Natural Boudoir Photography

When it comes to bridal boudoir photography, there are some things that work, and some that just don’t work. This simple, ethereal boudoir session by Kylie Martin Photography just works. How did they achieve it? Finding a space that allowed a clean canvas and light filled area is your first priority, closely followed by the minimal, organic styling we see here. By using a minimalist styling approach, Kylie Martin was able to focus more on movement and capturing the intimate emotion that is needed to create beautiful boudoir portraits.

From the photographer:
“A vintage record played softly in the background as mid-daylight poured in through the windows. Warmth began to wrap itself around Melissa as she playfully danced across the floor. Her youthful elegance filled the room. Delicate lace, bare feet and soft movements created an intimate ambiance. With a lovely canvas to create in, encompassing Melissa’s timeless beauty was all too simple. As the photographer, creating portraits filled with beauty that will withstand the test of time is always my forefront desire for boudoir. The hope is that many brides, decades from now, will reflect on their once youthful moments by traveling back through the years to revisit their intimate images. The female body yields something so free, wild and delicate, that it deserves to be documented and celebrated.”

Photograher:Kylie Martin Photography | Client/ Model: Melissa Wessel | Film: Kodak Portra 800 | Photo lab: Photovision | Location: Oahu, Hawaii

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03.05.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Invitations by Dawn: Exclusive Stationery Discount

By the time you’re engaged and scouring online or in magazines for wedding inspiration, we can almost guarantee that you’ll have heard of our sponsor, Invitations by Dawn. 35 years of dedicated experience certainly identifies their team as experts in their field. Today, they remain just as passionate about printing fine stationery, with the goal of providing couples with fine product at a great value, no matter what you’re looking for. Read on for more of what Invitations by Dawn offers, an an exclusive discount to Once Wed readers!

Whether you’re looking for inexpensive invitations for a bridal shower or top-of-the-line letterpress for your wedding, Invitations by Dawn provides it all. Their level of expertise allows them to offer the quality and style today’s wedding couples are looking for while staying within a price range that fits your needs. Their talented designers keep abreast of wedding and fashion trends, while continuously seeking new and unique ideas from everyday life. You’ll find DIY options that you can customize at home, high end letterpress designs, varied printing techniques including feather press and thermography, and a huge array of designs to fit any theme or colour palette. Search for the perfect option for you here!

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03.05.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Feminine Wedding Portrait Ideas

The tradition of bridal portraits is a beautiful way to memorialize your excitement and anticipation for your upcoming wedding, and whether your photographer takes them on the morning of your wedding or a few weeks earlier like this feminine inspiration session from Clark Brewer, we encourage you to spend some time quietly anticipating your wedding day, and imaging the look on his face when he first sees you walk down the aisle. We also can’t quite get enough of these stunning looks — be sure to view the credits if you love these accessories as much as we do!


Photography: Clark Brewer  | Model: Alyssa McDonald | Hair and Makeup: Jordan Byers | Gowns: The Bride Room | Location: The Cordelle | Full Tulle Skirt Gown: Fanciful Corset + Lilac Skirt | Belt: Peacock belt: Monique Lhuillier | Crystal Leaf Headpiece: “Downton Abby” headpiece, Floral/Enamel/Crystal Ornament: “Sweet & Low” hair ornament: Paris by Debra Moreland | Veil: “Carolina” veil by Toni Federici | Lace Gown: Penny gown + Marion jacket: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal | Earrings: “In the Sweet” Earrings: Paris by Debra Moreland

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03.04.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dutch Masters Wedding Inspiration

We’re so excited for today’s post not only because it’s something completely out of the box, but it’s from our very own Editorial Manager, Mary McLeod. We’ll let Mary tell you more about this absolutely stunning and original wedding inspiration collaboration between herself, Twigss Floral Studio, and Meghan Kay Sadler.

From Mary:

“I was secretly, but not so secretly, scheming this shoot  for an entire year after I was completely awe-struck by this painting by Valerie Hegarty. Everything about it spoke to me- the colors, the use of texture, the decay, and the life she brought to a traditional Dutch Masters style painting. I couldn’t stop dreaming of bringing this stunning wall to life, and I knew I wanted to save it for the perfect team. So when I met Addison and Melissa Searles of Twigss in France at Ginny Au’s workshop, I felt like the pieces were finally coming together. 

Florists don’t often get to collaborate, so this was so fun for all of us! We took time to learn from one another, and we just enjoyed creating for once. I wanted us to create something completely different to inspire brides who may not be looking for something like they’ve seen before. 

Everything was coming together so perfectly, and then I found out Meghan Kay Sadler would be in town, and I knew she was the only person who could perfectly capture our vision. She came in and blew us away with her translation of our ideas and our work, and this shoot wouldn’t have been possible with out her. 

And let’s not forget our amazing hair and makeup artist, Claudia Mejerle. Claudia turned our stunning model into a piece of art so she would seamlessly fit into the shoot. Claudia’s work became such an inspiration for so many aspects of the shoot, and we’re so thankful she was there to share this special day with us.

And to any brides out there reading, we did this to show you that you don’t always have to plan your wedding inside the box. You can take any of these ideas, like a red dress, or crazy colorful flowers, and use them to make your wedding original and a true reflection of your personality. An installation like this would be an amazing modern backdrop for a ceremony, and I’d love to see brides embrace ideas like this in the future! If you do, you know where to find us!”

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction & Design: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events and Addison Searles of Twigss | Floral Design: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events and Twigss | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle  | Model: Jessica Dunagan | Dress: Free People | Venue: Amy Osaba Events Studio

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03.03.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog