Spring Wedding Inspiration

Spring is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier about it. There is something distinctly enchanting about this time of year. It is a renaissance of all things romantic and refined, including some of our favorite flowers: cherry blossoms, tulips, and of course, peonies.

We encourage brides who are planning a spring wedding to be inspired by what nature has to offer during this time. It is a perfect opportunity to let your style reflect the spirit of the season. How better to do so than with mismatched yet coordinating floral gowns for your bridesmaids? When it comes to floral design, moodier sources of inspiration need not be forgotten all together. We love a transitional bouquet featuring bountiful seasonal blooms in pastel hues alongside subtle hints of plum and maroon.

For a cohesive look, let the season inspire other elements of your décor as well. We adore the idea of topping cocktails or tarts with springtime flowers that are as delicious as they are decorative. Alternatively, you can easily execute a spring inspired look with a watercolor escort card display, a whimsical floral arbor or a simple crown of greenery for each of your flower girls. Perhaps you might consider choosing a venue situated partially or completely outdoors. This will allow your surroundings to bestow their own natural ambiance.

In our minds, spring evokes old-world images of maidens dancing in fields, al fresco dinner parties featuring farm-to-table fare, rays of sunshine filtering through magnolia trees and gentle sheep wandering through the countryside. It makes us think of simpler times when emphasis was placed on authentic gatherings – with naturally occurring doses of color and playfulness – centered around joyful kinship. Those who appreciate this particular brand of nostalgia can embrace an effortlessly vibrant aesthetic when planning their springtime celebration.

Title Image Photography: Jose Villa | Florals: Kelly Kaufman

04.15.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Refined Rustic Wedding at Durham Ranch

We can’t quite get enough of Kate and Justin’s beautiful wedding, and are thrilled to share all of their stunning ideas with you. From the ranch setting to the rustic, raw wood accents used throughout the decor, an abundance of fresh foliage and lush white blooms, and classic black tie, the overall ambiance is one of elegance and refinement.

As originally featured in The Knot.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Wedding Consultant: Shannon Leahy | Venue: Durham Ranch | Catering: Paula Leduc Catering | Florals: Natalie Bowen | Hair & Makeup: Julie Morgan | Paper: Yonder | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Photobooth: Snap Fiesta | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola Linens | DJ: Kelsey Pavao | Ceremony Musicians: Starlite Strings Duo | Cocktail Musicians: The Easy Leaves

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

The Most Romantic Wedding Dresses from Emily Riggs Bridal

Emily Riggs holds the needle and thread behind many of the romantic, ethereal dresses that you’ve seen floating around Pinterest, and if you’re looking for a unique gown with feminine details paired with modern design, then we’re confident that you’ll find something you love from this Portland based designer.

This lush summer editorial took place just before sunset in the Portland Rose Garden (wouldn’t this be the dreamiest venue for your wedding?). You can’t help but get lost in all the pale pinks and soft ivory petals, and we love the simplistic, modern vibe complements the romantic style of these gowns.

Interested in seeing more of Emily Riggs Bridal’s gowns? View them in some of our favorite Once Wed features, like this sunset session or this unique gold bridal gown.

Photography: Mandi Nelson | Red Bouquet: Selva Floral Design | Model: Kaylee Young | Gown & Veil: Emily Riggs

04.13.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Laid-back Fall Vineyard Wedding in California

Though they live and work in New York, Ashley and Nick knew that they wanted their fall wedding to take place in California, where they knew it wouldn’t rain on their wedding day. Having met in a vineyard on the East Coast where Ashley runs an artist residency centre, and after several trips together to California, finding a beautiful vineyard to wed in was especially meaningful.

Focusing on spending as much time as possible with each other and their guests, the couple enlisted the help of a seasoned California wedding planner to ensure their day ran seamlessly. They chose 4 distinct locations around the vineyard to use throughout the day – the ceremony site under a stunning oak tree; the cocktail hour in the backyard of the main house overlooking the Sonoma Valley; the dinner, a single table between the Cabernet Sauvignon vines; and the barn for dancing and late night festivities. “It was most important for us to make the one long 75-person dinner table in the vines work; it was tricky to pull off but we knew the result would be absolutely magical,” says the bride.

Read on for more from the bride:
“Nick and I stayed at Wallace Creek the weekend of the wedding. Before everyone arrived that day, we went on an early morning run around the property, passing each of our locations before they were set up and filled with people. It was a very special moment to experience the quiet and stillness of the morning before a day we knew would be very eventful. We chose to get ready together, which calmed both of our nerves. Nick prepared both breakfast and lunch for me that day and made sure that I ate while I was getting my hair and makeup done. He knew that otherwise I would have forgotten to eat! We took most of our photos, alone and with our families, before our ceremony so we didn’t have to miss any of the time with our guests, most of whom had flown in from places far and wide especially for our wedding.

The dinner was definitely my favorite part of the evening. We had a four course seated dinner, so everyone, including Nick and I, really had the time to enjoy the food, the wine, and the company of our friends and family. At one point during the dinner, Nick and I decided to have an impromptu first dance in between the vines. I love that we decided not to schedule a lot of those classic wedding moments and allowed them to happen organically. It allowed us to be present every step of the way.

I was smiling from ear to ear throughout the entire day (with the exception of the tears during the ceremony). It was incredible to be surrounded by so much beauty and love at one time. Nick and I took a lot of mental and physical “snapshots” throughout the day, to absorb in all of the details and ephemeral moments that made the day so special.”

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Planning: Alison Event Planning + Design | Venue: Wallace Creek Vineyards | Floral Design: Natalie Bowen Designs | Stationery: A Fabulous Fete | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Reception Dress: Dolce & Gabbana | Groom’s | Attire: JCrew | Makeup: Bianca Rubi | Hair: Jacqueline Duignan | Rings: Kwiat | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Sage Catering | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: San Francisco Conservatory Of Music | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Photo Booth: The Bus Booth | DJ: DJ Funklor | Rentals + Lighting: Bright Event Rentals

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