northwest, borrowing their palette from the forest, ocean, and sky and adding in natural stone and wood accents to ground the look. We hope this brings you beautiful ideas for your wedding!

More from the designer, Once Wed Preferred Vendor September Letters:

“Living in the Pacific Northwest, there are so many pockets of raw beauty. We were inspired by the deep colors, overgrown foliage and pale light – the organic simplicity of the coast. With that in mind, our vision was to create something that felt both effortless and lush.

The concept started with a color palette inspired by the forest, sea and sky; we loved the richness of deep greens and blues, paired with soft, hazy shades of white. The lighting was also such an important element from the beginning; the coast is known for showers and overcast skies, so we wanted to embrace the shadows that creates.

We chose natural stone and wood surfaces, untamed greenery and hand-torn, gently dyed ribbon. The table was set with antiques and heirlooms, with mismatched place settings using a variety of place cards, menus, and flatware. The antique paper came from my grandmother’s collection, so it was another important part of creating a rich, natural, time-worn quality.”

Photography: Gucio Photography | Paper and Calligraphy: September Letters | Styling and Direction: September Letters | Floral Design: Celsia Floral | Handmade Ribbon: Stella Wolfe | Rentals: Spread Love EventsThe Cross Decor and Design

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Ethereal Countryside Wedding Inspiration http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/ethereal-countryside-wedding-inspiration/ http://www.oncewed.com/real-weddings/ethereal-countryside-wedding-inspiration/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 15:00:55 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=214116 If we weren’t already convinced of it, now we know: the Italian countryside is the most perfect place on earth to be married. And if you weren’t already convinced, one glance at these beautiful wedding inspiration images is all it takes. From the truly remarkable views to the historical statuary, could there be a more... Read more »

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If we weren’t already convinced of it, now we know: the Italian countryside is the most perfect place on earth to be married. And if you weren’t already convinced, one glance at these beautiful wedding inspiration images is all it takes. From the truly remarkable views to the historical statuary, could there be a more ethereal place on earth? The beautiful inspiration showcased in this wedding shoot uses a palette of gold, cream and white to elevate the historical surroundings to an elegant setting for a romantic wedding. Please read on for more:

From the photographer, Laura Sponaugle:
“This past fall, a team of creatives came together in a small town in Southern Italy to participate in an awe-inspiring styled wedding shoot. With the virtuoso styling of Joy Proctor and the mentorship of Sandra Aberg and KT Merry, the Moda e Arte Workshop experience is one that will never be forgotten. We had the unique pleasure of photographing at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villa Cimberone, an 11th century estate which sits on top of cliffs with stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. The setting was mesmerizing, so every detail of the shoot—from the bridal boudoir to the wedding and the reception—was designed to suit the ethereal nature of the countryside. As Joy Proctor notes: an airy palate of cream, white, and gold were played against the weathered stone and marble of the Villa. Samuelle Couture created the exquisite gown; the graceful drapery and subtle tulle ruching of the dress is suggestive of an ancient Roman stola and cements the historic feel of the shoot in the here and now. The nuptials were staged before ancient statuary; chiffon covered chairs, adorned in raw silk ribbon, lined the aisle. The reception was set on the Terrazzo del’lnfinito, or Terrace of Infinity, overlooking the coast. Nestled in a grove of olive trees, the intimate table was swathed in La Tavola Linens Organdy in white, with an underlay of Topaz Fog. Classic Vintage Rentals supplied the elegant gold chargers that were set for each guest. Alluring mother of pearl cutlery sat atop each charger, which was graced with vellum menus and placards written in gold calligraphy. Written Word Calligraphy created the entire paper suite and used the evocative golden lyre symbol to emphasize the celebratory nature of the event as well as its inherent musical lightness. The floral arrangements suited the airy feel as well, and the styling team accentuated the arrangements with glass candlesticks and cut glass votives to lend to the feeling of simple luxury. At Villa Cimberone, you feel at peace and connected to the world, both past and present. With the gardens, statues, stone pathways and overlooks, the history and importance of every inch of area rushes at you. It’s an absolute dream for the lucky bride and groom who may say their vows here, grounded in beauty and tradition while bounding into their future.”

