There are so many great ways to start out your wedding celebration, but we think having a charcuterie platter out for your guests during cocktail hour is our favorite idea! Have a great selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, and crackers on a beautiful platter for your guests to snack on as they wait for the reception to begin.
You can also style one of these beautiful platters from Zola for guests who visit your new home after the wedding. We love the idea of sharing a glass or two of wine over a few types of cheese and artisanal meats with your friends and new spouse. Visit Zola today to start your registry and secure your very own Vietri Platter and cheese knives to prepare for celebrations as a newly married couple! And Once Wed readers get $25 toward their registry if you sign up today!
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
“The ocean would be jealous” – we love when we receive beautiful images like these, shared with us by teams of wedding professionals who’ve gotten together to show off what they love to do best. This ethereal and romantic shoot was inspired by the beauty of the Oregon Coast, and so perfectly displays these gorgeous gowns designed by Emily Rose Riggs. Hard and soft, rugged and refined, moody and romantic; there’s no better way to describe this inspiration.
From the floral designer:
“The silk tulle of the gowns billowed and moved with the ocean breeze, changing color tones with the light and resembling the waves around our model’s feet. The sun began to set, casting rays of blush and grey over the sand and ocean and the dusty rose of the Primevere gown was echoed in the sky as the day faded away. The ocean would be jealous.”
Photographer: Maria Lamb | Gowns: Emily Riggs | Flowers: Katie Davis | Make up + Hair: Marina McAvoy | Models: Autumn Johnson with Heffner Management, Grace Hess with Ryan Artists | Film processing: Photovision Lab
When engagement photos are styled in such a way that they could hang on the walls of your home forever and not go out of style, or make you cringe about the trends displayed in them, you know you did them right. Monica and Darren’s Big Sur engagement session completely fits the bill. The couple chose to keep their session laid-back and simple, and photographer Erich McVey perfectly incorporated the breathtaking natural scenery and the couple’s easy-going feel.
From the bride:
“We chose to shoot our engagement photos in Big Sur because we both love the ocean and California. Darren is originally from California and we both love to road trip up the California coast. A couple of years ago, I spent some time in Big Sur and fell in love. The area exudes romance and magic. When I told Darren about the idea to shoot our engagements in Big Sur, he was all for it! When choosing my outfits, I wanted something that meshed well with the scenery. I stayed away from dark or bold colors because I wanted to keep it very natural and simple. I had my eye on the blush colored Free People dress and thought it would look great with the colors of the surrounding environment. I already owned the other two dresses which are also from Free People.”
Every marriage proposal is special in it’s own way. We have a special love for proposals that are carefully planned to include an amazing photographer standing by the wayside – there’s just something so romantic about being able to look back on the exact moment when the question was asked, so that you can at least remember how it felt even if you can’t remember the words that were spoken.
From the Photographer:
Brandon planned the perfect proposal. He kidnapped Amanda from work, flew her to Portland, drove her to The Gorge, and arranged to have photography A Fist Full of Bolts to wait at the waterfall for the moment when Brandon dropped to one knee. The following day, they photographed their beautiful engagement session. In the words of A Fist Full of Bolts, “The emotion and love was so thick, it was as though you could reach out and touch it.”
Photography: A Fistful of Bolts