Elegant Outdoor White Wedding

From the Bride:

A photographer and an actor. Two very different schedules. Two different cities and many, many separate international trips.  Eric and I have been together for 7 years, and have tackled all of our adolescent years as friends and our adult years as a unit. When Eric proposed, life started to make a lot more sense for us – we were finally planning our life together. We collectively made decisions, chose our strengths and tackled our individual projects throughout the exciting year of planning our day and ‘next steps’ of our future.

Tuscany, family, wine, little lights… timeless; these were a few of the words spilled on our first wedding notes. After seeing so (so) many weddings ourselves due to our line of work, we wanted to somehow try and create something we’d never photographed – something simplified and classic. E and I have both traveled through Europe separately, and have many big plans for the future there. It became a natural platform for our inspiration; after we chose that, we worried less about things matching, the size of the peonies, or the regular formalities.

We hoped we could create the ambiance of a grand dinner and dance party, one that we just happened to be getting married at! With the unpredictable weather of Southwestern Ontario, we knew we were taking a bit of a risk having a roof-less meal under the stars… this doesn’t happen in Canada! Man oh man, am I ever glad we chanced it – it allowed for an incredible and unique atmosphere as it painted a true European backyard.

Eric is a huge foodie, so he tackled the exciting venture of our on-site barbecue and menu. I love diving into DIY projects, so my sister Lori and I collected silverplate vintage antiques to plant succulents and vines in them over a period of two months pre-wedding. It was a total labour of love, thank goodness for sisters with green thumbs!

The most sentimental touch was the fact that my dad sketched a rendering of the villa that was printed on every invitation – I mean, that was a dream come true for me. We even a had chance to use slate from Eric’s parent’s 100 year old house for the table numbers; I feel crazylucky that we were able to incorporate little pieces of our favourite people!

It was the truest, warmest, most emotional day of our lives. I got to walk down the aisle to the love of my life down a natural row of 150 year old trees, and be embraced by the best people I know following an epic dancefest. It doesn’t get better than that. Thank you to photographers/adventure partners/friends Jacob & Annie for helping us see it all again through their storytelling- even more beautifully than we’d remembered.

Photographer: Brumley & Wells | Designer/Creative Director/Stylist: Richelle Hunter (Bre Black on Day-of Coordination) | Florals: Bre Black | Hair Styling: Bethany Medland | Makeup: Sarah Smith MUA | Invitations: Vintage Wedding Love by Greenbrook & Co. | Calligraphy: Richelle Hunter & Lori Elder | Venue: Elsie Perrin Williams Estate | Cake Design: Jerrica Hunter | Videographer: Friends/Eric | Rentals: A&B Rentals | Wedding Dress: Demetrios Ilissa from Petrov Bridal | Wedding Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Grooms Suit: Indochino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell, J Crew, Aiden Maddox

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09.30.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog


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 dreamt 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