Chic Country Wedding on the Coast

When it comes to outdoor country weddings, we know that it can be tough to get out of the typical rustic-inspired decor, and at the same time, weddings on the coast can easily turn into an over-done nautical style. We love the simple, farm-to-table appeal of this inspiration shoot, and the creative team has some great ideas for your planning. Plus, they’ve shared a delicious recipe that you’re going to want to try out right away!
“The Martha’s Vineyard wedding is typically pigeon-holed as a traditional, seaside celebration with a nod to the nautical, preppy heritage of the Northeast coastline (read: lighthouses, blue & white color schemes, khaki pants & needlepoint belts.) We really wanted to highlight the side of the Vineyard that appeals to the more free-spirited couple: the magic of starry nights by a bonfire, acres of unspoiled farmland, and a laid-back, community of creative people inspired by the land and ocean. Chef & Farmer, Chris Fischer, provided the backdrop and farm-to-table inspiration for the shoot at his idyllic Chilmark farm, known for it’s impromptu “Greenhouse Dinners” where the menu is literally picked from the day’s freshest crops. The gowns from Rue de Seine and Delphine Manivet worked so nicely in this space – with the stunning laces and silks bringing a sense of richness and romance but still feeling very down to earth and relatable — perfect for a laid-back, island bride with an impeccable sense of style. Nearly everything at the shoot was island-grown, from the florals, to the salad greens, to the sheep –even the letter-pressed pieces were created just a couple miles away!”


RECIPE (for potatoes pictured above)

Late Fall Gratin
Chris Fischer & Lauren Schaefer, Beetlebung Farm

8-10 MediumYukon Gold or Red skinned potatoes
6 garlic cloves
Sea salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat your oven to 400.

  • Prepare your baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil lightly coating the bottom of your baking dish.
  • Gently peel and thinly slice lengthwise 5 garlic cloves
  • Wash potatoes thoroughly, then slice about 1/8th inch thick, using a mandoline for consistent slices.
  • Begin to tile your potatoes by laying each slice down one by one. Take care to cover each previous slice halfway with each new potato slice.
  • As you work down the row, tuck a few garlic cloves between slices making sure they are in between slices to protect them from burning. Gently salt each row as you go.
  • Begin a new row of potato slices by covering the previous row by 1/2.  As you move across your baking dish, be sure your slices are packed tightly, pushing rows closer together if possible.
  • When your slices cover the length of your baking dish, pour 1-3 cups water over your potatoes. With the addition of each cup, stop to press your potatoes down with your hand, once the water rises above the potatoes, you have a sufficient amount.
  • Drizzle the dish with a healthy portion of olive oil and lightly salt the entire dish.
  • Bake the gratin for 25 minutes covered tightly with foil. Then uncover your baking dish and turn your oven down to 375 and bake for an additional 25 minutes uncovered to achieve browning.

Wedding Dress, Accessories & Styling: Ceremony Bridal Shop | Photography: Henry + Mac | Venue & Food/Drink: Beetlebung Farm | Invitations & Styling: Emma Young | Florals: Tea Lane Farm | Hair: Stacey Kuehn | Make-up: Blush Wedding Day/Tryst Studio

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03.25.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Wedding Budgets: How to Cut Costs

From a true expert and icon in the wedding industry and the editor-in-chief of Today’s Bride magazine, comes the ultimate handbook for brides planning their big days. In The Wedding Expert, Bettie Bradley shares with bridal couples more than 400 tips and tricks she’s learned are vital to the wedding planning process. She’s been observing changing wedding traditions and new trends over the past thirty years, so Bettie offers practical, thoughtful, and expert advice to make every wedding a success.

Here are four of her best tips for cutting costs when your budget needs a bit of help:

Limit the hours the bar is open. Having a cash bar is a faux pas, but good hosts are not obligated to offer an open bar throughout the whole reception. Instead, have a tray service at the cocktail party, have just wine available during dinner, and then open the bar after the dinner and toasts are over.