Photography : Laura Sponaugle | Design & Florals: Joy Proctor Design | Gown: Samuelle Couture | Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer | Hair & Makeup: Mia Jeppson | Stationary & Invitations: Written Word Calligraphy | Tabletop Rentals & Jewelry: Classic Vintage Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Tuxedo: JCrew | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Video: MG Image | Location: Villa Cimbrone | Hotel : Hotel Caruso | Film Lab : Richard Photo Lab

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Simple Summer Berry Freezer Jam http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/simple-summer-berry-jam/ http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/simple-summer-berry-jam/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=208059 Weddings are the perfect occasion to share some of your favorite recipes or traditions with friends and family. We adore the idea of creating a take-away gift for your guests from either an old family recipe, or a fresh one that can act as a new tradition for your newly created family. How sweet would... Read more »

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Weddings are the perfect occasion to share some of your favorite recipes or traditions with friends and family. We adore the idea of creating a take-away gift for your guests from either an old family recipe, or a fresh one that can act as a new tradition for your newly created family. How sweet would it be to look back and tell your children how you gave this exact jam away to guests at your wedding? To make this recipe extra special, we prepared it in a jam pan from our favorite registry, Zola. We’re fans of this all-in-one registry because it makes registering for gifts, experiences & honeymoon funds easy and beautiful. Intrigued? Set up your registry today and get $25 to spend. Keep reading for the full recipe from Katelyn Hardwick.

Simple Summer Berry Freezer Jam

-Makes about 5 (8oz) half pints

This recipe is great because you can use as many or few berry varieties that you like. Can use fresh or frozen fruit as well but even better in the summertime when the berries are in season.

– 5 Tbsp instant pectin
– 1 1/2c sugar
– 1c blackberries
– 1c blueberries
– 1c raspberries
– 1c strawberries
– Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
– 5 (8oz) freezer jars

Directions:

1. Stir sugar and instant pectin in a bowl until well blended.
2. Crush all the berries and add to the sugar mixture. Then add the lemon zest and juice. Stir 3 minutes.
3. Ladle jam into clean jars to fill line. Twist on lids. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, refrigerate up to three weeks or freeze up to one year.

We love this recipe from Katelyn, so cook up your own batch in this beautiful jam pan when you start your registry with Zola and receive your sweet treat of a $25 credit upon signing up.

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola

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Timeless Wedding Dresses from New Designer Tomomi Okubo http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/timeless-wedding-dresses-from-new-designer-tomomi-okubo/ http://www.oncewed.com/new-sponsor-blog/timeless-wedding-dresses-from-new-designer-tomomi-okubo/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.oncewed.com/?p=213135 Spring is the perfect time for brides to search for their wedding dresses. Bridal market has just finished, giving us a taste of new fashions and exciting new designers, and today, we’re introducing you to Tomomi Okubo. This Japanese-born designer started her career in fashion in Tokyo, before moving to New York City to further... Read more »

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Spring is the perfect time for brides to search for their wedding dresses. Bridal market has just finished, giving us a taste of new fashions and exciting new designers, and today, we’re introducing you to Tomomi Okubo.

This Japanese-born designer started her career in fashion in Tokyo, before moving to New York City to further educate herself and work as a pattern maker. After her own wedding, wearing a dress that she designed and made herself, Tomomi knew that bridal fashion was the right fit for her:  “Being a bridal designer allows me to explore my love of soft fabrics, vintage styles, and the feminine form.”

What was your inspiration for this collection? 

Many of my dresses take their inspiration from popular fashions of the 1920s and 30s, but I am not attempting to recreate these styles directly. I have always loved vintage clothing, but I’m also inspired by the cycles of the environment: not just flowers and leaves, but the falling of the rains, or the blowing of the winds.

Tell us about your style, how it has evolved, and what we can look forward to in 2015.

My dresses have always strived to combine the timelessness of classical design with the elegance of the natural world. But now I’m attempting to incorporate more of what I see as romanticism. You can expect to see a greater emphasis on the human form, on the lushness of nature.

What makes a Tomomi Okubo wedding dress unique?

My dresses have a distinctive sway to them; they flow across the body in a way that connects the wearer to the elements. I grew up on my parents’ farm, so to me, the world has always been a place of constant, ceaseless change. Perhaps this is why I have always felt awed by the outdoors. By combining loose vintage styles with lighter silks and laces, these dresses can drift and flow with an essential vitality.

Tomomi Okubo gowns are available to order online, or by making a private appointment for a custom fitting in their Brooklyn studio.

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