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

Charming Seattle Outdoor Wedding

A future dream of ours is to own a small sustainable organic farm. We wanted to bring our excitement and passion for quality home-grown food, the beauty of the outdoors, and the natural romance of a farm all together as a reflection of the two of us and into a beautiful event that would be as wonderful and memorable for our guests as it was for us. Three adjectives that describe our wedding are: joyful, magical, and intimate.

We were afraid that the size of our guest list would take away from the intimacy of our wedding. We were pleasantly surprised that this was not the case! Our friends and family got along so well with one another, and we were blessed with enough time to say hello to everyone, that it felt like we had one huge family to celebrate with. Everyone was so happy and enjoyed themselves so much, it was so much more intimate and meaningful than we anticipated.

Photography: Bryce Covey // Venue + Floral Design: Bella Luna Farms // Wedding Dress: Allure from The Gown Up // Makeup: // Groom Suit: Hugo Boss from Nordstrom // Tents: Zephyr Tents // Videography: Bogle Productions


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02.04.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

French Braid Bun Hair Tutorial


Today we have the second installment of our braid how-to series from Jesse Chamberlin, Alison Brislin, and Kelly Shew. This is a great variation of the french braid bun tutorial we posted last month. Alison suggested adorning your braided bun with sparkly pins, clips, or flowers to add a little special something to the look. Be sure to keep checking back as we have 2 more lovely tutorials coming to the blog later this month. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial, ladies! 


Weding Updos for Long Hair Instructions

1. Part hair.

2. Grab a small section of hair.

3. & 4. Split into 3 parts.

5. Start French braiding, making sure to braid diagonally across the head.

6. Secure braid with a hair tie.

7. Roll the braid up and in, making a little bun.

8.Secure bun next to or above ear with Bobbi pins.

*Adorn braided bun with sparkly pins, clips, flowers, or whatever your heart desires.

Extra Tips

– You should brush your hair before braiding.  Knots and tangles make it hard for the person braiding your hair.  Might also hurt a little bit!

– Part on your natural side.  Adjust instructions according to your part.

– Day old hair is best.  A little grit is good for braids as they hold-up better. Clean hair is too slippery.

– These tutorials are written for someone to braid your hair, not intended for self-braiders.  Unless you are really clever and talented!

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

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01.31.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Romantic Outdoor Wedding with Bash Please

Hun & Austin | San Francisco, California from Caravan on Vimeo.

Isn’t this romantic wedding from Bash,Please absolutely divine? I love the bride’s Lanvin dress against the pretty backdrop of the garden along with the gorgeous edison lights hanging so delicately from the tent. I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been as a guest to sit under such beautiful bits of light as everyone ate and danced the night away!
Our bride and groom came to us with one important goal in mind for their wedding: to create an unforgettable weekend with family and friends that was a showcase of their heritage and personalities. With a lively ranch outing following the rehearsal on Friday, their guests were shown just how playful and vivacious the bride and groom are while practicing riflery, shooting arrows, riding horses, and ziplining. 
Their wedding day started early Saturday morning with traditional Chinese elements, including Bridal Games and a formal Tea Ceremony. They wanted their wedding ceremony and reception to feel like an elegant 1920s-era garden party with shades of burgundy, forest green, ivory, and blush pink throughout. With their beautiful estate in Atherton and soaring redwood trees as a natural background to the ceremony, simple wooden benches adorned with sprigs of greenery lined the grass. A piano was brought outside for a friend to play one of their favorite songs during the ceremony, and the bride and groom selected Staraflur by Sigur Ros for a string quartet to play as their processional. After the ceremony, guests surrounded the pool to enjoy specialty cocktails and upbeat jazz tunes by The Mattson 2 while lounging on vintage lounge furniture. On their way to dinner, guests pulled their escort cards from ribbons dangling amidst greenery and votives from a gazebo on the lawn. The custom-built reception tent was draped in hundreds of yards of raw muslin with edison bulbs hanging above each table, and long taper candles tucked into brass holders lined the head table. Nestled into the napkin at each place setting was a Mast Brother’s chocolate bar with custom watercolor art featuring the bride and groom’s names and a leaf motif that was used throughout the wedding, from invitations to table numbers. The night ended with delicious cakes from Miette, handmade caramels by the bride’s friend and bridesmaid, and hours of dancing to tunes by The Leftover Cuties.
The following day, their guests spent a lazy day relaxing by the pool, feasting on roasted pig, sweet and savory crepes, and specialty cocktails. The details of the weekend were planned and designed from start to finish for their guests to feel the bride and groom’s love and appreciation.
Private estate in Atherton, CA // Planning/Design: Bash, Please // Photography: The Why We Love // Videography: Caravan // Catering: Paula De Luc // Cocktails and Bar: Pharmacie  // Watercolor invites and Custom Mast Brothers Chocolate: Lauren Spencer King // Florals: Brown Paper Design // Ceremony Music: Elan Artists // Dinner Music: The Leftover Cuties // DJ: DJ Mike Cruz of The Flashdance // Vintage Rentals: One True LoveMilkglass, and Mignonne (3 different companies) // Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // Linens: La Tavola // Lighting: Got Light! // Cakes: Miette // Wedding Dress: Lanvin  // Candies: Galipette

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01.30.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog