Oh how we love fall! Autumn days, with their warm days and cool evenings, apple cider, and pumpkin pie, are some of our favorite, but we still find ourselves yearning for the sunny days of spring. Cherry blossoms around, magnolias in bloom, and most of all lilac! Lilac is such an enchanting flower, and inspired Amy Osaba to work with Serena Jae, Gossamer Vintage, and Ginny Branch to create this whimsical spring shoot. We love the rich colors and details this talented group of ladies put together, and it makes it not so bad to think about autumn eventually ending because spring will be just around the corner!
Veils are a wedding tradition that dates back centuries, and though not every bride chooses to wear one, they do create a certain air of mystery around a bride. We’ve seen long veils, short veils, birdcage veils, antique veils, modern veils, and we love them all! Here we’ve rounded some of the most pinned veils from Once Wed.
1. (Pictured Below) Designed by Joy Thigpen and created by Cheryl Taylor, this simple yet dramatic veil was the perfect addition to the bride’s custom dress. See the entire feature of this elegant Barcelona wedding here.
2. We love the weight in this stunning lace-trimmed, full-length veil, and how perfectly Ginny Au styled this beautiful model. Not all veils have to be weightless and flowing, sometimes a heavy veil creates a huge impact. See the full feature here.
3. Our readers love veils that simply rest over the brides face, and this lovely and light veil pairs perfectly with a full flower crown by Twiggs. Visit the entire feature entire feature to see more beauty.
4. This beautiful veil was tucked into a loose chignon, which is the perfect way to wear a veil if you’re planning on wearing it all night so it will sit perfectly once pulled back. Visit the original post to see more photos of how Joy Thigpen styled this veil.
5. And Rylee Hitchner’s vintage veil and wax flower crown is still one of our favorites; she looks like a bride from another century. This lace veil is timeless and falls perfectly over her face. See her entire wedding to see more shots of this antique veil. How many of you all are planning on wearing a veil for your walk down the aisle?
Abigail and Pete’s wedding in Nova Scotia seems like a scene out of a movie. The serene landscape, intimate ceremony, and party filled with friends and family makes us yearn to see more small weddings like this in beautiful corners of the world. Wouldn’t you love to pick up with 20 of your closest friends and family members and fly to a beautiful place you’ve never been to celebrate your love? It’s an idea we just can’t get out of our heads…
Photographer: Micheal B Photo| Designer/Creative Director/ Stylist: A Happy Smith | Florals: Chelsea Lee| Venue: Shobac, designed by Brian Mackay Lyons | Cake Design: Sweet Melissa, Lunenburg, NS Canada | Wedding Dress: Dolce & Gabbana | Wedding Shoes: Dior | Grooms Suit: J. Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: mixed
There’s excitement all around when one of your closest friends gets engaged! The wedding planning begins, and when it comes to choosing her bridesmaids, you’re now the one being popped the question. Although you’re honored to be a part of her big day, you’re not sure you want to say yes for several different reasons. Whether it be finances, time, or other personal reasons, here are a few ways to graciously decline:
Offer a different way of support: You may not be able to devote as much time as a bridesmaid would, but you could offer to attend a meeting with the florist or bakery to help with decision-making. Another way of being valuable to the wedding is offering to be a guestbook attendant or greeter. Sometimes brides forget about this aspect and even the bridesmaids will appreciate not having to run around and direct guests so they fully attend to the bride.
Decline Early On: There is no reason to lead her on or keep her hanging. If you know you can’t be a bridesmaid, the only courteous thing for you to do is to let the bride know your decision as soon as possible. That way, she’ll have enough time to ask someone else if she chooses.
Be Sincere: All wedding stuff aside, your relationship is important and honesty is the best policy. Express your gratitude at being asked, but be sincere with her about your decision. You don’t want to be the resentful bridesmaid that brings the mood down. Remember why she asked you to be a part of such an important day in her life. As a true friend, she will understand your decision and appreciate your honesty.