Delicate Spring Wedding Ideas

We loved this delicate inspiration shoot from the Belle Lumiere workshop shot by Mint Photography. This is a gorgeous twist on traditional spring wedding ideas. With the incorporation of light and airy flowers and lighter colors, Ginny Au’s styling created a lovely and elegant shoot to serve as inspiration for your spring wedding!

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It was such an honor and great experience to attend the Belle Lumiere workshop in Tennessee at the gorgeous Bloomsbury Farm! Elisa and Edward were wonderful at explaining the ever growing field of film photography. The whole team of vendors pulled together the most beautiful styled shoot set in the nature that surrounded us during the workshop. It was a great platform to learn and have hands on experience with film, as well as learn about the film scanning and developing process from Austin and Ryan. A big thanks to Lexi Vornberg for creating this workshop and allowing us the opportunity to learn together and get to know other great vendors in the industry!

Photography: Mint Photography | Workshop: Belle LumiereCameras: Contax Rental Location: Bloomsbury FarmLab: Film Box LabStyling: Ginny Au | Paper Suite: Abany Bauer (Brown Linen)Rentals: 12th TableHair and Makeup: Amanda GrosTeachers: Elisa and Edward Bricker, Austin Gros and Ryan BernalModel: Caylin Cervetti Dress: Dress TheoryDress Designer: Sarah SevenFlorals: Kelly Lenard

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08.20.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

4 Inspiring Wedding Websites Made By Loving Couples

You’ve just gotten engaged to the love of your life (YAY!), and you’re excited to start planning your dream wedding (not that you haven’t already been planning it for years..we know about your secret Pinterest board)! You know the best place to start is by building your wedding website- so you can announce to the world (and Facebook) that you’ve set the date, and you’re ready to share the news. Over the years you’ve seen dozens of friends get married and you’ve been to their cookie cutter wedding websites, but you’re looking for something different. You want to set up a website that reflects who you are as a couple, and really stands out among all of the others floating around the internet, but where do you start?

Well the good news is you don’t have to hire a professional! There are website builders, like IM Creator, that makes it easy for you and your fiance to work together, either from a predesigned template or from scratch, to design a truly inspired website to tell the world your wonderful news! Upload your own pictures, backgrounds, and lay it out however you want. They make it easy to create a website for your wedding that is a real reflection of you as a couple, and lets your creativity run wild. Look what real couples did with IM Creator, and what we love most about their websites:

taylor and peter

Taylor and Peter did a great job using IM Creator to set up their wedding website, and did a beautiful job including all the information their guests needed while keeping a beautiful, and clean home page. Their website is easy to navigate, and we adore that their engagement pictures get to take center stage on the front page!


Kristen and Alex kept their design simple and monotone, which gives it a really timeless feeling. We also adore that after looking through their website, they provide their guests information, not only about hotels and accommodations, but entertainment while they’re in town fort he wedding. With a list of restaurants, museums, tours, their guests will know exactly how to spend heir down time while in Chicago for Kristen and Alex’s wedding.


Don’t you just love how Eliot and Sheena designed their website? It’s classic, elegant, yet modern and fun! We also love how the couple included a link to their registries on their page so their guests can easily find where to buy gifts!


Kristin and Mark set up the “travel details” portion of their wedding website perfectly! They included photos of each location and a map to direct guests along with a timeline! Take a cue from Kristen and mark and set up a portion of your website like this so none of your guests will be scrambling to find their way between the ceremony and reception.

Do you feel more confident now about creating your custom wedding website? Take some cues from these sweet couples and set up your website with IM Creator today!

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08.20.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

DIY Ballerina Bun Tutorial

diy-ballerina-bun-tutorialYesterday we shared graceful wedding ideas featuring Alexandra Grecco’s Helena gown, and today we’re excited to show you how to recreate that beautiful topknot! An elegant ballerina bun is the perfect accessory for a flowly, ethereal gown, and this one from Mimi & Taylor is easy to create on your own. Keep reading for the full tutorial.


ballerina-bun-diy-tutorialRope-Braid Topknot

1. Take all the hair up and tie in a ponytail at the crown of the head.

2. Loosely rope-braid the ponytail.

3. Secure the rope braid with a small elastic band.

4. Wrap ponytail around in a bun tucking the end underneath.

5. Bobby pin securely in place.

6. Lightly pull out loose strands to create an effortless finish. Ballerina Bun would be best.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction and Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor 

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08.19.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Alexandra Grecco Helena Gown

We have always loved Alexandra Grecco’s designs, and we were thrilled when she launched a full bridal line a few weeks ago. She was kind enough to let us photograph some of her new designs at the Erich McVey Workshop, and we’re thrilled to share more images with you today!

The Helena Gown from Alexandra Grecco reminded us of graceful ballerinas so we paired this ethereal dress with a ballerina bun. Come back tomorrow to learn how to recreate this braided topknot!

Photography Erich McVey: Erich McVey | Styling: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor  | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Gown: Alexandra Grecco

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08.18.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog