Elegant Fall Wedding Ideas

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We have such a treat in store for you today. Some of my favorites creatives in the South Ginny Au, Rylee Hitchner, and Caitlin Van Horn of Roost recently collaborated on an incredible fall wedding ideas editorial, which I am so excited to share on Once Wed. More from Ginny…

Our inspiration for this fall wedding ideas shoot were the textures, mood and rich colors of autumn. Each element of the design had seasonal intent; from the unruly bouquets and foraged arrangements to the understated Theysken’ Theory gown, personalized linen napkins and menu. Combining this inspiration with simple details, we wanted to inspire fall brides to embrace the beauty and warmth of the season.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Creative Direction, Design & Styling: Ginny Au // Flowers: Rosegolden Flowers // Food Styling: Caitlin Van Horn // Invitation, Paper & Calligraphy: Linea Carta // Hair Styling: Joanna Ballentine // China, Glass & Linen: At Home Furnishings // Chairs & Table Rental: Blue Eyed Yonder // Bridal Gown: Theyskens’ Theory // Bridal Shoes: Elizabeth and James // Bridesmaid Dress: Anthropologie // Grooms Tie: Brooks Brothers

12.04.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

When a cowgirl marries a cowboy…

Wow! This imagery is so amazing, isn’t it?? You can feel it all….and I feel like by the end you can hear the thundering hooves… It gives such a beautiful picture of what this couple’s life is like–at once so serene and yet teaming with life…and that landscape…! and that they have each other in the midst of all that….not a bad life. Here’s the sweet story of not so lonely cowboy (told by the not so lonely cowgirl)…

Ido and I met on a 4th of July weekend when he was in my small hometown of Bridgeport, California, competing at a ranch rodeo.  I went to the local bar with a few friends to meet up with people we only got to see once a year at the rodeo.  Ido was sitting alone at a table and a mutual friend of ours made a bet with me that I couldn’t make him laugh–little did we know how that bet would turn out!  Looking back, it was definitely love at first sight…for me, anyway.  I think it took Ido about 10 minutes after the first sight, but he did come around and eventually moved up to my hometown. He got a job on a ranch next to my family’s, and since then, it’s been happily ever after!

My family owns a ranch just outside the tiny town of Bridgeport, California.  I once heard that Bridgeport has had the record low temperatures and the highest gas prices for the lower 48…which just goes to show you exactly why it has remained a small town even though it is in the prettiest valley on earth.  I grew up around cattle and on a horse and my love for the lifestyle has kept me here when many others my age have left.  It’s definitely not a cushy 9-5 job, but it is incredibly rewarding.  I consider myself lucky to have found someone like Ido who shares my love of the land and livestock and who fully understands what it means to married to the ranch as well as each other.

Ido has roots halfway across the world and in a country where it is highly unlikely to find a cowboy of any kind–Israel. As a kid, Ido always wanted to be a cowboy but it wasn’t easy trying to figure out how to go about it.  When he finally found a family that would take him in and teach him how, he jumped at the chance.  He is forever grateful to them and because of that connection, he is not only a wonderful man, but a dependable cowboy, excellent roper, a hand with a horse, and can read cattle like he was born into it.  Most of his family still lives in Israel, and while it is hard for me to fathom leaving my family to pursue something I love that is halfway around the world, I admire him for sticking to it even when his path was not easy. On our wedding day, a friend of mine asked where I had found such a great guy, to which another guest replied, “Well, there weren’t any left here, so she had to import him!”    

People had told me that I would be nervous on the day of our wedding and that it was normal, it would pass.  However, when that day came, I didn’t feel nervous, just more sure that the choice I had made was the best possible, and when the knot was tied, I only felt elation.  I guess you can find true love in a bar, after all! 
Photography: KT Merry // Location: Hunewill Ranch

11.30.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Destination Bali Wedding II

What I love most about this wedding is that I feel like the couple asked themselves and embraced my favorite wedding questions: 1) what elements of traditional weddings from our cultures are meaningful to us? and 2) what would our wedding be like if we had never seen a wedding before? The combination of their answers are truly magical…

From Jonas: “Day Two: Time for the first ceremony. Elora’s dress was made on the day of the wedding from Jasmine flowers. Elora was then sewn into her dress. The ceremony took place IN a river and after that we took portraits in the rice paddy adjacent to where the Hardys live. The reception that night took place under the stars under a large Banyan Tree. Elora was wearing a Jenny Packham dress.”

Unbelievable, right?? I’m trying to imagine how amazing that dress made of jasmine must have smelled… It makes me so happy that they dreamed up a wedding like this and did it! I hope it encourages you to dream outside the box a little more for your wedding day.

Photography by Jonas Peterson

11.26.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Destination Bali Wedding

Alright ladies and gentlemen….I need to warn you: You’re going to need to brace yourselves. What you’re about to see is the first installment of three of a crazy cool wedding. Its not like anything we’ve ever seen. Fortunately their amazing photographer, Jonas Peterson, gave us an explanation behind this incredible celebration so sit tight and we’ll walk you through it….

Meet Elora. From Jonas: “Elora used to be the head print designer for DKNY. She was raised in Bali because her father founded his jewellery business there in the 70s. John Hardy is a very interesting man. He built up this jewellery empire which he decided to sell after he watched Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”. He then went on to found a “Green School” in Bali. It’s all about living an ecological life. If you have time he’s done a TED talk about his change of direction. He went from being the largest private employer in Bali to running a school.

His daughter is fascinating in the same way. After becoming an overnight hit in NYC, she met her future husband Rajiv, and they decided to move back to Bali, where Elora now builds insanely beautiful houses made from bamboo. She’s also talked on TED about her journey.

Elora and Rajiv’s wedding was like nothing I’ve experienced before. It was more a cultural experience than it was a simple wedding. The details were in everything and because of that, there’s aren’t many “traditional” wedding details, no flower or table arrangements etc. It was a green wedding in the true sense of the word.


Here you’ll find images from all three days of the celebrations, but I wanted to go through what’s going on, so you get an idea.
Day One: At dawn the guest were picked up and driven on the back of a truck into the rainforest. That morning John Hardy took the guests on a hike, showed them how the irrigation system of the rice paddies work and we learned the ins and out of harvesting rice. After that people had a refreshing bath/shower in the spring on the back of the Hardy residence.
Rajiv’s family is Indian (they live in the US), so the first night was an Indian ceremony and insane dance party….”
That’s just Day One. Next we’ll show you the ceremonies….


Photography by Jonas Peterson

11.26.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog