Tropical Wedding Inspiration in the Florida Keys

Planning a wedding at a tropical destination can be difficult, but, working with the aesthetics of a locale that may be a different style that your own doesn’t have to mean you have to sacrifice your preferences. We love how today’s feature, set at the amazing Largo Resort in the Florida Keys, effortlessly blends a tropical vibe with a whimsical and romantic feel.

More from the stylist, designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, Beauty in the Making: 
“Built in 1949, the Largo Resort was initially intended to serve as an intimate casino. Although this dream was never realized, Largo still retains its blissful intimacy and lively atmosphere. Every day at dusk, spectacular sunsets adorn the celestial sphere, welcoming the peaceful twilight and coolness of night. The resort is flourishing with flora, including 100-year-old towering mahogany giants and indigenous buttonwood that offers shady respite from the tropical sun. Inspired by the colors of the sea, this perfect oasis has an immaculate style that mirrors the wistful nature of the waves with white coral and budding green orchid centerpieces and ornate chairs.

The bride is wearing a flowing, lace-detailed dress designed by Jenny Packham and her hair is gracefully styled by Caroline Jones. Her green orchid and amaranth bouquet is simple yet elegant, matched only by the whimsical archway that presides over the bride and groom as they proclaim their timeless vows of eternal love in front of the ocean. After the wedding, the bride slips into a dazzling and dreamy gown by Mira Zwillinger, relaxing amid the lush greenery before she is reunited with her husband. The broad gates, encompassed by rows of palm trees and blooming bougainvillea, now open wide for the bride and groom as they say farewell to their wedding party and prepare to begin their magical honeymoon. Taking advantage of this private sanctuary, the bride and groom remained at the Largo Resort to enjoy this precious time to savor each other. This tropical paradise, coupled with the authentic stone architecture, provides the perfect atmosphere. Feather and Stone Photography flawlessly captured their unforgettable affair.”

Creative Direction, Coordinating & Design: Beauty In the Making | Photography: Feather and Stone | Venue: Largo Resort | Flowers: Divine Design | Rentals: Love in Vintage | Make-up and Hair: Carolyn Jones | Gowns: Mira Zwillinger and Jenny Packham from Chic Parisien Bridal | Talent: Carley Johnson & Adam Dormi from Next Models Miami

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12.29.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Flower Inspiration from the Amy Osaba Workshop

We always love showcasing the beautiful work of Amy Osaba Events, an Atlanta-based floral designer (who also does destination events!). Amy recently welcomed a group of talented floral designers for a hands-on workshop, sharing tricks and tips on achieving their signature lush, wild, and loose wedding flower designs. Read on for more from this very creative team about their floral workshop:

“This year, we have curated our workshop around an Old World + English garden aesthetic. Full of soft and airy florals, overly mossed scenery, and feminine details, this vision inspired our attendees to be more emotionally connected with their creations. They gathered inspiration from textures found in nature and peaceful moments experienced throughout the day. Much of our personal work has been driven by stories, and we structured our workshop so that our inspiration was solely the starting point; the ending was left to the individual.

From the dress, to the paper, all the way to the farewell dinner, we created a very tactile experience. Our designs rely highly on touch. The dense nature of garden roses, the velvet hint of tweedia, or the fragile petals of sweet pea all dictate our flower creations.  We wanted our attendees to recognize the patterns of the moss growing along the rocks and translate them into their work. We wanted our model to mimic the glimmers of light in the streams in the way she moved her dress. Recognizing all these fine details in the surroundings simplified the creation process. Creating is only difficult when you give too many parameters. By giving ourselves a couple notes of inspiration, we were able to direct our attention to capturing the fine details rather than an overarching concept.”

The Amy Osaba Events team just opened up registration for their March 2016 workshop as well! If you’re interested in working with this awesome team, creating beautiful designs, and cultivating life-long friendships with other florists, SIGN UP TODAY!

Workshop: Amy Osaba Events | Ribbon: Adorn Company | Furniture: Blue Eyed Yonder | Makeup + Hair: Claudia Mejerle | Photo: Laura Catherine Organic Photos | Papergoods: Signora e Mare | Flower Sponsors: Florabundance Southerly Flower Farm | Dress: Gossamer | Candles: 100 Candles | Location : Amy Osaba Events Studio + Dunaway Gardens

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12.28.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

The New Classic Wedding Inspiration

While trends come and go in the realms of fashion, home decor, and of course, wedding decor and design, there will always be the classics that we love. And certainly, though we hate to use the word “trending,” the organic and romantic aesthetic that Once Wed favors has left a lasting impact on the wedding industry, creating a new classic. Today’s inspiration feature comes to us from Matoli Keely Photography and Gossamer, and incorporates many of our favorite new classic details: a romantic color palette; ruffled blooms with a fresh-from-the-garden design, luxurious paper elements (deckled edges, beautiful calligraphy), heirloom-inspired jewellery, and minimal hair and makeup.

Looking for more wedding inspiration with a similar look and feel? Don’t miss this soft and delicate inspiration shoot from Amy Osaba Events, this elegant wedding in Nashville from Once Wed vendor Jessica Sloane, and this inspiration shoot with the most dreamy flowers from Bows & Arrows.

Photography: Matoli Keely Photography | Wardrobe & Creative Direction: Gossamer | Workshop: Laura Gordon Photography | Location: Tuckahoe Plantation | Film Lab: Photo Vision Prints | Calligraphy & Paper Suite: September Letters | Styling Assistant: Linda Ha | Makeup: Susan Lim | Hair: Jewel Hair Design | Rings: Jewel’s by Grace | Veil: Girl with a Serious Dream | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Candles: Creative Candles | Plates: Arte Italica | Female Model: Alessatatiana | Male Model: Joel Bonneau Siso

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12.23.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Simple and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Reception

Outdoor wedding receptions are such a wonderful way to enjoy a marriage celebration. With the open air and warm sunshine streaming down on your guests, it’s impossible not to be in a celebratory mood! Tiffany and Garret shared a traditional Temple wedding, and wanted to celebrate with a large outdoor reception and simple, elegant details. We love when brides and planners work with the setting that they have, enhancing the architectural elements that are already present, rather than working against something. The sweet floral and greenery installation over the stone archway is very European-inspired, and perfectly enhances the ambiance.

Read on for more from Tiffany, the bride:
“My husband and I wanted a wedding that was simple and elegant, but that we could share with everyone we loved. Our wedding took place in our church’s Temple, which was followed by a reception. We didn’t want something intimate. We wanted our neighbor down the street to be there celebrating next to us. We wanted our teachers, cousins, classmates, and coworkers to watch us cut our cake together. As we were all gathered together in-between the local golf course and a romantic European house, my husband and I knew we had the perfect start to our marriage.”

Dress: ASOS | Floral: Ann Gibson | Cake: Provo Bakery | Photographer: Ciara Richardson | Bridesmaids Dresses: Paula Nelson Hart

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12.22.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog