Santa Ynez Engagement Photos

The dreamiest engagement photos of Becky and Mark from the incredible, Jose Villa. Isn’t the Becky’s Sarah Seven dress divine? Check out his blog to see so many more images of this beautiful couple. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Photography by Jose Villa // Pink Dress: Sarah Seven

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02.08.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Lovely Provencial Lavender Inspiration

Today’s inspiration is brought to us by Finch & Thistle and photographed by the talented Bryce Covey. I feel like this could be in the fields of Provence. And, how gorgeous is this lavender? The color is absolutely eye popping and I can just imagine the lovely fragrance- its soothing aroma allowing any stress to disappear on the big day. From Finch & Thistle

“I wanted to keep the décor soft and simple to complement and not distract from the stunning setting of the Sequim lavender farm so I chose a color palette of sage green, white, lilac and a faded orange. To decorate the beautiful, rustic cake table I created a floral runner with a garland of seeded eucalyptus and worked in purple scabiosa, garden roses and lavender to add some color. I added antique English vinegar bottles and vintage lavender glass from my personal collection for texture and height and draped the runner into a Provencale market basket. The sweet lavender-lemon vegan cake by Kerissa Bakes was garnished simply with stems of fresh lavender on top of the rough white buttercream icing and displayed on a scalloped white cake platter.

I created several bridal bouquets for this shoot. Simple single arrangements of lavender and creeping oregano kept the look very simple and elegant and would be a perfect choice for bridesmaids or flower girls, whereas the bride’s bouquet was an organic mix of cream and faded orange garden roses, papery soft lilac scabiosa, sage, lavender and creeping oregano with purple nepeta (or catmint) and astilbe from my own garden. Some salmon berry leaves and seeded eucalyptus added texture.”

Photography: Bryce Covey// Venue: Sequim Lavender Farm // Floral and Styling: Finch & Thistle Event Design // Wedding Cake: Kerissa Bakes // Model: Erika with Seattle Models Guild

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02.07.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

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