Don’t include something just because “it’s tradition.” Use only those services or traditions that are important to you and you’ll see a measurable decrease in your budget. For example, is a wedding cake a must-have for you? Maybe you’d rather serve your guests an unusual dessert. The omission of a wedding cake won’t be noticed—except maybe in your budget, when you see your savings!

Choose any day but Saturday for your wedding. Be sure to ask any ceremony or reception site you’re considering about possible discounts they offer for a weekday or Sunday wedding. Many venues offer substantial price drops!

Charge everything to one credit card. To help pay for your honeymoon, designate one credit card to pay your wedding bills—and choose a card that earns frequent-flyer miles. Make payments from your designated wedding bank account, and pay the bill in full each month so you don’t run up high-interest debt.

Beautifully designed, bursting with tons of ideas, and featuring sample budgets and invitations, quizzes, and even wedding etiquette, The Wedding Expert is a charming and indispensible guide for the biggest day of your life.

The Wedding Expert was published by Appetite by Random House and is available wherever books are sold.

To connect with Bettie Bradley’s publisher online, please follow them on Twitter @RandomHouseca and Instagram @appetite_randomhouse.

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03.25.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Organic Wedding Flower Inspiration

We’re huge flower lovers here at Once Wed, and so we’re thrilled to share today’s feature from one of the nation’s top designers, Rosegolden Flowers. She’s sharing her top ideas for taking an organic, white and green color palette and dressing it up with different accents.

From Rosegolden Flowers:

“When it comes to wedding flowers, choosing a color palette is a very important step. White and green has been a favorite for many brides for quite some time and for good reason. It feels very natural and organic, elegant and understated. As a florist, the more I’ve worked with white and green, the more curious I’ve become about ways to add interest to this highly popular combination of colors. I thought a bouquet study would be a wonderful way to explore how to enhance a white and green palette by adding an unexpected twist or two.

White and green is very flexible and looks lovely with a touch of so many colors. Last year, mixing it with bits of blush was very popular. I think this year I think we will start to see it combined with hints of yellow and deep burgundy.

For my white components I chose sweet peas, ranunculus, lilac and green centered anemones. For my green tones I chose scented geranium leaves, seeded pieris and dusty miller. I wanted the yellow moments to be soft and incandescent rather than sunny and bright so I went with a caramel antique garden rose and a garden spray rose in the same tonal family. I also love the subtle yellow of camel and combo roses as an alternative. I thought bits of burgundy would add depth and mystery to the palette so I used a few black ranunculus and a touch of agonis. I would also recommend chocolate cosmos, ninebark and continus.

I kept the bouquet wide and loose to and used predominantly white and green ingredients to establish its shape. I incorporated the accents of yellow and burgundy sparingly and strategically – waiting to add them until I was almost finished. I think adding that last bit of interest makes quite a statement, catches your eye, and makes the white and green come alive in a uniquely beautiful way.”

Photographer: Holly Carlisle | Floral Design: Rosegolden Flowers | Styling: Kaela Rawson | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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03.24.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Breakfast in Bed with Zola Registry

The first days at home after you return from your honeymoon are full of sweet moments like sharing breakfast in bed with your new husband. These days, full of soft touches, secrets, and whispered I love you’s, are the simple moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your lives. Those last few days before you rejoin the world after the wedding, when it’s just the two of you and it feels like you’re the only two people left on Earth, feel like nothing else matters, nothing but your love and the commitment you’ve made to one another.

These days post-honeymoon are precious, so start them full of beautiful products from your Zola Registry. We love these beautiful bed linens and comfy blankets that turn your bed into a literal post-wedding cloud full of happiness and snuggles. And enjoy those last lazy hours with a lovely breakfast in bed with a hot cup of tea or espresso in these beautiful Vietri cups from Zola. If you haven’t registered yet, visit Zola today to start your dream registry to get your home ready for you and your new husband!

Click here to sign up for your registry with this promo code from Zola and receive a $25 credit toward your registry!

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

03.24.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog