Whimsical Wedding at Butterfly Lane Estate

I think everyone falls in love with Molly and Clint the first time you meet them.  They are both so sweet and easy going.  They are genuinely in love and it shows. Molly’s color scheme was simple and elegant.  She wanted blush and peach with accents of greens.  She wanted an organic, natural feel to their wedding.  They both wanted a cozy garden atmosphere and we found it in Butterfly Lane Estate.  The lush gardens were ideal to host their ceremony and dinner.  When I introduced Molly & Clint to Kate Holt of Flowerwild, you could feel an immediate connection between them.  Kate gave us exactly what we were looking for in her design of the floral elements. The bridal bouquet was a stunning gathering of Lilly of the Valley. Molly’s childhood best friend and Maid of Honor Kirsten Dunst and bridesmaids carried sweet bouquets of fresh lavender and herbs.

Molly looked stunning in a Monique Lhuillier gown which she paired perfectly with Manolo Blahnik flats. Her soft make-up with bright lips set the tone of their theme, subtle yet stunning. Her vintage Fred Leighton earrings paired with her Grandmothers diamond ring, (her something borrowed and old!).  The bridesmaids wore Amsale, Proenza Schouler.  The groom wore a Prada Suit.

We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect photographer with Allyson Magda.  Her images perfectly captured the soul of the day.

Photography: Allyson Magda // Venue: Butterfly Lane Estate // Wedding Planner: XOXO Bride // Wedding Cake: Christine Dahl // Caterer: Pure Joy Catering // Flowers: Flowerwild // Hair: Kait Marie // Lighting: Bella Vista Designs // Reception Music: Flashback Heart Attack // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale and Proenza Schouler // Groom: Prada

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02.05.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Little Borrowed Dress


Let’s face it, it’s a sad story for most bridesmaid dresses. Once they’re worn, more often than not, they’re shoved to the back of closets never to be seen or worn again. That was until Little Borrowed Dress came into the picture. It’s the best thing to happen in a bridesmaid’s life (besides being asked to take part in the wedding)! Little Borrowed Dress is the first online wedding boutique to offer bridesmaid dresses for rent! Really? Yes, please! Starting at just $50, Little Borrowed Dress gives brides the opportunity to choose a picture perfect dress in a way that all their bridesmaids can afford. The best part is the bridesmaids get to return the dresses, so their memories are of how fun the wedding was and not the once-worn dress gathering dust.

Little Borrowed Dress offeres high-quality dresses made of 100% silk with all shapes and colors to  flatter all figures. All pieces are made with adjustments points for a perfect ?t for every bridesmaid. A color swatch is also provided upon request for the adding convenience of making sure you get exactly what you want!

The rental process is simple and made to be stress-free. Simply place your rental reservation online and the dress will arrive two weeks before the wedding ready-to-wear. After the big day, drop them in the mail in the pre-paid packaging and they’ll handle the rest! Don’t want to return it? You don’t have to! All styles are for sale starting at $150! Little Borrowed Dress also sends a back up size FREE with every rental to ensure a great and gorgeous fit for the wedding day.

And as a special treat for Once Wed readers, Little Borrowed Dress is giving away a free $500 credit. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

02.05.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Charming Seattle Outdoor Wedding

A future dream of ours is to own a small sustainable organic farm. We wanted to bring our excitement and passion for quality home-grown food, the beauty of the outdoors, and the natural romance of a farm all together as a reflection of the two of us and into a beautiful event that would be as wonderful and memorable for our guests as it was for us. Three adjectives that describe our wedding are: joyful, magical, and intimate.

We were afraid that the size of our guest list would take away from the intimacy of our wedding. We were pleasantly surprised that this was not the case! Our friends and family got along so well with one another, and we were blessed with enough time to say hello to everyone, that it felt like we had one huge family to celebrate with. Everyone was so happy and enjoyed themselves so much, it was so much more intimate and meaningful than we anticipated.

Photography: Bryce Covey // Venue + Floral Design: Bella Luna Farms // Wedding Dress: Allure from The Gown Up // Makeup: caitlynpritchard.mua@gmail.com // Groom Suit: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom // Tents: Zephyr Tents // Videography: Bogle Productions


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02.04.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

French Braid Bun Hair Tutorial


Today we have the second installment of our braid how-to series from Jesse Chamberlin, Alison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. This is a great variation of the french braid bun tutorial we posted last month. Alison suggested adorning your braided bun with sparkly pins, clips, or flowers to add a little special something to the look. Be sure to keep checking back as we have 2 more lovely tutorials coming to the blog later this month. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial, ladies! 


Weding Updos for Long Hair Instructions

1. Part hair.

2. Grab a small section of hair.

3. & 4. Split into 3 parts.

5. Start French braiding, making sure to braid diagonally across the head.

6. Secure braid with a hair tie.

7. Roll the braid up and in, making a little bun.

8.Secure bun next to or above ear with Bobbi pins.

*Adorn braided bun with sparkly pins, clips, flowers, or whatever your heart desires.

Extra Tips

– You should brush your hair before braiding.  Knots and tangles make it hard for the person braiding your hair.  Might also hurt a little bit!

– Part on your natural side.  Adjust instructions according to your part.

– Day old hair is best.  A little grit is good for braids as they hold-up better. Clean hair is too slippery.

– These tutorials are written for someone to braid your hair, not intended for self-braiders.  Unless you are really clever and talented!

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

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01.31.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured