There’s something about a lace wedding dress that instantly gives an air of refinement, elegance, and delicacy. A bride slipping into a lace gown feels an old-world sense of sophistication. Today we’re sharing more from our time with Madison James in Tulum (see our first two shoots of their wedding dress collections here and here).

The two gowns we’re highlighting today are both designed with stunning lace, but are completely different. The first gown’s single strap allows the leaf-inspired lace pattern to be the focal point of the dress, and the sheath shape simply puddles into a gorgeous train. Plus, can you get enough of that  beaded neckline for a little glamor?

The second dress is definitely one of our favorites. The fluttery sleeves and the low back are stunning features that will ensure all eyes are on you.




Dresses: Madison James | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Creative Direction + Bookings: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Creative Direction + Styling + Hair and Makeup: Joy Thigpen for Once Wed |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: Coqui Coqui Vallalodid

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02.23.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Simple, Gorgeous, Customizable Wedding Websites from Squarespace

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Up to just a few years ago, the options available for wedding websites were, in a word, pathetic. Yet, wedding websites are one of the best resources that a couple can have to keep their guests informed and keep themselves organized. That’s why we’re so excited to share more today from one our favorite sponsors, Squarespace.

The major problems with a lot of the wedding websites that are available today are a lack of user friendliness, dated designs, and complicated URLs—and every single one of those problems is eradicated with the gorgeous, simple, and customizable template options from Squarespace (seriously, we’re obsessed!).

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Why we love Squarespace:

-Completely customizable, award-winning templates that are elegantly designed (perfect for showcasing your beautiful engagement photos!)
-It’s easy to collect your guests’ mailing addresses and RSVPS, saving them into a simple spreadsheet
-Connecting your wedding registries to your site is SO simple, making it a snap for your guests to select a gift. You can even create a customized cash gift registry
-Register for an annual account and you’ll receive a free custom domain name (ie. jennyandkevin.com)
-Not a technology-friendly person? No problem. Squarespace is incredibly easy to use, and they also offer incomparable 24/7 support via live chat (and trust me, their support is top notch—we’ve used it several times)
-Squarespace templates feature a built-in responsive design, meaning your website will scale automatically to look great on any device

Better yet? Squarespace is offering a 10% discount exclusively for Once Wed readers! Simply sign up for your annual subscription using the cost ONCEWED15.

Websites courtesy of: Brian and Twila and Reauxphoto | Jill and Ryan and Nostalgic Photography

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02.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog


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Have you started thinking about your wedding registry? Whatever stage of planning you’re at, we are excited to introduce our new sponsor, Thankful Registry! Thankful lets you to curate your registry from any mix of online stores you want, save the items you’d like, and share your unique URL with guests. No longer do guests need to head out to the department store or big-box store and search for your registry on an out-of-date computer, deal with pushy or unhelpful sales staff, and wander the aisles.

The key is that Thankful is designed as an all-inclusive, open-platform registry. What does that mean? It means you can mix traditional gifts, honeymoon and other cash gifts, charity donations and experience gifts — all on the single registry. Your guests will appreciate having the flexibility to shop around for a better price if they’d like. And you’ll appreciate Thankful’s straightforward pricing — just $30 for 12 months — with no extra commission-based fees for cash gifts.

Another reason we love Thankful is the gentle tone of their brand. We know it’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement of creating a gift registry, and Thankful does a great job of bringing it back to what really matters: celebrating with the special people in your life and being grateful for their love and support. The best part? When you’re ready for baby #1, you can create a baby registry on Thankful as well.

Thankful is happy to get you started with a free 7-day trial. Be sure to check them out!

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02.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Easy Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Whether you’re treating your bridesmaids or planning a rehearsal dinner, we love the idea of an intimate, easy outdoor party with your nearest and dearest to thank them for being a part of your life and your wedding. The simple approach to this gathering allows the focus to remain on what’s important: good friends, good food, and laughter shared across a table. With a natural setting, the rest of the details simply come together: fresh produce, a softly woven table linen, and touches of natural greenery are all that you need to set a welcoming table and celebrate with loved ones as you prepare for your marriage.

One of the easiest ways to bring a touch of the outdoors in to your gathering, whether it’s your rehearsal dinner or wedding or so on, is to add fresh foliage from your surroundings. This works especially well when you’re planning an outdoor wedding! And if you want to keep this on a budget, why not pick up a pair of garden clippers and do a little foraging? If you find some vines, it’s simply a matter of lightly draping the stems across your table like this one from Ginny Au. Or if you have a little more time and expertise on your hands, check out some of our favorite table garlands here!

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Styling: Ginny Au | Rentals: 12th table | Hair and MUA: Amanda Gros | Floral Design: Caroline Jones for 12th table | Dress: Rue de Seine from Dress Theory | Workshop: Belle Lumière  | Cameras: Contax Rental | Venue: Bloomsbury Farm | Lab: Film Box

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02.20.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog